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Taiwan solar manufacturers see booming revenues

Posted: 20 Mar 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PV market  solar manufacturers  polysilicon  monosingle silicon wafer 

Taiwan solar manufacturers seem to be on track as they maintain good order visibility and high capacity utilization rate. Manufacturers are seeing a more positive market future and order visibility has extended to the econd quarter. Market researcher EnergyTrend attributes this positive outlook is attributed to the increasing demands of high efficiency of products, significant price advantage, and rumors suggesting that the double reverse policy is about to be finalized.

Though word is that subsidy is to be revised approximately 10 per cent in the Japanese market, EnergyTrend and related manufacturers still believe that demands in the Japanese market will remain impressive due to the following reasons: even after a 10% subsidy revision, which is not a small cut, subsidies in the Japanese market still ranked first in the world; furthermore, subsidy for other renewable energies remained the same, which is beneficial to the promotion of renewable energy in the market. On the other hand, the EU double reverse is to be announced in the second quarter and in order to avoid the effects of the retroactive period, manufacturers must meet the Q2/Q3 market demands in advance, which resulted in an order visibility that has extended up to three months. In addition, though several manufacturers have gained less profit in February due to the holiday and product adjustments, they are positive about the future. The recent market condition, whether observed subjectively or objectively, is beneficial to Taiwanese solar industries. Still, manufacturers remain conservative about whether the market demands are able to be maintained after EU has announced their double reverse policy.

EnergyTrend PV spot price

PV spot price
Source: EnergyTrend

As for the spot market, sales are still booming and downstream manufacturers have confidently raised the price. In the Chinese market, silicon wafer manufacturers have successively increased product price; the average price of polysilicon wafers have increased to Rs.53.08/piece (6.2RMB/piece), monosingle silicon wafer average price has slightly increased to Rs.70.21/piece (8.2RMB/piece), average price of cells is at Rs.22.95/Watt (2.68RMB/Watt), and the price of polysilicon and modules stayed flat. As for USD quotes, due to the price comparison effect, polysilicon average price has increased by 2.59 per cent to Rs.937.63/kg

($17.44/kg). High efficiency demands remained significant in the silicon wafer market, and along with the high utilization rate of manufacturers, the average price of silicon wafers has increased by 0.45 per cent to Rs.47.90/piece ($0.891/piece). MonoSingle silicon wafer price stayed flat.

On the other hand, market demands for cells still exist, and since the market condition is more favourable for manufacturers, the quoted price for cells has continued to rise. This week's average price of cells has been boosted up to Rs.20.43/Watt ($0.38/Watt), a 0.53 per cent increase. Module price has also been raised due to the good order visibility in the European market; this week's average price is up to Rs.36.24 ($0.674/Watt), a slight increase of 0.3 per cent. In addition, several thin-film manufacturers have also raised the price due to the price comparison effect; the current average price is at Rs.33.82/Watt ($0.629/Watt), a slight increase of 0.16 per cent. Demands for solar inverters are significant in several markets, thus price has increased slightly, with this week's average price at Rs.11.56/Watt ($0.215/Watt), a 0.94 per cent increase.

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