SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 25, 2011 07:35 ET

Solar Stocks on the Upswing as Outlook Brightens

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on JA Solar & SunPower

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - After being marred in uncertainty for most of 2011, solar stocks have been on the upswing in recent weeks as Japan's tragic nuclear crisis has led investors away from nuclear stocks and towards alternative energy plays such as solar. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in the Solar Industry and provides research reports on JA Solar Holdings, Co. (NASDAQ: JASO) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWRA). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Japan's devastating earthquake may impact solar in both the short and the long term. Japan accounts for around 10 percent of total solar production, and in the near term there will be a reduction in supply of polysilicon, solar wafers, cells and modules from Japanese manufacturers that have been idled.

In the longer term, alternative energy bulls are hopeful that solar will be a direct beneficiary of a shift in Japan's energy strategy. Last week Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel argued in a research note that solar power could help Japan deal with the nuclear facility shutdowns. Pichel claims the country could add a significant amount of photovoltaic power over the next few months.

SunPower Corporation already has ties to Japanese customers. Earlier this month the company announced that it has expanded its relationship with Toshiba to support Toshiba's residential solar program.

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Presently Germany consumes more than half the world's supply of solar modules. 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 early March JA Solar said that it would supply Germany based Solar-Fabrik AG with more than 110 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic products this year. The company supplied around 70 MW of products to Solar-Fabrik in 2010.

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