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China records PV installation capacity of 15.13GWp in 2015, says NEA

Feb 5, 12:35

Total PV installation capacity in China in 2015 amounted to 15.13GWp, attaining 85% of the target of 17.8GWp, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA).

China PV module makers ask Taiwan makers to lower solar cell prices

Feb 4, 12:32

China-based PV module makers, in view of high inventory levels and an unexpected decrease in demand in the US market, have asked Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to reduce quotes, according to industry sources.

Green Energy Technology January revenues hit 57-month high

Feb 3, 12:18

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on February 2 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.720 billion (US$51.3 million) for January, the highest monthly level since May 2011 with growth of 12.34% on month and of 11.86% on year.

Giga Solar Materials to restore normal shipments of PV silver paste in March

Feb 2, 15:50

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has temporarily reduced shipments of PV silver paste due to short supply of silver powder from Japan-based Dowa Hightech. The company expects shipments to regain a normal level in March 2016, according to company chairman Jimmy Chen.

Giga Solar Materials expected to net NT$39-40 per share for 2015

Feb 2, 14:44

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials recorded net EPS of NT$27.73 (US$0.845) for January-September 2015 and, due to continued booming sales of PV silver paste, is expected to generate net EPS of NT$39-40 for 2015, according to market analysts.

PV silver paste makers hike prices due to shortage of silver powder

Feb 2, 12:13

Due to a shortage in global supply of silver powder arising from an accident at Japan-based Dowa Hightech's factory in early January 2016, some PV silver paste maker have increased quotes by about 10% and others may follow suit after the 2016 Lunar New Year in early February, according to industry...

Motech to increase solar cell capacity in China

Jan 28, 10:16

Solar cell maker Motech Industries, in order to hike production capacity in China, will shift part of its production capacity from Taiwan to its two factories in China, with the proportions of total capacity in Taiwan and China to be adjusted to 50:50 or 55:45, according to industry sources.

Tainergy expected to report profit for 2015, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 27, 11:11

Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech is expected to record net EPS of NT$0.90-1.00 (US$0.027-0.030) for 2015, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

Global revenues from solar PV installations expected to top US$1.2 trillion from 2015-2024, says Navigant

Jan 25, 14:03

The global electric power industry is evolving into a model that offers more diversity, both in terms of generation and in the ownership of generation assets, and solar photovoltaic (PV) is one technology at the head of this change. Following years of unsustainable pricing and oversupply, demand for...

Neo Solar Power lowers utilization at PV module plant

Jan 25, 11:39

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power, in response to decreased orders for PV modules, has lowered the utilization of production capacity at its PV module factory in Chunan, northern Taiwan, according to company CEO Sam Hong.

China enterprises plan to step into production of N-type HIT solar cells

Jan 22, 12:32

China-based enterprises, including Tianjin Zhinghuan Semiconductor, Jinneng Clean Energy Technology and China Power International Development, plan to invest in development and production of N-type HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer) crystalline silicon solar cells, according to industry...

SAS adopts Huawei Technologies-developed FusionSolar smart PV solution

Jan 22, 10:32

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) on January 21 had its Cayman Islands-registered subsidiary SAS Sunrise sign an MoU with China-based telecom and networking equipment vendor Huawei Technologies for adopting FusionSolar, a Huawei-developed smart solution...

ITRI starts operating Copper-electroplating Solar Cell Technology Platform

Jan 22, 10:29

The Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on January 21 formally began operating a Copper-electroplating Solar Cell Technology Platform to allow Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to undertake...

EU ends probe over minimum import price for China-made PV modules

Jan 21, 11:54

The European Union (EU) has ended an investigation without changing the minimum import pricing previously agreed on for China-produced PV modules, according to China's Ministry of Commerce.

China sets target of 3GWp for model PV power stations in 2016

Jan 20, 12:16

China, to boost the PV industry under the 13th Five-year National Development Plan, has set a target installation capacity of 3.0GWp for model PV power stations to be set up in 2016, according to the government National Energy Administration (NEA).

Jiangsu Aide Solar Energy Technology to produce PV modules for Zhonghuan Semiconductor

Jan 18, 21:50

Rectifier diode maker Pan Jit International on January 18 announced that its China-based subsidiary Jiangsu Aide Solar Energy Technology has signed with Tianjin HuanOu International Silicon Material, a subsidiary of China-based solar-grade crystalline and semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker Zhonghuan...

Delta Electronics completes 4.6MWp PV power-generating station in Japan

Jan 18, 15:22

Power supply maker and power management solution provider Delta Electronics has completed a PV power-generating station with installation capacity of 4.6MWp in Hyogo Prefecture, southwestern Japan, with the station able to generate 4.9 million kWh a year, equivalent to the annual power demand of 930...

