January 2, 2013

Solar Faces Problem of Abundance

Dana Blankenhorn, Seeking Alpha

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For its entire history, the solar power industry has faced a problem of cost. The cost for energy from solar systems was higher than the cost of getting it off the grid. So solar power had to be subsidized, in some way. Eventually, power companies came up with "green energy certificates," a method for charging a premium on power derived from solar panels. The problem was solved and companies like First Solar (FSLR) were among the early beneficiaries, turning themselves into "solar developers," creating utility-scale systems that power companies could buy with confidence, knowing that power could be resold.

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