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Solar cell production line upgrade cycle driving module powers to record highs, says Solarbuzz

Aug 21, 15:45

Makers of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells are increasing research and development efforts to push cell efficiencies to record levels. According to Solarbuzz, the power rating of industry-standard 60-cell multi-crystalline silicon-based modules is forecast to reach 275W within the next 12 months.

China 1H14 PV production value reaches CNY150 billion, says MIIT

Aug 21, 11:32

China recorded total PV production value of CNY150 billion (US$24.3 billion) for the first half of 2014, according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

China to temporarily ban polysilicon imports through export processing zones

Aug 20, 14:07

The China government has announced a temporary stoppage of polysilicon imports through export processing zones (EPZs) beginning September 1, 2014, with the measure intended to block evasion of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization taxes.

US lowers anti-dumping tariff for Motech to 20.86%

Stockwatch - Aug 19, 15:49

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries has announced that the US Department of Commerce has downward adjusted the anti-dumping tariff rate for the company from the original 44.18% to 20.86%.

TPVIA dismisses speculation over looming EU solar probe

Aug 19, 11:14

The Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA) has dismissed speculation that the EU will launch an investigation into China-based PV module makers and their suppliers, including those from Taiwan, over allegedly illegal practice to evade import restrictions.

Competitors to expand capacities in wake of US anti-dumping tariffs on China and Taiwan

Aug 18, 15:58

As the US imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on PV products imported from China and Taiwan is expected to cripple the competitiveness of makers from the two countries, a few PV makers in the US and other countries plan to expand production capacities mainly for the US market, according to industry...

PV cell and module price quotes drop in 3Q14 due to weak momentum in PV market, says EnergyTrend

Aug 18, 15:39

After the US announced its preliminary rulings on CVD and AD duties, momentum in the market has turned weak. Module and cell makers have decreased capacity and increased inventory, and in order to reduce operating pressure, hope to stimulate the market through price adjustment. Thus, PV cell and module...

China to adjust subsidies for distributed PV systems

Aug 15, 11:36

Viewing that total capacity of distributed PV systems installed around China so far in 2014 is far less than its 2014 target, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) plans to adjust subsidies from the original requirement that generated power be for own use first and then the remaining could be...

Motech asks US to reassess anti-dumping tariff

Aug 14, 11:14

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has filed an appeal asking the US Department of Commerce to reassess the anti-dumping tariff for the firm, with the result to be available at end of August or the beginning of September, according to company CFO Jack Hsieh.

China faces potential shortage of PV power transmission infrastructure, says NEA

Aug 12, 14:45

While the China government has been promoting PV power generation, there is a potential problem that the capacity of its power transmission systems in areas where large PV power-generating stations are concentrated is not enough to transmit the electricity to other areas with large power demands, according...

Motech, E-Ton, SAS post sequential drops in July revenues

Stockwatch - Aug 8, 15:34

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Motech Industries and E-Ton Solar Tech saw July consolidated revenues of NT$1.196 billion (US$39.8 million), down 20.47% on month, and NT$355 million, down 15.84%, while solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) had July consolidated...

Japan reportedly largest market for China PV module exports in 1H14

Aug 8, 10:38

China-based makers exported 3.6GWp of PV modules to Japan in the first half of 2014. The US was the second-largest market with 2GWp and followed by the Netherlands, UK and Australia, according to China-based reports.

Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices to US$0.33/W

Aug 8, 10:27

Taiwan-based makers have lowered quotes for polycrystalline silicon solar cells with a prevailing energy conversion rate of 17.8% from US$0.40-41/W in early June to US$0.33/W currently, slightly higher than the US$0.3/W quoted by China-based makers, according to industry sources.

PV thin-film makers seize North America market share due to the US-China trade war, says EnergyTrend

Aug 8, 10:14

After the US announced its preliminary determination on the CVD and AD duty, PV makers in both China and Taiwan have been confronted by high tariff rates. Module and cell prices shipped to the US have started to increase substantially, leading to solar investment cost upticks in North America. However,...

Gintech Energy July revenues up sequentially

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 10:59

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$982 million (US$32.7 million) for July, increasing 7.1% sequentially but decreasing 29.42% on year, and January-July consolidated revenues totaled NT$9.641 billion, rising 19.37% on year.

Over 3GW of US utility scale PV projects at risk from anti-dumping case, says Solarbuzz

Aug 6, 15:45

More than 3GW of the projects currently in the US photovoltaic (PV) project pipeline had been set to use China modules, but with the recent anti-subsidy and anti-dumping rulings proposed by the US Department of Commerce, companies may have to find other suppliers or potentially pay higher prices for...

