Snapshot 2019 : 500 GW installed in the World

Preliminary reported market data shows a global annual PV market at a similar level as in 2017. At least 99,9 GW of PV systems have been installed and commissioned in the world last year reaching a total installed capacity of 0,5 TW.

More info and trends in the latest Snapshot 2019 

Press Release

IEA-PVPS Annual Report 2018

IEA PVPS is pleased to present its 2018 Annual Report. This document summarizes the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programs (tasks). According to annual report, 2018 has seen close to 100 GW, more precisely 98 GW, of additional installed PV capacity worldwide, raising the cumulative installed capacity above 500 GW. China, the USA, India and Japan represented the largest markets in 2018.

The report can be downloaded here.


Calendar of Activities & Events


NEW | Recommended Practises for Wind and PV Integration Studies by Task 14

This Expert Group Report provides recommendations on how to perform studies of wind and solar PV integration. It is based on more than 10 years of work within the IEA Wind TCP Task 25: Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power and the IEA PVP TCP Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids.

The publication is available here.

NEW | Coloured BIPV : Market, Research & Development by Task 15

This report focuses on the economic, technical and theoretical research and development topics of BIPV products, which are available in different colours and sizes. The given market overview of state-of-the-art coloured BIPV products clearly reveals that for all parts of a BIPV module (glass, polymers, PV-active layers), there are technical solutions available for colouring.

The publication is available here.

NEW | Net metering and PV self-consumption in emerging countries by Task 9

This paper is a comparative study in a number of African (Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Benin, South‐ Africa, Kenya, Ghana) as well as Asian countries (India and Philippines) to review and analyse their respective PV self‐consumption policies.

The publication in English is available here

The publication in French is available here.

BIPV research teams & BIPV R&D facilities An international mapping, second version by Task 15

The scope of the report is to map the research and development teams and test facilities active in BIPV. It focuses on 17 country members of IEA PVPS Task 15 and thus, this report does not provide an exhaustive list of all research teams and facilities around the globe.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Compilation and Analysis of User Needs for BIPV and its Functions byTask 15

This report focuses on the needs for BIPV and the multiple functions that BIPV provides from the perspective of the users. The “users” may be the building owner, the building occupants or the professionals involved in planning and constructing the building, such as the architects, engineers, consultants and contractors. Other remote “users” could also be the building supervisor, the city authorities (or other involved administrations), the investors and banking institutes financing the project, and insurance companies. Some of the needs may be identical for all of these users; others may be specific to a single user.

The report can be downloaded here.

Press Release

International R&D Project Collection – Advanced Cooperation between Distribution and Transmission Network Operation by Task 14

This report is a collection of international R&D projects, with a focus on advanced TSO/DSO cooperation procedures. Therefore, 19 international R&D projects from the United States, Europe, and Japan have been identified and their objectives, key findings, and recommendations have been collected and summarized. The project fact sheets were provided directly by project members or through a detailed literature review.

The report can be downloaded here.