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First-tier China PV module makers mulling factory plans for US

Nov 21, 15:23

Several first-tier China-based PV module makers, including CSI, Jinko Solar Holdings, Trina Solar, JA Solar Holdings and Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials, are giving serious thought to establishing of solar cell and PV module factories in the US to cope with anti-dumping measures to be possibly taken...

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China PV makers seek narrower price gap between mono-Si, poly-Si wafers

Nov 20, 10:08

Prices for solar mono-Si wafer should be higher than poly-Si ones by CNY0.4-0.5 (US$0.06-0.08), China-based solar cell and PV module makers have said, countering remarks Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials have made about wafer pricing.

Taiwan government to boost general participation in setting up rooftop PV systems

Nov 17, 15:02

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has announced a program to encourage owners of residential, commercial and office buildings to apply for setting up rooftop PV systems without the need of injecting their own funds, according to economics minister Shen Jong-chin.

Economics minister Shen Jong-chin (left) touting the rooftop PV systems

Teco to set up JV for green energy

Nov 16, 11:38

Taiwan-based Teco Electric & Machinery has disclosed it will establish a joint venture (JV) for investments in generating green energy with local financial holding companies.

Taiwan government meets with PV makers over possible US anti-dumping measures

Nov 15, 16:06

Taiwan's Bureau of Foreign Trade has met with 14 local makers and exporters of solar cells and PV modules to discuss how to cope with possible anti-dumping measures to be taken by the US government.

NSP, Motech losses continue in 3Q17

Nov 15, 15:56

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Motech Industries have reported net losses of NT$1.704 billion (US$56.3 million) and NT$339.9 million respectively for third-quarter 2017. NSP and Motech have seen consecutive quarterly losses since second-quarter and third-quarter 2016 respectively.

Reasonable price gap between mono-Si, poly-Si wafers at US$0.14-0.15, estimates LONGi

Nov 15, 14:48

The reasonable pricing gap between solar mono-Si and poly-Si wafers should see the former at higher levels than the latter by US$0.14-0.15 a piece, according to Li Zhenguo, chairman for the largest China-based solar mono-Si wafer maker Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials.

HY Electronic to acquire major stake in TGI

Nov 14, 11:33

Power discrete component supplier HY Electronic specializing in diode products has disclosed plans to acquire a 70% stake in Taiwan GPP (TGI) for NT$350 million (US$11.52 million).

HY Electronic to acquire major stake in TGI to strengthen its vertical integration

Taiwan seeking to secure sufficient electricity after phasing out nuclear power

Nov 13, 20:18

The Taiwan government has promised to make efforts to secure stable and sufficient power supply to achieve its goal of completely phasing out nuclear power by 2025.

Gintech turns profitable in 3Q17

Nov 13, 12:30

Solar cell maker maker Gintech Energy has reported net profit of NT$1.8 million (US$39,636.25) for third-quarter 2017 after four consecutive quarters of losses.

Gintech Energy chairman Pan Wen-yen (right) and president Pan Wen-whe

GET suffers loss for 5 consecutive quarters

Nov 13, 11:37

Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported net loss of NT$39 million (US$1.3 million) for third-quarter 2017, its fifth consecutive quarters of losses.

A solar-grade crystalline siliocn wafer produced by Green Energy Technology

TSEC PV module plant almost complete

Nov 10, 11:47

Solar cell maker TSEC on November 9 held a beam-raising ceremony for its PV module plant in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, marking the near-completion of its construction.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao (third from right) at a beam-rasing ceremony

Giga Solar to issue convertible bonds totaling NT$2 billion

Nov 10, 11:31

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has said it will issue 5-year zero-interest unsecure convertible bonds toaling NT$2.0 billion (US$66.2 million) to raise funds for expanding diamond wire process capacity in China at its subsidiary Giga Diamond Materials and for repaying bank loans.

SAS posts 3Q17 net EPS of NT$1.34

Nov 10, 11:23

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has posted consolidated revenues of NT$15.772 billion (US$521 million), gross margin of 21.01%, net operating profit of NT$2.094 billion, and net profit of NT$770.5 million for third-quarter 2017.

NSP, Gintech see increased October revenues

Nov 9, 12:20

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Gintech Energy have reported consolidated revenues of 1.272 billion (US$42.1 million) and NT$1.346 billion respectively for October, the former increasing 21.28% sequentially and 13.25% on year and the latter growing 10.87% and 63.86% respectively.

TSEC October revenues hit 16-month high

Nov 7, 11:41

Solar cell maker TSEC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$702 million (US$23.2 million) for October, the highest monthly level since July 2016 with increases of 32.32% sequentially and 20.34% on year.

