U.S. solar companies SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR ) and First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR ) have performed almost flawlessly so far this year, but their Chinese counterparts aren't doing quite as well. Hanwha SolarOne (NASDAQ: HSOL ) and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE ) recently reported earnings that showed massive losses and even falling shipments in the case of Hanwha.
What did we learn about these companies in the third quarter? Erin Miller sat down with solar analyst Travis Hoium to find out in the video below.
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