1H21 Taiwan module, inverter shipment rankings: TSEC attained top spot for first time
July 27, 2021 Sharon Chen
Module and inverter shipment volumes remained stable in Taiwan, as predecessor activities of utility-scale projects were still in progress, despite slow installation of PV plants amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest report from InfoLink. Overall, shipment volumes for the first half of 2021 were close to levels in the first half of last year.
Taiwan solar shipments exceeded 1 GW in 1H21
According to senior analyst Sharon Chen of InfoLink, TSEC’s dominance in module shipment ranking for the first half can be attributed to its actively vying for utility-scale projects, which have been mostly connected to the grid by far, or the fact that many utility-scale projects, of which constructions are about to begin, use TSEC’s modules. TESC rose to become a leading manufacturer in shipment ranking, with new lines producing modules based on large format wafers going to enter mass production in the second half of the year, bringing additions to order volumes.
However, it is worth noting that Motech has been receiving orders steadily with its strategy that offers stable prices and high-efficiency modules. In the first half of the year, Motech saw a YoY increase in shipment volume, setting a record high point, with prospects to be anticipated.
Delta set record high shipment volumes
Delta, having secured the top spot for four successive years, saw another YoY increase in shipment volume for the first half, largely thanks to orders from the biggest ground-mounted project in Taiwan. PrimeVolt, succeeded in its new sales strategies, saw the biggest gains compared with the previous corresponding period, enabling it to return to the second place. Israeli manufacturer, SolarEdege, came in third for the first time in the first half of this year, as it started developing the Taiwanese market actively after adjusting sales strategies last year and struck deals of utility-scale projects.
This year, PV market in Taiwan saw system installation costs driven up by global inflation in the first quarter and installation progress being slowed down under impacts of the pandemic in the second. Fortunately, with the utility-scale project of Chung-Sin Electric and Machinery being connected to the grid at the end of this June, Taiwan has reached 6.5 GW of installed solar capacity by the end of June 2021. In the second half of the year, while the market will continue to see slow installations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and commodity price hikes, annual capacity additions are forecast to remain at 1.5 GW to 1.7 GW, which mostly consist of projects being deferred from last to this year for grid connection.
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