First Solar profit slips but beats expectations

First Solar Inc., an Arizona solar-panel maker whose only North American factory is in Perrysburg Township, on Thursday reported higher-than-expected second-quarter profits and raised its full-year earnings forecast. Its profit fell to $159 million, or $1.84 a share, from $181 million, or $2.11 a share, for the same period a year ago. Revenue rose 12 Read More

Solar subsidies are a victim of state budget crunches

Editor’s Note: Scientific American’s George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels in Solar at Home (formerly 60-Second Solar). Read his introduction here and see all posts here . As if the news coming out of Washington about a climate bill weren’t bad enough, state budget crises are also sucking the blood out Read More

For Solar, A Ray Of Sunshine

The solar electrical power industry may be ready for its moment in the sun. It’s still true that solar sources generate less than 1% of total U.S. electricity vs. the 70% generated from industrial-age fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gas.