Thin-film Solar Module Market Analysis, 2013 – First Solar, the Undisputed Leader

Global thin-film solar module production capacity grew at a CAGR of 29% from 1,858 MW in 2008 to 6,568 MW by the year end 2013. However, demand for thin-film solar modules did not surge as significantly as the growth in thin-film module production capacity which resulted in higher overcapacity rate of 105% in the year 2012. It was in the year 2013 that surge in PV demand enabled the global thin-film solar module market to reduce its overcapacity rate to 76% in 2013. Although the global thin-film module market was able to reduce its overcapacity rate but it could not do enough to improve its utilization rate. As a result, the global thin-film module utilization rate declined to 59% in 2013. Despite First Solar being the undisputed leader in the global thin-film module production in 2013, its module production also plummeted from 1,875 MW in 2012 to 1,628 MW in 2013.

Scope

This viewpoint provides a snapshot of the global solar thin-film demand and supply side of the market in the year 2013 and the likely scenario expected in the year 2014. It also throws light on how the growth in PV demand in the year 2013 has enabled reduction in thin-film overcapacity rate. The growth in thin-film module production capacity and module production during the period 2008 – 2013 and accordingly the movement of thin-film module fabrication line utilization rate has been brought into light in this report. Furthermore, it also provides information on thin-film module production by country in the year 2013.

Reasons to buy

The report makes the reader conversant about:

• Global Solar Thin-film Demand and Supply Market Outlook for period 2008 – 2013 and expected scenario in the year 2014

• The movement in the thin-film solar overcapacity rate during the period 2008 – 2013 and expected overcapacity rate in the year 2014

• Growth in thin-film Module Production Capacity and Module Production over the period 2008 – 2013

• Ranking of leading thin-film module producers in 2013

• Leading solar thin-film module manufacturing countries in the year 2013

• Thin-film Module production by region in 2013

• First Solar’s module manufacturing capacity vs. production vs. utilization rate during the period 2008 – 2013

• About how First Solar achieved a reduction in module production cost percentage in line with percentage decline in module price in 2013

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 1

1.1 List of Figures 2

2 Thin-film Solar Module Market Analysis, 2013 – First Solar, the Undisputed Leader 3

2.1 Dip in Thin-film Module Overcapacity Rate in 2013 Relieved the Global Solar PV Market 3

2.2 Thin-film Solar Module Utilization Rate Witnessing a Declining Trend 4

2.3 Asia-Pacific Region Strengthens Dominance of Global Thin-film Module Production in 2013 5

2.4 First Solar Leaves No Room for Competition for the Top Slot in Thin-film Module Production and Remains at Top Spot in 2013 6

2.5 First Solar’s Market Share Plummets Despite Retaining Top Position in 2013 7

2.6 Malaysia and Japan Alone Accounted for 65% of Global Thin-film Module Production in 2013 8

2.7 First Solar’s Thin-film Module Production Level Dropped in 2013 9

2.8 First Solar Achieved a Reduction in Module Production Cost Percentage in Line with Percentage Decline in Module Price in 2013 10

2.9 Appendix 11

2.9.1 Methodology 11

2.9.2 Contact Us 13

2.9.3 Disclaimer 13

List of Tables

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List of Figures

1.1 List of Figures

Figure 1: Dip in Thin-film Module Overcapacity Rate in 2013 Relieved the Global Solar PV Market 3

Figure 2: Thin-film Solar Module Utilization Rate Witnessing a Declining Trend 4

Figure 3: Asia-Pacific Region Strengthens Dominance of Global Thin-film Module Production in 2013 5

Figure 4: First Solar Leaves No Room for Competition for the Top Slot in Thin-film Module Production and Remains at Top Spot in 2013 6

Figure 5: First Solar’s Market Share Plummets Despite Retaining Top Position in 2013 7

Figure 6: Malaysia and Japan Alone Accounted for 65% of Global Thin-film Module Production in 2013 8

Figure 7: First Solar’s Thin-film Module Production Level Dropped in 2013 9

Figure 8: First Solar Achieved a Reduction in Module Production Cost Percentage in Line with Percentage Decline in Module Price in 2013 10

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