GCL insures PV modules
May 26, 11:29
GCL System Integration Technology, a China-based PV module maker and power-generating station EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor and operator, has signed insurance for its PV modules with China-based Alltrust Property Insurance, with Swiss Re being a reinsurer, according to China-based...
Taiwan makers promoting PERC polycrystalline solar cells
May 25, 21:59
In view of an expected rebound in demand in June, Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been boosting PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline models for use to make PV modules for sale in the China and US markets, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Gigastorage expects operations to break even in 1Q16
May 22, 15:20
Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage, also still suffering operating losses, expects business operations to break even in the first quarter of 2016 due to use of diamond wire saws, a new ingot-cutting method, and lower polysilicon costs, according to the company.
China makers shift from 3bb to 4bb solar cells
May 19, 11:17
First-tier China-based makers have shifted production of crystalline silicon solar cells from 3bb (3-busbar) models to 4bb ones to hike power generation of PV modules, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Demand for solar-grade monocrystaline silicon wafers on the rise
May 13, 10:38
Of global demand for crystalline silicon solar cells, the proportion for P-type monocrystalline models has risen to about 20% and consequently this has resulted in increasing demand for solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Gintech announces Thailand solar cell factory plan
May 12, 11:18
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy on May 11 announced the investment of US$45 million to set up a solar cell factory with annual production capacity of 350MWp in Thailand, with production to kick off in the first quarter of 2016.
Neo Solar Power reports losses for 1Q15
May 11, 13:52
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power recorded consolidated revenues of NT$4.63 billion (US$147 million), gross margin of -2.15%, net operating loss of NT$423 million, net loss of NT$492 million and net loss per share of NT$0.55 for the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.
Motech, Gintech April revenues up on month, down on year
Stockwatch - May 8, 11:23
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries saw April 2015 consolidated revenues of NT$1.346 billion (US$43.9 million) increase 22.88% on month but decrease 30.72% on year, while fellow maker Gintech Energy had those of NT$1.29 billion, growing 55.03% and dropping 26.26% respectively, according...
Trina Solar reportedly setting up factory in Thailand
May 8, 11:00
China-based Trina Solar is establishing a PV factory in Thailand with investment of US$160 million, with production to begin at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, according to China-based media reports.
Giga Solar Materials April revenues hit record
May 6, 11:37
PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.09 billion (US$35.5 million) for April, the highest monthly figure ever on record with growth of 12.96% on month and of 53.79% on year. Its January-April consolidated revenues totaled NT$3.913 billion, rising...
GlobalWafers nets NT$1.40 per share for 1Q15
May 4, 21:58
Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers recorded consolidated revenues of NT$4.044 billion (US$132 million), gross margin of 25.20%, net operating profit of NT$688 million, net profit of NT$476 million and net EPS of NT$1.40 for the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.
Unprecedented solar PV boom in the UK during 1Q15, says IHS
Apr 30, 14:30
According to a new report from IHS, at least 110 photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of 1.6GW were completed in the UK in the first quarter of 2015, prior to the end of the Renewable Obligations (RO) scheme for projects larger than 5MW. This latest PV push brings the total number of...
China PV module makers seeking solar cells produced outside of China, Taiwan
Apr 30, 10:38
China-based PV module makers, viewing that PV module demand in the US is rebounding and prices are relatively high, have been seeking supply sources of crystalline silicon solar cells in countries other than China and Taiwan, such as Malaysia and Vietnam, to circumvent US anti-dumping and anti-subsidization...
TSMC Solar reaches 16.5% conversion rate for CIGS thin-film PV modules
Apr 29, 11:14
TSMC Solar on April 28 announced that it has attained a record energy conversion rate of 16.5% for 1.09m2 CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV modules using existing manufacturing equipment and materials, breaking the preceding record of 15.7% hit in 2013, and the energy conversion rate...
Solar firms cooperate to develop PERC mono-like cells
Apr 28, 11:36
Some system, wafer and cell makers from the US, Taiwan and China have been working together to develop PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) mono-like solar cells carrying significantly lower production cost than that for PERC monocrystalline solar cells, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
China sees large global PV production market share in 2014, says CCID Think Tank
Apr 27, 11:01
China-based makers produced 132,000 tons of solar-grade polysilicon, 38GWp of solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers, 33GWp of crystalline silicon solar cells and 35GWp of PV modules in 2014, occupying 43%, 76%, 59% and 70% respectively of global output, according to CCID Think Tank under China's Ministry...