China unlikely to hike anti-dumping tariffs on Korea polysilicon imports to 30%, say sources

Nov 6, 16:24

The China government is reviewing anti-dumping tariff rates imposed on Korea-based polysilicon makers and is unlikely to hike the rates to 30% as requested by China-based fellow companies, according to industry sources in China.

GET to quit slurry slicing for wafers in December

Nov 6, 14:46

Silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) will reportedly suspend the use of slurry slicing to process ingots into wafers in December 2017, according to industry sources.

Xi'an LONGi lowers solar mono-Si wafer price

Nov 3, 14:19

Solar mono-Si wafer maker Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials has lowered prices for its wafers by 6.7% from CNY6.00 (US$0.91) to CNY5.60 in the China market, according to media reports.

PV module imports soar in US

Nov 3, 12:06

Imports of PV modules to the US market have soared since the beginning of third-quarter 2017 due to concerns about price hikes, and as of the end of October, 5GWp of PV modules had arrived in the US waiting for customs clearance, according to industry sources in China.

US ITC proposes 3 alternative anti-dumping schemes for solar product imports

Nov 2, 12:38

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has proposed three alternative anti-dumping schemes for restricting imports of solar cells and PV modules based on its global safeguards investigation pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Mega Sunergy unveils shingled array PV modules

Nov 2, 12:26

PV module maker Mega Sunergy has unveiled shingled array PV modules made of mono-Si or poly-Si solar cells, becoming the first Taiwan-based maker to offer such PV modules, according to the company.

A Mega Sunergy shingled PV module made of poly-Si solar cells

Motech dismisses layoff reports

Nov 2, 11:48

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has dismissed reports saying it would lay off about 300 employees at a solar wafer business unit. Motech said instead it is asking about 200 workers of the business unit to relocate to a joint-venture to be established with PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Mate...

Solartech resumes partial operation at fire-damaged plant

Oct 31, 11:17

Solartech Energy has disclosed a fire-damaged plant in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan has resumed operation at some of its solar cell and PV module production lines.

PV installations added in 2017 estimated at 96.5GW, says Bernreuter Research

Oct 26, 16:52

The total PV installation capacity established around the world in 2017 is estimated at 96.5GW, increasing 30.4% on year, according to Bernreuter Research.

Taiwan justifies high feed-in tariff for offshore wind farms

Oct 24, 15:49

The Office of Energy and Carbon Reduction (OECR) has defended the government's feed-in tariff of NT$6 (US$0.198)/kWh set for offshore wind power generation against criticism that it is much higher than international levels.

A renewable energy summit forum held by MOEA in Taipei

Taiwan forms Green Energy Research Consortium

Oct 24, 11:24

Taiwan government-sponsored National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) has announced the establishment of Green Energy Research Consortium to integrate resources from research organizations, universities and enterprises and promote cooperation among them in R&D of green energy technologies...

Taiwan forms Green Energy Research Consortium

URE seeks investments from solar wafer makers

Oct 23, 12:05

United Renewable Energy (URE), a vertically-integrated PV firm to be established through consolidation of three existing solar cell makers, hopes to recruit local solar wafer suppliers as additional shareholders, according to Sam Hong, chairman and CEO for Neo Solar Power (NSP) and designated chairman...

NSP chairman and CEO Sam Hong

Taiwan groups ink MoU with Germany-based WPD

Oct 23, 11:38

CR Classification Society, Metal Industries Research & Development Center, and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research have jointly signed an MoU with WPD, a Germany-based developer of renewable energy, to help them establish capability of feasibility evaluation and third-party certification for...

Taiwan market: Heraeus becomes largest PV silver paste supplier

Oct 23, 10:58

Germany-based Heraeus has become the biggest vendor of PV silver pastes in the Taiwan market, Chinese-language Economic Daily News cited company Photovoltaics president Andreas Liebheit as indicating.

China market: Giga Diamond Materials expanding diamond wire capacity

Oct 20, 14:15

Giga Diamond Materials, a China-based maker of diamond saw wire established by PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials, is expanding its production capacity of diamond saw wire from 80,000km a month currently to 500,000km in 2018 and further to 1.0 million kilometers in 2019, according to company...

NGP to build floating PV power station in northern Taiwan

Oct 19, 13:46

New Green Power (NGP), an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for PV installation, will set up a floating PV power station with capacity of 14MWp at an irrigation pond in northern Taiwan, according to the company.

TSEC to produce half-cut PV modules

Oct 19, 11:49

Solar cell maker TSEC will produce half-cut PV modules at its new factory located in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, with every cell halved and then closely connected to reduce electric resistance, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao

PV Taiwan 2017 kicks off, but uncertainty lies ahead for global market

Oct 18, 15:59

The 2017 Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition (PV Taiwan 2017) is running October 18-20 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, highlighting key technological innovations and ongoing transformation of Taiwan's solar firms. There are many first-time exhibitors this year eyeing the booming local...

