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China polysilicon imports in January-November 2016 grow 18.2% on year, says CNMIA

Jan 20, 14:22

China imported 125,800 tons of polysilicon during January-November 2016, increasing 18.2% on year, according to the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA).

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Pihsiang Machinery sets up 2MWp rooftop PV system in northeastern Taiwan

Jan 19, 15:07

Pihsiang Machinery Mfg., a maker of electric wheelchairs, scooters and bicycles, has cooperated with J&V Energy Technology, an investor in PV power generation, and New Green Power, an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for PV power generation, to set up a rooftop PV system...

Gintech to raise additional paid-in capital of NT$1.204 billion

Stockwatch - Jan 18, 13:57

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy will issue 70 million new shares at NT$17.20 (US$0.54) per share, 16.50% lower than the closing price of NT$20.60 on January 17, to raise additional paid-in capital of NT$1.204 billion for repaying bank loans, according to the company.

Tatung starts operation of PV power stations at former landfill sites

Jan 18, 11:42

Electric machinery and appliance maker Tatung and the Taoyuan city government on January 17 jointly held a ceremony to unveil PV power-generating stations established by the company on five previous sanitary landfill sites in the northern Taiwan city, according to Tatung.

China adds PV installation capacity of 34.24GWp in 2016, says NEA

Jan 18, 11:32

Installation capacity totaled 34.24GWp for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems completed and on grid around China in 2016, higher than the originally expected 30.0GWp, according to China's National Energy Administration (NEA).

NSP plans to shift solar cell capacity from Malaysia to Vietnam

Jan 17, 11:30

Neo Solar Power (NSP) plans to relocate annual production capacity of 200MWp for solar cells from Malaysia to Vietnam in order to cut production cost, according to industry sources.

Poly-Si PV modules lower than mono-Si in LCOE

Jan 16, 21:27

While China's National Energy Administration, specifically for use in model PV power-generating stations, has set a minimum energy conversion rate of 16.5% for PV modules made of polycrystalline silicon solar cells and that of 17% for PV modules made of monocrytsalline silicon solar cells, the former...

Delta Electronics provides PV inverters for Denmark power stations

Jan 16, 15:07

Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has provided 1,008 in-house-developed RPI M50A series PV inverters for use in 126 PV power stations with installation capacity of 400KWp each for a total of 50.4MWp in Vandel, northern Denmark, according to the company.

The PV power stations in Vandel, Denmark

Total corporate funding in solar sector comes in at US$9.1 billion in 2016, says Mercom Capital

Jan 13, 15:21

Mercom Capital Group's latest report has shown that total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital/private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing raised by public companies, came to US$9.1 billion, compared to $25.3 billion in 2015, representing a 64%...

Suntech unveils PERC poly-Si solar cells with 20% conversion rate

Jan 13, 10:52

China-based PV module maker Suntech Power Holdings has unveiled PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) poly-Si solar cells with a maximum energy conversion rate of 20%, according to the company.

Taiwan to end nuclear power generation by 2025

Jan 12, 11:08

Taiwan's legislature has amended the Electricity Act, ending nuclear power generation in the country by 2025 and liberalizing the local electricity market.

Shunfeng to expand solar wafer capacity

Jan 11, 11:48

China-based Shunfeng International Clean Energy, who makes poly-Si solar wafers, cells and PV modules, and undertakes PV power station projects, will invest CNY2.2 billion (US$318 million) to expand its annual wafer production capacity in Yangzhou City, eastern China from 500MWp currently to 3GWp,...

China PV project winners seeking to use less efficient modules

Jan 9, 11:46

Some of the firms selected by the China government to construct model PV power stations in projects with total installation capacity of 5.5GWp are mulling using less efficient PV modules due to price concerns, according to China-based media reports.

Motech, Gintech post mixed on-month growth in December revenue

Jan 9, 11:19

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries saw December 2016 consolidated revenues of NT$1.931 billion (US$60.3 million) decrease 0.23% on month and 34.36% on year, while fellow maker Gintech Energy had those of 1.294 billion growing 45.33% on month but slipping 21.07% on year, according...

SAS sees large growth in December revenues

Jan 9, 10:11

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.720 billion (US$148 million) for December 2016, hiking 70.96% on month and 102.11% on year.

New Green Power aims at PV installation capacity of 50-80MWp in Taiwan in 2017

Jan 6, 15:58

PV power generation EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) and operating contractor New Green Power (NGP) expects total new PV installation capacity in Taiwan in 2017 to reach 500MWp, consisting of 300-400MWp from rooftop PV systems and 100-200MWp ground-mounted PV stations, and aims to win projects...

Xi'an LONGi sets up joint venture for mono-Si solar ingots

Jan 6, 11:49

China-based solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafer maker Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials has set up a factory of mono-Si ingots with annual production capacity of 5GWp in Lijiang, southwestern China, on a joint venture basis with two local partners, according to China-based media reports.

