The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its Technology Roadmap for Solar PV. The Roadmap reports that in 2013 new systems globally were installed at a rate of 100 MW of capacity per day and that total global capacity overtook 150 GW in early 2014.
The IEA press release states:
“the sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The two IEA technology roadmaps show how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050 while solar thermal electricity (STE) from concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide an additional 11%.”
Overall, there were 289 MWDC of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed in Canada in 2011 representing over 335 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power generation on an annual basis.
The current state of the PV market throughout Canada including incentives, an update on installations in 2011, a description of the supply chain, key manufacturers, economic impacts, workforce capability and the state of R&D initiatives in Canada can be found in the "Sector Profile for Solar Photovoltaics in Canada" published by Natural Resources Canada's CanMET Energy.
Additional studies are provided below:
The IREC US Solar Market Trends 2010 report can be downloaded here.
The International Energy Agency Roadmap for Solar PV can be downloaded here.