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The Bedford Report

March 22, 2011 07:35 ET

Volatility in Solar Sector Weighs on Shares of SatCon and Power-One

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on SatCon Tech and Power-One

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 22, 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 losing favor, with renewable energy on its way in. By 2011, 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 SatCon Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: SATC) and Power-One, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWER). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Power-One designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of inverters which are used in solar power systems. 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. Power-One also manufactures wind inverters that convert direct-current harvested from wind farms into alternating current.

Power-One recently said its fourth quarter revenues jumped 157% year-over-year to $366 million with renewable energy leading the way. Inverters were responsible for 72% of fourth-quarter revenues and 68% for all of 2010.

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SatCon is another inverter maker for solar equipment. Last month shares of the company fell significantly after it issued a weaker-than-expected forecast for the current quarter. In the fourth quarter SatCon said that it lost $3.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with a year-earlier loss of $7.5 million, or 11 cents per share. In a conference call late Tuesday, President and CEO Steve Rhoades said that the company's gross margins were at the lower end of its expected range because of supply chain issues that caused its costs to rise.

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