PV demand remains strong in 1Q16; prices of multi-Si wafers and cells to peak in February, says EnergyTrend

Jan 18, 15:20

The general outlook for the 2016 PV market has become more certain as China, the US and the UK finalize their respective subsidy policies, according to EnergyTrend. "China plans to connect the country's PV power plants onto the grid before the middle of the year," said Corrine Lin, analyst...

SAS-invested PV power station in Philippines to come into operation in 2Q16

Jan 18, 15:11

Solar wafer maker Sino American Silicon Products (SAS) has invested in a PV power station with installation capacity of 50MWp in Palo, central Philippines, and it will be completed and on grid in second-quarter 2016, according to company chairman MK Lu.

Dowa Hightec partially resumes production of silver powder

Jan 15, 11:31

Japan-based Dowa Hightec on January 13 resumed part of its production of silver powder, a material used to make PV silver paste, and reached 50-60% of its normal output for the time being, according to industry sources.

First-tier China PV module makers plan to cut orders for solar cells

Jan 13, 11:16

First-tier China-based PV module makers, viewing that cost for crystalline silicon solar cells has risen but they are unable to hike PV module prices, plan to reduce orders released to Taiwan- and China-based solar cell makers, according to industry sources.

UMC representative leaves Motech board

Jan 13, 11:04

United Microelectronics (UMC), which obtained a 9% stake in Motech Industries after its solar-cell subsidiary Topcell Solar International merged with Motech, has resigned from Motech's board of directors.

Dowa may take more than one quarter to resume production

Jan 12, 11:14

Dowa Hightec, a Japan-based supplier of silver powder for making PV silver paste, has stopped production after an accident at its factory on January 5 and it may take more than one quarter to resume production, much longer than the two weeks to one month originally estimated by market analysts, according...

Giga Solar Materials may ask for advance payments to cope with surging orders

Jan 11, 16:13

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials, in order to cope with suddenly surging orders for PV silver paste from Taiwan- and China-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, is likely to demand payment in advance, according to the company.

Motech Industries, TSEC December revenues up

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 16:28

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries on January 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.941 billion (US$89.4 million) for December, increasing 4.84% on month and 95.05% on year, while fellow maker TSEC reported NT$680 million, up 6.2% on month and 41.26% on year.

SAS sees orders 40% over production capacity

Jan 8, 15:34

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has obtained orders 40% in excess of production capacity and will expand annual capacity for polycrystalline silicon wafers to at least 1.2GWp in 2016, according to the company.

Installed cost of utility-scale PV system in the US down 17% in 3Q15; falling PV costs to spur demand, says EnergyTrend

Jan 8, 11:13

According to EnergyTrend, prices of photovoltaic (PV) systems are in a steady decline. In the US, for example, the average installed cost of utility-scale PV systems was at US$1.38/W in the third quarter of 2015 compared with US$1.66/W in the same quarter of 2014, representing a 17% on-year drop. As...

Neo Solar Power, Gintech Energy December revenues rise

Jan 7, 16:09

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power on January 6 reported December consolidated revenues of NT$2.640 billion (US$80.2 million), its second-highest monthly level and increasing 34.5% on month, while fellow maker Gintech Energy posted NT$1.639 billion, its highest monthly figure since...

Giga Solar Materials December revenues hit record

Jan 6, 15:01

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.723 billion (US$52.4 million) for December, growing 4.87% sequentially and 62.74% on year, and hitting a monthly record for the ninth consecutive month.

China makers setting up PERC solar cell capacities

Jan 6, 11:27

First-tier China-based PV module makers have been setting up PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell production lines to meet growing demand for high-efficiency PV modules in the China market, with an estimated total annual capacity of 5.0GWp to come into operation in second-quarter 2016,...

Taiwan solar cell makers to ask US to reconsider anti-dumping tariffs

Jan 5, 11:12

Taiwan-based solar cell makers will ask the US Department of Commerce (DOC) to reconsider anti-dumping tariffs imposed on their products, according to industry sources.

Trina may gain big from second review of 2012 AD/CVD case as the US considers cutting tariffs on China PV imports, says EnergyTrend

Jan 4, 23:16

The United States Department of Commerce is expected to soon reveal the preliminary ruling on its second review of anti-dumping and countervailing (AD/CVD) rates on China photovoltaic (PV) cell imports for 2012. This comes after the US government agency concluded its first review of the 2012 AD/CVD...

China aims at installation capacities of 15GWp for PV, 20GWp for wind power in 2016, says NEA

Jan 4, 16:21

The China government, in line with continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on coal by developing renewable energy, has set a target installation capacity of 15GWp for PV systems and at least 20GWp for wind power in the country in 2016 , according to National Energy Administration...

