Solar module as well as polysilicon prices to decline from 2023, report finds

Aug 29, 2022 06:33 PM ET
  • Solar module prices for global markets are anticipated to fall in tandem with anticipated polysilicon price decreases as of 2023, according to research from Clean Energy Associates (CEA).
Solar module as well as polysilicon prices to decline from 2023, report finds
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The quality control and supply chain administration company disclosed that while module rates this year stays constant due to higher-than-expected European purchase volumes and also limited polysilicon supplies, prices will go down since 2023.

In its PV Price Forecasting Report (Q2-- 2022), CEA recommends just obtaining modules around 2 to 3 quarters from distribution as the present market atmosphere will certainly affect future long-term orders.

In the US, module prices enhanced dramatically from the firm's previous projection because of the threat of an anti-dumping as well as countervailing duty (AD/CVD) extension to several Southeast Asian nations.

While President Joe Biden proclaimed a two-year freeze on brand-new tariffs on solar imports from Southeast Asia, CEA noted that capacities continue to be in danger of future rates, which has actually influenced numerous providers' Southeast Asian growth plans and also decreased the expectation for cell as well as module development in the region.

In addition, applying the United States Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act has brought brand-new shipment detentions for some of the market's biggest distributors, creating issues that module availability in the United States for the rest of 2022 may be much more restricted than previously assumed, the report found.

In terms of polysilicon, CEA said that although shortages have actually plagued the solar sector since late 2020, polysilicon prices are anticipated to drop throughout 2023 as sizeable manufacturing capacities come online.

With China's federal government revealing its objective to intervene in the polysilicon market to satisfy renewable installation objectives, the solar sector may anticipate steeper polysilicon price decreases if federal government action materialises, CEA claimed.

As reported by PV Tech Premium, electricity rationing in China caused the average price of polysilicon to rise yet again recently.

While long-lasting agreement prices for polysilicon are expected to be less than area market prices, offered there are very constrained volumes outside of long-term agreements, also long-term contract owners are experiencing the stress of high polysilicon prices, the report claimed.

It added that prices are anticipated to stay in the mid-US$30/kg range for large-scale polysilicon buyers until the end of 2022, with the initial decreases in pricing expected in Q1 2023 as the post-market enter China, coupled with even more polysilicon growth, should tip the polysilicon market on the path toward excess.

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