China suppliers continue to lead the solar PV module market in 2014, says IHS
Apr 24, 15:02
According to a new report from IHS, with shipments of 23.7GW, the top-10 solar photovoltaic (PV) module suppliers grew their combined market share slightly from 48% in 2013 to 49% in 2014. Boasting the largest domestic market for PV modules, China suppliers continued to dominate the market in 2014.
GET to issue 150 million new shares for private placement
Apr 21, 20:36
Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) will issue 150 million new shares for private placement for the second time and expects to add NT$2.0-2.5 billion (US$64.3-80.4 million) to its paid-in capital, according to the company.
Polysilicon prices outside China fall to US$16/kg
Apr 17, 15:37
International solar-grade polysilicon suppliers, under pressure from high inventory levels, have lowered quotes for markets except China from US$19/kg in the fourth quarter of 2014 to US$16/kg or even close to US$15/kg currently, according to industry sources.
2 China polysilicon makers see profits for 2014
Apr 16, 11:54
China-based solar-grade polysilicon maker Tebian Electric Apparatus had net profit of CNY1.811 billion (US$294 million) for 2014 hiking on year by 31.49%, while fellow maker Daqo New Energy saw operations swing from net loss of US$70.9 million in 2013 to net profit of US$16.7 million in 2014, according...
Leading China firms to set up N-type solar cell production lines
Apr 16, 10:13
First-tier China-based PV makers are planning to establish laboratory-level production lines for N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells, and if trial production goes smooth, volume production may begin in 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Solartech to suspend a solar cell line in Taiwan, says paper
Newswatch - Apr 14, 14:31
Solar cell maker Solartech Energy will temporarily suspend one of its 11 production lines in Taiwan and continue operating the other 10 to maintain a local capacity utilization rate at 90%, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).
Sunrise Global to expand PERC solar cell capacity
Apr 13, 15:56
Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will have its subsidiary maker Sunrise Global Solar Energy expand annual production capacity for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) P-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells from 500MWp currently to 850MWp in 2015,...
Lite-On Technology sees revenues stay flat on year in March
Apr 8, 21:50
Lite-On Technology has reported revenues of NT$18.19 billion (US$585.73 million) for March, up 26% sequentially and unchanged from a year earlier. Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 totaled NT$51.55 billion, or at the same level of a year ago.
Motech, Gintech report weak March results
Apr 8, 12:04
Solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported March consolidated revenues of NT$1.096 billion (US$34.9 million), the lowest monthly level since March 2013, while fellow maker Gintech Energy's March consolidated revenues of NT$832 million hit the lowest monthly figure since January 2013.
Taiwan sets target PV installation capacity of 500MWp for 2015
Apr 7, 21:36
The Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has increased the target installation capacity for rooftop PV systems and PV power-generating stations to be established around Taiwan in 2015 from 270MWp originally to 500MWp, according to the agency.
China 2014 PV export totals US$16.2 billion, says CCCME
Apr 7, 12:28
China-based PV makers recorded total export value of US$16.2 billion in 2014, with Japan accounting for 28% of the value, Europe 16%, the US 12%, India 3% and South Korea 2%, according to China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electric Products (CCCME).
SAS to expand solar-grade silicon ingot, wafer capacities
Apr 2, 14:04
Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will expand annual production capacity for solar-grade crystalline silicon ingots and wafers from 900MWp and 850MWp respectively in 2014 to 1.1GWp and 1GWp respectively in 2015, the company said at an April 1 investors conference.
Solartech, Danen see mixed growth in March revenues
Apr 2, 13:42
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy saw its March consolidated revenues of NT$503 million (US$16.0 million) decrease 13.51% on month and 45.36% on year, while solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Danen Technology saw its revenues of NT$167 million increase 4.09% on month and...
China imports 7,558 tons of polysilicon in February
Apr 1, 21:33
China imported 7,558 tons of solar-grade polysilicon in February 2015, decreasing on month by 18.8%. 4,746 tons or 62.8% was imported through export processing zones (EPZs), according to China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.
Solargiga PV module shipments grow 78.8% in 2014
Apr 1, 11:14
Solargiga Energy Holdings, a China-based maker of solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers and PV modules as well as a PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contactor, shipped 514.8MWp of PV modules in 2014, hiking 78.8% on year, according to the company.
China PV makers expect demand to rebound in 2Q15
Mar 31, 10:56
China-based PV firms expect orders to significantly rebound in the second quarter of 2015 as domestic demand is expected to increase after the China government set a target total PV installation capacity of 17.8GWp for 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.