Taiwan PV firms suspend JV plan due to US antidumping probe
Apr 16, 11:07
Some Taiwan-based solar firms - a first-tier and three second-tier cell makers, and a material supplier - originally planned to form a joint-venture to manufacture PV modules to tap the international market, but they have suspended the plan due to the US' ongoing antidumping investigation of Taiwan-based...
Some China polysilicon makers poised to expand capacities
Apr 14, 14:34
Viewing that polysilicon spot market prices in the China market rose to US$25/kg in the first quarter of 2014, some China-based makers are preparing to expand production capacities. Also, some companies that stopped production during the market downturn plan to resume production, according to PV industry...
Tatung to set up 3MWp PV systems in northern Taiwan
Apr 9, 11:51
Tatung, a Taiwan-based own-brand machinery and consumer electronics maker, has extended business operation to PV-ESCO (photovoltaic-energy service company) and signed with New Taipei City to set up rooftop PV systems totaling 3MWp in 30 schools and buildings owned by the local government.
SAS hits record revenues for March
Stockwatch - Apr 8, 14:40
Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) brought in consolidated revenues of NT$2.332 billion (US$76.8 million) for March, hitting a monthly record, according to the company.
Neo Solar Power March revenues hit record
Stockwatch - Apr 8, 14:33
Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.518 billion (US$82.9 million) for March, hitting a monthly company record.
AUO sets up PV investment/operating joint venture
Apr 7, 21:31
Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) on April 7 announced the establishment of Star River Energy, a joint venture with several local insurance companies specifically for investing in and managing operation of PV systems or power-generating stations in Taiwan.
TSMC Solar to triple CIGS thin-film PV module capacity, says paper
Newswatch - Apr 7, 09:42
Taiwan-based CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV module maker TSMC Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, will expand its annual production capacity from 40MWp currently to 120MWp in the third quarter of 2014, according to a Chinese-language Economic...
Record-breaking demand for global solar PV industry in 1Q14, says Solarbuzz
Apr 3, 11:49
New solar photovoltaic (PV) demand added during the first quarter of 2014 exceeded 9GW, which was 35% more than the previous first-quarter record, set in 2013. Every quarter in 2014 is forecast to reach new highs, with trailing 12-month demand at the end of first-quarter 2015 forecast to exceed 50GW...
Solargiga Energy post net loss for 2013
Mar 28, 11:47
China-based PV maker Solargiga Energy swung from a net loss of CNY136.4 million (US$22 million) in the first half of 2013 to net profit of CNY927,000 in the second, resulting in a net loss of CNY135.5 million for 2013, according to the company.
Green Energy Technology posts large loss for 2013
Mar 28, 10:40
Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on March 27 released its financial report for 2013, recording consolidated revenues of NT$13.258 billion (US$444 million), gross margin of negative 12%, net operating loss of NT$2.095 billion, net loss of NT$2.362...
Gigastorage suffers net loss per share of NT$2.43 for 2013
Stockwatch - Mar 27, 15:56
Taiwan-based solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage on March 26 released its financial report for 2013, recording consolidated revenues of NT$8.555 billion (US$287 million), gross margin of 9.11%, net operating profit of NT$195 million, net loss of NT$468 million and net loss per share...
Japan becomes largest market for China-made PV products, says CCCME
Mar 27, 11:33
Japan has become the largest market for China-made PV products, accounting for 24.63% of total export value in 2013 and 34.23% in January-February 2014, according to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME).
Taiwan solar firms speculate on possible impact of US probe
Mar 26, 11:55
While the US Department of Commerce is conducting an anti-dumping investigation of China-based PV module makers and their cell suppliers in Taiwan, the China makers reportedly have asked their government to talk with the US about setting floor prices and import quotas for China-made modules instead...
AUO to set up subsidiary for PV investment
Mar 25, 15:19
AU Optronics (AUO) is organizing a subsidiary, Star River Energy, specifically as a platform to invest in PV systems and solar power-generating stations, according to AUO.
