Solar Power

Shunfeng to quadruple solar generating capacity after acquiring Wuxi Suntech

Beijing is encouraging banks to fund clean energy projects such as solar farms to cut the mainland's reliance on coal. Photo: Bloomberg

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International, a solar farm developer controlled by Cheng Kin-ming, aims to quadruple its solar power generating capacity this year after acquiring Wuxi Suntech, a bankrupt maker of solar panels.

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014, 2:30am

Solar powers ahead

Solar energy's popularity in Europe derives from a combination of rapidly falling costs and generous state subsidies. Photo: AP

European solar power capacity has already reached some 80 per cent of national projections for the end of the decade, underlining how growth has caught policymakers unawares.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Reason comes to China, EU solar sector clash

Employees move solar panels around at a solar power plant in Aksu, China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Reuters

A softening of Europe's stance in its solar panel dispute with China means the two sides now have a 70-80 per cent chance of negotiating a settlement to the matter

5 Jun 2013 - 1:06pm

Best to let the sunshine in without any harmful tariffs

Tariffs on polysilicon imports could hurt Chinese solar panel makers.

Beijing's threat to impose duties on solar power-related products from the European Union would harm its own industry, and appears more likely to be rhetoric in a dispute where both sides will gain from compromise.

31 May 2013 - 4:41am

Solar power a ray of hope for planet as carbon emissions rise

Solar panels are seen under a cloudy sky. Photo: Reuters

This month Planet Earth reached a grim milestone - carbon dioxide emissions reached more than 400 parts per million average for a day, which is 50 ppm more than what scientists regard as the safe level for keeping the earth's temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 1 comment

Buffett to rescue Suntech?

Intriguing rumours that billionaire investor Warren Buffett might be eying bankrupt former solar superstar Suntech are breathing new life into embattled solar shares, as traders bet that western investors could help to revive the sector.

9 Apr 2013 - 7:15pm

Short Science, March 31, 2013

Neutrinos go 'missing' on their journey from the Sun to earth.

Scientists have criticised an Italian government decree allowing a group of terminally ill patients to continue using an unproven stem cell treatment, saying such therapies may cause harm and risk exploiting desperate people. 

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

16pc increase in clean power capacity planned

16pc increase in clean power capacity planned

Industry regulator the National Development and Reform Commission said in its report at yesterday's opening session of the National People's Congress that it aimed to increase output from the four sources by 52.24 gigawatts this year. Installed hydropower generating capacity will increase by 21 GW, nuclear power capacity by 3.24 GW, wind power capacity by 19 GW and solar power capacity by 10 GW.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:31am

Solar-panel maker Yingli Green Energy expects gross margin to rise

Yingli Green Energy expects gross margin to rise to as much as 20 per cent this year. Photo: EPA

"Our production costs will decline considerably as new materials and technology are used, economy of scale intensifies and conversion efficiency rises," chief financial officer Bryan Li said in an interview from Baoding, Hebei province, where the company is based.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

China leads the world in sales of solar modules

Chinese solar panel manufacturers are expected to sell about one-third of their output domestically this year.Photo: Xinhua

China became the world's largest solar power panel market in last year's fourth quarter, and might retain the top spot throughout this year, according to industry consultancy NPD Solarbuzz.

China accounted for 33 per cent of the 8.3 gigawatts of solar modules shipped globally in the quarter, up from under 10 per cent two years ago, the United States-based firm said.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:55am

Singyes Solar targets 33pc surge in sales

Beijing boosted incentives for the installation of solar power panels in recent months.

Buildings curtain walls and solar power projects engineering firm China Singyes Solar Technologies aims to grow sales by a third this year, after Beijing stepped up policies to develop the nascent domestic market to counter slowing overseas sales.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Beijing to help troubled solar industry players

Mainland producers of solar power equipment are facing trade barriers overseas. Photo: AFP

The central government has laid out broad policy directions to support the development of the nascent domestic solar power market as part of efforts to help the troubled solar panels and components manufacturers boost sales in the face of overseas trade barriers.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:19am

China Longyuan seeks US$312m in share sale

Longyuan plans to invest half the proceeds from selling new shares in onshore wind power generation projects on the mainland. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland wind power producer China Longyuan Power said yesterday it would raise up to US$312 million selling new shares, joining the rush among liquidity-thirsty firms to place shares following the recent strong run of the Hong Kong market.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:01am

Solar: LDK cuts, First Solar in China

Both Washington and the European Union have taken recent actions to punish Chinese solar panel makers for receiving unfair support from Beijing.

There're quite a few news bits coming from the solar sector today, with more downbeat news from struggling LDK Solar even as two western panel makers make important new inroads to the China market.

4 Dec 2012 - 10:42am

Letters to the Editor, November 18, 2012

CLP's solar panels on Town Island. Photo: David Wong

Hard-working expats add vitality to city

In his column Jake van der Kamp says expatriates who can't afford to send their children to an expensive international school should go home ("ESF sense of entitlement an antiquated school of thought", November 11). Hong Kong would lose nothing, he says.

I have no children, but I beg to differ.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:49am