Solar Photovoltaics

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%.”


Click here to download the Solar PV Roadmap


 

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:

Canada

National Survey Report of PV Power Applications in Canada 2013, CanSIA / NRCan / IEA

National Survey Report of PV Power Applications in Canada 2012, CanSIA / NRCan / IEA

National Survey Report of PV Power Application in Canada 2010, NRCan / IEA

National Survey Report of PV Power Application in Canada 2009, NRCan / IEA

National Survey Report of PV Power Application in Canada 2008, NRCan / IEA

North America

The IREC US Solar Market Trends 2010 report can be downloaded here.

Global

2013 International Energy Agency PVPS Annual Report

The International Energy Agency Roadmap for Solar PV can be downloaded here.