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Benzinga  Jan 26  Comment 
Analysts at Roth Capital initiated coverage on First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) with a Buy rating. The target price for First Solar is set to $80. First Solar shares closed at $64.14 on Monday. Analysts at Citigroup initiated coverage on ...
Benzinga  Jan 26  Comment 
Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Mad Money that he would buy First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) rather than Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE). He is not interested to follow David Einhorn and buy the stock and he has no confidence in the company's balance sheet....
Benzinga  Jan 20  Comment 
Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares have plunged 62 percent since December 21. Avondale's Michael Morosi maintained a Market Perform rating for the company, with a price target of $7. SunEdison’s catalyst is deferred and strategy...
Forbes  Jan 14  Comment 
Looking at units outstanding versus one week prior within the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, the biggest outflow was seen in the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP), where 3,050,000 units were destroyed, or a 2.5% decrease week...
Benzinga  Jan 11  Comment 
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR)'s revenue and EPS estimates were reshuffled by investment research firm Needham on Monday. Needham has a Hold stock rating on the stock; of note, the firm downgraded First Solar to a Hold rating from Buy on...
Benzinga  Jan 7  Comment 
Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Mad Money that he is not interested in speculating on GoPro Inc (NASDAQ: GPRO), because there are much better stocks with high yields and great balance sheets. Cramer sees SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) as an...
Benzinga  Jan 6  Comment 
Solar-related stocks will likely be one of the most contested segments among the investment community, and this is apparent among the Vetr crowd. The Vetr crowd upgraded First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR)'s stock rating to three stars out of a...
Benzinga  Jan 6  Comment 
Guy Adami spoke on CNBC's Fast Money about Goldman Sachs' upgrade of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR). He agrees that the company has the best balance sheet in the industry, but he would rather buy SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), because it...
Motley Fool  Jan 5  Comment 
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Intro and Overview
     Introduction
     Company Overview
Trends and Forces
      Key Trends and Forces
Competition

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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "First Solar, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2010 Financial Results," February 24, 2011
  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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