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June 15, 2010 08:42 ET

Solar Stocks Waiting for the Right Time...

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) -  www.rothmanresearch.com - Solar stocks have been losing some of their sunshine lately, especially in the United States. Solar energy demand per capita in the U.S. has been close to insignificant as compared to international demand where Germany is leading the pack by an incredible margin. Conversely, with the fall of the Euro impacting most solar stocks earnings for the first quarter 2010, solar companies are talking about the American dream once again. The main hurdle that many face, however, is the lack of government incentives in the U.S. as compared to many European countries. Subsidies are fundamentally essential to sustain the longevity of the solar industry until the industry finds stability and becomes autonomous like traditional energy suppliers. 

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Europe solar energy initiatives have been greatly dominated by Germany which has been offering large subsidies, but it would seem that by the second half of 2010, these subsidies might be removed or trimmed to a strict minimum. This leaves China as the subsidy haven for solar companies. Industry professionals believe that even if subsidy can be a good thing for the solar industry, a reduction in subsidies can also be beneficial as it drives solar companies to cut down costs and helps motivate the industry to move towards grid parity. First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), for instance, has a good chance of performing well even if subsidies were reduced as the company has been on the forefront of cost reduction with its Cadmium Telluride thin-film PV panels. It comes as no surprise that the company is planning to double its capacity at its German manufacturing plant in Frankfurt even as the deadline for subsidy-cut approaches. 

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One formidable factor that can turn the wheels of fortune of the stressed solar industry is when China decides to embrace the solar energy alternatives wholeheartedly. China so far has remained on the vanguard as the world's leader in solar technology with big names like Trina Solar, JA solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO), Suntech Power and Yingli amongst others representing its might on the world market.

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"Solar stocks have always been evolved in a volatile market, but potential for growth is still present even if at times the economic and market environments just blur visibility," reported Mathew Collier of www.rothmanresearch.com. "The reality is that alternative energy is not just a new concept nowadays, it will soon become a necessity and when it does solar energy will already have become efficient to impose itself onto the market." 

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