Solar Energy Markets

Solar Energy Markets

An Analysis of the Global Solar Industry

1st Edition - November 14, 2013

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  • Author: Philip Jordan
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123971746
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123977687

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This groundbreaking new book features holistic coverage of technological breakthroughs, financing trends, workforce development issues, and comparative regional case studies in solar energy. It provides a global bird's-eye view of the industry for scientists, engineers, business leaders, and policymakers — anyone seriously engaged in the rapidly evolving field of solar energy. The expert author's analysis includes primary data from the first comprehensive solar industry survey conducted in the United States, insights from key thought leaders in the energy sector, and case studies from international leaders in solar development. Solar Energy Markets examines six key drivers of the solar industry: 1) a new culture of environmentalism; 2) policy and markets; 3) financing and venture capital; 4) economics and cost-competitiveness; 5) innovation; and 6) labor. In a field too often marked by divisive over-specialization, this resource provides invaluable context, demonstrating how the solar field’s innovative triumphs and inherent challenges play out in the real global marketplace.

Key Features

  • Analyzes key drivers of the solar industry at international, national and local levels
  • Synthesizes the first comprehensive surveys of the U.S. solar industry
  • Uniquely ties together technological innovation with market implications for engineers, business leaders and policymakers alike
  • Examines the evolving role of China in global solar markets


Primary: Energy and Power Engineers; Scientists, Researchers working w. Renewables
Secondary: Students in Engineering and Physics programs; Technicians and Investors working in energy-related disciplines

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    1. Introduction: An Overview of the Solar Industry

    2. The Mechanics of Solar Power

    Installed Capacity

    The Manufacturing Process

    Thin Film

    Concentrated Solar Energy

    Parabolic Trough

    Power Tower

    Fresnel Reflectors

    3. The New Culture of Environmentalism

    Global Trends

    United States



    4. Finance and Venture Capital

    Research, Development, and Deployment

    Private Investment Trends

    Global Investments

    Public Sector Spending

    5. Global Solar Policy

    Energy Policy

    EU Policy Framework


    6. Federal and State Energy Policies

    Federal Policies

    State Policies


    7. The Solar Labor Market—Efficiencies and Productivity

    United States



    Sales and Distribution

    Project Developers




    8. Global Markets

    Global Energy Demand

    9. The Economics of Solar Power

    10. Afterward


Product details

  • No. of pages: 158
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: November 14, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123971746
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123977687

About the Author

Philip Jordan

Philip Jordan, Vice President of BW Research Partnership and Executive Director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute, provides labor and market intelligence to the public workforce system, universities and colleges, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Further, he consults on various green workforce projects and programs across the US and conducts qualitative analysis of workforce to drive public policy. The former Director of the Cuyamaca College Center of Excellence and Director of Innovation Parnerships at Mass Insight Corporation, Jordan has served as a liaison with industry and government, conducted analysis for economic indicators focused on development strategy and determined occupational growth in various industry sectors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President of BW Research Partnership and Executive Director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute

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