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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.

JPEA hikes 2020 target cumulative PV installation capacity in Japan to 65.7GWp

Apr 17, 11:59

The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has upward adjusted the 2020 target cumulative PV installation capacity in Japan from 49.4GWp to 65.7GWp, according to the organization.

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.

First-tier China PV module firms ask for Taiwan cell supplies on credit

Apr 15, 10:56

Some first-tier China-based PV module firms have asked Taiwan solar cell makers to supply products on credit from, and the suppliers are considering whether to accept the requests, according to industry sources.

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).

China needs CNY1.58 trillion in funding for PV, wind power installations from 2014-2017, says Ernst & Young

Apr 14, 11:59

The target installation capacity for PV rooftop systems and power-generating stations and that for wind power-generating turbines set by the China government for 2017 will entail financing of CNY1.58 trillion (US$255 billion) over 2014-2017, according to accounting service provider Ernst & Young...

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,...

DuPont offers front-side PV silver paste for use in PERC solar cells

Apr 10, 11:09

DuPont has introduced Solamet PV76x-series front-side PV silver paste specifically for use in PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) crystalline silicon solar cells, according to DuPont Taiwan.

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.

Growth of solar and wind industry to increasingly rely on IoT-based technologies and services, says ABI Research

Apr 1, 15:59

According to ABI Research, growth of the solar and wind industry will increasingly rely on adoption of IoT-based technologies and services. ABI Research expects IoT connected wind and solar installations to grow at a CAGR of 21% between 2014-2020 with the total number of connections growing from the...

Rooftop PV systems are stage for Taiwan solar cell makers: Q&A with Win Win Precision chairman Davis Chen

Apr 1, 14:02

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been impacted by the US imposing an average 19.5% anti-dumping tariffs rate. But rooftop PV systems, especially those built with high-efficiency cells, will provide market opportunities for Taiwan-based makers, according to Davis Chen, chairman...

Win Win chairman David Chen

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.

Giga Solar Materials to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$15.00

Mar 30, 21:59

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$15.00 (US$0.476) for 2014 operations, accounting for 61.12% of the corresponding EPS of NT$24.54, according to the company.

Taiwan university develops silicon slurry recycling process

Mar 30, 11:35

The Department of Resources Engineering under National Cheng Kung University in southern Taiwan has developed a method to separate high-purity silicon and silicon carbide from silicon slurry, a waste from making crystalline silicon solar cells.

Green Energy Technology to not deal out dividend for 2014

Stockwatch - Mar 27, 10:37

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on March 26 decided not to distribute any dividend for 2014, according to the company.

Taiwan makers lower prices for PERC monocrystalline solar cells

Mar 25, 18:27

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have lowered quotes for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline models from US$0.49/W at the beginning of 2015 to US$0.45/W currently due to lower-than-expected demand, according to industry sources.

SAS nets NT$2.06 per share for 2014

Mar 25, 14:58

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has released its 2014 financial report, posting net EPS of NT$2.06.

China PV module makers cut OEM prices for Japan vendors

Mar 25, 14:54

Some China-based PV module makers have lowered OEM quotes for PV modules with power-generating output of 250-255W to US$0.50-0.52/W to maintain orders from Japan-based vendors, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Global single-axis tracker revenues expected to reach nearly US$2 billion in 2019, says IHS

Mar 24, 14:39

Global single-axis tracker revenues are expected to grow 120%, to reach nearly US$2 billion in 2019, according to IHS. For the first time, single-axis trackers will be the preferred type of structural balance of system (BoS) ground mount for solar in the Americas in 2015.

Gintech Energy, E-Ton Solar post losses for 2014

Stockwatch - Mar 24, 13:46

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy has reported revenues of NT$15.567 billion (US$493 million), gross margin of 3.78%, net operating loss of NT$108 million, net loss of NT$378 million and net loss per share of NT$0.93 for 2014

Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices

Mar 23, 21:53

Significantly decreased global demand has pressed Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to lower quotes from an average level of US$0.30-0.32/W for polycrystalline silicon models in February 2015 to that of US$0.28-0.32/W currently, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Global solar PV capacity to reach nearly 500GW in 2019, says IHS

Mar 20, 15:20

Total global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is forecast to reach 498 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, which is 177% higher than 2014, according to IHS. While total global solar PV demand is projected to grow steadily, the large number of discrete country markets at the gigawatt-level will help reduce demand...

JA Solar supplies 35.1MW of modules to Central America project

Mar 19, 14:57

JA Solar Holdings, a maker of high-performance solar power products, has announced that it will supply 35.1MW of modules to the second phase of a Guatemala solar farm.

Heraeus claims patent for Te-added glass material used to manufacture PV paste

Mar 18, 15:14

Germany-based Heraeus has announced joint possession with Japan-based Shoei Chemical of a patent regarding Te (tellurium)-added glass material used to make conductive silver PV paste. The patent is likely to kick up patent disputes with other PV paste makers, mainly DuPont, Samsung SDI and Giga Solar...

EU plans to hike minimum import prices for China-made PV modules

Mar 17, 19:57

The European Union (EU) will review its Minimum Import Price (MIP) framework for China-made PV modules on April 1 and plans to hike minimum prices by 5.66% from EUR0.53/W (US$0.56) currently to EUR0.56/W, according to industry sources.