Comtec Solar Systems to sell Malaysia factory to Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials

Jan 4, 22:02

China-based solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafer maker Comtec Solar Systems will sell a factory in Malaysia to Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials at CNY200 million (US$28.7 million), and will suffer a book loss of CNY300 million, according to Comtec.

Gintech Energy signs with CSC to supply 30MWp of PV modules

Jan 3, 22:14

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy on January 3 announced that it has signed with China Steel (CSC), the largest steel maker in Taiwan, to supply high-efficiency PV modules to set up rooftop PV systems with total installation capacity of 30MWp.

GCL System Integration to outsource solar cell production to Vina Cell

Jan 3, 11:30

GCL System Integration Technology (GCLSIT), a solar cell and PV module maker under China-based GCL Group, will commission Vietnam-based maker Vina Cell Technology to undertake OEM production of solar cells, according to the company.

China sets 2017 PV feed-in tariffs

Dec 28, 21:44

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on December 27 announced final feed-in tariffs for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems to be established in 2017.

Gintech to supply 30MWp PV modules to CSC

Dec 28, 11:25

Gintech Energy has won a bid to supply high-efficiency PV modules to China Steel (CSC) for the largest steel maker in Taiwan to set up rooftop PV systems totaling 30MWp, according to industry sources.

NSP to focus on high-efficiency solar cells, investments in PV power stations in 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Dec 27, 11:33

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP) will not expand production capacity beginning 2017 and instead will focus on hiking the proportion of models with high-energy conversion rates and investing in PV power stations in Taiwan and abroad, the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News...

China sets latest 2017 tentative PV feed-in tariff rates

Dec 27, 11:22

The China government has set the latest tentative feed-in tariff rates for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems to be established in China in 2017, with the rates likely to be the final ones, according to China-based media reports.

New PV silver paste makers expected to gain more market share

Dec 26, 10:42

While DuPont, Germany-based Heraeus, South Korea-based Samsung SDI and Taiwan-based Giga Solar Materials have dominated the global supply of PV silver paste used to make crystalline silicon solar cells, newcomers' combined global market share will rise from less than 10% in 2015 to over 15% in 2016...

60% of China PV makers may be forced out in 2017, say reports

Dec 23, 12:20

Viewing that China-based PV makers are characterized by relatively high debt asset ratios, and global PV demand will shrink in 2017, about 60% of China-based PV makers, especially second- and third-tier ones, will be unable to survive and may be forced out of market in 2017, according to China-based...

International prices for solar-grade wafers struggle to reach US$0.9 in 2017, says Danen Technology chairman

Dec 23, 11:58

International quotes for a solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer in 2017 are unlikely to reach the relatively high level of US$0.90 seen in the first half of 2016 due to oversupply, and are expected to peak at US$0.80 when demand is relatively strong, according to chairman and president James Fang...

Danen Technology chairman and president James Fang

Trina Solar shareholders consent to delisting from NYSE

Dec 21, 11:55

China-based PV module maker Trina Solar has announced its shareholders have voted in favor of a plan to delist the company from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Tainergy Tech to expand PERC capacity in 2017

Dec 19, 10:57

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will expand total annual production capacity for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline silicon solar cells to 40% of its total annual solar cell capacity at the end of 2017 through upgrading part of its solar cell production capacity...

NSP November revenues down on month, Motech, Gintech, TSEC see sequential growth

Stockwatch - Dec 12, 15:58

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported November consolidated revenues of NT$898 million (US$28.2 million) down 20.03% on month, while Motech Industries, Gintech Energy and TSEC have reported NT$1.935 billion increasing 26.49% on month, NT$890 million growing 8.33% and NT$611...

China PV installation capacity in 2017 may reach 25-30GWp, says CPIA

Dec 9, 11:29

Total installation capacity of PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems to be established in 2017 is likely to reach 25-30GWp, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).

China, Taiwan PERC P-type solar cell makers consider adoption of N-type IBC, HJT technologies

Dec 7, 15:23

China- and Taiwan-based PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) P-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell makers, because energy conversion rates for such solar cells are difficult to exceed 22%, mulls adoption of N-type IBC (interdigitated back contact) or N-type HJT (hetero-junction with intrinsic...

Local governments in China suspend PV installation applications

Dec 7, 12:22

Because total installation capacity of PV power stations and distributed PV systems newly established in China has exceeded the China government's target by about 6GWp, many local governments have temporarily stopped accepting applications for new PV projects, according to industry sources.

SAS reports strong November revenues

Stockwatch - Dec 6, 11:17

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.761 billion (US$86.9 million) for November, the historically second highest monthly level with growth of 20.36% on month and 17.95% on year.

