Taiwan PV firms post mixed results for January
Major Taiwan-based so PV firms have mostly reported decreases in January revenues, with cell and module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) being the only one posting an on-year growth, and conductive paste supplier Giga Solar Materials the only one recording a sequential rise.
Tongwei, SCCI to construct PERC solar cell plants
China-based Tongwei Solar will expand its PERC solar cell production capacity by constructing a factory in Sichuan, western China, while state-run Shaanxi Coal and Chemical Industry Group (SCCI) will build its first PERC solar cell plant with annual production capacity of 1GWp in Shaanxi, northern...
TSEC to downsize capital to write off loss
Solar cell and PV module maker TSEC has decided to reduce paid-in capital by 34.15% from NT$4.769 billion (US$155 million) to NT$3.140 billion to write off cumulative loss.
PERC mono-Si solar cell tight supply to remain
Supply of PERC mono-Si solar cells in Taiwan and China has been tight since early January 2019, and the tight supply is expected to remain until the end of March and April respectively in the two markets, according to industry sources.
URE, Vena to jointly develop PV power projects
Taiwan-based solar cell and PV module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) and Singapore-based renewable energy developer Vena Energy will jointly develop PV power systems with total installation capacity of 200-300MWp and investment of NT$10-15 billion (US$325-487 million) in Taiwan in three years.
India's solar cell makers are interested in acquiring second-hand equipment from China- and Taiwan-based fellow makers, according to industry sources.
Taiwan finalizes 2019 FIT for renewable energy
The Bureau of Energy has announced final feed-in tariffs (FIT) for renewable energy in 2019, with the rate for offshore wind power generation reduced from 2018 by 5.71%, which is much less than the 12.71% cut proposed in November 2018, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
GET given 1-year forbearance by creditors
Green Energy Technology (GET) and a creditor group of seven bank have reached an agreement to extend repayment a year for outstanding loans due December 31, 2018, according to the financially-troubled solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker.
AcBel expects sales to further increase in 2019
Battery maker AcBel Polytech, an affiliate of the New Kinpo Group, saw its consolidated revenues pick up 5.23% on year to come to NT$18.73 billion in 2018 despite a drop in profitability due to increased component costs, according to company CEO David Kao, who said revenues are expected to continue...
GES sells rooftop PV systems to CleanCapital
Solar cell and PV module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) has announced that General Energy Solutions (GES), its subsidiary PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor, has sold two rooftop PV systems in the US to CleanCapital at US$24.25 million.
SAS transformation sees PV output cut, says chairman
Solar wafer and cell maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has been decreasing PV production and increasing non-operating investment in line with a business transformation plan for 2018-2020, according to company chairman and CEO Lu Ming-kuang.
Taiwan revving up green power generation efforts
With green energy increasingly adopted by international tech firms, the government in Taiwan will enhance the implementation of diverse renewable energy policies in line with the trend, according to the country's economics minister JC Shen.
China reportedly to sharply cut 2019 PV subsidies
The China government is looking to sharply cut subsidization for the PV industry in 2019, with plans to set an upper limit of CNY3 billion (US$440 million) on subsidies based on feed-in-tariffs (FIT), according to media reports.
Exemt offers PV silver paste for trial use
Exemt has disclosed its PV silver paste for making PERC SE (selective emitter) mono-Si solar cells, with the material being tried out by Taiwan-based solar cell makers and first-tier China-based vertically integrated PV firms.
Google purchases PV-generated power in Taiwan
Google has signed a long-term agreement to purchase electricity from a PV power station with installation capacity of 10MWp that will be established on fish culture ponds in Tainan, southern Taiwan. The electricity will be used by Google's datacenter located in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, about...
SAS poised to produce TOPCon solar cells
Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) is preparing for production of N-type TOPCon (tunnel oxide passivated contact) solar cells, with product certification to begin in mid-2019, according to company president Doris Hsu.
Taiwan began to adopt a feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme to boost PV power development about two years ago, much later than many other countries, and therefore the scheme has considerable room for improvement, according to Fred Yeh, presidient for solar cell and PV module maker Motech Industries.
Mega Sunergy has acquired old PV module manufacturing equipment from fellow makers including Tainergy Tech and TSEC, and is reportedly in talks with United Renewable Energy for similar deals, according to industry sources.
Global additional PV installation capacity to reach 111.3GWp in 2019, says EnergyTrend
PV installations completed globally in 2018 totaled 103.3GWp in installation capacity, growing 4.9% on year, and the total in 2019 will grow 7.7% to 111.3GWp, according to EnergyTrend.
State Grid Corp of China will set up pumped-storage hydraulic power plants totaling 6GW to store electricity generated by PV power stations and onshore wind farms, according to China-based media reports.
Of global demand for solar cells, the proportion for mono-Si models rose from about 30% in 2017 to nearly 50% in 2018, but in all markets other than China, the proportion for poly-Si ones stood at about 70% in 2018. The competition between mono-Si and poly-Si solar cell makers will continue in 2019...
Taiwan has proposed a major cut in feed-in-tariff (FIT) for ground-mounted PV power stations for 2019 as a result of serious underestimation of the cost of constructing the facilities, according to energy sector investors.
Chailease starts operating rooftop PV system at HSP
Leasing and financing service provider Chailease Finance has inaugurated a rooftop PV system on a 3-story parking garage at Hsinchu Science Park in northern Taiwan.
Tainergy to move solar cell production to Vietnam
Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will end production in China and Taiwan, and move it to Vietnam, with the relocation to be completed by the end of June 2019, according to company president Kevin Hsieh.
China-based solar wafer makers, in the wake of increasing polysilicon output from local suppliers who are expanding production capacities, are ready o ask for price reductions for the material by at least 5% after Lunar New Year in early February, according to industry sources.
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