After years of double-digit growth, the U.S. rooftop solar market is shifting expectations to a flatter curve of adoptions and adjusting their business models to lower costs and improve profitability and cash flow, according to coverage from Bloomberg.
Residential installations are already slowing from the 79 percent expansion in 2015. Developers are expected to add 2.76 gigawatts this year and that will inch upward to 2.77 gigawatts in 2017 as investment slips 6.4 percent to $6.8 billion, according to estimates from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Does this mean electrical manufacturers and distributors who didn’t jump on the solar bandwagon have missed their chance? Or with installation rates stabilizing just below 3 gigawatts is this an ideal time for companies with expertise in tight-margin flow business models to take their place?