China poly-Si wafer makers plan to hike prices

Jan 4, 15:21

China-based makers, in view of continued tight supply, plan to hike quotes for poly-Si solar wafers to US$0.88-0.92 in January, according to Taiwan-based solar cell makers.

China makers plan to hike mono-Si solar wafer prices

Dec 31, 15:20

China-based mono-Si solar wafer makers, including Xi'an LONGi Siliocn Materials, Zhonghuan Semiconductor and Jinglong, plan to increase quotes by 1-3% in January 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Taiwan, Malaysia violators in EU probe take up 9%, 7% of PV modules used in Europe

Dec 30, 12:03

Taiwan- and Malaysia-produced PV modules found to have circumvented minimum import pricing set by the EU account for 7% and 9% respectively of the modules used in Europe, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

21 makers passing EU anti-circumvention probe account for 90% of Taiwan's PV exports to Europe

Dec 28, 23:06

The European Commission under the European Union (EU) has announced that 21 Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers and PV module makers have passed its anti-circumvention investigation, and these makers together account for more than 90% of Taiwan's PV exports to Europe, according to Motech...

Chang Peng-heng, CEO for Motech Industries

Taiwan records January-September solar cell production value of NT$68.9 billion, says MOEA

Dec 28, 11:34

Taiwan-based makers generated total production value of NT$68.9 billion (US$2.10 billion) from crystalline silicon solar cells during January-September 2015, decreasing 9.3% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Tainergy to expand solar cell capacities in Vietnam, China

Dec 28, 11:19

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will expand annual production capacity in Vietnam from 200MWp currently to 400MWp in first-quarter 2016 and to 600MWp in second-half 2016, and will also expand production capacity in China from 250MWp currently to 280MWp in first-quarter 2016, according...

China makers hike PV module prices

Dec 24, 11:19

In view of strong demand, China-based PV module makers have hiked quotes by nearly 3% in the China market, according to industry sources.

21 Taiwan-based solar cell, PV module makers pass EU anti-circumvention probe

Dec 23, 15:34

The European Commission has announced that 21 Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers and PV module makers have passed its anti-circumvention investigation, meaning that these makers' exports to Europe will be exempt from EU anti-dumping tariffs of 53.4% and anti-subsidization tariffs of...

China makers plan to hike solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer prices in January

Dec 22, 14:20

China-based makers, in view of continued tight supply, plan to increase quotes for solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafers from US$0.85-0.86 currently to US$0.88 in January, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Solartech PV power station in Japan on gird

Dec 22, 11:53

Solar cell maker Solartech Energy has announced a 2.45MWp PV power-generating station it has built in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has been connected to a local grid, formally starting commercial operation that is expected to generate annual revenues of over JPY94 million (US$773,000)...

US extension of solar investment tax credit expected to decrease US PV installation capacity in 2016

Dec 21, 16:05

The US senate has decided to extend solar investment tax credit for five years and this is expected to result in reductions in US PV installation capacity in 2016 from the originally forecast 10-12GWp to 6-7GWp, according to industry sources.

TSEC receives solar cell orders with shipments scheduled through May-June 2016

Dec 21, 14:34

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker TSEC has revealed it has received orders with shipments scheduled through May-June 2016 mainly due to strong demand from China.

Solar ITC extension will halt installation rush in the US and stabilize global PV market growth, says EnergyTrend

Dec 18, 14:56

The US House of Representatives passed an amendment to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) on December 16. The extension, which is part of a tax and spending package, is now being moved to the Senate for consideration and is very likely to win final approval. The tax credit rate under the...

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of over NT$1.9 trillion, says MOST

Dec 18, 12:00

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.92 trillion (US$58.53 billion) during January-October 2015, growing 2.48% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Inventec looking to boost 1Q16 gross margin to 6% by adjusting businesses

Dec 17, 16:09

Inventec is planning to make adjustments to its invested enterprises prior to the end of 2015. For those that are suffering losses, such as the solar business, Inventec is looking to reduce capital or merge them with other in-group companies, hoping to improve gross margins and break 6% in the first...

Richard Lee, Inventec chairman

China plans to further reduce 2016 PV feed-in tariffs

Dec 16, 11:30

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in October 2015 announced tentative PV feed-in tariffs for 2016, which will be 2-5.88% lower than this year's level. But it now plans to cut the rates by 2-11.11%, according to China-based media reports.

Global PV demand to reach 59GW and industry to undertake capacity expansion in 2016, says report

Dec 14, 14:23

Spurred by major and emerging markets, global photovoltaic (PV) demand has grown substantially in 2015. According to EnergyTrend, installed capacity worldwide for 2015 is estimated at 53GW, amounting to 20% on-year growth. Total installed capacity in 2016 is expected to reach 59GW, up 11% in annual...

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