We'll kick off this weekly survey of the solar scene with a startling statistic. In December alone, German solar photovoltaic installations totaled 1.46 gigawatts. That's equal to global PV installations in all of 2005. Companies like Yingli Green Energy
How ironic would it be if this installation blitzkrieg led the coalition government to make more severe cuts to Germany's solar subsidy than have already been proposed?
On Tuesday, Mark Bachman launched coverage of the solar sector from his new post at Auriga USA. He's a fan of Chinese market darlings Yingli and Trina Solar
On Wednesday, we learned that Trina and Suntech Power
I really don't know the answer to that. Maybe the best you can hope to do is supply Chinese players with the high-end equipment they need to pump out cheap polysilicon and ingots. That seems to be the thinking behind Wunderlich's upgrade of GT Solar