19 Mar '12, 3pm

SunPower Finds Reason to Be Cheerful in US Solar: Jobs and Manufacturing: These are tough times for the solar

SunPower Finds Reason to Be Cheerful in US Solar: Jobs and Manufacturing: These are tough times for the solar

These are tough times for the solar industry , depending on your viewpoint. The tax grant is gone, but the ITC lives on . A tariff on Chinese solar panels is likely, with a commerce department pronouncement due this week. PV module prices are the lowest they've ever been . Germany's feed-in tariff and German solar demand will fall in 2012. Still, the progress of solar technology marches on. And there's optimism in the downstream and adjacent sectors, with IPO rumors at installer SolarCity and an imminent IPO from microinverter pioneer Enphase . On the eve of a large solar tradeshow, PV America West in San Jose, Calif., as well as the eve of the PV module tariff decision, Julie Blunden, Executive VP for Public Policy and Corporate Communication at SunPower, found some reasons to be optimistic. First, Blunden points out that "the death of U.S. manufacturing is greatly exagge...

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