The global ground-mounted PV utility market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.85% over the forecast period to reach a market size of US$9.534 billion in 2026 from US$4.939 billion in 2019. The market of ground-mounted photovoltaic utility market is estimated to grow in the coming years. The growing concerns for the environment and the depletion of natural resources have boosted the demand for renewable sources of energy. The demand for solar energy has therefore been increasing. A grid-connected photovoltaic power system is a solar photovoltaic plant that generates electricity and is connected to the utility grid.
Impact of COVID-19 on the market
The ground-mounted solar photovoltaic utility market was severely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. The lockdown restrictions across various countries caused various solar projects to come to a halt. The market witnessed a significant decline in 2020. It is estimated that post-COVID, with the revival of the economy around the world the demand for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic utility will increase and the market will witness significant growth.
In the year 2019, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in India approved financial support of more than Rs. 46,000 crores by 2022, in order to promote the use of solar energy among farmers and to support the rooftop solar program of the country. With the help of this program, the government proposes to add 25.75 GW of solar capacity by 2022. It is promoting the installation of 17.5 lakh standalone solar-powered agricultural pumps, 10 GW worth of decentralized ground-mounted and grid-connected renewable power plants.
Countries around the world are fighting against rising global warming and the use of renewable energy plays an important role in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Several countries are revising their energy policies to encourage the installation of solar PV. The growing trend of the shift towards renewable energy will boost the demand for ground-mounted PV utilities. Shell, a major oil and gas company has announced on 11th Feb 2021 about its plan to spend annually US$ 2 billion to US$ 3 billion on renewable energy and energy solutions in order to help attain a net-zero status by the year 2050. The U.S. has recorded a new achievement in the case of renewables in the year 2020 by adding a combined 33.6 GW of solar and wind capacity.
Policies like the Feed-in Tariff program and the Power Purchase Agreement will foster growth in the market of ground-mounted photovoltaic utility. The fall in the prices of PV components combined with strict renewable energy goals has greatly driven development in the solar photovoltaic mounting systems market. Moreover, a number of initiatives would boost the demand for ground-mounted PV utility installations, such as tax rebates, assets, and financial leverage, combined with increased spending from public and private funding institutions. The installation cost of solar PV panels is quite expensive therefore acting as a barrier to the growth of the market.
North America is one of the largest markets.
The North American region is one of the largest markets of ground-mounted photovoltaic utility. The United States has one of the largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic installations which could provide electricity to about 12 million American homes. It is estimated that in the coming years the solar PV installations will increase owing to environmental concerns. There will be an increase in the use of solar PV installations for commercial and residential purposes as well. Integration of advanced technology in the new products that are launched will further boost growth in the market. Asia Pacific region will also witness significant growth in the market. The increase in government initiatives will foster growth in the market. Countries like China, India, and Japan will play a major role in driving the growth in the market. Furthermore, an increase in the demand for electricity and limited non-renewable resources will increase the demand for ground-mounted PV utility in the Asia Pacific region.
The major players in the market of ground-mounted PV utility are Unirac Inc., Mounting System GmbH, Schletter Group, Clenergy, Xiamen Universe Solar Tech. Co. Ltd., PV Racking, SolarWorld AG, K2 Systems GmbH, Land Power Solar Technology Co. Ltd., Tata International Ltd., Van der Valk Solar Systems BV, Quick Mount PV, Xiamen Grace Solar Technology Co. Ltd., Xiamen Corigy New Energy Technology Co. Ltd, RBI Solar Inc. These companies compete with each other by using various strategies like entering into a joint venture, merger, and acquisition. Product customization and the practice of bulk manufacturing are also some of the strategies used by major players to expand their reach and gain a larger market share.