solar power

Why Oil Services Stocks Are Starting to Get Hot

As rapid economic development and a population boom take place in the developing world, oil will play an increasingly vital role, no matter what its drawbacks. That puts the likes of Schlumberger, Weatherford and Baker Hughes in a sweet spot.

D.C. Power Couple Tells Solar Confab How to Pitch to GOP

Republicans can be friendly to solar energy -- just don't use the terms "recovery act" or "stimulus package" when lobbying them for government subsidies. That was the message from GOP political adviser Mary Matalin at the largest solar conference in the country on Thursday.

The Case for Sustainable Business as Good Business

In Sustainable Excellence, Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell make a compelling argument that profits and sustainability aren't mutually exclusive. Their research is wide-ranging and cites examples at companies big and small. And it's also perfectly timed.

LDK Solar Lifts Revenue Outlook

Just as many were expecting demand for solar products to wane in 2011, LDK Solar, the Chinese maker of solar wafers, raised its shipment and revenue outlook for the third quarter.

Obama Administration to Install Solar Panels on White House

Next spring, the First Family will begin to receive solar electricity and solar-heated water from a new solar system that will be installed on the roof of the White House as part of the Obama administration's effort to showcase American solar power technology.

Under the Radar: A Possible Ten-Bagger Stock

Looking for companies that are growing fast but still ignored by Wall Street? Hilary Kramer talks about two stocks here with great upside potential. One of them, she says, could even be a ten-bagger.

Sharp to Buy Solar Power Developer Recurrent Energy

Japanese electronics company Sharp is turning up the heat in the increasingly competitive solar energy market, announcing plans Wednesday to acquire solar energy producer Recurrent Energy in a cash deal worth upwards of $305 million.

Applied Materials Earnings Top View on Strong Demand

Applied Materials, the world's top semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, reported third quarter results Wednesday, posting earnings and sales that beat analyst estimates. AMAT's outlook also exceeded analyst expectations, so why hasn't the stock reacted much?

New Solar Panel Factory Will Rise in Oregon

Oregon is the latest state to notch a big win in the effort to attract green jobs: Silicon Valley solar company Solexant has announced plans to build a large factory to produce thin-film solar panels near Portland. Oregon gets jobs; Solexant gets a $25 million loan and $18.75 million in tax credits.

Solar Energy Firms Step Into the Spotlight

A fake oil tycoon. The biggest sports event in the world. A Formula One racing team. What do they have in common? They're all part of branding initiatives by solar panel makers seeking to make their names in a fast-growing industry.

Economy Could Cast a Shadow on Solar Energy

President Obama's $2 billion booster shot for solar is surely good news for the sector. But it may not be enough to counter the drag of a global economic stall that many see coming. When other energy prices fall, solar investment tends to dry up.

Clean-Tech Investments Surge, With Solar in Lead

Global clean-tech venture investments rose 43% to $2 billion in the second quarter and hit a high for the first half of this year. Solar and biofuel startups garnered the biggest funding, and the IPO market for clean-tech was much hotter in China than the U.S.

More Solar Power to Heat Up New York's Economy?

New York lawmakers are considering legislation to boost the state's solar power generation to 2.5% of overall electricity sales by 2025. This is part of a nationwide renewable energy trend driven by the new jobs and other economic benefits the switch will likely bring.

Why GT Solar Could Outshine
the Pack

The solar play on Wall Street has dimmed quite a bit after the group's initial glow several years ago. But some big investors are again warming up to selected stocks in the industry, in particular GT Solar, a global provider of production equipment and process technology to the industry.

Stormy Skies Ahead for Thin-Film Solar Startups

The next two years will be rough in the thin-film solar industry, as economic conditions cull the cash-strapped herd of startups, a Photon Consulting analyst predicts. But companies with healthy balance sheets -- and luck -- could follow in successful First Solar's footsteps.

An IPO Parade in Cleantech

Two cleantech start-ups, biofuel maker Codexis and solar-energy firm Solyndra, recently filed for IPOs, and others are rumored to be contemplating them, among them sexy electric car company Tesla Motors and smart grid integrated-technology maker Silver Spring Networks.

A Chat with a CEO on the Front Lines of Solar Power

Now the third largest independent solar-energy producer, Solar Power Partners has succeeded in completing projects in difficult funding environments. CEO Bob Powell says the Holy Grail -- achieving the same price for solar power generation as for coal or gas-fired -- is near.

Coke Shines in New Solar Deal

Coca-Cola announced another major green initiative, as the world's biggest beverage company pushes ahead with an aggressive green agenda. Coca-Cola will place a three megawatt solar installation on rooftops of two Coca-Cola buildings in Spain.