Tatung signs with Taipei to set up rooftop PV systems

Dec 1, 11:50

Tatung, a maker of electric machinery, electric home-use appliances and consumer electronics for own-brand sale, on November 30 signed with Taipei City Government for setting up rooftop PV systems at municipal organizations and schools with total installation capacity of 4MWp, which can generate electricity...

About 6 polysilicon makers expected to be forced out of global market, says Bernreuter Research

Nov 29, 11:03

Existing global oversupply of polysilicon will continue and lead to cutthroat price competition in 2018 and consequently, about six makers will then be forced out of the global market and spot market prices will drop from over US$14/kg at present to below US$12, according to Germany-based Bernreuter...

Japan market: 3Q16 solar cell, PV module shipments down 13%, 6% on year, says JPEA

Nov 28, 22:36

There were 385.766MWp of crystalline silicon solar cells and 1,664.631MWp of PV modules shipped in the Japan market during the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 (the third quarter of 2016), respectively decreasing 13% and 6% on year, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

Taiwan solar cell makers face solar-grade monocrystalline wafer shortages

Nov 24, 15:18

Taiwan-based high-efficiency PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline silicon solar cell makers have seen orders increase in the fourth quarter, but face short supply of solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers, because AUO Crystal is the only Taiwan-based wafer maker and more than...

China to review anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Korea polysilicon makers

Nov 24, 10:28

China's Ministry of Commerce on November 22 announced that it will review anti-dumping tariff rates imposed on South Korea-based polysilicon makers in early 2014, with the review to be based on investigation of these makers' polysilicon exports to China in 2015.

China to set aside PV installation capacity of at least 1GWp for super model power-generating stations

Nov 22, 15:58

China's National Energy Administration (NEA) will reserve at least 1GWp from the target PV installation capacity for model PV power-generating stations to be set up in 2017 specifically for super model ones in which investors should qualify based on advanced PV technology, instead of bid prices, according...

Gintech reports losses for 3Q16

Nov 15, 10:53

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.167 billion (US$68.7 million), gross margin of -104.93%, net operating loss of NT$2.537 billion, net loss of NT$2.562 billion and net loss per share of NT$5.71 for third-quarter 2016.

Giga Solar Materials nets NT$9.19 per share for 3Q16

Nov 14, 11:32

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.096 billion (US$98.1 million), gross margin of NT$20.88%, net operating profit of NT$472.1 million, net profit of NT$560.4 million and net EPS of NT$9.19 for the third quarter of 2016.

Giga Solar Materials chairman Jimmy Chen

Neo Solar Power suffers 3Q16 operating loss of NT$1.786 billion

Nov 14, 10:32

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP) suffered a large net operating loss of NT$1.786 billion (US$56.6 million) for the third quarter of 2016 mainly due to shrinking demand, large drops in solar cell prices and a large loss in inventory value, according to the company.

SAS suffers losses in 3Q16

Nov 9, 11:31

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has released its third-quarter 2016 financial report, recording consolidated revenues of NT$7.183 billion (US$228 million), gross margin of 3.07%, net operating loss of NT$403.8 million, net loss of NT$1.305 billion and net loss per share of NT$...

Solar cell makers October revenues up on month, down on year

Nov 8, 14:37

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy, TSEC and Solartech Energy each saw consolidated revenues for October increase on month but decline on year.

Neo Solar Power to set up independent power producer

Nov 7, 14:37

Crystalline solar cell maker Neo Solar Power will indirectly invest US$44.0 million to set up Clean Focus Yield (CFY), an independent power producer, for a 26.95% stake, according to the company.

GCL-Poly Energy launches TS series solar-grade polycrystalline black silicon wafers

Nov 7, 13:24

China-based GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has launched TS-series solar-grade polycrystalline black silicon wafers. Cells made from the wafers have energy conversion rates of 18.8-19.0% 0.2-0.4pp higher than cells made from general solar-grade wafers, according to the company.

PV installation capacity in India to reach 10GWp in 2017, says BNEF

Nov 4, 11:01

Rooftop PV systems and ground-mounted PV power stations to be established in India in 2017 will reach total installation capacity of 10GWp, according to BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) New Energy Outlook 2016.

GET Green Energy, Ta-Yuan Cogen cooperate to recycle waste slurry

Nov 2, 14:42

Waste recycling service provider GET Green Energy and steam-electricity cogenerator Ta-Yuan Cogen on November 1 signed an MoU for cooperation to recycle waste slurry produced in manufacturing of semiconductor and solar wafers.

France-based Ciel & Terre International taps Taiwan market

Oct 28, 16:04

Ciel & Terre International, a France-based EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for rooftop PV systems and ground-mounted PV power-generating stations, has set up a subsidiary, Ciel & Terre Taiwan, for promoting floating PV systems in the Taiwan market, according to industry...

A Hydrelio floating PV system developed by Ciel and Terre International
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