PV Balance of Systems, Technology Trends and Markets

PV Balance of Systems 2015: Technology Trends and Markets

GTM, Date of Publication: Sep 24, 2015
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PV Balance of Systems, Technology Trends and Markets

PV balance of systems (BOS), encompassing all non-module costs including hardware costs and soft costs consisting of operations and services, represents a market value exceeding $70 billion in 2015. Depsite rapildy falling costs, the global BOS market will exceed $100 billion by 2020. In the period between 2007-2014, PV module costs have diminished more quickly than PV BOS costs. Whereas blended average module pricing has dropped 79% between 2007 and 2014, BOS costs have been slower to respond, averaging between a 39% - 64% drop depending on market sector and geography. Even within the same geography, supply chain complexity and disparity results in high variability in project BOS costs. Best practices are seldom shared and the industry has conflicting views on the best path forward when it comes to reducing component and installation costs.

This slide-based report highlights key trends and opportunities for reducing PV system costs necessary for driving strong project economics and the expansion of solar in the U.S. and globally. It walks through structural and electrical BOS, PV power electronics, installation labor, design and engineering, customer acquisition and logistics and other cost components. It also provides U.S. system cost breakdowns and a look at the evolution of PV BOS, as well as in-depth global market forecasts.

Regions covered in the report include:

  • U.S.
  • China
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • Middle-East Africa
  • UK

Topics covered in this report:

  • The effect of module efficiency on system pricing
  • Residential rail vs. rail-free systems
  • Evolution of grid integration for PV power electronics
  • Commercial rooftop mounting structure innovations
  • Fixed tilt systems vs. single axis tracking systems
  • Centralized vs. distributed tracking technologies
  • Effect of 1500 Vdc technologies


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PV Balance of Systems 2015: Technology Trends and Markets in the U.S. and Abroad

1. Balance of System Introduction and Overview

Key Report Themes and Guidance

2. Residential Rooftop PV Balance of System

Market Overview
U.S. System Price Breakdowns
Structural Balance of System
Electrical Balance of System
Labor and Soft Costs

3. Commercial Rooftop PV Balance of System

Market Overview and System Pricing
Structural Balance of System
Electrical Balance of System
Labor and Soft Costs

4. Ground-Mount PV Balance of System

Market Overview
Ground-Mount Structural Balance of System
Ground-Mount Electrical Balance of System
Ground-Mount Labor and Soft Costs

5. Global PV Market Forecasts

6. The Evolution of PV Balance of System

List of Figures

1. Balance of System Introduction and Overview

Global Installed Capacity and Average System Prices, 2013 - 2020E
Breakdown of PV Module vs. BOS Costs in U.S. Ground Mount Fixed Tilt PV Systems, 2007-2020E
Range of PV System Pricing by Market (Ground Mount), 2015

2. Residential Rooftop PV Balance of System

Global Annual Residential PV Installed Capacity, 2013 - 2020E
Global Residential PV System Pricing ($/Wdc) for Japan, U.S., Germany, UK, 2014 vs. 2020E
U.S. Average Residential PV System Price Breakdown, 2012-2020E
Effect of Module Efficiency on Residential BOS Costs ($/Wdc), 2015
Residential PV Mounting Solution Cost Breakdown, 2015
Sensitivity of Rail-based Racking Hardware Pricing to Raw Aluminum Pricing, 2015
Residential Rail-based Mounting Solution Price Roadmap, 2013-2020E
U.S. Residential PV Mounting Labor Costs by Racking Technology, Rail vs. Rail-Free
U.S. Residential Rail-Free Mounting Structure and Structural Labor Costs, 2014 - 2020E
U.S. Rail-Based Mounting Structure and Structural Labor Costs, 2012-2020E
U.S. Residential Mounting Structure Taxonomy
Market Share of U.S. Residential Installed Capacity by Power Electronics Technology, 2012 - Q1 2015
U.S. Module-Level Power Electronics Shares by Shipments (in MWac), 2014

3. Commercial Rooftop PV Balance of System

Global Commercial PV System Pricing ($/Wdc) for Japan, U.S., UK, Germany, Chain, 2014 vs. 2020E
U.S. Commercial Rooftop Turnkey EPC Price Breakdown ($/Wdc), 2012-2020E
Effect of Module Efficiency on Commercial System Costs ($/Wdc), 2015E
U.S. Commercial PV Rooftop Mounting Structure Pricing, 2010-2020E
East-West vs. South-Facing Array Performance and Costs
Share of Global PV Market by Inverter Product Type, 2013-2020E
U.S. Cost Premium Comparison between 3-phase String vs. Central Inverter Design (1 MW System), 2015E
Distributed Power Electronics Architectures Targeting Commercial Rooftops
U.S. Commercial Inverter and EBOS Installed Costs ($/Wdc), 2012-2020E
U.S. Commercial Flat-Roof Non-Prevailing Wage Labor Costs, 2014-2020E

4. Ground-Mount PV Balance of System

Ground Mount PV Module and BOS Costs, China, EU, Japan, U.S., 2015E
U.S. Ground Mount Fixed Tilt PV Turnkey EPC Price Breakdown, 2012-2020E
U.S. Ground Mount Horizontal Single Axis Tracking PV Turnkey EPC Price Breakdown, 2014-2020E
Estimated Installed Cost for Driven Piles, Fixed Tilt vs. Tracking, 2012-2020E
U.S. PV Fixed Tilt vs. Tracking Installed Costs ($/Wdc), 2015E
Effect of Module Costs on Fixed Tilt vs. Tracking System
Design Philosophies and Risks of Centralized vs. Distributed Tracking
Ground Mount Structural BOS Competitive Landscape
Ground Mount Electrical Balance of Systems: Costs and Opportunities
Overview of Leading Combiner Box Vendors
U.S. Ground Mount PV Electrical BOS Breakdown, 2014-2020E
U.S. Ground Mount PV Tracking System, 1,000 Vdc vs. 1,500 Vdc, 2015E
1,500 Vdc PV Supply Chain Taxonomy

5. Global PV Market Forecasts

U.S. Fixed Tilt and Tracking System Installation Costs by Activity, 2014-2020E
Global PV Installed Capacity (GWdc) By Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global PV Installed Capacity by Mounting Application (GWdc), 2013 - 2020E
Global PV System Market Opportunity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Global Mounting Structure Market Value by Mounting Application ($B), 2013 - 2020E
Global Mounting Structure Size (GWdc) and Value ($B) by Major Geographies, 2015E
Global Mounting Structure Value ($B) by Major Geographies, 2015E - 2017E and 2018E - 2020E
Global Residential PV Installed Capacity by Major Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global Commercial Rooftop PV Installed Capacity by Major Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global Ground Mount PV Installed Capacity by Major Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global Ground Mount Fixed Tilt PV Installed Capacity by Major Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global Ground Mount Tracking PV Installed Capacity by Major Geography, 2013 - 2020E
Global Ground Mount Fixed Tilt vs. Tracking Market Share, 2013 - 2020E
Asia-Pacific Installed PV Capacity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Asia-Pacific Mounting Structure Value by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Europe Installed PV Capacity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Europe Mounting Structure Value by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
U.S. Installed PV Capacity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
North America Mounting Structure Value by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Latin America Installed PV Capacity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Latin America Mounting Structure Value by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Middle East-Africa Installed PV Capacity by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Middle East-Africa Mounting Structure Value by Project Type, 2013 - 2020E
Global Electrical Balance of System Market Value by Geography, 2013 - 2020E

 

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