Led by commercial systems, 9% of solar PV systems in North America will have storage attached in 2018, says IHS

Mar 17, 15:55

Approximately 9% of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in North America will include attached storage in 2018. Led by commercial systems, 700 megawatts (MW) of PV systems with energy storage will be installed by 2018, compared to just 30MW in 2014, according to IHS.

China PV module makers may begin withdrawal from MIP

Mar 16, 22:13

With the European Union (EU) deciding to remove three China-based PV module makers from the Minimum Import Price (MIP) framework for suspected circumvention of minimum import pricing and import quotas set in 2013, other China-based PV module makers are expected to voluntarily withdraw from the framework...

Solar cell pricing may drop if US finalizes reduced tariffs on China-made PV modules

Mar 12, 11:56

The US Department of Commerce earlier this year preliminarily lowered an average anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariff rate imposed on China-made PV modules in 2012 to 17.5% from the original 30% and will make a final decision in second-quarter 2015, according to PV industry sources in Taiwan...

China-made PV modules seized at Europe ports in import violation probe, says report

Mar 12, 11:20

PV modules produced by 22 China-based makers have been seized by customs authorities at several seaports in Europe in investigations of alleged violation of floor import pricing and annual import quota agreed between the EU and China, according to a media report.

Some first-tier China PV makers reportedly plan to quit solar cell production

Mar 9, 21:45

Some first-tier China-based PV makers reportedly plan to stop production of crystalline silicon solar cells and then focus operation on producing PV modules and undertaking PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects, Taiwan PV industry sources cited China-based makers as indicating.

Canada imposes preliminary anti-dumping, anti-subsidization tariffs on China-made PV products, says NBD

Mar 9, 11:24

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has imposed preliminary anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs of 9-286% on crystalline silicon PV modules and laminates (semi-finished PV modules) as well as thin-film PV modules produced by more than 10 China-based makers, according to China-based...

Motech, Gintech see mixed results for February

Stockwatch - Mar 9, 11:04

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported February consolidated revenues reached NT$1.382 billion (US$43.86 million), decreasing 19.21% sequentially and 27.41% on year, while fellow maker Gintech Energy has posted NT$1.132 billion in consolidated revenues for the month, growing...

Neo Solar Power February revenues hit 22-month low

Stockwatch - Mar 6, 14:41

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power on March 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.467 billion (US$46.6 million) for February 2015, the lowest monthly level since May 2013 with a decrease of 2.71% on month and 37.18% on year, and NT$2.974 billion for January-February, slipping on...

Taiwan solar cell makers looking for idle equipment in China

Mar 4, 22:20

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, including Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power and Gintech Energy, plan to set up production lines in countries other than China to cope with US ant-dumping tariffs and have begun searching for idle production equipment available in China, according...

China PV module makers to suffer from Japan feed-in tariff cut

Mar 4, 11:52

The Japan government plans to reduce feed-in tariffs for PV systems and power-generating stations with installation capacity of over 10KWp to JPY27 (US$0.23)/kWh beginning July 2015, which is expected to significantly decrease total installation capacity and in turn imports of China-made PV modules,...

China imports about 93 million tonnes of polysilicon in January

Mar 3, 14:54

China recorded total imports of 93.09 million tonnes of solar-grade polysilicon in January, increasing 1.1% on month, and 57.80 tonnes or 62.09% of which was through export processing zones (EPZs), according to China's customs statistics.

Competition increasing between first-tier China, Taiwan solar cell makers

Mar 2, 14:17

Of the 20-largest global crystalline silicon solar cell makers, 10 China-based and seven Taiwan-based makers are expected to see increasing competition because global production capacity is estimated to exceed global demand in 2015, according to industry sources.

First-tier China solar cell makers expected to have 1.0-1.2GWp PERC capacity

Feb 26, 14:27

As the China government has set minimum energy conversion rates for technologically leading crystalline silicon solar cell makers to obtain financial support, first-tier China-based solar cell makers including Trina Solar, JA Solar Holdings, Yingli Green Energy Holding and CSI plan to adopt PERC (passivated...

Motech reportedly to add solar cell capacity via partnership with Aide Solar Energy

Feb 25, 12:09

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries will form a strategic partnership with Jiangsu Aide Solar Energy Technology, a China-based subsidiary of Taiwan-based diode maker Pan Jit International, through a stock swap to take over the latter's 250MWp solar cell production capacity in Xuzhou,...

Taiwan solar cell industry expected to reshuffle in 2015

Feb 17, 12:38

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been generally in a weak price-negotiating position due to the negative impact of US anti-dumping tariffs, and consequently the industry is expected to be reshuffled in 2015, with struggling makers likely to be acquired, according to industry...

Four more Taiwan PV makers to tap US market

Feb 16, 15:52

In addition to Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries which has marketed own-brand PV modules in the US market, Taiwan-based PV module makers Win Win Precision Technology, TSEC and Gintung Energy as well as solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon...

China reaches PV installation capacity of 10.60GWp in 2014, says NEA

Feb 16, 10:09

PV systems and PV power-generating stations established and connected to power grids in China in 2014 had a total installation capacity of 10.60GWp, taking up 25% of the global total, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA).

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