First Solar Inc (NQ: FSLR)
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(FSLR) Community Analysis from
April 24, 2014
(Samurai Trader, 11/1/13)
FSLR is often considered the leading solar stock, but this time, it has been a laggard, and has a very weak price relative line. It did break out to a new high today, but the price relative line is nowhere near a new...(read more)
(The Market Financial, 10/21/13)
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) is shooting higher today. Solar stocks have been one of the hottest sectors of late and First Solar is on fire. While most average investors are...(read more)
(Green World Investor, 10/13/13)
First Solar sells Assets at Loss We have been consistently bearish on First Solar during the entire rally of the solar sector in the...(read more)
First Solar (FSLR) Company Overview
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Competition

First Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film solar power modules. The company makes cadmium telluride (CdTe) glass substrate based thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are used to convert sunlight into electricity. Although this new technology converts sunlight to electricity less efficiently than traditional silicon PV modules, thin film PV cells have an advantage in producing electricity under lower light conditions. The ability to produce electricity under a wider range of light conditions makes these cells attractive to utility companies who require stable large-scale, utility-sized renewable energy production. The company had revenues of $2,564 million in 2010.[1]

The company's modules have cost advantages over silicon PV cells, however production is heavily dependent on tellurium (Te) supply. It is the major component in First Solar's panels (which are made of Cadmium Telluride), and is one of the nine rarest elements on Earth. Statistically it has been reported that 160 to 215 metric tons of Te are mined each year, which means that First Solar requires 51% to 81% of the world supply of Te. If something happens to this supply or First Solar expands too quickly, there is no guarantee that global supply will hold up.[2]

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