Solar EPC Innovation Guide

Solar EPC Innovation Guide

An Expert Advisor

Worldwide, the solar power sector is currently dominated by thin margins and low differentiation factor. In such a competitive environment, how can an installer stand-out and make money?

This is the first report of its kind which provides the reader critical insights and data points on how to be a differentiator in the solar sector by implementing innovative and feasible solutions.

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About the Report


Solar Mango has realized that many successful solar installers are differentiating themselves from the rest by taking up and implementing innovative solar technologies and concepts. Solar Mango has prepared the Global Solar EPC Differentiator Report to assist new and existing installers keen on exploring methods to succeed in the solar industry.

This comprehensive expert report and guide will be invaluable for EPCs keen on exploring strategies to differentiate themselves in the global solar industry. In this report, Solar Mango provides case studies of various innovative solar technologies and business models, discusses the potential for each of these, and provide insights on sales strategies that help them differentiate in a highly competitive solar market.



What are the innovations talked about in this report?

Solar Mango, based on its’ comprehensive understanding of the solar market, aims to project the key solar innovations – technology and business models – that can be a key growth driver for EPCs. The innovations for rooftop and ground-mounted segments have been addressed.

In the report, Solar Mango has arrived at a list of 20 innovations which have promising future potential and are implementable. The report discusses the various characteristics and aspects that define each of these innovations.

  • Solar carports
  • Elevated solar rooftops
  • Floating solar power plants
  • Bifacial panels
  • Solar loans
  • Community solar
  • Customer acquisition software
  • Construction management software
  • Asset management
  • Cloud-based tools such as salesforce
  • Flexible solar panels
  • Transparent solar panels
  • Colored solar panels
  • String-level solar monitoring solutions
  • IoT in solar monitoring
  • BIPVs
  • Perovskites
  • High-efficiency PERC cells
  • Rooftop solar trackers
  • Anti-dust solar panels
  • Multi-junction solar cells
  • Solar panels on greenhouses
  • Solar-wind hybrids
  • Solar rickshaws
  • Solar ferries
  • Energy storage

Who should buy this report?

The focus segment of this report are new and existing

  • Solar installers
  • Solar system integrators
  • Solar EPCs

This report is targeted towards entrepreneurs and businesses who wish to adopt innovative solutions that set them apart from the rest by incorporating differentiated strategies to become successful.

Why should you buy this report from Solar Mango?

Solar Mango’s Expertise in the Solar Sector

  • Solar Mango is one of the most respected brands in the Indian solar sector.
  • Considered the #1 solar guide, our expertise in the technical, market and commercial aspects of solar energy has benefitted over 1500 stakeholders – ranging from industries, commercial establishments, small businesses, entrepreneurs, government, educational institutes and more.
  • Through our focused consulting assignments and research reports, and our team of industry specialists, we bring in in-depth expertise in many critical aspects of solar power, especially solar PV.

Solar Mango’s Contacts in the Indian Solar Sector

  • Being a pioneer in solar power industry research and consulting (we have been serving the Indian solar power market since 2009 when the solar power growth was just beginning)
  • We own some of the leading online resources for solar energy in India, Solar Mango has one of the most extensive contact networks with solar industry specialists and experts in the field.

Snapshots of Attractive Solar Innovations



Source: GTM Research

Prominent carport installations


Source: Constellation

Capacity Installed

2.4 MW dc


Headquarters of Owens Corning, Toledo

Business Model

Build, Own, Operate

PPA Period

20 years




Located above 935 parking canopy spaces, the solar installation is currently one of the largest of its kind in Midwest US and supports Owens Corning’s newly expanded goals aimed at reducing its environmental footprint.


 Floating Solar Plant

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Source: Kyocera

The plants, inaugurated in late March 2015, will generate an estimated 3,300 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year in total– enough electricity to power approximately 920 typical households.


Two reservoirs in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan


Kyocera TCL Solar LLC


Nishihira Pond: 1.7MW; Higashihira Pond: 1.2MW
(Total: 2.9MW)

Solar Modules

255-watt Kyocera modules (11,256 modules in total)

Expected annual power generation

Approx. 3,300MWh/year
Electricity generated will be sold to the local utility (The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.) through Japan’s feed-in-tariff system.

Start of construction

September 2014

Start of operation

March 2015


Community Solar

Community Solar Growth Rate in the USA


Source: GTM Research

The next five years will see the U.S. community solar market add an impressive 1.8 gigawatts, compared to just 66 megawatts through the end of 2014.

