Digi Times — The Taiwan government plans to allow PV power stations to be built on contaminated land not suitable for farming and land with serious subsidence, according to vice economics minister Shen Jong-chin. The Council of Agriculture has offered such land totaling 1,253 hectares, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs will continue coordination with other ministries to provide land owned by the government and state-run enterprises for establishing PV power stations, Shen said at a PV forum in Taipei on February 22..
Digi Times — Total PV installation capacity in China in 2015 amounted to 15.13GWp, attaining 85% of the target of 17.8GWp, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). Total installation capacity accounted for about 25% of the global total and one-third of China’s PV module output in 2015, NEA said. PV power generated in 2015 was 39.2 billion kWh, NEA noted.
Digi Times — China-based PV module makers, in view of high inventory levels and an unexpected decrease in demand in the US market, have asked Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to reduce quotes, according to industry sources. As the China government has extended its 2015 feed-in tariff rates for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems approved by the end of 2015, while being completed and on grid by the end of June 2016, there is expected to be rush for installation in the first half of 2016, the sources said.
Digi Times — The global electric power industry is evolving into a model that offers more diversity, both in terms of generation and in the ownership of generation assets, and solar photovoltaic (PV) is one technology at the head of this change. Following years of unsustainable pricing and oversupply, demand for solar PV systems has finally caught up, with 2015 expected to be the year when the global solar PV market shifts and starts to compete with other technologies.
Enterprise Innovation — The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a shortlist of projects approved to progress to the next stage of its $100-million large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) competitive round. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said project attracted strong interest the agency has selected 22 high merit projects to proceed to the full application stage with submissions due by 15 June 2016.
Digi Times — According to EnergyTrend, prices of photovoltaic (PV) systems are in a steady decline. In the US, for example, the average installed cost of utility-scale PV systems was at US$1.38/W in the third quarter of 2015 compared with US$1.66/W in the same quarter of 2014, representing a 17% on-year drop.
Digi Times — First-tier China-based PV module makers have been setting up PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell production lines to meet growing demand for high-efficiency PV modules in the China market, with an estimated total annual capacity of 5.0GWp to come into operation in second-quarter 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.