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The Bedford Report

February 04, 2011 08:46 ET

International Solar Demand Remains on the Upswing

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on First Solar & Canadian Solar

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) - Alternative or renewable energies are fuel sources other than those derived from fossil fuels and are typically not as harmful to the environment. These days, fossil fuels are considered dirty and are losing favor with renewable energy gaining appeal. In recent years, investors have begun looking across the whole spectrum of renewable energy such as biofuels, solar, wind and geothermal energy. Indeed, more of both public and private investments are being made to make renewable energy affordable and reliable, creating a lot of incentive, but also clouding the competitive landscape for these industries. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in Alternative Energy and provides research reports on First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Canadian Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Early in 2011, the solar sector appears marred with uncertainty. Since last November the solar sector has been in a relative tailspin as reports have signaled declines in government subsidy support from European nations such as Germany and France. Solar bulls argue that smaller solar markets -- such as the US -- will help offset declines in consumption from key European markets.

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Presently Germany consumes more than half the world's supply of the modules that turn sunlight into electricity. The head of Germany's BSW solar industry, Carsten Koernig, recently said that the country added a record 8 GW of solar power in 2010; however, he added that he expects growth to cool in the years ahead to between 3 and 5 GW per year.

While Germany slows down solar growth, Italy seems to be revving up. Italy's state energy management agency, the GSE, calculated that all presently deployed equipment, if hooked up to the grid, would constitute 7 gigawatts of installed capacity.

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