The floating solar panel market was valued at US$376.827 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 35.86% over the forecast period to reach a total market size of US$3219.996 million by 2027.
A floating solar photovoltaic system opens up a wide range of opportunities to increase solar generating capacity. This is particularly relevant to countries with large populations and scarce land resources. In addition to higher energy yield, reduced evaporation, and improved water quality, floating solar systems also offer other advantages over land-based systems. In various economies, the inclination towards clean energy with floating solar panels is expected to be a major growth driver. In 2019, solar photovoltaic was the second-largest absolute generator of energy in the US, followed by wind power and ahead of hydropower, which drove the growth of floating solar power generation by 22% (+131 TWh). Various factors, such as subsidies and tax incentives offered by the government to purchase and install solar panels, as well as rental benefits offered to reservoir owners, are expected to fuel the demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Further, the scarcity of open land and the growing use of water resources such as reservoirs, ponds, canals, and rivers for floating solar panel installations are expected to spur the market's growth. In addition, floating solar panels have low maintenance and management costs. By 2020, there will be 230,000 Americans working in the solar industry, with more than 10,000 companies in every state in the country. A $25 billion investment in the solar industry is expected for the U.S. economy in 2020. If floating solar panels were added to bodies of water that already have hydroelectric plants, the researchers estimate that a potential annual output of 10,600 terawatt-hours could be generated by installing solar PV systems alone.
Solar panels are expected to grow in Japan, China, and India due to the growing investments in floating panels along with favourable regulatory support. During the forecast period, the South Korean, Malaysian, Australian, and Maldivian governments are all expected to increase their investments in floating solar panel plants. As a result of the Yamakura Dam project in Japan, floating solar panels are expected to be in demand in Japan. Likewise, the Uttar Pradesh government in India announced that they would be developing a 150 megawatt (MW) floating solar power project in the near future.
Manufacturing companies are investing more in ways to improve the efficiency of solar panels, which is a prominent trend in the floating panels market. Additionally, governments worldwide are investing in this technology because floating solar panels save money since they do not need land. Many of the projects scheduled to start construction within the next few years, such as Vietnam's 475 MW project, South Korea's 2.1 gigawatt (GW) project, and several others, are likely to be completed in the near future. Additionally, Singapore, which has a land area of over 700 sq. km and a population of over 5.70 million, is agitatedly working to deploy new floating solar panels. Singapore is building one of the world's largest floating solar panel farms in July 2021, occupying an area the size of 45 football fields and generating enough electricity to power five of the island's five water treatment plants.
Similarly, a 120-MW floating solar photovoltaic plant (FSPV) has been built by Jinko18 in Poyang Lake that is spread over 2000 acres of water and generates 137.70 GWh of electricity. Currently, China has 73% of the world's installed FSPV capacity, making it the leading country in that industry.
In addition, regulations to curb GHG emissions will boost the market in the forecast period. China announced in its 13th 5-year plan in 2016 that it plans to reduce emissions by 18% by 2020. In the forecast period, the factors aforesaid will propel the floating solar panel market’s growth.
A solar panel's surface is designed to be waterproof, but exposure to water 24/7 can negatively impact the panels. In the event of a panel break, water will cause more damage. However, this potential downside is insufficient to prevent floating solar panels from being installed. Since the panels could block the sun from illuminating all of the water, they could disturb aquatic life. Due to their structure, the solar panels have the potential to disturb aquatic life by blocking sunlight from reaching the whole surface of the water.
As a result of business restrictions, travel restrictions, and border closures, transportation, and manufacturing energy usage fell sharply, reducing the reliance on renewable energy. The renewable industry, including solar energy, is subject to risks from pandemic-related shutdowns. Yet, with nations reviving their economies, the construction of floating solar panels has resumed, showing steady improvement.
|Market size value in 2020||US$376.827 million|
|Market size value in 2027||US$3219.996 million|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 35.86% from 2020 to 2027|
|Forecast Unit (Value)||USD Million|
|Segments covered||Type, Deployment, And Geography|
|Regions covered||North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific|
|Companies covered||Kyocera TCL, Trina Solar, Solaris Synergy, Swimsol, Vari Pontoon Pvt Ltd, Akuo Group, Ciel & Terre International|
|Customization scope||Free report customization with purchase|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What will be the floating solar panel market size by 2026?
A1. The global floating solar panel market is expected to reach a total market size of US$2,651.247 million in 2026.
Q2. What is the size of the global floating solar panel market?
A2. Floating Solar Panels Market was valued at US$314.184 million in 2019.
Q3. What are the growth prospects for the floating solar panel market?
A3. The floating solar panel market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 35.62% over the forecast period.
Q4. How is the global floating solar panel market segmented?
A4. The floating solar panel market has been segmented by type, deployment, and geography.
Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the floating solar panel market growth?
A5. The inclination towards clean energy with floating solar panels is expected to be a major driver of the floating solar panel market.
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