Global solar forecasts lowered as China cuts support policies


Global solar forecasts lowered as China cuts support policies

China’s unexpected move to slash incentives for solar power has sent stocks into a free fall and prompted analysts to lower forecasts for global installations this year amid expectations that a glut of excess panels would send prices tumbling.

China announced on June 1 changes to the subsidies that has underpinned its rise to become the world’s largest solar market in recent years.

IHS Markit, a market research firm, was preparing to lower its global solar installation forecast for this year by between 5 and 10 gigawatts, or up to 9 percent, analyst Camron Barati said.

The impact in China, which accounts for half the global market, could be up to 17 GW, the firm said. Read More

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