Renewable distributed energy generation (RDEG), which includes both distributed small wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV), is an emerging mode of operations that is a growing alternative to the traditional centralized power generation infrastructure, according to a report from Pike Research.
The RDEG market will experience strong growth over the next several years, with total system revenues increasing from $50.8 billion in 2009 to $154.7 billion by 2015, according to the report, titled ‘Renewable Distributed Energy Generation.’ During this period, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that annual RDEG capacity additions will increase from 5.9 GW in 2009 to 15.1 GW by 2015.
‘The economics of sub-utility-scale renewable energy continue to improve at a rapid pace,’ says Peter Asmus, senior analyst at Pike Research. ‘This downward price curve is fueling demand for distributed solar PV and small wind systems as an alternative to centralized power generation. But the transition to a more distributed system is no small matter, and it requires the evolution of policies, technologies and business models.’
Asmus adds that, while RDEG currently represents a small part of the global electric power generation capacity – just 0.2% – it has the potential to play a much larger role in the future. Although Europe and the U.S. are the largest markets for RDEG today, China and India are huge potential markets. Pike Research anticipates that Europe will continue to be the largest market for RDEG during the 2010-2015 forecast period, but China will see the largest market growth as the cost of renewable energy approaches that of conventional energy.
SOURCE: Pike Research