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  • Taiwan backend firms to enjoy strong 4Q17

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India PV firms eyeing overseas markets

Sep 20, 14:09

India-based PV module makers have been extending their business operations from the domestic market to overseas ones, especially those with trade barriers against China-based competitors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Low pricing alarms PV supply chain

Sep 18, 16:06

Equis Energy (formerly Soleq) has won an open bid for constructing a PV power station in central Taiwan at an unexpectedly low price of NT$2.57 (US$0.085) /kWh for selling generated electricity to state-run Taiwan Power Company, alarming the local PV supply chain.

Solar passenger planes a reality soon: Q&A with Si2 co-pilot Bertrand Piccard and Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas

Sep 14, 14:07

At the 2017 World Congress on Information Industry (WCIT) held September 11-13 in Taipei, there were two prominent guest speakers: Bertrand Piccard, chairman of Solar Impulse Foundationand and a Swiss initiator and co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), which finished the world's first successful global...

Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas (right) and Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of Si2

China PV silver paste makers score points

Sep 14, 11:10

Some China-based newcomers, such as DK Electronic Material and iSilver Materials, have seen growing shares of their domestic PV silver paste market, although others have been on the brink of bankruptcy because of dominance by foreign suppliers, according to industry sources.

Hsinchu setting up 4.5MWp rooftop PV systems at schools

Sep 12, 15:14

Hsinchu is setting up roof-top PV systems totaling 4.5MWp at nearly 30 city-run elementary and high schools, with 3.5MWp to be completed by year-end 2017 and the remaining in first-quarter 2018.

Solar cell makers see increased August revenues

Sep 8, 14:37

Solar cell makers Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy, TSEC and Tainergy Tech have all reported increased revenues for August.

SAS August revenues hit record

Sep 8, 12:12

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.181 billion (US$171 million) for August, its highest ever monthly level with growths of 5.14% sequentially and 127% on year, and those of NT$37.701 billion for January-August hiked 92.77% on year.

Equis Energy wins Taiwan PV installation project

Sep 7, 11:27

Equis Energy (formerly Soleq), the Taiwan subsidiary of Singapore-based Equis, which is Asia's largest renewable energy developer and investor, has won an open bid for constructing a PV power station on a disused salt farm in central Taiwan at a price under NT$3 (US$0.1) /kWh for selling generated...

Motech to set up 400MWp PV power stations in southern Taiwan

Sep 6, 15:16

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has disclosed it has signed an MoU with the government of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, for setting up PV power-generating stations with total installation capacity of 400MWp in three years.

Motech chairman Chang Peng-heng

China-made crystalline silicon prices rise over 30%

Sep 6, 14:20

The China government has enforced environmental protection regulations strictly on production of crystalline silicon and consequently output in China has drastically decreased, sending prices rising by over 30% in the past two months, according to industry sources.

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Global PV installation capacity hikes to over 90GWp in 2017

Sep 4, 11:32

International research organizations originally forecast total installation capacity for PV power stations and distributed systems established around the world in 2017 at 70-80GWp, but have now raised the forecasts to over 90GWp, according to industry sources.

Solartech August revenues decrease

Sep 4, 11:24

Solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$536 million (US$17.7 million) for August, decreasing 8.52% on month and 7.96% on year, and those of NT$4.250 billion for January-August slipped 42.80% on year.

Professors develop new PV module material

Sep 1, 10:16

Two professors from a southern Taiwan university have developed indium-plated aluminum solder strips which can be directly attached to PV modules without using silver paste as adhesive.

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Gintech wins solar cell supply contract from Philippines

Aug 31, 10:26

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has announced that it has signed a supply contract with Solar Philippines Power Project, the largest rooftop PV project undertaker in Southeast Asia.

Gintech president Pan Wen-whe

China makers to hike September contract prices for solar mono-Si wafers

Aug 30, 14:11

China-based solar mono-Si wafer makers will raise supply contract prices in September by 2-3% from the current level, according to industry sources.

Domestic demand may save Taiwan solar cell makers, says TSEC chairman

Aug 28, 16:11

The Taiwan government has decided to strengthen development of renewable energy, mostly PV and wind power, as it seeks to phase out nuclear power, and this has afforded opportunities for local solar cell makers to survive, according to Ellick Liao, chairman of solar cell maker TSEC.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao

China expected to lower feed-in tariffs for distributed PV systems

Aug 28, 10:48

As construction cost for distributed PV systems is declining and demand is rising, China is expected to lower feed-in tariff rates for them, according to media reports.

Rooftop PV systems at China commercial, factory buildings growing fast

Aug 25, 11:48

Establishment of rooftop PV systems at commercial and factory buildings in China is expected to grow fast, with cumulative installation capacity forecast to reach 40GWp in 2020 and 125GWp in 2040, according to industry sources.

