Using the Spatial Distribution of Installers to Define Solar Photovoltaic Markets

Eric OShaughnessy, Gregory Nemet, Naim Darghouth

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Solar PV market research to date has largely relied on arbitrary jurisdictional boundaries, such as counties, to study solar PV market dynamics. This paper seeks to improve solar PV market research by developing a methodology to define solar PV markets. The methodology is based on the spatial distribution of solar PV installers. An algorithm is developed and applied to a rich dataset of solar PV installations to study the outcomes of the installer-based market definitions. The installer-based approach exhibits several desirable properties. Specifically, the higher market granularity of the installer-based approach will allow future PV market research to study the relationship between market dynamics and pricing with more precision.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages33
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-66773


  • balance of system
  • market research
  • PV
  • PV installations
  • soft costs
  • solar balance of system
  • solar soft costs
  • spatial distribution


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