Any discussion about the week in solar has to start with what's going on at First Solar
Despite the disappointment around First Solar grabbing most of the headlines, there were other notable events happening in solar this week.
Another big name in solar
Siemens joins a growing list of large, multinational companies that are investing in solar, in one way or another. Berkshire Hathaway
The shakeout continues
The solar world lost another company this week and may be close to losing another. Solon, a German module manufacturer and power plant developer, filed for insolvency this week after being crushed by $500 million in debt.
Energy Conversion Devices looks to be following the same path and is currently in discussions with note holders about modifying the company's capital structure. ECD also deferred an interest payment that was due yesterday, which it has the ability to do with a 30-day grace period.
Talking with debt holders about modifying terms and missing interest payments aren't exactly signs that your business is strong, and before long ECD will likely be headed to the trash heap.
Foolish bottom line
Solar stocks have had a lousy 2011 by any account. But it's also important to keep an eye on industry trends and partnerships to see how the industry as a whole is doing. Earlier this week I highlighted a few of the positive trends here in the U.S., where industry leaders see a bright future. And as I've highlighted above, big companies are beginning to put big money into solar.
The shakeout will continue with lower tier companies like LDK Solar
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