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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...

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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).

Taiflex posts net EPS of NT$4.32 for 2014

Feb 13, 15:43

Flexible CCL specialist Taiflex Scientific saw its net profits decrease 13.7% on year to NT$885 million (US$28.1 million) in 2014, while consolidated sales slid 0.1% to NT$10.13 billion. Net EPS for the year came to NT$4.32.

PV installation capacity in Japan may fall in 2015, 2016

Feb 12, 12:03

As the Japan government is set to reduce feed-in tariffs for PV power-generating stations with installation capacities of at least 10KWp from JYP32 (US$0.27)/kWh currently to JPY25-29/kWh in 2015, the total installation capacity for newly established PV systems and power-generating stations in Japan...

Revenues for leading solar PV module suppliers reach 3-year high in 4Q14, says IHS

Feb 11, 14:05

Quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) module revenues (excluding processing service revenues) by the 20 leading global suppliers increased to US$5.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to IHS.

Win Win Precision aims to ship 500MWp of PV modules in 2017

Feb 9, 22:07

Win Win Precision Technology, a Taiwan-based PV module vendor under the brand Winaico and EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for rooftop PV systems, shipped 80MWp of PV modules in 2014 and aims to ship 132MWp in 2015, 250MWp in 2016 and 500MWp in 2017, according to company chairman...

China sets minimum standards for subsidized PV modules

Feb 6, 15:46

China's National Energy Administration has set minimum energy conversion rates for PV modules used in PV systems and PV power-generating stations subject to subsidies offered by the central government.

China 2014 PV installation capacity far short of target, says NEA

Feb 5, 16:14

The total installation capacity of PV systems and PV power-generating stations set up around China in 2014 is estimated at nearly 10GWp, almost 29% less than the target of 14GWp, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA).

Taiwan solar cell makers under price-cut pressure due to EUR, JPY depreciation

Feb 4, 11:50

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been faced with pressure of lowering quotes from PV module firms in Europe and Japan who are asking for price reductions to cope with depreciation of the euro and Japanese yen, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

GET sees increased January revenues

Feb 3, 20:37

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on February 3 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.538 billion (US$48.6 million) for January, increasing 16.68% on month and 14.71% on year.

Taiwan makers warned not to export B-grade solar cells, PV modules to US

Feb 2, 15:09

Considering that the US government in 2016 will review anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Taiwan-made crystalline silicon solar cells, experts in the PV industry in Taiwan are warning Taiwan-based makers to not export B-grade solar cells produced in countries other than Taiwan and China or PV modules...

SAS expects solar wafer capacity to be in full use in 1Q15, says president

Feb 2, 11:00

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) expects utilization of its polycrystalline ingot growing capacity to rise from 70% currently to 100% in first-quarter 2015, according to company president Doris Hsu.

Tainergy Tech to hike solar cell capacity to 1GWp in 2015

Feb 2, 10:58

Polycrystalline silicon solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will expand its total annual production capacity from 700MWp currently to 1GWp in 2015, according to the company.

China 2014 polysilicon imports hit record

Jan 30, 11:22

China imported 102,200 tonnes of polysilicon in 2014, the highest annual figure on record and growing 26.7% on year, according to China customs statistics.

TSEC to showcase P-type PERC monocrystalline solar cell at Japan Expo

Jan 30, 10:10

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker TSEC will exhibit V-Cell, a P-type PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) monocrystalline model with an energy conversion rate of 21%, at the International PV Power Generation Expo 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, during February 25-27, according to the company.

EU may dismiss SolarWorld request for anti-circumvention probe again, say Taiwan makers

Jan 29, 11:46

The European Union (EU) is likely to dismiss Germany-based SolarWorld AG's request for a renewed anti-circumvention investigation and instead will review the minimum price and annual quota set in 2013 on imports of PV modules from China, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Giga Solar Materials expects 50% growth for PV silver paste shipments in 2015

Jan 29, 11:35

Giga Solar Materials has seen booming shipments of PV silver paste, surpassing Heraeus and Samsung Electronics to become the second largest supplier of this solar cell material in the China market next only to DuPont, the company has claimed.

Solar wafer maker Gigastorage expects full utilization in March

Jan 29, 11:13

Taiwan-based solar-grade polysilicon wafer maker Gigastorage expects to reach full utilization of its annual capacity of 700MWp in March 2015, up from the current 70%, due to growing demand, according to company president Tsai Li-chuan.

Gigastorage president Tsai Li-chuan

Prices for non-China/Taiwan-made solar cells fall

Jan 28, 11:36

As the US Department of Commerce reduced the average anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariff rate imposed on China-made PV modules in 2012 from 30% to 17.50% at a review in early January, prices for polycrystalline silicon solar cells produced in countries other than China and Taiwan, mainly South...

Annual sales of e-bicycles expected to surpass 360 million by 2023, says Navigant

Jan 27, 16:09

As innovation in engine-powered two-wheel transportation accelerates, the market for e-bicycles is expected to expand. The technological trends contributing to this development include combined throttle-control and pedal-assist models, electric cargo bicycles, all-in-one retrofit kits and wheels, 3D-printed...

Taiwan solar cell makers set to lose US market

Jan 27, 11:46

Taiwan-based solar cell makers are poised to lose the US market in 2015, as a result of anti-dumping tariffs to be imposed on them starting from February.

USITC upholds findings that China and Taiwan PV makers have been dumping their products, says TrendForce

Jan 26, 23:25

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has officially voted to uphold the findings that China and Taiwan PV manufacturers have been dumping their products. The tariffs against PV imports will follow the Depart of Commerce's (DOC) decision which was released on December 2014, which stated that...

