Taiwan began to adopt a feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme to boost PV power development about two years ago, much later than many other countries, and therefore the scheme has considerable room for improvement, according to Fred Yeh, presidient for solar cell and PV module maker Motech Industries.
Mega Sunergy has acquired old PV module manufacturing equipment from fellow makers including Tainergy Tech and TSEC, and is reportedly in talks with United Renewable Energy for similar deals, according to industry sources.
Global additional PV installation capacity to reach 111.3GWp in 2019, says EnergyTrend
PV installations completed globally in 2018 totaled 103.3GWp in installation capacity, growing 4.9% on year, and the total in 2019 will grow 7.7% to 111.3GWp, according to EnergyTrend.
State Grid Corp of China will set up pumped-storage hydraulic power plants totaling 6GW to store electricity generated by PV power stations and onshore wind farms, according to China-based media reports.
Of global demand for solar cells, the proportion for mono-Si models rose from about 30% in 2017 to nearly 50% in 2018, but in all markets other than China, the proportion for poly-Si ones stood at about 70% in 2018. The competition between mono-Si and poly-Si solar cell makers will continue in 2019...
Taiwan has proposed a major cut in feed-in-tariff (FIT) for ground-mounted PV power stations for 2019 as a result of serious underestimation of the cost of constructing the facilities, according to energy sector investors.
Chailease starts operating rooftop PV system at HSP
Leasing and financing service provider Chailease Finance has inaugurated a rooftop PV system on a 3-story parking garage at Hsinchu Science Park in northern Taiwan.
Tainergy to move solar cell production to Vietnam
Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will end production in China and Taiwan, and move it to Vietnam, with the relocation to be completed by the end of June 2019, according to company president Kevin Hsieh.
China-based solar wafer makers, in the wake of increasing polysilicon output from local suppliers who are expanding production capacities, are ready o ask for price reductions for the material by at least 5% after Lunar New Year in early February, according to industry sources.
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has emphasized the ecological coexistence between PV power stations on coastal sites previously used for salt production and preservation of wetlands and wild birds.
SAS, URE, Motech post increased December revenues
Solar cell makers United Renewable Energy (URE), Motech Industries and solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) have all reported sequential growth for December sales.
More than 4,000 employees in Taiwan's PV inudstry are on unpaid leave due to large reduction in demand, Central News Agency cited Eric Kuo, head of PV Generation System Association (PVGSA), as indicating.
Tongtai starts using rooftop PV systems
Tongtai Machine & Tool recently has revealed it has started operating rooftop PV systems established at its three factories in southern Taiwan, with the systems estimated to generate electricity totaling 9.59 million kWh a year, equivalent to carbon reductions by 499.6 metric tons.
TSEC December revenues hit 7-month high
Solar cell and PV module maker TSEC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$372.8 million (US$12.06 million) for December, the highest monthly level since June 2018 with a sequential increase of 17.23%. But the sum represents an on-year decline1 7.36%.
Worst is over for PV industry, says Motech president
The PV industry has been hit hard in 2018, but the worst is already over with the global PV market expected to rebound in 2019, according to Fred Yeh, president for Motech Industries.
To encourage use of PV power in line with its nuclear-free policy, the Taiwan government has shifted focus from rooftop PV systems to ground-mounted power stations to speed up installation. But it should adjust regulations based on consideration of risks for front-end preparations, according to Andy...
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SAS reportedly to invest in TOPCon solar cell production
Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will reportedly invest in producing TOPCon (tunnel oxide passivated contact) silicon solar cells, according to industry sources.
As Taiwan's tentative feed-in tariff (FIT) rate of NT$3.7728 (US$0.1225)/kWh for ground-mounted PV power-generating stations and that of NT$4.1665/kWh for floating PV power-generating stations on surface of water bodies for 2019 slips 12.15% and 11.16% respectively from 2018, the annual reduction far...
Anji performs strongly in 3Q18
While most of Taiwan-based PV makers have suffered continued net losses for quarters, PV module maker and PV power generation project undertaker Anji Technology recorded net EPS of NT$0.79 for the third quarter of 2018 and that of NT$1.73 for January-September.
Purchases of PERC equipment for making solar cells - mostly by China-based makers - is expected to peak in 2018-2020, with total value estimated at CNY23 billion (US$3.35 billion), according to China-based media reports.
The combined output in the EU, US and India for PV modules is short of annual demand by an estimated 45GWp, according to China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electric Products (CCCME).
GET requests debt negotiations
Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has requested Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs to help arrange negotiations with creditors about loan forbearance in an attempt to lessen its financial pressure.
PV makers see mixed growth in November revenues
Solar wafer makers Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and Green Energy Technology (GET), and solar cell makers United Renewable Energy (URE) and Motech Industries have reported consolidated revenues for November, with GET and Motech seeing growths, and SAS and URE recording drop sequentially.
PV and wind power firms have protested Taiwan's proposed cuts to feed-in-tariffs (FIT) for 2019, with developers who are building offshore wind farms in the country claiming reduced rates would make their projects unsustainale.
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