South & Central America Distributed Solar Power Generation Market Outlook to 2020 - Market Analysis by Geography, Competitive Landscape, Key Company Information - Growth Trends and Forecasts
Latin America has one of the worlds brightest solar power market outlooks. High power prices and volatile fuel supplies have made solar cheaper than fossil fuels in many countries, driving new investment and capacity additions.
Distributed generation (DG) refers to electricity that is produced at or near the point where it is used. Distributed solar energy can be located on rooftops or ground-mounted, and is typically connected to the local utility distribution grid. States, cities and towns are experimenting with policies to encourage distributed solar to offset peak electricity demand and stabilize the local grid.
For years the world likened the energy sector to the computing world, holding up Moores law as a guiding example proving that renewables will achieve grid parity.
Today, as panel costs have dropped 90 percent and adoption is at an all-time high, the analogy between the two seems even more fitting. Just like the massive mainframe disruption spawned by personal computing, distributed generation has already begun to challenge the centralized solar model favored by utilities, with no end in sight.
A handful of the most progressive utilities -- Sempra, Duke, PGE, SMUD, Integrys -- are already embracing the change and finding ways to make a profit from generating their own electricity through their unregulated subsidiaries. No longer mandated passive players, solar gives them chance to compete. Those utilities, unfortunately, are the anomaly. The majority of utilities weve spoken with seem to be in denial, akin to deer caught in the headlights.
While distributed solar generation brings lucrative benefits, adapting to new business models is only the first step. The big solar business process templates of old relied on large teams with unlimited resources, budgets -- and status-quo business processes. Now, with the shift to small to mid-sized projects, the high cost of diligence and lack of standardization is quite literally killing projects.
Recognizing the shift from utility to DG, we now see companies like NextEra acquiring Smart Energies to penetrate the segment. A smart first step, but acquisition alone does not solve the cost of diligence, project acquisition and financing. New business models require different templates.
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Market Definition for the specified topic along with identification of key drivers and restraints for the market.
Market analysis for the global distributed solar energy generation Market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenarios, rising prospective opportunities and identification of key companies which can influence the market on a global and regional scale.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their share of markets.
Identification and analysis of the Macro and Micro factors that affect the global distributed solar energy generation market on both global and regional scale.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
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