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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Solar Power Generation

Overview: the U.S. Solar Power Generation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Solar Power Generation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Solar Power Generation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Electricity - Generation

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Solar Power Generation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Solar Power Generation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Solar Power Generation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7%
Business Operations Specialists 5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 11%
Engineers 8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 16%
Information and Record Clerks 5%
Customer Service Representatives 5%
Customer Service Representatives 5%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 29%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 21%
Line Installers and Repairers 15%
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 14%
Production Occupations 15%
Plant and System Operators 12%
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers 11%
Power Plant Operators 8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Solar Power Generation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Civicsolar raises $1 million in funding. - 11/21/2017
  • Civicsolar trademarks "CIVICSOLAR" - Reseller services - 09/25/2017
  • Solarreserve trademarks "THERMAVAULT" - Installation and maintenance of solar energy based power plants - 08/10/2017
  • Envision Solar International raises $2 million in funding. - 02/23/2017
  • Envision Solar International patents System And Method For Charging A Plurality Of Electric Vehicles - 01/26/2017
  • Terraform Power trademarks "TERRAFORM POWER" - Financial investment in the field of solar, wind and other renewable and clean energy - 08/16/2016
  • Solarreserve raises $19 million in funding. - 09/29/2015

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Envision Solar International
    Rec Solar Commercial

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

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    • World's largest solar thermal plant to be built in S. Australia - The sunlight will then heat molten salt to 565 degrees centigrade, generating steam to drive a turbine that will produce 150 megawatts of electricity making it the largest single-tower solar thermal plant in the world. It will have the capacity to power ... (01/11/2018)
    • Alternative to silicon offers cheaper solar power - Last year more than 90 gigawatts of solar power were installed globally — equivalent to the energy generating capacity of Turkey. However, researchers believe that in coming years solar power could become even more efficient and cheaper than it is now. (01/11/2018)
    • Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Enters PPA for New Solar Facility - natural gas generation projects to meet the future energy and capacity needs of our member communities.” In addition to the power output provided by the Buffalo Solar facility, the Agency’s renewable energy portfolio includes 122 MW of wind energy from ... (01/10/2018)
    • DOE Invests $12 Million to Improve Solar Forecasting - Utility-scale and distributed solar together account for nearly 15 percent of California’s net electricity generation ... support the operation of the grid at a 300-megawatt solar PV power plant in California, which GTM reported on last year. (01/10/2018)
    • Westmoreland authority turning to solar power - Officials announced Wednesday they'll build a solar energy generating plant to provide a portion of the power needed to operate the authority's sewer plant near Hunker. Authority board members unanimously approved a 25-year contract with Sunrise Energy of ... (01/10/2018)
    • $1 Billion of investment ranks Dominion Energy's solar fleet sixth largest among owners of U.S. utilities - Dominion Energy's long-term energy forecast calls for another 5,200 MW of new solar generation in the next 25 years, enough to power 1.3 million homes at peak output. Here is how it's being accomplished: There are 13 projects totaling 353 MW that Dominion ... (01/10/2018)
    • About half of new U.S. power came from renewables last year - Between March and May last year, total monthly electricity generation from renewable energy beat nuclear power for the first time in 33 years. But in August, the solar eclipse that darkened mid-day skies across much of the country crimped output from solar ... (01/10/2018)
    • Dominion Energy invests $1B in solar - Dominion Energy said that is enough to power 340,000 homes during peak sunshine. In Virginia, Dominion Energy has 27 solar generating facilities covering nearly 4,700 acres either in operation or under development. Dominion has several high-profile solar ... (01/10/2018)
    • EUROPE POWER-Cold snap forecast lifts demand, day-ahead power prices - amid a slump in wind and solar power generation. * The German baseload electricity contract for Thursday delivery gained nearly 10 percent, or 4.25 euros to 47.25 euros ($56.57) a megawatt-hour (MWh). * The equivalent French contract was up 4 euros at 47 ... (01/10/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $3,217,573 on Solar Power Generation. It has awarded 64 contracts to 27 companies, with an average value of $119,169 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Power generation, solar electric, Electric power generation, solar, Solar farms, etc.

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