EU to lower floor price for China-made PV modules, say reports
Mar 24, 15:14
The EU will lower the floor price for PV modules imported from China from EUR0.56 (US0.77)/W currently to EUR0.53/W beginning April 1, 2014, with the annual import quota remaining unchanged at 7GWp, according to China-based media reports.
Unused PV equipment in demand, say Taiwan makers
Mar 21, 16:47
Due to rebounding global demand, China- and Taiwan-based PV makers have been expanding production capacities, mainly by negotiating access to unused PV equipment, according to PV industry sources.
Gintech, SAS post mixed results for 2013
Stockwatch - Mar 21, 15:01
Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy will not distribute any dividend for 2013, while ingot and wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$1 (US$0.03), according to the companies.
300 GW of new solar PV to be installed in the next five years, says Solarbuzz
Mar 20, 14:42
The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is set for rapid growth over the next five years, with up to 100GW annual deployment being targeted in 2018, according to Solarbuzz. This end-market growth is projected to increase annual PV module revenues, which are forecast to reach US$50 billion in 2018.
China exports 16GWp of PV modules in 2013
Mar 17, 11:33
China-based makers exported 16GWp of PV modules worth US$10 billion in 2013, with Europe being the largest market accounting for 30% of the volume, Japan 22% and the US 10%, according to China-based media reports.
Giga Solar Materials nets NT$12.24 per share for 2013
Stockwatch - Mar 17, 11:23
PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has posted consolidated revenues of NT$4.581 billion (US$153 million), gross margin of 22.58%, net profit of NT$610 million and net EPS of NT$12.24 for 2013.
Aleo as competitive as China PV module makers, says SAS chairman
Mar 10, 10:50
Germany-based PV module maker Aleo Solar AG is as competitive as China-based makers in terms of production cost in the Europe, Japan and US markets, MK Lu, chairman for Taiwan-based solar wafer supplier Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), has claimed.
Neo Solar, Gintech, GET see sequential drops in February revenues
Mar 7, 11:13
Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power and Gintech Energy, and solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) have reported sequential declines in February consolidated revenues: NT$2.335 billion (US$77.1 million) down 3.67%; NT$1.251 billion, down 8.11%; and NT$1.288 billion, down 3.95% respectively.
SAS February revenues increase
Mar 6, 11:24
Taiwan-based wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.181 billion (US$72 million) for February, growing 18.85% sequentially and 40.91% on year, and consolidated revenues for January-February reached NT$4.015 billion, rising 26.61% on year.
Solar PV industry to transition to supply-driven market in 2014, says Solarbuzz
Mar 5, 14:21
Over the past three years, solar photovoltaic (PV) installed system prices, module prices, and module production costs have all fallen by more than 50%, while a shakeout of uncompetitive PV cell makers has caused the number of suppliers to decline from 250 in 2010 to 150 in 2013. According to Solarbuzz,...
Wah Lee optimistic about prospects for 2014
Mar 4, 22:10
Semiconductor material distributor Wah Lee Industrial expects agent sales of its major product lines, including high-performance engineering plastics, flat panel displays, semiconductor and energy products, to continue to grow robustly in 2014.
TeraSolar Energy Materials sees booming orders for laser process equipment
Feb 25, 10:46
Taiwan-based TeraSolar Energy Materials has obtained significant orders for laser process equipment used in PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) and/or SE (selective emitter) manufacturing technologies to hike energy conversion rates for crystalline silicon solar cells, according to the company.
TSMC Solar to triple CIGS thin-film PV module capacity
Feb 20, 21:28
TSMC Solar, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) wholly-owned subsidiary maker of CIGS thin-film PV modules, will expand its annual production capacity from 40MWp currently to 120MWp in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.
Taiwan solar cell makers can bear up to 15% US anti-dumping tax
Feb 20, 11:34
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has started an anti-dumping investigation of China- and Taiwan-based solar players and is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping tariffs in June. Taiwan-based solar cell makers can tolerate tariffs up to 15% before seeing a negative impact on exports to the...