Assuming the industry continues to click, the U.S. will soon be installing 30-40 GWac (40-50 GWdc) of utility solar per year
Orderbook study; 95 GWac (~600 projects) getting close to construction; Top 10 developers will make 60% of orders; NXT slight winner
roughly 95 GWac of U.S. projects have recently cleared key regulatory hurdles and are now in late stage project development.
Broadly speaking, activity across the board was robust in July, particularly for new construction which was almost double last year.
Panel supply flows are great compared to 2022
roughly 2.5 GWac (30 GW annually) of new solar was started in June, suggesting that tracker demand can continue to grow despite mediocre new construction in early 2023
Generally speaking, solar generation has been disappointing in H1’23, increasing by a modest 7% (lagging the 20% growth in solar capacity over the same period).
Although we are still waiting on final June data, utility scale construction metrics have generally been mixed relative to our original expectations for H1’23.
While new construction starts and tracker activity is progressing as expected in Q2, the conversion to panel installation is concerning.
The U.S. imported roughly double the volume of solar modules in April and early May compared to a year ago.
After a relatively slow winter, April new construction starts have picked back up to ~25 GWac annually.