GVR Report cover Distributed Energy Generation Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Distributed Energy Generation Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Residential, Commercial & Industrial), By Technology (Fuel Cells, Solar PV), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Aug 2020
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-027-9
  • Number of Pages: 130
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018

Report Overview

The global distributed energy generation market size was valued at USD 242.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.5% from 2020 to 2027. Factors, such as growing environmental awareness, increasing government policies and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, and demand for energy, are expected to drive the market over the forecast period. Increasing R&D initiatives for the development of new technologies are also expected to augment the market growth. Schemes and incentives by the governments, such as feed-in-tariff in North America and the Asia Pacific, are likely to fuel the demand for DEG systems. Government schemes are aiming to promote the installation of such systems across industrial, residential, and commercial applications. These systems can be operated on-grid as well as off-grid depending on the application as well as their location. Moreover, various benefits of DEG over conventional energy generation methods are expected to fuel the market growth.

The U.S. distributed energy generation market size

The U.S. market is anticipated to witness significant growth from 2020 to 2027. The deployment of DEG technologies has increased since 2014 owing to the adoption of supportive government policies, such as Production Tax Credit (PTC) that provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for the electricity generated by DEG resource and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that allows the tax credit to be taken based on the amount invested instead of the electricity produced.

Growing awareness about clean sources of energy is expected to enhance the demand for DEG systems. Moreover, DEG systems are cheaper than conventional power generation methods. Hence, the demand for a clean source of energy coupled with the economical costing of the product is estimated to have a positive influence on the market growth over the projection period.

Current development in regulatory policies across North America has resulted in the progress of the overall market. Factors including provincial renewable energy policy improvement in Canada, and successful implementation of energy auctions in Mexico, are resulting in a bigger deployment rate of DEG technologies in the region. Rising usage of solar PV rooftop arrangements for commercial and residential applications is assessed to be one of the vital trends that are boosting the market growth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has enormously stuck the Chinese economy with various other trade commotions. China, being one of the largest exporters of DEG goods, has observed an immense decline in the trading sector, due to lockdowns imposed in several parts of the countries. This is likely to affect the market as the companies are pulling out of new investments and the government is cutting down the subsidies.

Technology Insights

The fuel cells segment led the market in 2019 accounting for the largest share of over 36%. Fuel cells have numerous benefits over other conventional technologies. Fuel cells operate at higher efficiencies, convert chemical energy into fuel to electrical energy, and provide efficiencies up to 60% and have lower emission levels.

Solar PV technology, the fastest-growing form of renewable energy, is estimated to register the maximum CAGR from 2020 to 2027. In this technology, PV modules made from semiconductor materials are exposed to solar rays, thereby creating an electrical current. Wind turbine technology will register a significant growth owing to the growing number of installations of wind turbines in China, which is driven by the reduced feed-in tariffs.

Wind turbines find applications in agriculture, industrial, educational, and residential sectors. In agricultural fields, wind turbines provide energy to irrigation pivots, heating, and lighting applications and processing equipment. Challenging economic conditions and growing budget constraints are expected to restrain market growth. However, rising environmental concerns are expected to be the key factor responsible for segment growth.

Gasoline- and diesel-fueled reciprocating engines are commonly used for standby application and create a significant amount of pollution, in terms of noise and emissions. Hence, cleaner natural-gas fired engines are being developed to address the pollution concerns.

Application Insights

Commercial & industrial application types accounted for the largest market share of over 70% in 2019 owing to low product installation costs along with easy access to utility areas. In addition, governments around the globe are advancing policies to increase the deployment of renewable technologies in these applications as they provide higher efficiency, energy security, emission reduction, and higher resiliency compared to conventional electricity generation methods.

The growing adoption of solar photovoltaic units for power generation owing to its ability to provide quality and clean power is likely to drive the demand for DEG systems over the forecast period. Large-scale solar PV units are ideal for heavy industrial applications whereas small- to medium-scale units fulfill the energy demands in the commercial applications.

Global distribution energy generation market share

Frequent outages coupled with increasing electricity costs are expected to have a positive impact on the DEG market growth. Favorable government policies coupled with supportive regulations, such as net metering, are expected to increase the number of DEG installations globally.

Heating and ventilation of floor spaces, along with the cooking and cooling applications have fueled the DEG systems demand globally. DEG systems, namely solar PV systems, are mounted on buildings that easily interconnect with the grid. These systems transmit the excess generation to the grid during the day and draw power from the grid during the night.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific led the global market in 2019 accounting for the largest share of over 47%. The region will retain its dominant position expanding at the fastest CAGR from 2020 to 2027. The increasing demand for energy due to rising population coupled with rapid urbanization in countries, such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia, is likely to be the key factor for the market growth. The product demand in China, in particular, is largely catered by the urban cities of the nation. The increasing disposable income levels in the country are also expected to drive the market in China.

North America is projected to have significant growth over the forecast period. The wind turbine has the highest market share in this regional market. However, solar PV is the fastest-growing segment due to declining costs, wider geographic distribution products under the solar lease, and third-party ownership models.

The product demand in Europe is largely catered by Germany and Italy. Demand for solar PV and wind turbines is expected to grow rapidly in the regional market owing to increasing renewable energy targets and the number of supportive policies set by the governments. The European Commission has set its target to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030.

Fuel cells are another major technology used in Europe with CHP. It provides benefits compared to a single-fueled generator and its cost-effective installation boosts the demand for CHP systems in a variety of applications including residential buildings, oil & gas production facilities, and other commercial applications.

The MEA is expected to grow at a significant rate owing to the increased adoption of DEG for industrial applications. The solar PV system market has been growing substantially, particularly in South Africa, owing to the growing need for clean energy, which, in turn, is expected to fuel the market in MEA. The availability of solar and wind energy in MEA countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is one of the primary factors attracting various end-use industries to opt for renewable energy sources.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive owing to the increasing competition at the global level as the market is leading towards the lowering of the technological cost. The companies are investing in research and development to innovate new technologies. Some of the prominent players in the distributed energy generation market include:

  • Vestas Wind Systems A/S

  • Capstone Turbine Corp.

  • Caterpillar

  • Ballard Power Systems Inc.

  • Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction

  • Rolls-Royce plc.

  • Suzlon Energy Ltd.

  • General Electric

  • Siemens

  • Schneider Electric


  • Sharp Corp.

  • First Solar

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

  • Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc.

Distributed Energy Generation Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 249.8 billion

Market volume in 2020

1,84,241.1 MW

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 580.8 billion

Volume forecast in 2027

4,36,461.6 MW

Growth Rate

CAGR of 11.8% from 2020 to 2027 (Revenue-based)

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in MW, revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Volume and revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Technology, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central and South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; Mexico; The U.K.; Germany; Italy; China; India; Australia; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Vestas Wind Systems A/S; Capstone Turbine Corp.; Caterpillar; Ballard Power Systems, Inc.; Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction; Rolls-Royce plc; Sharp Corp.; Suzlon Energy Ltd.; General Electric; Siemens; Schneider Electric; ENERCON GmbH; First Solar Mitsubishi Electric Corp.; Toyota Turbine; Systems Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2020 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global distributed energy generation market report on the basis of technology, application, and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Volume, MW; Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Wind Turbine

    • Solar Photovoltaic

    • Reciprocating Engines

    • Fuel Cells

    • Gas & Steam Turbine

  • Application Outlook (Volume, MW; Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Residential

    • Commercial & Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, MW; Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

    • Central and South America

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East & Africa

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