Overall demand “will not swing wildly and will instead be continuously sustained by large PV (photovoltaic) power plans and commercial PV systems,” Patrick Lin, a TrendForce analyst, said in a note.
Prior to the credit extension, IHS analyst Ash Sharma projected a 10% decline in solar demand for 2017 after the credit expiration. Now, S&P Capital analyst Angelo Zino expects global installations to grow by 8% in 2016. However, Zino anticipates growth to slow from breakneck speeds in prior years as the industry matures.
“From a demand perspective, we do expect growth to decelerate in 2016, given the fact the industry is starting to mature here in the U.S.,” Zino told IBD.
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Max Chen contributed to this article.