Find out which Five Solar Stocks Will Flare

                 Find out which Five Solar Stocks Will Flare

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 11, 2013

LONDON, January 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

2013 has started with a beam of sunshine for companies with operations in
solar energy, as demand levels look poised to rise and a number of innovative
products have been newly launched. Some have predicted that the worldwide
solar market could increase by over twenty percent this year, which bodes well
for industry players such as First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) and Suntech Power
Holdings Co. Ltd., (NYSE:STP) as well as Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL), LDK
Solar Co Ltd. (NYSE:LDK) and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE).
Although European demand is again expected to be soft this year, the industry
could more than offset slow sales in Europe with rising sales in India, the
U.S. and China, along with other countries around the globe.

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China is a particular bright spot, as the National Energy Administration there
stated that it plans to more than double its current level of solar capacity
this year alone. This bodes well for companies such as Suntech and Trina, as
well as Yingli Green Energy among others. Yingli Green Energy has been
excelling of late and it newly reported that preliminary data for its 4 ^th
quarter indicated a record number in regards to its module shipment. The
Chinese government has also recently agreed to a plan to offer subsidies for
roof-top solar installations, which could also provide a boost to a number of
companies including LDK Solar and Trina. LDK Solar is a good example of a
company moving up, as its share price has climbed significantly over the last
month or so. With China set to increase its solar capacity in a serious way,
investors may want to take a closer look at which companies provide the best
exposure to the Chinese market.

China is not the only place set to up its solar energy levels this year as
India and the U.S. are also primed to bolster capacity. India is currently a
stirring market for solar companies, as a number of central and state
government programs are currently aimed at increasing the nation's solar
capacity significantly over the next ten years or so. The U.S. is also moving
forward, and some have predicted a capacity increase of over twenty-five
percent this year. First Solar is currently in the midst of adding to the
nation's capacity, as it recently announced it has started building the 139
megawatt Campo Verde solar project, located close to El Centro in Imperial
County, California. The project is expected to be completed this year. 

With competition heating up in the industry, innovations and product quality
are gaining in importance. Solar equipment needs to be able to withstand a
number of different challenging environments, and those with innovative and
durable offerings could outperform their peers moving forward. Two companies
that have been making headlines in this regard are Trina and Suntech. In the
case of Trina, the company newly stated that its photovoltaic modules received
certification for salt mist, sand blast and PID testing from top certification
bodies, meaning their products have performed well in a number of tough
climates including coastal and desert regions. Suntech's solar modules have
also recently been put to the test, passing the Blowing Sand Test based on DIN
EN 60068-2-68 LC2 by SGS. The test results affirm that the solar modules are
well equipped to deal with desert conditions.

While the industry has a lot going for it there are a number of headwinds.
Intense competition has kept margins down for many in the industry, and
depressed natural gas prices are also making solar energy a tough sell in some
cases. Despite these headwinds, companies look poised for growth, and
increasing share prices are indicative of investor support for the industry at
this time.

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