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Solar ETF Key Takeaways | September

EU to Hit Renewable Targets Ahead of Schedule Thanks to Solar  Explosive growth in solar power has most EU countries hitting their 2030 renewable energy targets early.  EU countries added 41 gigawatts of new solar capacity in 2022, a 40% YOY increase, and that figure is expected to rise to over 50 gigawatts this year.   Solar PV led the EU’s renewable energy growth in the first half, up 13% over last year, with many countries registering record power generation with Greece and Romania surpassing 50% for the first time, and Denmark and Portugal reaching 75%. For the first time, solar and wind accounted for 30% of electricity production this summer in the EU. Some 27 countries are now slated to reach their installation targets by 2027, according to data from SolarPower Europe. 

US Solar Stocks Stand to Benefit – Two Top Picks from Goldman – Increased solar installation activities across the U.S., along with impressive growth projections, bodes well for U.S. solar stocks. The Inflation Reduction Act has also bolstered the growth prospects of domestic players as have other renewable energy programs like Combined Heat and Power Partnership, Energy Star, and WaterSense. Renewable energy accounted for 20% of all U.S. electricity generated in 2022, with solar and wind contributing the most to the power gride. One such beneficiary has been First Solar, which recently secured a 5-year deal to provide module for Israeli-based renewable energy firm Energix Renewables. It makes the list of Goldman Sachs’ favorites among renewable energy names, saying the stock could surge as much as 50% from current levels. Goldman is also a fan of SolarEdge, a manufacturer of microinverters, which are essential to photovoltaic power generation installations as they convert the DC into AC.  SolarEdge has 40% of the market share in the U.S. Both these names are held in TANN.

China’s Solar Companies Face Margin Squeeze – A factory boom in China is lowering the cost and boosting the demand for solar, but also squeezing company margins amid soaring profits and record global installations.  Shares of Longi Green Energy Technology, the world’s largest panel maker, have lost 36% this year despite reporting a 42% jump in net income in the first half of the year.   Although the global solar market is growing at an accelerated pace, solar manufacturers across the value chain remain under margin pressure, as prices across the supply chain have plummeted with panel costs hitting record lows.

Lower Prices Boosting Demand for Solar – The good news is that lower prices are boosting demand and accelerating the path to carbon-neutrality.  Global solar installations are set to jump 56% this year, on track to add more than 5,800 gigawatts of capacity by 2030 to help meet net-zero targets. The negative outcome for panel manufacturers is the potential for oversupply.  Firms such as Jinko Solar and Tongwei recently announced plans to build new factories, while Longi’s chairman warned that Chinese companies need to curtail their expansion plans. Longi’s gross margin was 19% in the first half, a level that may have peaked as new capacity heightens competition.

SolarEdge Not Cutting Prices Until End of the Year - SolarEdge Technologies said it was not looking to cut prices for its solar inverters till the end of the year despite a dip in near-term demand from Europe, betting on cheaper panels to increase affordability for consumers. Energy costs in Europe, the company's largest market, have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine, leaving households with high electricity bills and straining power grids across the region.

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Macro Outlook

As record temperatures soared across Europe this summer, for the first time, solar and wind accounted for 30% of electricity production.  Solar PV led the EU’s growth in renewable energy generation during the first half of the year, up 13% over last year at this time.  A report from energy think tank Ember, highlights 17 EU countries registered record renewable generation in the first half, with Greece and Romania surpassing 50% for the first time, while Denmark and Portugal reached 75%.   Solar capacity additions have increased throughout Europe, spearheaded by Germany which added 6.5GW in 1H 2023, of which 2.6GW was added in Q1.  52% of Germany’s electricity in now generated by renewables.  Italy also more than doubled its solar PV capacity with 2.6GW of installations in the first half.  Spain and Portugal have nearly doubled their previous solar growth targets slated by 2030.  As other countries continue to submit their revised targets, with Germany and France still pending, the EU expects 90GW of extra solar PV by 2030.  Many countries are now meeting targets earlier than expected, with some 27 countries now slated to reach their installation targets by 2027, according to data from SolarPower Europe.   The biggest obstacle to growth, especially with PV prices dropping, is grid congestion and the need for more electric infrastructure spend to support the growth of renewables. 

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Please note that all performance figures are showing net data. Source: Bloomberg / HANetf. Data as of 31/08/2023

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