Europe Sees Solar PV Backsheet Market Falter Due to Economic Recession

Monday 5 November 2012, Amsterdam

Market Research Report Press Release Europe currently leads the solar PV market, but the ongoing impact of the ongoing Euro zone crisis is expected to have a drastic decline, states a new report by energy experts.

The new report names Europe the largest solar PV backsheet market in the world, with the region accounting for 72.1% of global backsheet installed capacity. However, the maturing market and struggling national finances are expected to cause global solar backsheet revenues to fall in 2012.

Germany represents the largest market for PV backsheets in the world, registering revenues of around $537.7m in 2011. The German company KREMPEL is currently the global leader in backsheet manufacturing, producing between 63 and 69 million square  meters of backsheets in 2011. Historical market growth can be attributed to an increase in sales resulting from multi MW PV installations in the country. However, reduced government support and a low investment scenario resulting from the Euro zone crisis will damage the German PV backsheet market, which is already maturing and perhaps reaching domestic saturation. Manufacturers are therefore looking to expand the export market for PV backsheets, and exponential growth in the Asia-Pacific region has created a sizable potential market. The market in Germany is expected to generate estimated revenues of $65.1m in 2020.

Italy is the second largest PV market in the world, and has an export-oriented market for solar backsheets. The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program supports the development of solar PV, and continued revisions to the Conto Energia FIT scheme have so far molded to the development of the solar PV market itself. However, financial instability is predicted to lead solar PV investments into a sharp decline, making project financing a major challenge for solar PV firms. A market recovery from 2013 onwards will be aided by the expiry of registration duties introduced by the government in 2011, and backsheet price reductions will keep market revenues constant.

European PV backsheet installed capacity increased from 949 megawatts (MW) in 2006 to 15,491 MW in 2011 at a CAGR of 75%, but is expected to amount to 12,888 MW by 2020 at a negative CAGR of 2%. From 2012 onward, the market is set to recover with the support of relevant government policies and incentives, with countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal, Greece and Bulgaria increasing their presence in the PV market, but the economic crash in Europe will take its toll nonetheless.

This report analyzes key drivers, issues and challenges, major market trends and opportunities in the regional backsheet market. It looks at some of the major solar PV backsheet markets in Europe such as Germany, Spain, Italy and France, and contains detailed analysis on solar PV installations, backsheets installed, price trends, demand analysis, market revenues and lead time analysis of the solar PV backsheet market. The report details product analysis and comparative analysis of the global solar PV backsheet manufacturers.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Backsheet in Europe - Market Size, Average Price, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2020

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Backsheet in Europe - Market Size, Average Price, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2020

Publish date : October 2012
Report code : ASDR-33406
Pages : 76

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