UK-based multicrystalline wafer producer PV Crystalox Solar inferred in a financial statement that it could finally benefit financially from the divergence of polysilicon and wafer prices, after several years of loss making.
SolarCity, the largest residential solar PV installer in the US said in its fourth quarter 2015 earnings call that its ambitious 1GW Buffalo Riverbend manufacturing facility had been impacted by longer than expected equipment lead times, pushing some equipment installs into the second-half of 2016.
New research undertaken by Solar Intelligence, part of PV Tech’s parent company Solar Media Ltd., can exclusively reveal the forecasted breakdown of production for the different technologies being used within the solar industry in 2016.
PV Tech’s analysis of PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in 2015, which includes thin-film, solar cell, dedicated module assembly and integrated cell and module categories more than doubled (21GW:2014) year-on-year to reach 55.19GW.
US-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon said in a trading update ahead of releasing fourth quarter results at the end of the week that it would shutdown its Silane IV production unit and remaining FBR production at its Moses Lake plant.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie said that its new polysilicon plant in the US had started ramping and existing plants remained at full-capacity despite continued price declines that have reached record lows.
Asia-based polysilicon producer Tokuyama Corp said it would take a one-time impairment charge of ¥123.4 billion (US$1.02 billion) on its two polysilicon plants in Malaysia as ASPs were lower than expected and not inline with previous business guidance.
Interviewees: Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge VP for marketing and product strategy
Jan 29, 2016
By Andy Colthorpe
In addition to launching a residential energy management and PV self-consumption package for the home compatible with Tesla’s Powerwall, power optimiser specialist SolarEdge launched a lightweight inverter late last year utilising the Israel-headquartered firm’s new HD Wave technology.
Major PV materials provider DuPont highlighted in its fourth quarter 2015 earnings call that pricing pressure on its ‘Solamet’ silver metallisation paste products had impacted revenue in its Electronics & Communications business segment.