Solargiga turns profitable in 1H17

Aug 25, 11:31

China-based solar ingot and wafer maker Solargiga Energy Holdings has released its first-half 2017 financial report, recording net profit of CNY95.30 million (US$13.86 million), compared to net loss of CNY49.56 million for the same period of 2016.

Distributed systems take up 50% of July PV installation capacity in China, says CEC

Aug 24, 15:30

The total installation capacity for PV power stations and distributed systems completed and on grid around China in July 2017 was estimated at 10.5GWp, equally shared by the two segments, according to China Electricity Council (CEC).

Hanwha Q Cells, LG, China PV makers reportedly mulling factory plans for US

Aug 24, 10:31

South Korea-based solar cell and PV module makers Hanwha Q Cells and LG Electronics as well as a few China-based fellow makers, to cope with US global safeguards investigation of imported PV products, have reportedly surveyed candidate sites in the US for constructing factories there, according to...

Taiwan denies rumors about ending feed-in tariffs scheme

Aug 23, 15:25

Taiwan's Bureau of Energy, in response to rumors that the feed-in tariff scheme for renewable energy will come to an end, has clarified that renewable energy generators will be allowed to sell electricity to state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) or directly to power users and this does not mean...

Taiwan reliance on diamond wire-sliced solar wafers to surge in 4Q17

Aug 22, 12:00

As China-based poly-Si wafer makers are fast replacing slurry slicing with diamond wire slicing to reduce production cost, Taiwan-based solar cell makers have been compelled to adopt more diamond wire-sliced wafers, which will account for 50% of their overall wafer purchases in fourth-quarter 2017,...

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Taiwan science ministry may introduce smart power storage system from Tesla

Aug 21, 10:52

With a recent massive power outage revealing the fragility of Taiwan's electrical grid and highlighting the need for power storage, the nation's Ministry of Science and Technology will not rule out introducing smart power storage systems from Tesla, the No. 1 electric vehicle maker and solar energy...

Tesla offers outstanding energy storage systems

Acer PV power station in Taiwan starts operation

Aug 21, 10:46

Acer has revealed it has started operating a PV power station at its high-tech industrial Aspire Park in Longtan, northern Taiwan. The station will have total capacity of 2.8MWp, and the portion that has started operation can generate electricity of 3.52 million kWh a year, equivalent to carbon reductions...

PV power station at Acer's Aspire Park in Taiwan

China July PV installation estimated at 10.5GWp

Aug 21, 10:34

The PV power stations and distributed systems completed and on grid in China in July 2017 had an estimated total installation capacity of 10.5GWp, according to China Electricity Council (CEC).

Commentary: Taiwan faces challenges in energy transition

Aug 17, 11:49

Taiwan has set a policy to create a "nuclear-free homeland," aiming to phase out nuclear power generation by 2025, increase renewable energy and decrease coal-fueled power. However, a recent massive power outage has highlighted the challenges Taiwan faces in its energy transition.

TSEC to start production at new PV module plant in 1Q18

Aug 16, 21:38

Solar cell maker TSEC is constructing a PV module plant in southern Taiwan, looking to start production there in first-quarter 2018, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao

NSP affiliate completes 225MWp PV systems in US

Aug 16, 12:24

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP) has disclosed its affiliate Clean Focus Yield (CFY) has completed rooftop PV systems and ground-mounted power stations in the US totaling 225MWp.

Commentary: Consolidation of Taiwan solar supply chain badly needed

Aug 15, 15:53

The integration of the supply chain of Taiwan's solar cell industry is a pressing job, as it is increasingly difficult for makers to survive volatile market situations and ever-expanding operating losses. Nevertheless, individual makers should first trim their operations before the entire supply chain...

China market: Solar wafer makers may ask for lower tariffs for polysilicon imports in 2018

Aug 15, 14:49

China-based solar wafer makers who are adding production capacities that will come into operation in 2018 are expected to increase their demand for polysilicion and ask the government to antitrust tariffs imposed on imports from Europe, the US and Korea, according to industry sources.

Robust silicon wafer, photoresist demand to boost Topco revenues in 3Q17

Aug 15, 11:51

IC materials distributor Topco Scientific is expected to report brisk sales results for the third quarter of 2017 thanks to strong demand for silicon wafers and photoresists, according to industry sources.

GCL-Poly, Zhonghuan sign cooperation pact

Aug 15, 10:37

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, China's biggest poly-Si solar wafer maker, and Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the second-largest China-based mono-Si solar wafer maker, have signed a framework agreement for extensive cooperation, according to media reports.

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Inventec posts EPS of NT$0.54 for 2Q17

Aug 15, 10:24

Inventec has reported consolidated revenues of NT$111.12 billion (US$3.74 billion) for the second quarter of 2017 with net profits of NT$1.73 billion and of EPS NT$0.54, while consolidated revenues for the first half of 2017 were NT$210.87 billion, with net profits of NT$2.08 billion and EPS of NT$0...

