Solar Water Heater Installation in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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Though their future remains unclear, federal and state tax incentives have driven growth in solar water heater installations. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Solar Water Heater Installation industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Most of industry revenue comes from residential installations; therefore, the health of the housing market plays a large role in determining the fate of solar water heater installers.

Over the past five years, solar investment tax credits have helped mitigate the decline of the Solar Water Heater Installation industry, which otherwise suffered from reduced demand due to the real estate market’s collapse and tepid recovery. Although an assortment of federal and state investments into solar energy have subsidized the cost of industry services, they have been insufficient to restore the industry to its prerecession heights. Since first being introduced in 2006, the tax credits have been extended through 2016 and caps on subsidies to residential customers have been removed. Despite economic challenges, these policies have underpinned moderate growth over the past five years.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Edward Rivera, “Most of industry revenue comes from residential installations; therefore, the health of the housing market plays a large role in determining the fate of solar water heater installers.” The industry has benefited in recent years from a rise in housing starts and increased home renovations. “This resulted in more solar water heaters installed in new construction projects,” says Rivera.

The industry is highly fragmented, with low barriers to entry and a prevalence of independent operators that service local markets. Participation in the industry is expected to expand in the coming five years as construction companies increasingly offer solar water heater installation services. Revenue is also expected to grow at a faster pace through 2019, though it’s uncertain whether the federal policies that have been so favorable to the industry in recent years will continue. Regardless, technological advancements in solar water heaters and rising demand from the corporate sector are expected to drive the most demand for industry services.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Solar Water Heater Installation in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in this industry install solar water heater systems as part of general residential and commercial contracting services. These operators are contracted either directly by the customer or by solar marketing companies that arrange a buyer for solar thermal systems and contract an industry operator to carry out the work.

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Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
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Globalization & Trade
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Market Share Concentration
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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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