Average prices of mono- and multicrystalline modules have fallen by 20% and 25% respectively in the first three quarters of this year, according to EnergyTrend, a division of Taiwanese market research company TrendForce.
“If solar PV generation is to come very close to grid parity in China at the start of 3Q19, then prices of conventional mono-Si and conventional multi-Si modules will have to drop by another 2.8% and 9.8%, respectively, during the nine-month period from the start of 4Q18 to the end of 2Q19,” the report’s authors stated.
As a consequence of this difficult-to-sustain price drop and overcapacity in the industry, the global solar market is expected to enter a stagnant phase, and will see more consolidation. Total PV demand for 2018 is forecast to reach just 86 GW, as several developers last year moved their installation target dates forward in China, thus shifting demand originally reserved for this year, to 2017.
In terms of production, however, the manufacturing of cells and modules is expected to reach each 150 GW in 2018. “On the whole, the oversupply problem has become more acute,” EnergyTrend said.
Global module demand is also seeing geographical shifts, as India recently introduced 25% safeguard duties on some imports, while the EU ended minimum import prices imposed on PV products imported from China, Taiwan and Malaysia. “As a result, China-made PV modules are again flowing into regional markets that they were previously barred from,” continued the report.
Referring to the difficult situation of Taiwan’s solar manufacturers, EnergyTrend analysts further highlight that Chinese cell and module makers may also adopt measures to face overcapacity and consolidation, including merger deals, capacity reductions, and even factory closures.
Such movement has already been seen in the Chinese industry, with Chinese solar manufacturer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) announcing two weeks ago that it hopes to sell its manufacturing unit to clean energy conglomerate Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd.
Shanghai Electric also submitted a bid to take a controlling stake in China’s largest polysilicon maker, GCL-Poly, although the proposed $1.86 billion agreement fell through, because “both parties believe that the timing and conditions for proceeding on the potential disposal [by GCL-Poly] are not mature enough.”
In a previous report at the start of August, EnergyTrend found that prices across the PV supply chain are falling further, although they will likely stabilize.
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Since the chart is labeled in RMB/W I would assume the report is denominated in Chinese yuan.
I keep an eye on the price per Watt of pallets of panels on ebay, in USD of course. They’ve stayed more or less stable for the last year, for similar quality panels. There may have been a slight decrease, but no where near 20%.
This seems like a good price to me polycrystalline, first tier at 48 cents per Watt, plus shipping from Las Vegas. Of course, who knows if this company will be around to back a warranty in ten years. URL below
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