Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar-panel product maker Energy Conversion Devices (NASDAQ:ENER) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Energy Conversion's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Energy Conversion facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Rochester Hills, Mich. (1960)

Market Cap

$833.89 Million


Specialized Semiconductor

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$347.3 Million


President/CEO Mark Morelli (Since 2007)
CFO Harry Zike (Since 2008)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past Five Years)



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS. 

On CAPS, 1,038 of the 1,115 members who have rated Energy Conversion -- 93% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include obiemetal and LTContrarian.

Late last month, obiemetal tapped the stock as a particularly sunny store of value: "Not only do they produce quality PV cells, but they also make efficient energy storage systems that will play a crucial role in tying renewable energy into our grid. There will be a huge and urgent market for [Energy Conversion's] products in the near future."

In a pitch from April, LTContrarian offers Fools some history on the opportunity:

Companies like Energy Conversion Devices and many others that stand out in the alternative energy category should see strong market share gain and expanding product lines. [Energy Conversion] was started as a R&D firm who's primary focus was to develop products that were better and more efficient than existing technologies. As they evolved, and were able to develop their products, they became a more viable company. … Their recent focus in solar has been in the area of rooftop solar panels and thin film technology. The fact that they're able to develop better products and are always looking to market new "green" products gives them something that many alternative energy companies lack, an economic moat.

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