SEMI - The Grid, September 2014
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Spotlight on PV Taiwan 2014

Loophole Closure in U.S. Trade Case: First Solar & SunPower Most to Gain?

Indian Solar Market: Updates, Constraints and the Road Ahead

NREL Update: Int'l PV QA Task Force and Int'l Electrotechnical Commission

SEMI Q2 2014 WW PV Equipment Market Report

Sept 2014: Global PV Standards Update

Share your Insights about PV


November 3-6, 2014
SEMI North America PV Standards Meetings


October22-24, 2014
PV Taiwan

November 18-20, 2014
Intersolar India

March 9-11, 2015
Energy Storage Europe 2015

Spotlight on PV Taiwan 2014
By Bettina Weiss, VP Business Development, SEMI

Bettina Weiss We have seen a lot of movement in the PV industry lately, both upstream and downstream. In mid-June, SEMI reported that worldwide bookings of PV equipment in Q1 2014 grew 18% above Q4 2013 and 44% higher than Q1 2013. This bump brought the book-to-bill ratio above parity for the first time since Q1 2012, suggesting a thawing in what was a prolonged and hard industry "winter." Yet the latest (Sept) SEMI Worldwide PV Equipment Market Statistics Report reveals that worldwide bookings for the first quarter declined to $234 million, 21% below Q1 2014 but 25% higher than Q2 2013. At 0.73, the book-to-bill ratio is once again below parity.

However, there is some good news -- including still high PV installation growth particularly in Asia and some creative approaches to circumvent the ongoing trade disputes... (more)

Loophole Closure in U.S. Trade Case - First Solar and SunPower Have May Have Most to Gain
By Ed Cahill, Lux Research
The U.S. government closed loopholes in the anti-dumping (AD) margins and countervailing duties (CVDs) it imposed on Chinese solar companies in 2012.

The Indian Solar Market: Updates, Constraints and the Road Ahead
By Nalin Deshpande, Siddhartha Priyadarshi & Vishal Pandya
With its subtropical climatic conditions and abundant solar insolation, accelerating solar capacity addition can tangibly impact India's exponentially growing energy needs and energy security concerns.

Update from International PV QA Task Force and International Electrotechnical Commission
By Sarah Kurtz, NREL
The International Photovoltaic Quality Assurance Task Force (PVQAT) is leading efforts to develop standards with three primary goals.

SEMI Releases Second Quarter 2014 Worldwide PV Equipment Market Statistics Report
SEMI today reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for the second quarter of 2014.

September 2014: Global PV Standards Update
By Kevin Nguyen, SEMI Standards
SEMI PV Standards committees provide a forum for PV equipment, material, cell and module makers to develop standards that reduce PV manufacturing costs.

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