Benzinga  Sep 30  Comment 
SUNE was the first of the Big 4 names to move to a Yieldco and has been the utilized creative financial structures. Janney expecting tonight's 8Point3 report to offer best opportunity in recent weeks for solar sector to bounce higher. ...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 18  Comment 
Thursday’s trading in First Solar Inc (FSLR) gives options traders an opportunity for a 8.93% return. By selling the Dec. '15 $47.50 call and buying the Jan. '17 call at the $22.50 level for a net debit of $22.95, traders will book a profit as...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 15  Comment 
First Solar Inc (FSLR) traded between $45.85 and $48.46 before closing at $46.20 Monday and presents some attractive trading opportunities today according to MarketIntelligenceCenter.com's patented algorithms. The computer program that picks...
Benzinga  Sep 2  Comment 
Marking a major milestone in the strategic expansion of one of the nation's leading renewable generation portfolios, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power today announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company's largest...
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 1  Comment 
First Solar’s India Head says the sector has come a long way in the past four years
Forbes  Sep 1  Comment 
In early trading on Tuesday, shares of First Solar (FSLR) topped the list of the day's best performing components of the S&P 500 index, trading up 1.1%.  Year to date, First Solar registers a 8.4% gain.
TheStreet.com  Sep 1  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Barclays initiated coverage of First Solar with an "overweight" rating on Tuesday. Shares of First Solar were falling 1.8% to $47 in pre-market trading. The analyst firm set a price target of $71 for the solar module...
Benzinga  Aug 27  Comment 
On CNBC's Mad Money, Jim Cramer said that BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) is good and that he would increase the position in that stock. He thinks that SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) is not a stock that should be bought in the current market...
TheStreet.com  Aug 26  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- First Solar  has been in the relatively young solar energy business since 1999. The stock has traded between a $39 low and $74 high over the past 52 weeks. That uber range should instantly be your caveat emptor if...

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Intro and Overview
     Company Overview
Trends and Forces
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First Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film solar power modules. The company makes cadmium telluride (CdTe) glass substrate based thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are used to convert sunlight into electricity. Although this new technology converts sunlight to electricity less efficiently than traditional silicon PV modules, thin film PV cells have an advantage in producing electricity under lower light conditions. The ability to produce electricity under a wider range of light conditions makes these cells attractive to utility companies who require stable large-scale, utility-sized renewable energy production. The company had revenues of $2,564 million in 2010.[1]

The company's modules have cost advantages over silicon PV cells, however production is heavily dependent on tellurium (Te) supply. It is the major component in First Solar's panels (which are made of Cadmium Telluride), and is one of the nine rarest elements on Earth. Statistically it has been reported that 160 to 215 metric tons of Te are mined each year, which means that First Solar requires 51% to 81% of the world supply of Te. If something happens to this supply or First Solar expands too quickly, there is no guarantee that global supply will hold up.[2]

In response to growing concerns over Global Climate Change, governments (State and Federal) in the United States and Europe have passed legislation to encourage the use of solar power, often through tax subsidies, while discouraging the use of dirtier forms of power. However, these incentives are by no means guaranteed and in some cases are designed to phase out as countries approach certain levels of solar usage.

Company Overview

First Solar's Financials

First Solar has demonstrated strong revenue growth over the past three years. Since 2004, it has more than doubled its revenue each successive year while turning a profit in 2008.

First Solar has continued to work on lowering the cost to manufacture solar modules. In 2008 costs were below $1 per watt and costs dropped to 75 cents per watt at the end of 2010.[1][3]

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I don't know about companies in India, but what you might do is look aronud for someone who has a system, then ask where they got it. If you have trouble finding anyone with a system, maybe it's not a very good deal.If the home is in a less-developed area, and all you would be powering is a light, and a radio or TV at night, then you might get by with the kind of system they use in some parts of Africa. It has a 40 or 80-watt panel, and basically a car battery. The appliances run right off the battery, and no charger or other devices are used. This sort of system costs $200-300 when implemented by a nonprofit organization I don't know what the cost if you were to try to set it up, yourself.On the other hand, it sounds like you're already connected to a power grid, and maybe already have a heavy appetite for energy in your house. A solar system with batteries tends to cost about $15 a watt in the USA, when hundreds or thousands of watts are involved. A system for a modest off-grid cabin will cost anywhere from $5000 to $30000, depending on the size.


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  2. [strategic inventory Global Technology Conference
  3. Seeking Alpha - First Solar, Inc. F4Q08 (Qtr End 12/27/2008) Earnings Call Transcript
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