Note: the EE Times headline is at odds* with the body, so I used my own.
From EE Times Deutschland:
Solar panel sales to contract in 2009, says forecast
The economic crisis will impact significantly solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations, according to market research group The Information Network (New Tripoli, PA.)
The solar panel market is set to contract in 2009 because of the slowdown in economic growth and the credit crunch, stated Dr. Castellano, president of The Information Network. "Newly installed solar capacity will reach only
7.1 GWattsin 2009, equivalent to a global growth rate of 26 percent,down from our forecast of 49-percent growth earlier this year."
The market research firm said it expects panel prices will fall between
20 to 30 percentin 2009 as global supply of polysilicon doubles. The solar panel market is due to recover in 2010, with a 48-percent growth to 10.5 GWattsof newly-installed PV systems.
*Deceleration in growth rate is not contraction.
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