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Giga Solar Materials subsidiary signs PV EPC contracts

Jun 23, 16:30

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has announced that Sunshine Solar Power Generation, its Philippines-based subsidiary engaged in investment in PV power generation projects, has signed contracts with local EPC contractors Meralco Industrial Engineering Services and Paris Manila Technology...

Solartech Energy to expand PERC solar cell capacity

Jun 23, 10:42

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy will expand PERC cell production capacity through adding two production lines to total six beginning August 2017, with the additional capacity to come into operation in October, according to company chairman and CEO Liu Kong-hsin.

Solartech chairman

First-tier China makers offer 3-year supply contracts for mono-Si solar wafers

Jun 22, 16:18

First-tier China-based makers of mono-Si solar wafers, anticipating continued strong demand and short supply, have offered 3-year supply contracts for Taiwan-based solar cell makers, with fixed prices mainly based on OEM quotes or possible pricing trends, according to industry sources.

Gintech Thailand plant has order visibility till year end

Jun 21, 11:41

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy's factory in Thailand has obtained orders with shipments scheduled through the end of 2017, according to company president Pan Wen-whe.

Gintech chairman Pan Wen-whe

China January-May PV installation capacity estimated at 11.08GWp

Jun 20, 11:21

The total installation capacity for additional ground-mounted PV power stations and distributed PV systems completed and on grids around China during January-May 2017 is estimated at 11.08GWp, decreasing 1.6% on year, according to China-based media reports.

SAS subsidiary in Germany sees full PV module capacity utilization

Jun 20, 11:17

Germany-based PV module maker Aleo Solar GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), has seen utilization of annual production capacity of 150MWp rise from 85% to 100% and has received orders in excess of the capacity, according to company president Doris...

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China makers lower prices for solar-grade monocrystalline wafers

Jun 16, 15:21

Leading China-based makers have lowered prices for solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers by US$0.026 to US$0.76 for models with thickness of 180-micron and by US$0.02 to US$0.78 for 190-micron models, according to industry sources.

NSP fully utilizing PERC monocrystalline solar cell capacity

Jun 16, 10:48

Neo Solar Power has fully utilized its annual capacity of 600MWp for PERC monocrystalline silicon solar cells due to strong demand for high-efficiency solar cells, according to company chairman Sam Hong.

Neo Solar Power chairman Sam Hong

General Energy Solutions wins Premios Atabey award in Dominican Republic

Jun 15, 20:06

General Energy Solutions (GES), a PV power generation investor and EPC operator has won the Premios Atabey award for a PV power-generating station under construction in Monte Plata province, in the Dominican Republic. The award carries the highest honor for environment protection in the country, according...

TSEC expanding PERC solar cell capacity

Jun 14, 12:09

Solar cell maker TSEC is expanding production capacity for PERC models at its factory in northern Taiwan, with annual capacity to increase from 450MWp at present to 850MWp in August 2017, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao

China PERC solar cell production capacity to double in 2017

Jun 13, 10:41

China-based solar cell makers, including second- and third-tier ones, are scrambling to upgrade their production lines for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cells, eyeing the government incentives for establishment of model PV power-generating stations using high-efficiency modules, according...

UL to set up IoT testing center in Taiwan

Jun 9, 15:47

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) will set up a testing center for IoT technology and products in northern Taiwan, which will open as soon as the end of 2017, according to UL Taiwan.

Giga Solar Materials poised to start production in China

Jun 8, 14:29

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials completed equipment installation at a new factory in Yancheng, eastern China, in May 2017 and will ramp up production to reach full utilization in the third quarter of 2017, company chairman Jimmy Chen said after the company's 2017 shareholder meeting...

Gigastorage running at full ingot growing capacity

Jun 8, 14:15

Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage has fully utilized production capacity for polycrystalline silicon ingot growing and about 70% ingots are from export or outsourced orders, according to company chairman Jimmy Chen.

Japan market: Sharp to use Foxconn-made semi-finished PV panel frames to save costs, construction time, says paper

Jun 6, 14:29

Sharp will adopt semi-finished PV panel frames produced by Foxconn Electronics, a majority shareholder of Sharp, for PV power-generating stations it will establish in Japan, in a bid to save material costs and construction time, according to Japan-based Nikkei.

Taiwan solar-grade silicon wafer makers decrease domestic supply

Jun 5, 14:49

Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer makers, which are unable to compete with China-based makers due to high slurry-based slicing costs, have increased exports of solar-grade crystalline silicon bricks (unsliced wafers) and accordingly reduced domestic supply of sliced wafers to solar...