Bifacial Solar

Bifacial Module Shipments from China


Source: EnergyTrend

According to EnergyTrend, shipments of dual-glass modules from Chinese manufacturers grew to about 800~900MW. Trina Solar accounted for half of the China’s shipments, followed by Canadian Solar and BYD. Other major Chinese suppliers include Almaden, JA Solar, Phono Solar and Jinneng Clean Energy.         

Bifacial solar Manufacturers






GxB Series


LG Solar

60 cell NeON 2



Trina Solar




Canadian Solar

Diamond Series



Yingli Solar


TwinMAX 60 cell series




“430” silica gel dual-glass module




Prominent Installation – Renovation of ‘Palmenhouse’ Munich, Germany


Source: Sapa Solar

Capacity Installed

27 kWp

Panel Make

Sapa Solar, Polycrystalline

Panel Rating

75 Wp

No of panels



For the renovation of this greenhouse, financed by the city of Munich, some glass was substituted by solar see-through panels. Because direct solar rays are harmful to some of the tropical plants in the greenhouse, modules with 35% transparency were integrated into the roof.



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Key Topics Covered

Global Solar Power Scenario

  • Overview of solar installed capacity
  • Trends in different solar markets
    • Solar pricing trends
    • Growth drivers

This section provides market data and trends for the following regions

  • China
  • Germany
  • US
  • Japan
  • UK
  • India
  • Emerging markets
    • South Asia
    • Africa
    • South America

Challenges faced by Solar Installers and EPCs

  • Challenges
    • Lack of innovation and differentiation
    • Thin margins
    • High competition

Emerging Innovative Solar Products & Services

  • Emerging Innovative solar products and services
    • Innovative Solar Technologies
      • Solar carports
      • Elevated solar rooftops
      • Floating solar power plants
      • Bifacial panels
      • Rooftop solar trackers
      • Anti-dust solar panels
    • Innovative Solar Business Models
      • Solar loans
      • Community solar
      • Virtual net metering
      • Group metering
    • Innovative Solar Sales Strategies
      • Customer management software

In this section, a parametric analysis of different solar products & services is performed based on the following parameters

  • Target segments
    • Ground-mounted and rooftop
    • Geography-based
    • Industry-based
  • Key benefits to the end user
  • Key risks and challenges
  • Key technology/scientific aspects that drive the innovation
  • Vendors who are already supplying this or similar solution
  • Ideally suited segment

Avenues for Differentiation

  • Technical avenues for innovation
    • Rooftop sector
      • High-efficiency solar panels
      • Customized mounting structure designs
      • Solutions for special rooftop surfaces
        • Curved roof
        • Steep roof
      • Solar PV- solar thermal combination
    • Ground-mounted
      • Advanced data acquisition systems
      • Solar-wind hybrids
      • Construction management software
    • Superior service
      • Transparent service-level agreements
      • Quick turnaround time
      • Automation of EPC functions
      • Offering buyer’s credit
    • O&M avenues for differentiation
      • Bundled O&M with EPC
      • Asset management solutions
    • Marketing Innovations
      • Innovative branding techniques
        • Well packaged solar power packs
      • Customer acquisition software

Case Studies

  • Case Studies on innovative solar installations
    • Colored solar panels – Sistine Solar
    • Solar carports – Sunshot Technologies – 513 kWp in a leading international airport in India
    • Rooftop Solar Trackers – Edison Microgrids
    • Bifacial modules – SolarWorld’
    • BIPV – Heliatek
    • Multi-junction cells – Insolight
    • Floating solar plants – Kyocera

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Send an email to Muthukrishnan –

PRICE OF REPORT: Rs 52,500 (US $800)

About Solar Mango

Solar Mango is a division of Energy Alternatives India (EAI), India’s largest renewable energy and clean technology research and consulting firm.

The range of services Solar Mango provides include:


Clients whom we have assisted –

 ·         Solar Mango assisted an Indian IT company in the selection of innovative and customized solutions such as high-efficiency solar panels and hybrid inverters for their rooftop solar power plant.

·         Solar Mango assisted the World Bank in getting a thorough understanding of solar and other renewable energy investments in India

·         Solar Mango provided turnkey market entry and market development assistance for a major German firm in the solar plant monitoring space to enter, recruit, conduct road shows, and acquire prominent customers for the Indian market.


Other Clients –

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