As the clean energy industry emerges from a challenging period caused by the global economic downturn, it is entering a stage of rapid change in which business models are being transformed against a backdrop of regulatory uncertainty.
The market seems to be reviving business structures and technologies that were once abandoned.
Utilities are becoming more involved again with power generation deployments, most notably in solar. The growing popularity of direct current (DC) at both the micro-distribution and high-voltage transmission levels of service is an unexpected development for many in the industry. And there's an increasing diversity of scale and resources being deployed in the renewable sector, a sign of the growing maturity of this market segment.
Pike Research identified 10 trends that are contributing to this transformation, including: