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Taiwan makers can tolerate 15-20% US anti-dumping rates for PV modules

Jul 22, 15:09

As the US Department of Commerce will decide on preliminary anti-dumping tariffs on PV products imported from China and Taiwan on July 24, Taiwan-based PV module makers using in-house-produced solar cells can tolerate rates of 15-20% to maintain price competitiveness in the US market, according to...

Taiwan Polysilicon may be unable to obtain syndicated loan

Jul 22, 11:43

Taiwan Polysilicon has indicated that Taipei Fubon Bank, the arranger of a syndicated loan consortium of 14 local banks, has stopped negotiation for a joint lending of NT$10.7 billion (US$357 million), signifying the company is likely to obtain the syndicated loan.

NSP subsidiary unveils PV system at southern Taiwan farm

Jul 21, 16:42

A subsidiary of Taiwan-based Neo Solar Power (NSP) has unveiled a 30kW PV solar system at a farm in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, according to a local report.

Solartech, Giga Solar to set up PV power stations in Japan, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 18, 11:35

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy will invest NT$197.65 million (US$6.59 million) to set up a PV power station in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, while PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials will invest JPY570 million (US$5.6 million) to set up a plant...

PV wafer and module price quotes continue to drop due to pricing competition, says EnergyTrend

Jul 18, 10:53

PV manufacturers are still conservative about market demand even though the result of the US-China anti-dumping preliminary verdict will be announced soon. These circumstances have led to weak PV demand in July 2014 and slow stock clearance have led to high inventory levels within the overall supply...

Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices to US$0.35/W

Jul 18, 10:32

Taiwan-based polycrystalline silicon solar cell makers have lowered quotes from US$0.40-0.41/W in early June to US$0.35/W currently due to large decreases in orders from China-based PV module makers, according to industry sources.

Taiwan, China makers lower solar-grade wafer prices

Jul 16, 15:13

Taiwan-based solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer makers have decreased quotes from US$1 before the US Department of Commerce imposed preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs on PV products imported from China in early June to US$0.96 currently, while China-based makers have cut from US$0.98 to US$0.92,...

Solar expectations rise for Brazil as auctions announced, says IHS

Jul 16, 11:29

Brazil's plan to auction 3.5GW of PV capacity through 2018 comes as welcome news for the global solar industry as the ambitious plan is expected to catalyze solar growth in Latin America, according to IHS.

Eversol PV module joint venture in Japan may expand capacity

Jul 15, 11:44

E-Solar, a Japan-based PV module joint-venture maker established by Taiwan-based solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Eversol and Japan-based PV system installation undertaker West Holdings, is likely to expand its annual production capacity from 50MWp currently to 150MWp, according to Eversol...

Motech to start production of N-type monocrystalline solar cells in 1H15

Jul 14, 14:26

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries plans to begin production of high-efficiency N-type monocrystalline models in the first half of 2015, according to company president and CEO Chang Peng-heng.

Solargiga Energy plans to hike revenue proportions for PV modules, PV system installation, says CEO

Jul 11, 11:13

China-based Solargiga Energy Holdings plans to adjust its current operations through increasing production of PV modules and stepping into PV system installation projects, with PV modules and PV system installation to each account for one-third of total revenues, according to company CEO Hsu You-yua...

EU to probe China PV makers, say Taiwan makers

Jul 9, 11:17

The European Union (EU), in response to Germany-based SolarWorld AG's complaint that some China-based PV module makers have stealthily offered Europe-based importers prices below EUR0.53 (US$0.72)/W, a floor price set by the EU and the China government to settle anti-dumping and anti-subsidy, will...

Japan, South Korea makers talking with Taiwan solar cell makers for cooperation

Jul 8, 12:00

Japan- and South Korea-based PV makers, in an attempt to export in-house-made PV modules to the US market following US imposition of preliminary anti-dumping tariff rates on PV products imported from China and Taiwan, have talked with Taiwan-based solar cell makers for procuring solar cells or even...

Japan solar makers to look for investment partners as Japan plans to cancel certain FIT certifications for solar plant facilities, says EnergyTrend

Jul 7, 16:13

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced on June 17 the withdrawal of FIT certifications for 144 solar plant facilities with capacities totaling 290MW. While there are 288 approved PV projects totaled at 1950MW that have yet to enter the construction phase, METI has the...

Neo Solar, Gintech, GET see sequential drops in June revenues

Jul 7, 14:42

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Neo Solar Power and Gintech Energy and solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) saw consolidated revenues for June decrease 15.82%, 46.20% and 6.94% on month, according to the companies.

Japan PV market demand may drastically fall in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Jul 7, 11:14

The Japan government is likely to reduce in feed-in tariff rates for PV systems with installation capacities over 1MWp in fiscal year 2015 (April 2015-March 2016) and consequently, total installation capacity a year may drop from 7GWp in 2013 and 2014 to 3-3.5GWp, according to industry sources.

SAS June revenues hit record for 4th time straight, Giga Solar sees record revenues for June

Stockwatch - Jul 4, 15:51

Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) on July 3 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.479 billion (US$82.6 million) for June, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive time with growth of 4.12% on month and 32.15% on year, while Taiwan-based...

South Korea suppliers competing in Taiwan PV material market

Jul 4, 10:43

Samsung C&T's subsidiary in Taiwan began selling crystalline silicon wafers, conductive pastes, components and materials used in making solar cells andmodules in the local market in the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

Solartech, Danen see mixed sequential growth in June revenues

Stockwatch - Jul 2, 14:24

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy had June consolidated revenues of NT$829 million (US$27.5 million) decreasing 10.98% on month while solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Danen Technology saw consolidated revenues increase 1.6% to NT$170 million.

China makers call for punitive taxation on polysilicon imported via EPZs

Jul 2, 12:37

The China government has imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs on solar-grade polysilicon imported from the US, Europe and South Korea, but much of the US-produced polysilicon has been imported through export processing zones (EPZs) to evade such taxation and therefore China-based polysilicon...

Taiwan makers to hike monocrystalline solar cell output

Jul 2, 10:29

Taiwan-based polycrystalline silicon solar cell makers, due to increasing price competition from China-based makers, plan to increase or step into production of monocrystalline models, which are relatively profitable, according to PV industry sources in Taiwan.

Green Energy Technology may swing to profitability in 3Q14, says president

Jun 30, 10:45

Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) is likely to see its business turn from the red in the third quarter of 2014, according to company president Lin Shih-yuan.

SolarCity completes supply chain strategy with Silevo acquisition, says EnergyTrend

Jun 27, 14:11

SolarCity recently acquired Silevo, a maker of high-efficiency solar modules. SolarCity has also merged with Zep Solar to gain access to module installment technology and will pair up with Paramount Solar and Common assets to expand its energy storage and electric vehicles businesses, according to...

Motech sees decreased orders in the wake of US anti-subsidy tax

Jun 26, 19:36

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries has seen significantly decreased orders from China-based PV module makers, according to company president and CEO Chang Peng-heng, following the US' imposition of ant-subsidy rates on China-sourced modules.

Taiwan, China solar cell makers interested in HIT, say Taiwan makers

Jun 26, 16:14

As SolarCity, a US-based PV system installation service provider, will acquire a US-based HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer) solar cell and PV module maker, some Taiwan- and China-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have become interested in developing and producing HIT solar cells,...

Solar makers to expand production capacity; pricing to be affected by China market demand, says EnergyTrend

Jun 26, 16:06

Contrary to PV makers' high utilization rates spurred by demand in the UK and Japan demand in the first quarter of 2014, pricing in the PV industry is likely to drop in the following quarter, according to EnergyTrend, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based market intelligence firm TrendForce. The research organization...

Taiwan makers may expand PV module capacity as China PV module export costs to US may increase, says EnergyTrend

Jun 23, 15:57

According to EnergyTrend, Taiwan-based solar cell makers' capacity utilization has dropped recently because of countervailing duty (CVD) and anti-dumping duty (AD) issues. However, it is rumored that some makers plan to expand their module capacity. Arthur Hsu, research manager at EnergyTrend, described...

Tainergy to expand PV module capacity

Jun 19, 11:57

Solar cell and module maker Tainergy Tech will expand its monthly module production capacity from 100MWp currently to 150MWp, with the additional capacity to come into operation in August, according to the company.

GET, Gintech set up PV module joint venture

Jun 19, 11:51

Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) and cell maker Gintech Energy have announced the establishment of a PV module joint venture, Gintung Energy, with an initial paid-in capital of NT$370 million (US$12.3 million). GET and Gintech hold 45% and 36% of the stakes respectively.

China lowers 2014 PV installation goal to 10GWp

Jun 18, 10:50

China's National Energy Administration, viewing that installation of distributed PV systems (mainly rooftop models) so far in 2014 has lagged far behind schedule, has lowered the target total capacity for PV systems and PV power-generating stations to be installed in 2014 from 14GWp originally to 10GWp,...

Solar-grade wafer makers adjust pricing in wake of US anti-subsidy measures

Jun 17, 21:26

Since the US Department of Commerce in early June imposed preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs on solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers, solar cells and PV modules imported from China, China-based wafer makers have lowered quotes from US$0.99/wafer to US$0.97-0.98 due to high inventory levels, while Taiwan-based...

China PV firms seeking help from Taiwan peers to cope with US anti-dumping taxation

Jun 17, 10:56

China-based PV makers, expecting US anti-dumping tariffs to be announced in late July, have talked with Taiwan-based fellow makers about cooperation in an attempt to avoid such taxation, according to industry sources.

