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Sharp plans to stop in-house production of a-Si thin-film PV modules, says Nikkei News

Jul 31, 14:09

Japan-based Sharp plans to stop in-house production of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film PV modules as they are less price competitive, according to Japan-based Nikkei News.

GCL-Poly Energy has no plans to produce solar cells

Jul 30, 11:55

China-based polysilicon and solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, in response to a report that the company has acquired equipment with annual production capacity of 1.0GWp to undertake in-house production of crystalline silicon solar cells for own use, has clarified...

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China imports 10,942 tons of polysilicon in June

Jul 30, 11:30

China imported 10,942 tons of polysilicon in total in June, with 84.8% from South Korea, Germany and the US, and 60,088 tons of the material was imported in first-half 2015, increasing 30.8% on year, according to China's customs statistics.

China adds PV installation capacity of 7.73GWp in 1H15, says NEA

Jul 29, 14:19

China added total PV installation capacity of 7.73GWp during the first half of 2015, consisting of 6.69GWp for power-generating stations and 1.04GWp for distributed PV systems, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA).

Taiwan solar cell makers hike August quotes to US$0.31/W

Jul 28, 11:42

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, in view of strong demand mainly from China-based PV module makers, have raised quotes from US$0.30-31/W for July to an average level of US$0.31/W for August, according to industry sources.

China on-grid PV installation capacity reaches 6.32GWp in areas covered by major networks in 1H15

Jul 27, 20:09

The PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems completed and connected to local power grids in areas covered by the five nationwide power generating and distributing groups in China during first-half 2015 had total installation capacity of 6.32GWp, hiking 77.03% on year, according to State...

Insufficient on-grid capacity hinders development of PV power generation in China

Jul 27, 13:09

While the establishment of PV power-generating stations in China is increasing fast, connecting these stations to local power grids and distributing generated electricity to end users is progressing at a significantly insufficient rate, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA)...

China to approve pilot PV power-generating stations with 2-3GWp annual installation capacity

Jul 27, 12:59

China's National Energy Administration (NEA), in a bid to boost advanced PV power-generating technology, will approve 2-3 pilot PV power-generating stations featuring advanced technology and with total installation capacity of 2-3GWp a year, according to NEA.

China PV installation capacity in 2H15 estimated at 12-13GWp, says CPIA

Jul 24, 10:58

The total installation capacity of PV power-generating stations and rooftop systems to be established in China in the second half of 2015 is estimated at 12-13GWp, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).

Prices for solar cells produced outside Taiwan, China expected to rise 2-3% in August

Jul 24, 10:55

As demand for crystalline silicon solar cells produced in countries other than Taiwan and China has rebounded mainly due to higher than expected US final anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs on imports from China and Taiwan, prices for such solar cells are expected to increase 2-3% in August,...

Annual revenues from global solar PV installations expected to surpass US$151 billion in 2024, says Navigant

Jul 22, 14:24

Following years of module oversupply and artificially low pricing, solar photovoltaic (PV) is expected to soon shift from a high-cost, subsidized source of energy to a growing market with the potential to displace other energy technologies. By the end of the decade, solar PV is projected to be cost-competitive...

Gintech expects Tongwei investment to accelerate Thailand solar cell plant project

Jul 22, 11:17

China-based Tongwei Group will invest NT$850 million (US$27.4 million) for a 10% stake in Taiwan-based solar cell maker Gintech Energy, and Gintech has said the investment will enable it to complete establishment of annual production capacity of 1GWp for solar cells and 450MWp for PV modules at a factory...

Thailand official visits Gintech

Jul 21, 10:50

In response to Gintech Energy's investment to set up a solar cell factory in Thailand, executive director Seksan Ruangwohan for Investment Promotion Bureau 3 under Thailand's Board of Investment on July 20 visited the company to express appreciation and continued support of the investment, according...

China-based Tongwei to acquire 10% stake in Gintech

Jul 20, 21:31

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy on July 20 announced that China-based Tongwei Group will subscribe to its 50 million new shares issued for private placement at NT$17 per share, a total price of NT$850 million (US$27.4 million), for a 10% stake.

PERC solar cell equipment in short supply, say Taiwan makers

Jul 20, 09:59

As Taiwan- and China-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have adopted a PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) process to hike energy conversion rates, PERC equipment is in short supply and is likely to continue be until the end of 2015, according to Taiwan-based solar cell makers.

Win Win Precision obtains TUV certification for 300W PV module

Jul 15, 11:28

Taiwan-based Win Win Precision Technology has disclosed it has obtained IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certification by Germany-based TUV Rheinland for a PV module made of 60 PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline silicon solar cells with power generation of 300W.