Some Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices to maintain orders

Jan 26, 23:11

Some Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, due to a fear of losing competitiveness in the US market arising from anti-dumping tariffs being levied at an average rate of 19.50%, have reduced quotes to avoid losing orders from existing clients, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

China reaches PV installation capacity of 10.52GWp in 2014, says report

Jan 26, 13:07

Total installation capacity of rooftop and ground-mounted PV power-generating system set up in China in 2014 stood at 10.52GWp, increasing 13% on year but short of the target of 14GWp set in early 2014, China-based CBN Daily has cited China's National Energy Administration as indicating.

About 70% of Taiwan PV makers to temporarily quit US market due to ITC judgment

Jan 26, 12:29

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has judged that imported PV products from China and Taiwan have been substantially detrimental to the US PV industry and consequently, about 70% of Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell and/or PV module makers are expected to temporarily withdraw from...

Most China tier-1 PV module suppliers sold out until 2Q15, says IHS

Jan 23, 14:00

Most China tier-1 solar PV module suppliers have sold out until the second quarter of 2015, according to IHS. Along with the consolidation of the PV module industry, China tier-1 suppliers increased their market share from 34% in the first quarter of 2014 to 45% in the fourth quarter. IHS forecasts...

Taiwan solar cell makers need to evaluate costs of moving production abroad, says Gintech president

Jan 23, 11:00

Many Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been mulling relocating some of their production capacities abroad to evade US anti-dumping tariffs at an average rate of 19.50%, but they should carefully evaluate the feasibility in terms of cost, according to solar cell maker Gintech Energy's...

Taiwan solar cell makers may see continued losses in 1H15, says KGI Securities Taiwan

Jan 23, 10:06

As it is difficult for Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to hike quotes mainly due to the US International Trade Commission's (ITC) investigation of imported Taiwan- and China-made PV products. Makers are likely to suffer continued operating losses during the first half of 2015, according...

Taiwan makers halt expansion of PERC capacities

Jan 19, 21:39

Many Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers in 2014 upgraded their production lines for P-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells to produce PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) P-type monocrystalline solar cells due to emerging demand for such PERC solar cells, but have temporarily...

Demand for 260W PV modules expected to rise in 2Q15

Jan 19, 10:21

Global demand for PV modules is expected to shift from 250W models currently to 260W ones in the second quarter of 2015, and thereby demand for polycrystalline silicon solar cells with energy conversion rates of at least 17.8% used to make 260W PV modules will increase as well, according to industry...

China makers plan to offer 260W PV modules in US

Jan 16, 11:04

First-tier China-based solar firms plan to offer 260W PV modules in the US market tro replace 250W models which were the mainstream power output in 2014, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Yingli Green Energy completes 10MW solar power plant in China's Hebei province

Jan 15, 23:15

Yingli Green Energy has announced that it completed grid connection for a 10 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in China's Hebei Province in late December 2014.

Inventec chairman confident of shipping 100 million products in 2015

Jan 14, 23:18

Inventec chairman Richard Lee, at Xiaomi's product launch conference in Taiwan, pointed out that the company is expected to see about 100 million ODM/OEM product shipments in 2015, up 42% from 70 million units in 2014.

Richard Lee, Inventec chairman

Delta Electronics lands order for PV inverters from Japan

Jan 14, 11:00

Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has announced that its 750 20kW PV inverters, coded RPI-M20A, will be adopted by Japan-based Takara Leben, with the devices to be used in a 15MW PV power-generating station consisting of a number of distributed PV systems...

China PV module makers to regain price competitiveness in US market

Jan 13, 11:16

With the US government having almost halved the 2012-set average antitrust tariff rates for PV modules imported from China, China-based PV module makers are expected to regain their pricing competitiveness in the US market, according to PV industry observers in Taiwan.

Global solar PV demand forecast to grow 25% in 2015, says IHS

Jan 9, 15:42

Global solar PV demand is forecast to grow by up to 25% in 2015, according to IHS. Due to the ongoing cost reductions for solar PV, IHS forecasts that installation demand will grow at a double-digit rate of 16-25% and installations in the range of 53-57GW. Geographically, the largest markets again...

GD Development completes 750KWp PV systems in southern Taiwan

Jan 9, 13:53

GD Development, a PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor established by Taiwan-based solar cell maker Gintech Energy, has announced the completion of a rooftop PV system at Kaohsiung International Airport and another at Tainan Airport, both in southern Taiwan, with total installation...

Prices to remain flat for downstream solar segments before Lunar New Year, says EnergyTrend

Jan 8, 21:39

The overall PV market price in the first quarter of 2015 is expected to remain constant until the end of the Lunar New Year. Afterwards, shipment demand will decrease and pricing will drop. The beginning of the holiday season in China meets the end of the holiday season in the US and Europe, and this...

Giga Solar to see more orders from China as US lowers tariffs

Jan 7, 11:28

Taiwan-based PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials is expected to see orders from China grow, as a result of the US decision to reduce antitrust tariffs it set in 2012 for China-made PV modules, according to industry observers.

China PV makers to halt production relocation plans due to US tariff reductions

Jan 6, 22:07

The US government has finished reviewing tariff rates imposed in 2012 on PV modules imported from China and decided to reduce the anti-dumping rates to an average of 1.82% and anti-subsidization rates to an average of 15.68%. The total average of 19.50% is much lower than original 30%, meaning it is...

China to accelerate PV industry consolidation

Jan 6, 15:39

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has spelt out new guideline for improving China's PV industry, looking to have leading makers merge with small ones, or form strategic alliances in 2015-2017.

Taiwan 2014 PV production value to exceed NT$150 billion, says MOEA

Jan 6, 11:59

Taiwan's PV industry recorded total production value of NT$131.8 billion (US$4.27 billion) for January-October 2014 and the production value for the entire year is expected to exceed NT$150 billion, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

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