TPVIA requests FTC to probe solar cell price reporting by PVinsights, EnergyTrend

Jun 1, 15:37

The Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA) has filed a request with Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate weekly reporting of crystalline silicon solar cell prices by two market research firms, PVinsights and EnergyTrend, because the reported prices are below real market levels...

AUO showcasing high-efficiency PV modules at Intersolar Europe 2017

Jun 1, 15:17

TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUP) is exhibiting SunVivo and SunPrimo, high-efficiency 5-busbar PV modules made of 60 mono-Si solar cells and 60 poly-Si ones respectively, at the Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich, Germany, during May 31-June 2, according to AUO.

AUO-produced SunVivo (left) and SunPrimo PV modules

China market: Advantech offers SPMS for cloud-computing management of distributed PV systems

May 23, 13:01

Industrial computing device maker Advantech has offered Solar Power Management System (SPMS), a smart platform for remote monitoring and cloud-computing management of power generation by distributed PV systems, in China, according to the company.

China sets tentative target installation capacity of 8-10GWp for model PV power stations in 3rd round

May 23, 12:41

China has set a tentative target installation capacity of 8-10GWp for the third-round selection of model PV power-generating stations, according to China-based media reports.

GCL-Poly stays focused on poly-Si and solar wafers, says chairman

May 22, 15:47

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest China-based maker of poly-Si solar wafers, will maintain production of polysilicon and solar wafers as core business, company chairman Zhu Gongshan has told Digitimes in an exclusive interview.

Beijing BOE Energy Technology adopts Advantech-developed SPMS

May 22, 11:18

Beijing BOE Energy Technology, a PV power generation EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor and operator belonging to China-based BOE Technology Group, has adopted Solar Power Management System (SPMS) developed by Taiwan-based industrial computing device maker Advantech for centralized...

Smart PV management systems help maximize power-generating efficiency

May 19, 15:20

Smart PV management systems, through IoT (Internet of Things)-based monitoring of PV power-generating equipment and collection of various data about power generation, enable users to understand operating conditions of all distributed PV systems and thereby adjust operation of the distributed PV systems...

Inventec 1Q17 profits impacted by exchange losses

May 16, 14:33

Inventec has announced net operating profits of NT$1.62 billion (US$53.79 million) for the first quarter, but the company's net profits were only NT$678 million after seeing foreign exchange losses of around NT$1.21 billion with EPS reaching only NT$0.19. The company expects the Taiwan currency's exchange...

SolarWorld bankruptcy may influence US, EU actions

May 16, 11:13

Germany-based SolarWorld AG has declared bankruptcy and this may influence the US government's decision on global safeguards investigations pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 as requested from US-based Suniva, and the EU's second-round anti-circumvention investigation of the PV market,...

SAS, NSP suffer net losses for 1Q17

May 16, 10:46

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP) have released their financial reports for first-quarter 2017, recording net losses per share of NT$0.70 and NT$1.26 respectively.

Trina Solar accuses Suniva of abusing Section 201

May 15, 11:27

US-based solar cell and PV module maker Suniva has filed with US International Trade Commission (ITC) a petition for global safeguards investigations of imported solar cells and PV modules under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 and in response, China-based PV module maker Trina Solar has reproached...

Gintech suffers net loss in 1Q17

Stockwatch - May 12, 10:57

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, posting consolidated revenues of NT$3.418 billion (US$112 million), gross margin of -15.43%, net operating loss of NT$664.5 million, net loss of NT$779.8 million and net loss per share of NT$1.62.

Taiwan solar cell makers struggle to directly compete with China, says NSP chairman

May 9, 15:16

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers are at a substantial disadvantage to directly compete with China-based solar makers because Chin makers have been reducing outsourcing to Taiwan, according to chairman and CEO Sam Hong for Taiwan-based solar cell and PV module maker Neo Solar Power.

Motech, Solartech suffer net losses for 1Q17

Stockwatch - May 9, 11:25

Solar cell makers Motech Industries and Solartech Energy have released their financial reports for first-quarter 2017, posting net losses per share of NT$2.07 (US$0.068) and NT$0.88 respectively.

Tatung enjoys profits of NT$93 million for 1Q17

May 8, 16:15

Tatung has announced its financial results for the first quarter and achieved net profits of NT$93 million (US$3.1 million). The company is planning to increase capital by NT$6 billion to push its solar business and will talk about the plan in its upcoming investors meeting.

TSEC, Tainergy see net losses for 1Q17

May 8, 11:42

Solar cell maker TSEC has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, posting consolidated revenues of NT$1.698 billion (US$55.9 million), gross margin of -8.87%, net operating loss of NT$150.3 million, net loss of NT$266.6 million and net loss per share of NT$0.62.

