The graphs below show the trend of average solar PV prices and the amount of installations over the last decade. As you can see, the solar industry has had a massive increase in their consumer market and as a result, more competition. Now more than ever, it's crucial for businesses within this industry to not only deliver a cheap product, but also increase production to meet market demands. With growth as rapid as what we see in the solar industry, businesses are forced to not only grow rapidly to stay competitive but also need to adapt to evolving technology to meet market standards. Ken is aware of all of the problems that can arise when trying to stay competitive in this industry, and has personally faced these challenges having had to face them all personally. His experience has made him able to not only understand these issues, but foresee future changes that need to be done in order to keep you one step ahead of everyone else.
Source: Solar Market Insight Report 2014
Companies within the solar market sector face enormous challenges despite the world’s growing demand for renewable and clean energy. Technological advances are an every day necessity as solar competes with fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric and other emerging energy technologies. In order to compete, solar cell manufacturers must drive higher conversion efficiencies, increase throughput and improve yields. Although the business climate is ever changing as key technologies (multi-crystalline, thin film, concentrated PV) jockey for market dominance, aggressive cost controls and the managing of working capital separate the winners from the losers. Because FiT’s (feed in tariffs) and energy subsidies are becoming more and more scarce, fundamental business practices and controls must be implemented.
Ken can provide the leadership and manufacturing controls required to take your company to the next level in solar power. He has led the transition from flat panel display technology and processes to turnkey solar production lines with Oerlikon. Ken has teamed with premier solar tracker manufacturers and collaborated in the development of leading edge gearboxes and electronic control systems. He has also spent time in China performing due diligence on leading thin film manufacturers and speaking with university research scientists about next generation solar cell technology. Ken’s knowledge and experience, along with his history of implementing manufacturing cost controls and managing working capital, will assure your company’s success in a most competitive global market.