Grid Parity

Trony keeps investors guessing over its books

The circumstances surrounding what has gone wrong with the books at Trony Solar, the mainland's largest maker of thin-film solar panels, remain a mystery three days after the company - once visited by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg - said its board had found 'possible d

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

Talks urged in solar panel dispute

Major Chinese solar panel makers, facing punitive tariffs imposed by the United States, appealed for a 'peaceful solution' as the Sino-US trade spat on renewable energy seemed to be escalating.

The Ministry of Commerce yesterday announced it found the US government provided renewable-energy companies with unfair grants prohibited under the World Trade Organisation rules.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Spanish solar firm eyes China tie-ups

Spanish solar panel maker Isofoton, which expects European panel sales to fall due to cuts in government subsidies, aims to raise production capacity five-fold to 1.5 gigawatts in two years, by forming joint ventures in China, the Middle East and Latin America.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

No end in sight to solar industry's woes

Solar power equipment and parts will remain in major global oversupply and product prices will continue to be under downward pressure for at least another year, according to the chief of the world's largest maker of solar panels.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Solar subsidy plan can't ensure broad, even growth

The number of solar farm installations in the mainland's interior has surged since Beijing unveiled a tariff-based subsidy scheme favouring solar power in August.

However, analysts say the scheme is inadequate to ensure similarly rapid growth in coastal regions that have fewer hours of sun a day, compared to the arid and often cloudless inland regions.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Trade disputes point to an industry in over-reach

Recent trade and legal disputes between Chinese and American solar and wind power equipment makers have created headlines for various reasons, but a common thread linking them is the mismatch between overzealous investment in new production capacity by project developers and lagging government support for the consumption of expensive renewable energy.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese solar firms aren't out to undercut competition

The US government is preparing to investigate whether China's solar panel companies received a subsidy for exports or dumped solar panels in the American market at below cost price, after seven US solar product manufacturers filed a petition with the US Commerce Department demanding action.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New energy's thin ray of hope

Many environmentalists and scientists will tell you that solar cells - which convert light energy into electricity by the photovoltaic effect - are the answer to the world's energy crisis and environmental problems. However, the high production cost has turned off many investors.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

TPG Capital set to invest HK$1.1b in Comtec Solar

Comtec Solar Systems Group, a major Chinese maker of monocrystalline solar wafers, says TPG Capital will invest up to HK$1.17 billion in the firm.

TPG will subscribe for HK$780 million of unsecured convertible bonds due 2016. The bonds are convertible into new ordinary Comtec shares at an initial conversion price of HK$3.90.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Japan demand sees Solargiga source more sales from overseas

Solargiga Energy, a leading producer of silicon ingots and wafers that are used to make solar cells, aims to source half of its sales from overseas markets this year - up from 40 per cent this year, partly owing to higher demand from nuclear crisis-hit Japan.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

CLP to develop HK$2.9b solar power project in Australia

CLP Holdings will invest HK$2 billion to build the world's largest solar-power project in Australia. The system will be capable of generating 154 megawatts of 'green' electricity, enough to power 45,000 homes.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

SFK Construction to invest 200m yuan in three mainland projects

SFK Construction Holdings, a Hong Kong-based building construction and civil engineering contractor, will invest 200 million yuan in three mainland property projects.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Scheme eases hospital energy bills, but far from breaking even

Public hospitals have saved HK$30 million in energy fees since the Hospital Authority launched its 'Invest-to-Save' scheme five years ago - but it is still a tiny proportion of their total bill.

The scheme allows public hospitals to borrow money at zero interest for energy-saving or equipmentrenewal measures, such as replacing fluorescent lamps with LED devices.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Solargiga plans to triple capacity

Solargiga Energy Holdings, a solar panel component maker planning an initial public offering next month, plans to triple its production capacity next year to meet growing mainland demand for renewable energy.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Going solar

THE FANLING VILLAGE house draws curious stares from passers-by and interest from academics and students. But Sunny Fung Hoi-sun's home isn't an architectural marvel. Rather, its distinguishing features are two huge solar panels and a pair of windmills installed on the roof. They're part of Fung's dream to power his home in Kan Tau Village on clean, renewable energy.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am