How to forecast the solar energy market from an investor perspective
The solar energy industry is changing faster than most of us ever imagined.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in California, where a new state law requires all new solar installations to be priced according to their true cost of production.
As it stands now, the average installation price of a new solar project in the state is $4,300 per kilowatt hour, according to a recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association.
That is less than half the market price of $7,500 per kilawatt hour.
That’s a lot less money to invest, and a lot more of money to lose.
But there’s more to this than economics.
The report also notes that the average price of solar projects in California has grown over the past five years by more than 70%.
The growth is largely due to new technologies such as solar thermal, and the California Solar Energy Authority (CalSER) expects the number of solar thermal installations to increase by another 40% over the next five years.
It has also increased its estimate of the number that will be built, from 5,500 in 2015 to 12,000 in 2021.
As of January 2018, CalSER had a total of 4,500 projects under construction in the California solar market, according the CalSER website.
That number is expected to increase to 5,400 in 2021, and is projected to increase further.
CalSER also expects that the number building solar projects will increase by an additional 300% over 2020, when the state had about 20,000 solar projects under contract.
The new solar regulations are part of a broader shift away from fossil fuels in the solar market.
This change has resulted in more competition for solar contracts.
There are more than 20 solar power projects under development around the world.
As more and more solar projects are built, it has become increasingly difficult for existing competitors to make a living.
A study by the Solar Foundation found that a number of the world’s top energy companies have already gone public in the last two years.
Among them are Tesla, the biggest investor in SolarCity, and SolarCity itself, which announced in May 2018 that it was shutting down its solar project, and laying off all of its workers.
While this move by some of the biggest players in the industry may not be all bad news for the solar industry, it does put more of a strain on the solar contractors who are making those contracts.
The Solar Energy Association, a trade group that represents solar contractors and energy companies, says that a combination of these regulations could have a major impact on solar contractors’ ability to operate.
“This could have an impact on the efficiency of those contracts, especially as more and less solar developers are taking on new projects,” the Solar EIA’s Matthew Pemberton told Ars.
“The longer this lasts, the less the incentive there is to be efficient.”
CalSER estimates that there will be a loss of $2 billion to $3 billion in contracts between 2021 and 2023 as a result of the regulations.
In addition, Pemberth said that the solar contracting industry is already at a disadvantage because many contractors are already competing for contracts in places where there is not enough solar power available to meet the demand.
“Some of the most competitive markets in the world are also ones where there are no contracts, and so there’s a huge risk that contractors could see their contracts drop significantly,” he said.
“If we see that kind of decline, that’s going to have a huge impact on our contractors, who are struggling to make ends meet and make ends right.”
In some ways, the solar contracts themselves are already being hit.
One of the main reasons that the market is changing is because of the rise in solar thermal technologies.
These solar thermal projects rely on a hot gas to generate energy.
The hot gas is typically used in refrigeration, but can also be used to generate electricity when the sun is not shining.
While a lot of people are excited about solar thermal technology, a lot are worried about the technology’s environmental impact.
The technology is an environmentally friendly way to generate power, but the thermal energy released when a solar thermal project is installed could cause serious problems for water and air pollution.
A new report from CleanTechnica found that there are more solar thermal plants in operation than ever before.
However, the report also noted that solar thermal is not a sustainable way to produce electricity.
While the technology has been used in some parts of the country for years, it is a lot slower to develop and build than the traditional coal-fired power plants.
And while it is possible to produce energy from the heat of the sun, the thermal process has a very low energy return on investment.
“As more solar technologies are added to the market, the costs will increase and the cost of electricity will go up,” Pembert said.
It is also a problem for companies that are trying to build and expand solar projects.
“A lot of the big companies are looking at what they can do in