Import flows still good, but decelerating
The U.S. imported roughly double the volume of solar modules in April and early May compared to a year ago.
NEM 3 (Week 4) – Still holding up better than expected
Since April 14, permit activity in cities switching to California NEM 3.0 have declined by roughly 35% peak-to-trough.
NEM 3 (Week 3) – Searching for bottom
For the week ended May 5th, California residential solar permits declined by another 13% and are now tracking down more than ~30% since the onset of NEM 3.0.
NEM 3 (Week 2) – Steady decline but not a free fall
While the full force of NEM 3.0 has yet to hit local data, the less dramatic decline so far suggests installations could be better than expected over the next 3-9 months.
NEM 3 (Week 1) – Not too bad
We think the first week was fairly constructive with permits in the state falling by less than 20% from the prior week
NEM 3 (Week 0) – Five part weekly series tracking the decline in California rooftop permits (SPWR, RUN, ENPH)
Over the last 10 weeks, California permit activity has been a moonshot as homeowners rushed to file paperwork before the NEM 3.0 April 14 deadline.
Takeaways from Austin RE+ Conference
After a strong Q1, leading edge anecdotes at the Austin RE+ conference suggest that new inbounds are coming to a halt in California.
March imports continue to be strong; Cambodia (BYD, New East) big growth; Avoid EIA Monthly Shipments Report (it is wrong)
India, South Korea, and Cambodia imports have been particularly notable, collectively up 400% compared to a year ago.
Updating resi-solar model for California permit surge (Q1 permits +50% y/y)
Since late January, our data is showing a surge (as expected) in California residential solar permits
Feb solar module imports remain firm
Despite noise around detentions, February PV module imports have remained firm.