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Table 10.8 Photovoltaic Cell and Module Shipments by Type, Trade, and Prices, 1982-2010
Table 10.8  Photovoltaic Cell and Module Shipments by Type, Trade, and Prices, 1982-2010







Year


U.S.
Companies
Reporting
Shipments
Shipments Trade Prices 1
Crystalline Silicon Thin-Film Total 2 Imports Exports


Cells



Modules
Cells
and Modules
Modules
Only
Cells
and Modules
Modules
Only
Cells
and Modules
Modules
Only
Cells
and Modules
Modules
Only
Cells
and Modules
Modules
Only
Number Peak Kilowatts 3 Dollars 4 per Peak Watt 3
1982 19 NA NA NA NA 6,897 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
1983 18 NA NA NA NA 12,620 NA NA NA 1,903 NA NA NA
1984 23 NA NA NA NA 9,912 NA NA NA 2,153 NA NA NA
1985 15 5,461 NA 303 NA 5,769 NA 285 NA 1,670 NA NA NA
1986 17 5,806 NA 516 NA 6,333 NA 678 NA 3,109 NA NA NA
1987 17 5,613 NA 1,230 NA 6,850 NA 921 NA 3,821 NA NA NA
1988 14 7,364 NA 1,895 NA 9,676 NA 1,453 NA 5,358 NA NA NA
1989 17 10,747 NA 1,628 NA 12,825 NA 826 NA 7,363 NA 3.08 5.14
1990 5 19 12,492 NA 1,321 NA 5 13,837 NA 1,398 NA 7,544 NA 3.84 5.69
1991 23 14,205 NA 723 NA 14,939 NA 2,059 NA 8,905 NA 4.08 6.12
1992 21 14,457 NA 1,075 NA 15,583 NA 1,602 NA 9,823 NA 3.21 6.11
1993 19 20,146 NA 782 NA 20,951 NA 1,767 NA 14,814 NA 5.23 5.24
1994 22 24,785 NA 1,061 NA 26,077 19,064 1,960 NA 17,714 NA 2.97 4.46
1995 24 29,740 NA 1,266 NA 31,059 19,627 1,337 NA 19,871 NA 2.53 4.56
1996 25 33,996 NA 1,445 NA 35,464 24,534 1,864 NA 22,448 14,128 2.80 4.09
1997 21 44,314 NA 1,886 NA 46,354 33,645 1,853 NA 33,793 22,956 2.78 4.16
1998 21 47,186 NA 3,318 NA 50,562 32,313 1,931 NA 35,493 19,015 3.15 3.94
1999 19 73,461 NA 3,269 NA 76,787 43,073 4,784 4,630 55,585 24,545 2.32 3.62
2000 21 85,155 NA 2,736 NA 88,221 55,007 8,821 5,016 68,382 36,277 2.40 3.46
2001 19 84,651 NA 12,541 NA 97,666 67,033 10,204 7,029 61,356 34,282 2.46 3.42
2002 19 104,123 NA 7,396 NA 112,090 64,413 7,297 6,378 66,778 32,559 2.12 3.74
2003 20 97,940 NA 10,966 NA 109,357 80,062 9,731 9,289 60,693 30,229 1.86 3.17
2004 19 159,138 NA 21,978 NA 181,116 143,274 47,703 14,096 102,770 66,278 1.92 2.99
2005 29 172,965 NA 53,826 NA 226,916 204,996 90,981 44,443 92,451 72,017 2.17 3.19
2006 41 233,518 NA 101,766 NA 337,268 320,208 173,977 99,687 130,757 116,561 2.03 3.50
2007 46 310,330 NA 202,519 NA 517,684 494,148 238,018 173,165 237,209 215,364 2.22 3.37
2008 66 665,795 NA 293,182 NA 986,504 920,693 586,558 449,813 462,252 409,261 1.94 3.49
2009 101 984,161 NA 266,547 NA 1,282,560 1,188,879 743,414 625,182 681,427 615,094 1.27 2.79
2010 112 [6] 2,114,881 [6] 519,516 [6] 2,644,498 [6] 1,734,149 [6] 976,955 1.13 1.96
1Prices equal shipment value divided by quantity shipped.  Value includes charges for advertising and
warranties.  Excluded are excise taxes and the cost of freight or transportation for the shipments.
6Beginning in 2010, because of changes to survey methodology, survey data for cells and modules
cannot be summed.
2Includes all types of photovoltaic cells and modules (single-crystal silicon, cast silicon, ribbon silicon,
thin-film silicon, and concentrator silicon).  Excludes cells and modules for space and satellite applications.
NA=Not available.  
3See "Peak Kilowatt" and "Peak Watt" in Glossary. Note:  Shipments data are for domestic and export shipments, and may include imports that
subsequently were shipped to domestic or foreign customers.
4Prices are not adjusted for inflation.  See "Nominal Dollars" in Glossary. Web Page:  For related information, see http://www.eia.gov/renewable/.
5Data were imputed for one nonrespondent who exited the industry during 1990. Sources:  -  1982-1992-U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Solar Collector Manufacturing
Activity, annual reports.  -  1993-2002-EIA, Renewable Energy Annual, annual reports.
-  2003 forward-EIA, Solar Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report (and predecessor reports), annual
reports.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)