2Q 2021

Analyst Insight: Residential DER Set for Long-Term Growth

Global DER Deployment Insights

Despite the lasting effect of COVID-19 on the value chain, deployments of distributed energy resources (DER) are expected to continue to increase in 2021. According to Guidehouse Insights estimates, the global market for residential DER is expected to add more than 60 GW in annual capacity in 2021. Beyond 2021, residential DER looks set for long-term growth, with EV charging and residential solar leading the way. Over the next decade, residential annual capacity as a percentage of total annual capacity is expected to increase from 31% to 43% as residential applications gain on commercial and industrial (C&I) applications.

The US, China, India, and Japan are expected to be the largest markets for residential DER from 2021 to 2030. Decarbonization and decentralization targets around the globe are expected to drive growth in DER adoption as a supportive regulatory environment encourages investment in DER.

This Guidehouse Insights report focuses on residential DER. The report covers 14 DER technologies grouped across four distinct parts of the value chain that generate, manage, and consume electricity. Despite their distinct characteristics, these technologies usually operate behind the meter (BTM) at customer facilities. In some cases, the technologies are owned and operated by actors outside traditional utilities, such as the technology owner or third-party service providers and aggregators.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 4
  • What are the key drivers for residential DER growth?
  • Which regions represent the largest markets for residential DER in the coming decade?
  • How will residential DER capacity grow over the next decade?
  • How will residential DER capacity change over time as a share of total DER capacity?
  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Genset and microturbine vendors
  • Fuel cell vendors
  • Microgrid vendors
  • EV charging vendors and service providers
  • Energy suppliers, utilities, and grid operators
  • Energy service companies (ESCOs)
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community


Scope of the DER Database

Executive Summary

Market Inflection Trends

Market Drivers and Barriers

Global DER Deployment Market Forecast

Key Recommendations

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Additional Resources


  • Annual Residential DER Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2021-2030
  • Annual Residential DER Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2021-2030
  • Market Drivers and Barriers
  • Residential DER Deployment Industry Growth Potential, World Markets
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