Solar PV wafer prices still showed a price up in the past one week, although solar PV players are expecting solar PV demand will be very slow in 1Q11. Furthermore, solar PV wafer players continued to report a tight supply situation, because solar cell makers still have the good orders on hand and have an aggressive capacity expansion in 4Q10. Most solar PV cell makers mentioned European solar PV demand is still good and solar wafer supply is still tight. As a result, solar PV wafer prices went up over 2% in the past one week.
The depreciation of US dollars also help solar PV component price up this month. Lots of solar PV players are still using Euro for their transactions. Moreover, most solar PV vendors still have lots of orders, even though they think the strong solar PV demand is very close to the end. According to the market survey from PVinsights, most solar PV players think that solar PV wafer and solar PV cell prices will probably have an obvious downtrend in 1Q11. Without the significant order cut, solar PV makers still try to ship more parts and push the price up before the end of the strong demand. Therefore, PVinsights reported all solar PV components prices up, due to the sold solar PV demand and the weak US dollar.