Taiwan solar cell makers to see utilization rates drop by end of June, says EnergyTrend

Jun 16, 14:10

Taiwan solar cell makers' utilizations remained high between the beginning of June and mid-June, but are expected to substantially drop by the end of the month, which will affect cell price quotes, according to EnergyTrend.

Taiwan solar cell makers lower quotes to US$0.40/W

Jun 16, 11:46

Taiwan-based polycrystalline silicon solar cell makers, viewing that China-based PV module makers have drastically reduced orders arising from US imposition of preliminary anti-subsidization tariffs on PV modules imported from China, have decreased quotes from US$0.41-0.43/W in May to US$0.40/W currently,...

Inventec sees PV business operations improve

Jun 13, 10:29

Inventec has seen an improvement in the operations of three PV subsidiaries, company chairman Richard Lee said at its 2014 shareholders meeting on June 12.

Neo Solar aims at 95MWp in PV system installations in 2014

Jun 12, 11:54

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power has set a goal for its subsidiary PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor General Energy Solutions (GES) to achieve 95MWp in total installation for PV system or power-generating station projects in 2014, increasing by 53.23% on year, according to...

Delta Electronics to construct, operate PV power-generating station in Japan

Jun 11, 11:44

Delta Electronics is expanding its PV business by acquiring a plot of land in Japan to build a solar power-generation station, company chairman Yancey Hai has revealed.

Delta chairman Yancey Hai

AUO setting up largest rooftop PV station in Taiwan

Jun 9, 11:12

AU Optronics' (AUO) Solar Business Group is establishing Sungen Power, the largest rooftop PV power-generating station so far in Taiwan, at its panel factories in central Taiwan, according to company vice president and business group general manager James Chen.

Giga Solar PV silver paste supply 30% short of demand

Jun 9, 10:27

Taiwan-based PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials, due to booming demand for PV silver paste, has seen output short of total order volumes by 30% currently, according to company chairman Chen Chi-jen.

Giga Solar chairman Chen Chi-jen (left)

EU may probe China-made PV products again, say Taiwan makers

Jun 6, 14:30

While the European Union (EU) has settled disputes over dumping and subsidization of China-made PV products with the China government voluntarily setting a floor export price and annual export quota, the EU is likely to launch further investigations, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

SAS, GET see May revenues increase

Jun 6, 10:40

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) on June 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.381 billion (US$79.0 million) for May, hitting a monthly record for the third time straight with growth of 0.25% on month and 35.20% on year, while Green Energy Technology...

Neo Solar launches new PV modules

Jun 4, 20:34

Crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module maker Neo Solar Power on June 4 unveiled three new PV modules at the 2014 Intersolar Europe exhibition taking place in Munich, Germany, during June 4-6.

Hulk Energy to sign CIGS supply deal at 2014 Intersolar Europe

Jun 4, 20:11

CIGS thin-film PV module maker Hulk Energy Technology is showcasing its products at 2014 Intersolar Europe taking place in Munich, Germany, during June 4-6 and will sign a long-term supply contract with an Europe-based PV installation EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor at the exhibition,...

Solartech, Danen report strong May revenues

Stockwatch - Jun 4, 11:52

Taiwan-based solar cell maker Solartech Energy and solar wafer maker Danen Technology have reported strong consolidated revenues for May. Solartech posted a 33-month high of NT$931 million (US$30.9 million), while Danen's NT$168 million was the highest in 32 months.

PERC newcomers faced with patent barriers

Jun 3, 13:42

While many Taiwan-based solar cell makers have started or plan to start producing PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) - a type of monocrystalline silicon solar cells - in a bid to hike energy conversion rate to at least 20%, newcomers generally face manufacturing barriers arising from patents,...

TSMC Solar employs ex-NREL principal scientist for CIGS R&D

Jun 3, 13:35

Taiwan-based CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV module maker TSMC Solar, a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has employed Rommel Noufi, former principal scientist and group manager for the National Center for Photovoltaics under US National Renewable Energy...

Europe solar PV demand stabilizes at 10GW in 2014, says Solarbuzz

May 30, 14:37

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from Europe is forecast to reach 10GW during 2014, down 7% on year, according to Solarbuzz. This will be the third consecutive year that solar PV demand in Europe has declined, after reaching a peak of 19.2GW in 2011. During this period, Europe's contribution to global...

Tatung setting up rooftop PV systems at central Taiwan schools

May 29, 12:22

Taiwan-based Tatung has been constructing rooftop PV systems at more than 70 public schools in central Taiwan and already unveiled the first one on May 28, according to the company.

Taiwan solar cell makers roll out PERC

May 29, 12:14

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, in response to demand from clients in Japan and the US, have stepped into production of PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline solar cells, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Pico solar and solar home systems will reach 64 million in annual sales by 2024, says Navigant

May 28, 15:42

In recent years several new markets have opened up for solar photovoltaic (PV) consumer products, particularly for lighting, handset charging, and power for small DC appliances. Known as pico solar, solar home systems, or solar PV generators, these products are gaining traction in many segments, including...

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