PV Taiwan 2017

Motech sets up PV module joint venture

Oct 18, 15:25

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has announced the establishment of a PV module firm, Taiwan Solar Module Manufacturing Corp. (TSMMC), on a joint venture basis with PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials at stake ratios of 90% and 10% respectively.

Motech chairman and CEO Chang Peng-heng

AUO beefs up PV power generation in Taiwan

Oct 18, 14:57

AU Optronics (AUO) has strengthened PV power generation in Taiwan by extending from rooftop systems to ground-mounted and floating power stations, with cumulative installation capacity expected to total 125MWp at the end of 2017, according to the company.

An AUO-built rooftop PV system at Hota Industrial's factory

NSP, Gintech to wholly own GES, Utech Solar

Oct 17, 15:22

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Gintech Energy will acquire all the stakes in their respective subsidiaries, General Energy Solutions (GES) and Utech Solar, in line with an upcoming merger.

Linde LienHwa making new gas production investments in Taiwan

Oct 17, 11:55

Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.

Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan

Taiwan PV Module Manufacturing to set up factory in STSP

Oct 17, 11:23

The Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) administration has approved an application by Taiwan PV Module Manufacturing (TPVMM) for investment of NT$300 million (US$9.9 million) to set up a PV module assembly factory in the science park.

TSEC signs MoU for southern Taiwan PV projects

Oct 17, 10:51

Solar cell maker TSEC has signed an MoU with the government of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, to help solicit investment of NT$50 billion (US$1.65 billion) to set up PV power stations totaling 1,000MWp in the county.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao (left) and Pingtung County chief Pan Men-an (center)

NSP, Gintech, Solartech to merge

Oct 16, 16:49

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy and Solartech Energy have jointly announed the siging of a letter of intent for consolidating themselves into a new company, United Renewable Energy (URE).

PV oversupply to happen in 2018, says ReneSolar CEO

Oct 16, 16:07

Global supply of polysilicon, solar wafers and PV modules will significantly exceed demand in 2018, media reports have cited Li Xianshou, CEO for China-based solare wafer maker ReneSolar, as indicating.

China annual polysilicon capacity to rise to 285,000 tons at end of 2017

Oct 13, 16:11

China-based polysilicon makers' combined annual production capacity will increase from 210,000 tons at the end of 2016 to 285,000 tons at the end of 2017, enough for producing 61GWp of solar cells, according to Siliocn Industry of China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

Giga Solar subsidiary to set up 80MWp PV power station in southern Taiwan

Oct 11, 13:21

Giga Solar Materials' subsidiary will set up a PV power station with installation capacity of 80MWp in Tainan, southern Taiwan, according to the parent company, which makes PV conductive pastes.

A PV power project handled by Giga Solar Materials' subsidiary

Motech, Gintech post mixed results for September

Oct 11, 12:57

Solar cell makers Motech Industries and Gintech Energy have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.184 billion (US$72.0 million) and NT$1.214 billion respectively for September, the former increasing 4.18% sequentially and 59.04% on year, and the latter decreasing 16.61% sequentially but growing 69.55%...

Giga Diamond Materials expanding capacity in China

Oct 6, 16:08

Diamond saw wire maker Giga Diamond Materials (GDM), a subsidiary of PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials (GSM), is expanding its annual production capacity in Yencheng, eastern China, from 240,000km originally to 360,000km currently and further to 720,000km at the end of 2017, according...

Jimmy Chen, chairman for both Giga Diamond Materials and Giga Solar Materials

NSP, SAS, Giga Solar see September revenues rise

Oct 6, 10:23

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP), solar wafer provider Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and PV conductive paste supplier Giga Solar Materials have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.049 billion (US$34.6 million), NT$5.663 billion and NT$1.002 billion respectively for September, all increasing...

GET September revenues hit 14-month high

Oct 5, 11:49

Solar poly-Si wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.138 billion (US$37.6 million) for September, hitting the highest monthly level since August 2016 and increasing 1.71% sequentially and 59.10% on year.

GET president Swean Lin

NSP subsidiary to set up 40MWp PV power station in central Taiwan

Oct 5, 11:16

General Energy Solutions (GES) will construct a ground-mounted PV power station with installation capacity of 40MWp in Changhua, central Taiwan, according to its parent company Neo Solar Power (NSP).

Transition to diamond wire slower than expected for China solar wafer makers

Oct 3, 13:59

China-based solar wafer makers' progress of replacing slurry wire-slicing has been slowed down by lower-than-expected yield rates from diamond-wire process, according to industry sources.

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