US revised tariffs weaken competitiveness of China PV modules

Jul 10, 15:50

The US Department of Commerce has finalized the revisions to anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariff rates originally imposed on China-based PV module makers in October 2012, hiking the average rate to 30.61%, and this is expected to weaken China-produced PV modules' competitiveness in the US market,...

GCL-Poly Energy to set up solar-grade monocrystalline wafer capacity

Jul 8, 14:27

China-based solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings will extend production to solar-grade monocrystalline wafers through setting up annual production capacity of 10GWp in Ningxia, northwestern China, according to industry sources.

Motech, Neo Solar, Gigastorage post strong results for June

Jul 8, 12:03

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported June consolidated revenues of NT$2.136 billion (US$68.9 million), a 21-month high level with growth of 28.90% on month and of 42.04% on year, while fellow maker Neo Solar Power posted NT$1.807 billion in June consolidates revenues,...

Hulk Energy obtains Fraunhofer ISE certification for CIGS thin-film PV modules

Jul 8, 12:00

CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV module maker Hulk Energy Technology has obtained maximum power generation certification by Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) for its Cigs-3000 series models, according to the company.

Gintech sees increased June revenues

Jul 7, 11:41

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.427 billion (US$46.0 million) for June, increasing 15.57% sequentially and 55.60% on year to reach the highest monthly level so far in 2015.

Giga Solar reports record sales for June

Jul 7, 11:04

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.304 billion (US$42.1 million) for June, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive time with growth of 14.76% on month and of 67.41% on year.

SAS starts construction of PV power-generation station in Philippines

Jul 6, 22:00

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has had its Cayman Islands-registered subsidiary SAS Sunrise begin construction of Sepalco, a PV power-generating station with installation capacity of 50MWp located in Palo, central Philippines, according to the compan...

SAS June revenues hit record

Jul 6, 21:48

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) on July 6 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.597 billion (US$83.8 million) for June, hitting a monthly record with growth of 14.66% on month and of 4.75% on year.

Giga Solar acquires PV power-generating station in Japan

Stockwatch - Jul 6, 10:31

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has had its Japan-based subsidiary acquire a PV power-generating station under construction in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, for JPY1.80 billion (US$14.51 million), according to the company.

China-based Xi'an LONGi lowers prices for M2 solar-grade monocrystalline wafers for Taiwan solar cell makers

Jul 3, 10:48

China-based Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials has lowered quotes for M2 (large-size) solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers for Taiwan-based solar cell makers, company president Li Zhen-kuo said on July 2.

Solartech, Danen June revenues up sequentially

Jul 2, 11:17

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported June consolidated revenues of NT$981 million (US$31.7 million), increasing 38.56% on month and 18.31% on year, while solar wafer maker Danen Technology's June consolidated revenues reached NT$123 million, growing 2.14% on month but...

GET to outsource production of solar-grade silicon wafers to Eversol

Jul 1, 20:12

Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on July 1 announced that it will outsource solar ingot production and wafer slicing to Eversol.

Taiwan solar cell makers should consolidate, says Motech CEO

Jul 1, 15:16

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, are facing the impact of US anti-dumping tariffs and increasing competition from China and other countries, have to consolidate to most efficiently utilize resources and increase their international competitiveness, according to CEO Chang Peng-heng...

First-tier China makers to sell solar production lines, say Taiwan makers

Jul 1, 11:58

Several first-tier China-based PV makers, in an attempt to reduce operating burdens and concentrate resources on product lines or business with significant international competitiveness, plan to sell production lines for solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers or crystalline silicon solar cells, according...

Tainergy obtains solar cell orders with shipments scheduled through August

Jul 1, 11:41

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Tainergy Tech has received orders with shipments scheduled through August, company chairman Frank Hsieh said at a company shareholders meeting on June 30.

Solar cell makers lower prices

Jun 29, 14:33

Solar cell makers in countries other than China and Taiwan have lowered quotes for polycrystalline models from US$0.37-0.38/W to US$0.35-0.36/W, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Green Energy Technology to hike prices by 5% in July

Jun 26, 15:48

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET), in view of booming orders, will hike quotes by about 5% in July, company president Swean Lin said at the 2015 shareholders meeting on June 26.

Green Energy Technology president Swean Lin

Solartech Energy to expand PERC polycrystalline solar cell capacity

Jun 26, 11:46

Solartech Energy will expand annual production capacity of PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline silicon solar cells with an average energy conversion rate of 18.8% from 60MWp at present to 240MWp in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Monocrystalline solar cells face increasing competition from PERC polycrystalline models

Jun 26, 11:34

While global demand for crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules has being rising, demand for monocrystalline solar cells and PV modules has appeared to be weak mainly due to increasing competition from PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline models. Both are comparable in energy...

