Why is Solar the Big Winner of the Energy Revolution?

The following is a marketing newsletter issued by Active Niche Funds S.A. (ANF) and is intended for professional investors.


This is the June 2023 monthly update.



“Solar PV becomes the new king of electricity supply.”
International Energy Agency – World Energy Outlook 2020




Active Solar returned a positive performance in June (+3%). The negative sentiment in regard to trade tensions between the USA and China is still holding back our stocks. In addition, we are witnessing an increased competition in China on sales of solar panels, which will have an impact on some companies’ margins in the second half of the year. We are logically reducing our exposure to these Chinese stocks.


Global Market Outlook 2023 – 2027 (SolarPower Europe)


SolarPower Europe released its main report called “Global Market Outlook 2023 – 2027”. The report gives an overview of the global solar market with historical data as well as expectations to 2027.

It is worth noting that last year solar PV accounted for 2/3 of every new renewable capacity addition:



Bordier conference : “Les enjeux du solaire”


Pascal Rochat was a speaker at a Bordier conference focusing on all aspects of solar. Other speakers were Raphaël Domjan (SolarStratos), Prof. Christophe Ballif (EPFL) and Vincent Rittener (Romande Energie).


In 20 minutes, Pascal gives an overview of the worldwide solar market and the potential investment opportunity (in French):



Pareto podcast with Pascal Rochat


Pascal was the guest at a well-known financial podcast in Scandinavia: the Pareto Podcast.


A 36 min conversation covering all aspects of the solar sector and Active Solar. Very enlightening, in particular if you are not familiar yet with the sector or the fund!






Active Solar complies with article 9 SFDR  (EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation), which means it is a “dark green” fund with a sustainable investment objective. Active Solar’s primary environmental objective in the framework of the Taxonomy Regulation is Climate Change Mitigation.


Several criteria related to Environment, Social and Governance are analysed and rated for each company. The results of these analyses play a significant role in the investment decisions





1) Decarbonisation


European Union
Target of being carbon neutral by 2050 and reducing CO2 emissions by 55% until 2030 vs. 1990 levels. REPowerEU targets 740 GW of solar capacities by 2030.


Target of being carbon neutral by 2060 and reducing CO2 emissions before 2030.


Target of being carbon neutral by 2050 and reducing CO2 emissions by 50% until 2030 vs. 2005 levels. Power generation to be 100% decarbonised by 2035.


Other countries
Almost every industrialised country is aiming to decarbonise its economy by mid-century, which is only possible with a massive increase in solar installations.


CO2 market
CO2 emissions prices should keep increasing and a global CO2 market could progressively be implemented.


2) Consensus of the energy sector


International Energy Agency

In the « World Energy Outlook 2022 », the IEA expects  in the “Announced Pledges Scenario” that solar PV will generate 13% of global electricity in 2030 and 31% in 2050 (3.5% in 2021). The “Net Zero Emissions by 2050” scenario sees solar producing 20% of the world electricity in 2030; this means that ca. 3’800 GW of solar PV capacities will be installed worldwide in the next 8 years, allowing global solar capacity to jump from around 1’200 GW at the end of 2022 to 5’000 GW by 2030.


Utilities and oil majors
Not only the utilities, but also the oil majors, are now all investing billion into solar PV: they unanimously recognise solar as a key driver of the energy transition.


Impact on other sectors
Every industry is now facing the pressure to set net zero targets.


3) Growth and maturity of the solar sector


The solar sector benefits from three mature environments: technology, industry and markets. Annual installations of solar PV will keep growing significantly to potentially reach 520 GW in 2025:


4) Investors’ interest


All institutional investors in the world are progressively aligning their portfolio with ESG criteria and disinvesting from fossil fuels in order to invest in renewables.


The stocks momentum is absolutely huge; it will last several years.





The revolution of the energy sector is only beginning thanks to large scale solar installations at extremely low costs. Solar generated 3.5% of the world electricity in 2021… and will probably account for 20% in 2030, which means new installations of ca. 4’000 GW in 8 years (350 GW expected in 2023).


Not only are we convinced that the world is now on a path to full decarbonisation, but we are clearly witnessing the decarbonisation of the power sector as the first and obvious step towards net-zero; most industrialised countries will be 100% renewables in the 2030s.


Francesco La Camera, Director-General at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), explains why renewables are absolutely key to limiting global warming:


“First, the costs of renewable technologies have plummeted to the point that new fossil-based electricity is no longer an attractive option. Second, the progress in the power sector is spilling over to end uses, allowing a re-imagining of possibilities with the abundance of renewable options at hand. Third, a consensus has formed that an energy transition grounded in renewable sources of energy and efficient technologies is the only way to give us a fighting chance of limiting global warming by 2050 to 1.5°C.” 



Active Solar gives investors the best exposure to the main revolution of the 21st century:

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