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SAS turns profitability, Gigastorage remains in the red in 2Q17

Aug 11, 15:36

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) saw its second-quarter 2017 swing into profitability from three consecutive quarters of net losses, while fellow maker Gigastorage remained in the red.

GlobalWafers posts record 2Q17 profit

Aug 9, 15:30

Taiwan-based GlobalWafers, a silicon wafer supplier, has reported net profits climbed to a record high of NT$1.29 billion (US$42.8 million) in the second quarter of 2017. EPS for the quarter came to NT$3.09.

GET suffers net loss per share of NT$1.63 for 1H17

Aug 9, 08:56

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.582 billion (US$85.0 million), gross margin negative 8.09%, net operating loss NT$351 million, net loss NT$448 million and net loss per share of NT$1.08 for the second quarter of 2017,...

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China installs 24.4GWp PV power capacity in 1H17, says NEA

Aug 8, 15:00

PV power stations with total installation capacity of 17.29GWp and distributed systems with 7.11GWp were completed and on grid around China in first-half 2017, respectively decreasing 16% and hiking 290% on year, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA). Total installation capacity...

Gintech, NSP July revenues fall sequentially

Aug 8, 08:33

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Gintech Energy and Neo Solar Power have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.130 billion (US$37.2 million) and NT$669.6 million respectively for July, slipping 2.10% on month but growing 33.44% on year and declining 26.05% on month and 48.81% on year.

Motech sees net loss per share of NT$3.50 for 1H17

Aug 7, 20:45

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.598 billion (US$184 million), gross margin of -4.76%, net operating loss of NT$674.2 million, net loss of NT$692.7 million and net loss per share of NT$1.43 for the second quarter of 2017, leading to consolidated revenues...

China market: Polysilicon supply to decrease 15-20% in 3Q17

Aug 7, 14:53

Some polysilicon makers in China conducting regular maintenance at their production plants have seen their total monthly output decrease by over 5,000 tons and a major supplier has also been forced to reduce output due to issues concerning product quality. Consequently, total polysilicon supply in...

China defines 1.5GWp of higher-efficiency PV modules in 3rd-round model PV power-generating stations

Aug 7, 10:18

The China government has set a target total installation capacity of 8-10GWp for third round model PV power-generating stations and has defined 1.5GWp specifically to adopt higher power output modules, according to industry sources.

TSEC cooperates with DuPont in PV module technology

Aug 7, 09:50

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker TSEC has cooperated with DuPont for PV module technology covering R&D of high-performance, high-reliability and durability materials for PV modules, and corresponding testing methods under different environmental conditions, according to DuPont Taiwan.

China to face environmental problems from decommissioned PV modules in 20 years, says CRES

Aug 4, 09:55

China has witnessed large-scale rollouts of PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems, and consequently will face serious problems with environmental protection arising from decommissioning PV modules within 20 years, according to the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES).

An estimated 70GW of PV modules are scheduled to be decommissioned in China in 2034

Solartech, Danen see mixed on-month growth in July revenues

Aug 2, 09:21

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported July consolidated revenues of NT$615.5 million (US$20.3 million), decreasing 8.37% on month and 7.36% on year, while solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Danen Technology reported revenues of NT$72.2 million, growing 19.70%...

Solartech Energy president Chang Jin-long

Cumulative PV installation capacity in China to reach 174.5GWp in 2020

Aug 1, 14:53

China's National Energy Administration, for the 13th Five-year (2016-2020) National Development Plan, has upward adjusted target cumulative total PV installation capacity for 2020 from 105GWp originally to 137GWp.

Taiwan solar cell makers see improved operations

Aug 1, 11:37

Taiwan-based solar cell makers have seen improved operations due to rebounding demand, with some having already returned to profitability, according to industry sources.

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Taiwan solar cell makers ask for government help

Jul 31, 20:48

Taiwan's solar cell makers facing the grim prospect of being forced out of the market hope the government can help consolidate the local industry to revie its competitiveness, according to industry sources.

AUO subsidiary to set up rooftop PV systems in CTSP

Jul 31, 10:33

TronGen Power, a subsidary of AU Optronics (AUO), will set up a rooftop PV system with installation capacity of 1.5MWp on a factory building belonging to Corning Taiwan and another with 0.68MWp on a factory owned by Taiwan Nitto Optical in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), with completion and...

A rooftop PV system established at a water distribution reservoir

Renewable energy still not stable power supply, says Siemens executive

Jul 28, 16:03

While renewable energy is crucial to the success in transforming the world's energy structure, it is still unable to serve as a stable and reliable power supply, according to Cedrik Neike, a member of the managing board of Germany-based Siemens AG, speaking at the Green + Together conference focusing...

Cedrik Neike, a member of managing board of Siemens AG, at Green + Together
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