Companies that are investing in the renewable energy sector are looking for the energy type that will lead the "Green Revolution". This analysis will take an in-depth view into this issue and highlight how solar energy will compete in the global market. Several companies that participate in the semiconductor and surface mount technology equipment markets have found great success in this market because of their competencies in their core markets. This study will address key trends such as drivers, restraints, challenges, technology trends and competitive analysis. This deliverable will provide key market participants with the necessary business intelligence to help them accelerate growth in a fast paced market.