SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 01, 2011 08:46 ET

Solar Companies Branch Out as Euro Fears Grow

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on JA Solar & JinkoSolar

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - In recent weeks, the solar sector has been marred with uncertainty as fading support for renewable energy has raised fears that margins could be hit in 2011. Since last November, solar stocks have been in a relative tailspin as reports signaled declines in government subsidy support from European nations such as Germany and Italy. Solar bulls argue that smaller solar markets -- such as the US- will help offset declines in consumption from key European markets, however. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in Alternative Energy and provides research reports on JA Solar Holdings, Co. (NASDAQ: JASO) and JinkoSolar Holding Co. (NYSE: JKS). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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.

In recent weeks, Italy has been discussed as a potential solar hotbed. 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. The Italian boom has sparked concerns in the nation, however that the program will become too expensive. In addition Italy's program has drawn allegations of fraud.

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JinkoSolar expects Italy to make up 25-28 percent of its sales in 2011, substantially down from close to 50 percent in the company's fourth quarter of 2010. JinkoSolar plans to diversify into Israel, Australia and India, and raise sales in the United States. JinkoSolar guided first quarter revenue of $280 million to $290 million and full-year revenue of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion.

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