Motech posts tiny profit for 2Q14

Stockwatch - Aug 6, 11:46

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has released its financial report for second-quarter 2014, recording net earnings per share of NT$0.06, according to the company.

Neo Solar, Giga Solar see mixed growths in July

Stockwatch - Aug 5, 11:56

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$2.052 billion (US$68.3 million), decreasing 7.08% sequentially but increasing 2.13% on year. PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials' July consolidated revenues totaled NT$825 million, growing 5.89% sequentially and...

China June polysilicon imports hit record

Aug 5, 11:41

China imported 9,566 tons of polysilicon in June, the historically highest monthly level with on-month growth of 37.7%, according to China's General Administration of Customs.

China-made PV modules may be still competitive in US market, say Taiwan makers

Aug 4, 15:06

While the US Department of Commerce has set preliminary anti-subsidy and anti-dumping tariffs on PV products imported from China, China-based PV module makers can choose lighter tariffs imposed on 2012 instead of the new rates to keep their products price-competitive in the US market, according to...

Solartech, Danen July revenues down sequentially

Stockwatch - Aug 4, 10:40

Solar cell maker Solartech Energy saw July consolidated revenues of NT$577 million (US$19.2 million) hit a 13-month low, decreasing 30.39% sequentially and 8.54%. Solar wafer maker Danen Technology's July consolidated revenues totaled NT$147 million, slipping 13.71% sequentially but growing 53.09%...

Solartech mulls shift of solar cell capacity abroad in response to US anti-dumping taxation

Aug 1, 15:41

The US Department of Commerce has decided to impose heavy preliminary anti-dumping tariff rates on crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules imported from Taiwan. Taiwan-based solar cell maker Solartech Energy, to cope with the impact, has considered shifting a portion of its production capacity...

Digitimes Research: Promotion of HEMS appliances in Japan faces problems

Jul 31, 20:14

Japan-based vendors including Panasonic have launched HEMS (home energy management systems) but sales have faced two main problems: appliances offered by different vendors are not inter-compatible and real estate developers are leading the development of smart housing, according to Digitimes Researc...

Taiwan PV makers hope to set floor prices in place of US anti-dumping tax

Jul 30, 15:38

To cope with anti-dumping tariffs set by the US Department of Commerce, the Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA), on behalf of Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module makers, hopes to talk with the department about setting floor pricing for PV products exported from Taiwan...

Tatung to set up rooftop PV systems with total capacity of 4MWp in Pescadores

Jul 29, 11:07

Tatung has said it has won a project to set up rooftop PV systems in 38 public schools and 38 government organizations in Taiwan's Penghu (Pescadores) islands, with total installation capacity of 4MWp.

Taiwan solar firms may rely on markets other than US in 2H14

Jul 29, 10:45

Since US preliminary anti-dumping tariff rates imposed on Taiwan-made PV products are much higher than originally expected, Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module makers will find it difficult to export products to the US and therefore are likely to rely on markets other than the...

GET may set up PV module factory abroad to cope with US anti-dumping taxation

Jul 28, 10:58

Viewing that the US Department of Commerce's decision on preliminary anti-dumping tariffs on PV products imported from China and Taiwan will have a negative impact on Taiwan PV makers, solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) is likely to establish an overseas PV...

Neo Solar Power nets NT$1.02 per share for 1H14

Stockwatch - Jul 25, 11:42

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power on July 24 released its financial report for the second quarter of 2014, posting net EPS of NT$1.02 for the first half of the year.

China PV module makers expected to ask Taiwan solar cell makers to offer incentives

Jul 25, 10:43

China-based PV module makers have drastically decreased orders released to solar cell makers in Taiwan due to uncertainty about US preliminary anti-dumping tariffs, and are likely to resume normal orders after the US makes its decision on July 24, but are expected to ask for additional incentives,...

Investment in production of N-type monocrystalline solar cells may take off in 2-3 years

Jul 23, 13:45

As energy conversion rate requirements are on the rise, investment in the production of N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells with conversion rates over 20% is likely to take off in 2-3 years, according to industry sources.

Domestic suppliers dominate China solar inverter market as demand doubles, says IHS

Jul 23, 11:06

The China photovoltaic (PV) solar inverter market grew by more than 100% in 2013, providing a huge boost to the country's domestic supplier base, according to IHS.

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.

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