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Huawei, Sungrow dominate solar inverter market in 2021

The Global top 10 solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter vendors shored up 82 percent of market share in 2021, increasing by 2 percent compared to 2020, says Wood Mackenzie, a global intelligence provider.
Global PV inverter shipments grew 22 percent or 40,250 MWac (mega-watt, alternating current) to 225,386 MWac in 2021 compared to 2020. This is mainly driven by strong growth in markets in Europe, India, and Latin America where government support increased to meet decarbonisation goals, according to Wood Mackenzie.
Annie Rabi Bernard, research analyst, Wood Mackenzie, said: “Despite soaring raw material prices, supply chain challenges and delayed constructions, global PV inverter shipments continue to rise.
“Leading vendors have become bigger, and the top players continue consolidating market share in 2021.”
In addition, for the seventh consecutive year, Huawei and Sungrow continue to lead the pack taking the first and second positions, respectively.
However, Huawei’s market share stayed at a stable 23 percent in 2021, while Sungrow ranked a close second at about 21 percent growing from approximately 19 percent in 2020.

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According to Wood Mackenzie, Second runner-up Growatt accounted for 7 percent of market share, replacing SMA, which slid down to the sixth position. The top three vendors control over half of the world’s solar PV inverter market.
Furthermore, GoodWe jumped four positions to rank at number five in 2021 owing to large shipments to the Asia Pacific region, particularly China and South Korea. The company also scored the largest growth in shipments, nearly five-fold between pre-covid 2019 and 2021.
In addition, entering the top 10 list for the first time is Israeli-backed SolarEdge which secured the ninth spot in 2021, adding about 1,000 MWac, since 2020 with a focus on the European market.
However, in terms of geographic reach, Asia Pacific consumed over half or 116,064 MWac of the global solar PV inverter shipments in 2021. Shipments to China, India and Australia accounted for the increase in demand, with Huawei and Sungrow maintaining their dominance in the region.
According to Wood Mackenzie, Europe took up 23 percent of the global market with 50,770 MWac inverter shipments. The market increased its inverter shipment capacity by over 17,000 MWac in 2021 from 2020, with an impressive 52 percent year-on-year growth.
Also, demand growth in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Poland’s ambitious target of 7,300 MWac of solar PV by 2030 contributed to the significant increase.
The US, however, saw a minor reduction of 360 MWac in inverter shipment in 2021 from 2020, and accounted for 14 percent of the global market share.
And supply chain constraints, record-level raw material costs and rising costs for developers contributed to the slight year-on-year dip. Spanish-headquartered Power Electronics continues to hold the biggest market share in the country. The company is ranked seventh on the leader board.

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