According to the news and industry sources, Taiwan-based makers have hiked high quotes regarding the high energy conversion rate solar-grade wafers that make about US$1 per wafer (calculated in terms of tight deadlines and supplies).
As seen in earlier months, the prices for high-efficiency solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer rated at US$0.93-0.95 in November 2013 and US$0.96 in December. However, these figures are expected to further rise to US$1.05 in February 2014, notified the industry sources.
In case of orders for urgent shipments, certain Taiwan-based makers have quoted US$1.06-1.07, but the prices for low-efficiency models in the energy conversion rates of below 17.2% have managed to remain at US$0.9.
There has been a short supply of China-based wafer makers because of the decreased shipments to Taiwan-based solar cell producers in this fast growing domestic demand, said the sources. In addition, to the efforts of these solar cell makers, China-based makers have also been a part of this interaction and have placed orders with Taiwan producers of high-efficiency wafers, indicated the same sources.