SunPower pairs Solar Installations with lithium ion batteries SunPower (SPWR) plans to add storage options to its solar energy installations, most probably lithium ion batteries. The company has experience with advanced lead acid and zinc bromide batteries as it has already pilot run such energy storage projects in recent years. Lithium ion batteries are however believed to be a [...]

Positive Solar Market Reaction following JASO The solar stocks have been very volatile. It is very difficult investing in this sector, because the sector has become very unpredictable lately. The company which was big not a year ago, went bankrupt today (Q-Cells) and the company which was on the verge of getting bankrupt can see [...]

Solar Industry sees some Positive Light The recent news flow in the solar industry has started taking a positive slant with increasing panel prices and resurgent demand from new areas like China and Japan. Quarterly results have started surprising on the positive side, though many companies continue to accumulate losses. Some stock like First Solar [...]

Sunpower (SPWR) which is the 2nd largest US solar company after First Solar (FSLR) was the first major company to report 4Q12 results. As expected the company was in the red, however the quantum of losses were much more than what analysts were expecting. The company in its defence said that it had 1 GW [...]

Solarcity which is the largest US Solar Installer has got sued by Sunpower for stealing trade secrets. Note Sunpower which was recently bought by French Oil Giant Total is facing tough times. Sunpower which makes the most efficient solar panels in the world is facing tough competition from super cheap Chinese solar panels. In fact according to Total CEO the company would have been already bankrupt with Total support. Beside making solar panels, Sunpower is also one of the biggest solar integrators and developers. The company has been in the business of installing solar panels after it acquired solar system installer Powerlight.

Solar Shingles are niche solar products meant for use on roofs of houses.There are not a lot of manufacturers of solar shingles as they are a new product and more difficult to install than standard silicon solar panels.Solar Shingles are manufactured by mainly American companies like Dow,Energy Conversion Devices.Their high costs and lack of easy availability has meant that solar shingles have not really caught the imagination of the customers.Also Solar Shingles do not get any added subsidy from the government vis a vis Solar Panels.Thus the higher prices of electricity generated from solar shingles means that they have become a poorer cousin of the mainstream Solar Panels.Also Solar Integrators are more accustomed to buying and installing solar panels which makes it even more difficult to push the sale of solar shingles.