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ticipants visiting the event as exhibitors and also, as prospective buyers present there, scouting for new local Taiwanese solar suppliers. The event also witnessed presence of his Excellency Ma Ying-Jeou, President of the Republic of China, who addressed the gathering on the opening day, thus welcoming the industry to PV Taiwan 2015. He stated that, Taiwan has risen to the status of being a premiere country in terms of solar cell providers, with its best-in class technology engagement and competitive pricing. He also emphasised on the importance of engaging solar energy as one of the renewable energy available in abundance, which can be put into use through, continuous R&D in terms of technology for harnessing the solar power and make the best use of it for the development of better and energised future. He acknowledge the fact, the world requires to look for new ways to exploit renewable energy and cut down on the dependence on non-conventional energy, which affects the environment and also adding to global warming. “Overcoming several market hurdles, Taiwan’s solar cell exports are expected to grow due to continued demand from the Chinese domestic market”, according to Brian Lee, deputy executive director at TAITRA. Taiwan Solar Industry- Overview Taiwan boasts of booming industry in solar sector. Due to availability of abundant sun, vast amount of land and proactive government policies in place, the Taiwan Solar Sector has flourished. It resorted to encourage use of renewable energy in the year 2009. • Taiwan PV industry ranks number two worldwide for PV solar cell production with 8,3GW production volume in 2013 and 42% growth rate in 2013 • Taiwan has an inclusive PV industry supply chain. • Develop high efficiency and low cost technology is the key strategy that has enhanced competiveness in Taiwan solar sector • There are over 160 companies in the solar industry • There is an strong PV Supply Chain in Taiwan • The total capacity comes upto 10GW (out of which 62% comes from solar cell) • Bureau of Energy, Taiwan has formulated diverse action policies for promotion of Renewable Energy, and particularly solar energy in the country. • The competitive advantages of Taiwanese electronics firms have facilitated the rapid developments to the solar photovoltaic industry • The Taiwanese solar photovoltaic industry has been developing for the past 25 years and built up a complete industrial value chain • Taiwanese firms have become the foremost global suppliers of the solar photovoltaic products for the three reasons: (1) Stable product quality (2) Mature technologies (3) Rational pricing • The Taiwanese solar cell industry possesses research and development (R&D) abilities and demonstrate significant international competitiveness • The strength of the Taiwanese semiconductor industry has been beneficial to the developments of its solar photovoltaic industry. • In the Taiwanese solar photovoltaic industry, around 80% to 90% production capacities are engaged by the solar cell firms Taiwanese government has set the solar photovoltaic industry as the budding industry for prioritized support and promoted the SOLAR POWER “Green Energy Development Plan” to increase the development of the green energy industry. In 2009, this plan was approved as the “Renewable Energy Development Bill”. In 2010, renewable energy feed-in tariff rates were recognized, since market price and investment incentive are the prevailing factors that affect market recognition of solar energy installation in Taiwan. Taiwan solar PV market has enormous opportunity to expand in terms of solar cells, modules and panels production and new solar power projects. The country’s domestic solar PV market has revealed thrust in the past as government supported small scale and large scale commercial projects. Taiwan’s government escalated its installation goals from 220 MW at the commencement of the year to 500 MW, but at the same time reports also show that solar FiTs are going to be reduced an estimated 10%. The total installation capacity for rooftop PV systems and PV power-generating stations established in Taiwan in the year 2015 is estimated to reach 150-200 MWp compared to goal of 500 MW set by the government. Energetica had an opportunity to interact with some of the major players in the Taiwan solar industry exhibiting at PV Taiwan 2015. Energetica India brings the highlights of the same. GIGASTORE SOLAR MATERIAL CORP. Taiwan-based conductive paste producer Giga Solar Materials Corp., a subsidiary of Taiwanese optoelectronic materials and silicon products provider Gigastore Corp is engaged in manufacturing of major products for solar sector. In the solar field, GSMC has 2 major solar power plant of 25MW each in Japan. It also provides around 40 tonnes of conductive paste for solar panel every year in Japan. In Taiwan, it has a solar power plant of 7MW along with providing material for the same. GSCM has 2 manufacturing hub in Taiwan, while 1 in China. The total capacity of all manufacturing hub is close to 6.8GW. They are also convinced of the fact that, with proactive policies in present time in solar sector, the market has a strong business potential in future. When ask about the opportunities in India, they asserted that, they foresee a great potential in India’s steadily building up solar 25 energetica INDIA · NOV | DEC15


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