SAS to set up overseas subsidiary for investment in PV power generation

Jun 26, 10:58

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will set up a subsidiary to be registered in the Cayman Islands, SAS Sunrise, specifically for investment in PV power-generating stations. SAS Sunrise will initially invest in a PV power-generating station with installation...

Gigastorage aims for full capacity utilization in 3Q15

Jun 23, 12:29

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage is currently utilizing 80% of its production capacity of 700MWp and, in view of increasing orders, hopes that capacity can be fully utilized in the third quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Gintech Energy hopes to turn operations into profitability in 3Q15

Jun 22, 23:55

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy, viewing that its production capacity is being fully utilized due to booming orders, expects demand to exceed capacity in July and will then outsource production and thus hopes that business operations will swing from the red to profitability in the...

Gintech Energy chairman and CEO Wennet Pan at the 2015 shareholder meeting

Taiwan ranks 3rd among China polysilicon suppliers in April

Jun 22, 23:44

China imported 10,897 tons of solar-grade polysilicon in April 2015, with 1,851 tons (or 16.99%) coming from Taiwan, behind only the 3,785 tons from South Korea and 3,667 tons from Germany and more than the 1,584 tons from the US, industry sources in Taiwan cited China customs statistics as indicati...

PV modules shipped from Taiwan, Malaysia detained at Rotterdam seaport

Jun 18, 15:04

1.5 million PV modules equivalent to 50MWp in total capacity, shipped from Taiwan and Malaysia have been detained at the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, due to suspected circumvention of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs imposed by the European Union (EU) on China-made PV modules, according...

Neo Solar Power to establish overseas capacity, says chairman

Jun 18, 13:38

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power will establish overseas solar cell and PV module production capacity by setting up a factory or cooperating with local makers for OEM production, according to company chairman Quincy Lin.

Licensed polysilicon imports via China EPZs to end on August 31

Jun 17, 11:36

The China government in September 2014 banned polysilicon imports through export processing zones (EPZs) to block evasion of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs, but exempted importers with EPZ import licenses. However, the exemptions will expire on August 31, 2015 and consequently prices for...

AUO setting up 21MWp rooftop PV systems in central Taiwan

Jun 17, 11:13

TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) have been setting up rooftop PV systems with total installation capacity of 21MWp at its factories in central Taiwan, with the PV systems to be completed in 2016 and able to generate electricity of 76,520kWh a day for use by 7,652 households, according to the...

PV systems set up by AUO on roofs of its factories in central Taiwan

32GW of utility-scale solar to come online ahead of US 2017 ITC deadline, says Solarbuzz

Jun 16, 15:25

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US aiming to be operational before the expiration of the 30% Federal energy investment tax credit (ITC) on December 31, 2016. According to Solarbuzz, over 32GW of projects greater than 5MW in size are still in development...

Motech aims at synergy from merger with Topcell Solar

Jun 16, 12:28

Solar cell maker Motech Industries formally merged with fellow maker Topcell Solar International on June 1, 2015 and aims to generate substantial synergy form the merger in 2015, according to company chairman Steve Tseng.

Photonics Festival in Taiwan set to begin

Jun 15, 22:21

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei during June 16-18, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest optoelectronics technologies and development trends from the optoelectronics industries and featuring 1,011 booths to attract more than 30,000 visitors from over 40...

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei

Taiwan makers see increased orders for high-efficiency solar cells from China

Jun 15, 12:00

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have seen a significant increase in orders for models with energy conversion rates over 17.8% from China, with prices hiking to US$0.31/W, according to industry sources.

China-based Solarbao provides online trading services for investment in PV power generation

Jun 15, 11:27

Solarbao, a China-based e-commerce platform, provides online trading services for investors to acquire existing or soon-to-be-completed PV power-generating stations and then lease back the facilities to the original operators, according to China-based tech.qq.com.

ReneSolar, ET Solar to export OEM-made PV modules to Europe, says CBN Daily

Jun 12, 11:00

China-based PV module makers ReneSolar and ET Solar, as they have been removed from the European Union's (EU) MIP (minimum import price) framework and therefore will be subject to high anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs, will instead have OEMs in countries other than China and Taiwan produce...

Heraeus files patent infringement complaint against Giga Solar

Jun 11, 12:03

Germany-based Heraeus Holding on June 10 filed with Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court a charge against Taiwan-based PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials for allegedly infringing its patent concerning tellurium-added glass material.

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