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China turns out 18.0GWp of solar-grade silicon wafers in 1H14, says CPIA

Sep 19, 11:19

China-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer makers recorded a total output of 18.0GWp in the first half of 2014, increasing 20% on year, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).

Global solar cell demand in 2014 estimated at 40GWp, say Taiwan makers

Sep 19, 10:31

Global demand for crystalline silicon solar cells in 2014 is estimated at 40GWp, mainly consisting of 11GWp in China, 8GWp in Europe, 7GWp in Japan, 5GWp in the US and 1.3GWp in India, according to Taiwan-based makers.

Major Asia-Pacific markets have 60% of global solar PV demand in 2H14, says Solarbuzz

Sep 18, 15:48

Total solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from the five leading Asia Pacific (APAC) markets – China, Japan, India, Australia and Thailand – is forecast to reach 17.2GW during the second half of 2014, almost 60% of global solar PV demand, according to findings from Solarbuzz.

China to ban sale and export of 60W incandescent bulbs, says paper

Sep 18, 15:15

The China government will prohibit the sale and export of 60W or above incandescent light bulbs beginning October 1, according to s China-based Beijing Morning Post report.

Homeowners expected to invest more than US$625 billion in residential generation and storage from 2014-2023, says Navigant

Sep 16, 16:25

Innovations in renewable distributed power generation, along with attractive new financing mechanisms, are providing residential customers with new options to manage their energy use and generate their own power. Known collectively as distributed energy resources (DER), these innovations are causing...

Over 70% of China-based polysilicon makers unable to resume production

Sep 16, 11:20

More than 80% of China's 63 polysilicon makers stopped production in 2011-2012 due to continual price drops arising from global oversupply. As polysilicon prices have rebounded since the beginning of 2014, a few of them have resumed production but as many as 47 makers, or 74.6%, are still unable to...

Taiwan solar cell makers hesitate about setting up production lines abroad

Sep 15, 11:12

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers who are considering establishing production lines overseas in locations other than China specifically for exports to the US market have difficulties making up their minds due to possible risks, according to industry sources.

Pico solar and solar home systems expected to reach US$2.1 billion in annual revenues by 2024, says Navigant

Sep 12, 12:37

Miniature solar photovoltaic systems, including pico solar and solar home systems, are moving rapidly from specialized niches for enthusiasts and early adopters into the mainstream. These systems are particularly well-suited for applications in the developing world, where they provide lighting, handset...

Solartech, Tainergy to set up solar cell capacities abroad

Stockwatch - Sep 12, 11:07

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Solartech Energy and Tainergy Tech have separately announced the establishment of solar cell production capacities in Malaysia and Vietnam respectively.

Malaysia makers quote solar cells based on Taiwan pricing

Sep 11, 16:01

Malaysia-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, viewing that Taiwan-based competitors are subject to an average US anti-dumping tariff of 25%, have quoted their solar cells specifically for exports to the US at US$0.38-0.41/W, with the highest level based on Taiwan-based makers' average quote...

OLAF to probe Taiwan PV makers suspected of helping China firms evade import restrictions

Sep 10, 12:41

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will investigate certain Taiwan-based PV makers suspected of helping China-based PV module makers evade the EU's minimum import price and import quota, according to PV industry sources in Taiwan.

Neo Solar, Motech, Gintech see decreased August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 9, 11:17

Crystalline silicon solar cell makers Neo Solar Power, Motech Industries and Gintech Energy saw consolidated revenues for August slip mainly because shipments to the US market were hindered by anti-dumping tariff rates, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News.

China solar wafer makers inquire about OEM production by Taiwan firms

Sep 5, 11:02

China-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer makers, considering that China government's temporary ban on polysilicon imports through export processing zones to block evasion of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization taxes is likely to decrease supply of polysilicon in the China market and thereby...

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Green Energy Technology sees increased August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 5, 10:49

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology on September has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.272 billion (US$42.4 million) for August, increasing 4.18% on month and 12.79% on year. January-August consolidated revenues totaled NT$9.722 billion, rising 21.38% on year.

China may hike target PV installations in 2014

Sep 5, 10:34

The China government is likely to raise the target total capacity for PV systems installed around China in 2014 from 13GWp to 15GWp, consisting of 11GWp for ground-mounted PV power-generating stations and 4GWp for distributed (mostly rooftop) PV systems, according to PV industry sources in China.

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Polysilicon prices not much affected by China moratorium on imports via EPZs, say Taiwan makers

Sep 4, 15:13

Although China has placed a moratorium on polysilicon imports through its export processing zones (EPZs), the measure has yet to show much impact on product pricing, according to PV industry sources in Taiwan.

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Leading China solar PV module suppliers continue to increase market share, despite global trade disputes, says SolarBuzz

Sep 3, 15:38

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments from the leading China companies increased 26% on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the previous quarter when they shipped 5.2GW of solar modules. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of all PV module shipments came from the top 20 module suppliers to...

China-based monocrystalline solar wafer maker Longi sees huge growth in 1H14 profit

Sep 3, 11:20

China-based solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafer maker Xi'an Longi Silicon Materials has reported net profit of CNY111 million (US$18.0 million) for first-half 2014, hiking 432% on year.

China-based Comtec Solar to expand wafer capacity in Malaysia

Sep 3, 11:02

China-based solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafer maker Comtec Solar Systems has revealed it started trial production at its factory in Malaysia in June 2014 and will expand the factory's annual production capacity from 300MWp currently to 600MWp in 2015.

China, Taiwan solar-grade silicon wafer makers plan to hike prices

Sep 2, 22:52

China- and Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer makers, in view of growing demand for PV systems in the China market, plan to increase quotes from US$0.88-0.89/wafer in August to US$0.90-0.92, and from US$0.90 to US$0.92-0.94, respectively, according to industry sources.

Solartech Energy sees increased August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 2, 12:13

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$692 million (US$23.05 million) for August, increasing 19.84% sequentially and 6.09% on year. January-August consolidated revenues totaled NT$6.609 billion, hiking 65.47% on year.

Taiwan solar cell makers see orders increase in August

Sep 1, 11:00

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers generally saw orders increase in August, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Change in US anti-dumping duty may boost capacity utilization rates of Taiwan solar firms, says EnergyTrend

Aug 22, 14:42

On August 19, 2014, the US Department of Commerce announced it had revised the preliminary anti-dumping duty on solar products produced by Motech Industries in Taiwan, causing Motech's tariff rate to drop from 44.18% - the highest among Taiwan producers - to 20.86%, the lowest. For other Taiwan photovoltaic...

Taiwan solar cell makers see rebound in orders from China

Aug 22, 10:58

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have seen increases in orders from China-based PV module makers as demand from the country grows.

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...

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