GET suffers net loss per share of NT$0.55 for 1Q17

May 8, 11:40

Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, posting consolidated revenues of NT$2.627 billion (US$86.4 million), gross margin of -9.55%, net operating loss of NT$393 million, net loss of NT$227 million and net loss per share of NT$0.55.

Short supply of mono-Si solar wafers may remain until 3Q18

May 4, 10:21

The ongoing shortage of global supply of mono-Si solar wafers is likely to remain until third-quarter 2018, according to China-based makers of such wafers.

LONGi to lower prices for mono-Si solar wafers

May 3, 20:53

LONGi Green Energy Technology (renamed from Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials), the largest China-based maker of solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers, will lower its quotes by about 10% after June 30, 2017, the deadline for new PV power-generating stations to be completed and on grid in order to...

Gintech obtains VPC for high-efficiency PV modules in Taiwan

Apr 27, 12:15

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has obtained VPC (voluntary product certification) for a series of high-efficiency PV modules made of mono-Si cells from the Taiwan government's Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, according to company president Pan Wen-whe.

Gintech Energy president Pan Wen-whe

GCL-Poly fails to team up with Motech, NSP

Apr 26, 11:21

China-based solar wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has talked with Taiwan-based solar cell makers Motech Industries and Neo Solar Power (NSP) about cooperation to produce solar cells in China for two years, but the talks have finally ended up with nothing, according to GCL-Poly chairman Zhu Gong...

GCL-Poly Energy shifting to black silicon technology ahead of schedule

Apr 25, 14:18

The largest China-base solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings is gradually replacing conventional manufacturing with a process based on black silicon technology and, in view of potential growth, will speed up the replacement to have production entirely based on black...

Trina Solar extends to PV energy management systems

Apr 19, 11:36

China-based Trina Solar has extended business operations to PV energy management systems by combining its internally-produced PV modules with outsourced rechargeable (storage) battery packs for use in power-generating stations and rooftop systems, Japan-based Nikkei Tech-On cited company chairman and...

Tatung starts operating floating PV system in northern Taiwan

Apr 14, 15:43

Tatung on April 13 inaugurated a PV system floating on an irrigation pond, its first floating PV system, in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan. The system is able to generate 600,000kWh per year, equivalent to 317 metric tons in reduced carbon emissions, according to the company.

China solar-grade crystalline wafer makers mull extension to semiconductor-grade wafers

Apr 14, 11:54

Viewing that semiconductor-grade silicon wafers have been in short supply and consequently prices have risen significantly, some China-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer makers are considering extending into the segment, according to industry sources.

Zhonghuan Semiconductor lowers mono-Si solar wafer price

Apr 13, 11:17

Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the second largest China-based maker of solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers, has lowered quotes by US$0.02 per wafer, according to China-based media reports.

Demand for floating PV systems growing in Taiwan

Apr 12, 12:19

Demand for PV systems floating on the surface of large ponds and reservoirs in Taiwan is increasing due to higher feed-in tariff rates, according to PV industry sources.

TSEC starts construction of PV module factory in southern Taiwan

Apr 11, 15:16

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker TSEC on April 10 held a groundbreaking ceremony for a joint-venture PV module factory located in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, with initial annual production capacity of 500MWp to be completed at the end of 2017 and come into operation in the first quarter of...

GCL-Poly Energy to set up polysilicon factory in northwestern China

Apr 10, 11:53

China-based polysilicon and solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings will invest CNY5.682 billion (US$824 million) to set up a polysilicon factory with annual production capacity of 60,000 tons in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwestern China, according to China-based...

SAS March revenues hit record

Apr 7, 11:05

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.145 billion (US$169 million) for March, the company's highest-ever monthly level with growths of 17.36% on month and 110.76% on year.

Gintech expects solar cell orders from China to rebound in April

Apr 7, 11:01

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy has said it expects orders from China to rebound in April as its PV module makers are expected to rush to complete new power-generating stations and distributed systems by the end of June 2017 so that they can be entitled for higher feed-in tariff...

Taiwan solar cell makers plan to set up PV module joint venture

Apr 6, 11:58

Four Taiwan-based solar cell makers are planning to set up a PV module joint venture, with Motech Industries chairman and CEO Chang Peng-heng as the coordinator, according to industry sources.

TSEC to set up automated PV module factory in Taiwan

Apr 5, 11:54

TSEC has disclosed plans to invest NT$1.669 billion (US$54.8 million) to set up what it claims to be the first fully automated PV module production line in Taiwan.

LONGi and Zhonghuan to expand mono-Si solar wafer capacity

Mar 29, 11:40

Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials and Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the two largest China-based makers of mono-Si solar wafers, will expand annual production capacitiy from 7.5GWp currently to 25GWp and from 5GWp to 17GWp, respectively, by the end of 2018, according industry sources.

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