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Rush orders give solar makers some relief

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:spot price? solar cell manufacturer? utilization rate? rush order?

According to the latest survey from EnergyTrend, rush orders from Europe and the U.S. have increased utilization rates of Taiwan solar cell manufacturers. TrendForce Corp.'s research division also stated that this development will affect how contract and spot prices are negotiated in the future.

The contract price of polysilicon has yet to be decided. On the other hand, due to the utilization rate surge of solar cell makers, polysilicon suppliers took this opportunity to jack up the contract price, which affected the spot market and caused the polysilicon spot price this week to remain on an uptrend.

As for the contract price, according to�EnergyTrend, Asian polysilicon suppliers are leaning toward raising the price while in European and the U.S., current prices are to be retained. Major manufacturers expect the contract price in January to fall between $27/kg and $30/kg,�EnergyTrend�has learned. However, the downstream companies are still suffering from deficits and are unlikely to burden their clients with increasing costs. Therefore, little prospect is seen for a price surge. Whether or not the contract price can be increased to $30/kg remains to be seen.

PV spot price

Rush orders in Europe and the U.S. have increased utilization rates among Taiwan solar cell makers. (Source: EnergyTrend)

Aside from polysilicon, this week's Si wafer prices still underwent minor changes. Helped by rush orders, multiSi wafer price increased moderately. As for the products with conversion efficiencies greater than 17 percent, prices mainly ranged between $1.18/piece and $1.2/piece. Despite related manufacturers aggressively attempting to increase the product prices, it is hard to say if the price will surge above $1.2/piece this month.�EnergyTrend�believes that if the rush orders continue to come in, there is a good chance for the aforementioned product's price to remain $1.2/piece. As for the mono-Si wafer prices, they experienced a small setback, which�EnergyTrend�refers to the price drop of 5in products. According to�EnergyTrend, the persisting price downtrend of 5in products and the recent releases of 6in multiSi high-efficiency products largely impact the price trend of 6in products.

As for this week's spot prices, lowest polysilicon price remained at $20/kg, while polysilicon ASP increased by 3.68 percent to $25.1/kg. As for Si wafers, lowest multiSi wafer price was $1/piece, and lowest mono-Si wafer price was $1.50/piece. This week's multiSi wafer ASP was $1.142/piece, an increase of 0.18 percent, mainly due to the cease of large scale inventory digestion at low prices and the rush orders. Mono-Si wafer ASP dipped to $1.568/piece, a 0.13 percent decrease. As for the solar cell price, this week's ASP remained the same. However, looking at it in detail, high efficiency products were $0.63/W, while standard product price was $0.5/W, the price gap per Watt ranging between 10cent and 15cent. In terms of module, both PV module prices and thin film prices declined, with the latter experiencing bigger fall. PV module ASP fell by 1.16 percent to $0.851/W. Thin film's ASP dipped to $0.80/W, a 3.5 percent decrease.

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