27 Jun '11, 1pm

Shorting First Solar, Again: Three investment banks have taken a negative stance on First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR)...

First Solar is a company that improved the world. It has driven the cost of solar cell production to quite low levels and made utility-scale solar farms viable with only modest subsidies. There are some places where solar is now viable without subsidies. We can think of few other companies that have pushed a technology so far and with such high environmental benefits. Companies like this will allow us to maintain a modern lifestyle while addressing greenhouse emissions issues. Still, for all the benefits of First Solar’s cells, they are inferior in many important ways to a polycrystalline cell. Their efficiency is lower -- which means you do not get as much solar energy off the constrained roof space. Secondly, while they save a lot on the semiconductor part of the manufacturing process, they have to use more glass, more wires, etc., to generate the same amount of solar el...

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