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The Bedford Report

May 16, 2011 08:16 ET

Solar Sector Marred With Uncertainty as Shipments Drop

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on JA Solar & Suntech Power

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Earnings season has been mixed for the solar industry, while first quarter profits and sales were strong, there is plenty of uncertainty heading into the summer months. Many solar heavyweights warned that shipments will drop in the upcoming months, citing concern in Italian policy changes. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in the Solar Industry and provides research reports on JA Solar Holdings Co, Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO) and Suntech Power Holdings Co, Ltd. (NYSE: STP). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Italy's solar sector has surged since 2007, when generous production incentives were launched. On the downside, Italy approved a decree earlier this month that cuts spending on generous solar power incentives. Under the new solar decree, a transitional period with gradual cuts in incentives will start from June 1, 2011 and run to 2013, after which the incentives will automatically be linked to reaching a certain level of installed capacity. The decree aims to cap subsidies for solar developers at between $8.92 billion and $10.41 billion per year by the end of 2016.

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The second largest maker of solar cells, JA Solar believes that the second quarter will be weak, however it remains confident it will meet its full year guidance. JA Solar expects its cell and module shipments to exceed 2.2GW in fiscal 2011, representing an increase of approximately 50% versus fiscal 2010.

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