The cost of raw materials and transportation has soared In 2022, more than half of the world's photovoltaic projects are facing delays and cancellation risks

2021-11-10 17:33
Industry consulting agency Resta Energy recently released the latest report that due to the soaring cost of raw materials and transportation, it is estimated that in 2022, more than half of the world's solar mounting projects will face the risk of delay or even cancellation.
 The cost of raw materials and transportation has soared In 2022, more than half of the world's photovoltaic projects are facing delays and cancellation risks
The report pointed out that due to supply chain pressure and rising raw material prices, of the approximately 90 million kilowatt utility-scale photovoltaic projects planned to be installed in the world in 2022, the construction of about 50 million kilowatts may be hindered.
According to data from the market research organization Esson Huamai, since October 2020, the price of polysilicon has risen by more than 200%. In addition, affected by the continuous increase in the cost of raw materials including silver, copper, aluminum and glass, as of the second half of this year, the manufacturing cost of photovoltaic modules has risen by nearly 50% year-on-year, reaching the highest level since 2017.
In addition, tight supply chains and rising shipping costs will continue to push up the prices of various raw materials. According to a report by Resta Energy, since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, shipping costs have risen by nearly 500%, and the cost of driving photovoltaic raw materials has also risen.
The report pointed out that solar mounting structure and related transportation costs usually account for 1/4 to 1/3 of the total capital expenditure of the project. When the cost of modules and transportation increases, it will significantly affect the revenue of photovoltaic projects. Resta Energy compared last year’s transportation costs with current costs and found that the increase in various costs has increased the cost of photovoltaic power by 10%-15%. For most projects planned for 2022, this increase is Has already posed a major challenge.
Industry media "Photovoltaic Magazine" quoted Kyungrak Kwon, director of the non-governmental organization renewable energy project, as saying that the delay or interruption of the supply chain of photovoltaic raw materials will last at least until the second quarter of next year. If the problem of insufficient raw material supply is not resolved, then solar panels The price of solar bracket may not drop for two years.
David Dixon, senior renewable energy analyst at Resta Energy, said: “The photovoltaic industry is facing one of the most severe challenges. It is expected that the current industry bottleneck will not be alleviated in the next 12 months. Offtakers will have to decide whether to reduce profits, postpone the project or increase the offtake price to complete the project."
However, it is worth noting that industry analysts believe that although polysilicon production capacity has declined or even stagnated globally, China’s polysilicon production capacity has continued to expand, increasing from 91,000 tons at the end of 2010 to nearly 500,000 tons in 2020. . The industry generally believes that, at present, China's photovoltaic industry chain is large, mature in technology, and rapidly declining costs, coupled with China's strong support for the development of renewable energy, therefore, it is expected that China's photovoltaic industry will maintain a high level of growth.

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