FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) – The crisis surrounding the
German solar power industry deepened on Thursday with equipment
maker Centrotherm saying it could no longer use
existing credit lines and was talking to its banks, a day after
smaller peer SolarWatt filed for insolvency.
Shares in Centrotherm, the world’s second-biggest maker of
production equipment for solar panels and photovoltaic cells,
fell as much as 40 percent to an all-time low of 3.08 euros per
share, a far cry from the record high of 69.68 euros per share
reached in November 2007.
MUNICH, June 13 (Reuters) – China’s top solar companies have
warned that any punitive action against Chinese cells and
modules in Europe would hurt the industry as a whole, suggesting
such a move would intensify the current trade war and keep the
industry from lowering costs.
Tension between Chinese and western solar groups reached a
new peak after the United States imposed duties of 31 percent on
solar panel imports last month, ruling in favour of local firms
that accused Chinese firms of price dumping.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Solar companies could be well advised to look to chip makers to figure out how to survive a sector shake-out, as the consolidation of the semiconductor industry suggests it is all about either being big and basic or small and selective.
Following insolvency filings in the past year that have included six heavyweight solar companies in Germany and the United States, industry experts and analysts say those players who can boast neither scale nor specialization look doomed.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – RWE’s (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sale of assets from its oil and gas exploration unit DEA may prove complicated but could fetch up to 1.25 billion euros ($1.6 billion) and ease the pain of a fast-track nuclear exit by Germany’s No.2 utility.
RWE is giving high priority to its DEA disposals as part of a wider streamlining programme that also includes Czech gas transmission system NET4Gas, RWE’s stake in water utility Berlinwasser and selected plant capacities.
FRANKFURT, May 22 (Reuters) – RWE’s (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) sale of assets
from its oil and gas exploration unit DEA may prove complicated
but could fetch up to 1.25 billion euros ($1.6 billion) and ease
the pain of a fast-track nuclear exit by Germany’s No.2 utility.
RWE is giving high priority to its DEA disposals as part of
a wider streamlining programme that also includes Czech gas
transmission system NET4Gas, RWE’s stake in water utility
Berlinwasser and selected plant capacities.
FRANKFURT, May 10 (Reuters) – Strong demand ahead of steep
cuts in sector subsidies gave Germany’s battered solar industry
a respite in the first quarter, with the country’s two biggest
players beating profit expectations.
Germany’s bellwether SMA Solar benefited from
customers rushing to buy solar technology ahead of cuts in
subsidies and posted first-quarter net profit of 29.6 million
euros ($38.3 million), significantly more than analysts had
FRANKFURT, May 10 (Reuters) – RWE, Germany’s No.2
utility, said it has further reduced its exposure to previously
agreed high import prices and is on target to be free from
crippling gas losses after 2012 at the latest.
The company said it was conducting price reviews with its
gas suppliers and had already received compensatory payments for
some contracts, the last one of which was in April.
FRANKFURT, May 4 (Reuters) – Wacker Chemie and
Centrotherm, showed the effects of a solar industry
shake-out, with earnings and margins coming under pressure as
falling government incentives for solar power and cheap Asian
rivals squeeze western peers.
Wacker Chemie – the world’s second-biggest maker of
polysilicon, a key component needed to make solar cells – said
profit margins at its polysilicon unit fell significantly in the
first quarter due to high raw material costs and low selling
FRANKFURT, April 12 (Reuters) – E.ON’s waste
burning unit could be a hard sell due to overcapacity in the
industry, according to banking and industry sources who revealed
early bids of 1.2-1.5 billion euros ($1.6-$2.0 billion) but
expect them to be revised lower.
U.S.-based Foster Wheeler, Singapore’s Sembcorp
, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, Swedish private
equity group EQT, German construction group Papenburg and German
utility MVV have all placed tentative bids within
that range for E.ON’s Energy from Waste unit, investment banking
FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Duties to fend off competition from cheaper Chinese solar panels risk feeding the European sector’s addiction to artificial subsidies, destroying more jobs than they save and stoking tension with one of the EU’s biggest trading partners.
Policy decisions by EU governments, among them Germany’s deep cuts in solar power incentives, show politicians have little appetite in the current climate to support an industry if it cannot stand alone.