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June 4, 2014
13:29 EDTFSLR, SPWRFirst Solar climbs after tariffs imposed on Chinese competitors
Shares of solar energy company First Solar (FSLR) are rising after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would impose duties of 18.5%-35% on imports of many Chinese solar energy products. A number of research firms wrote that First Solar would benefit from the tariffs. WHAT'S NEW: In a preliminary decision, the Commerce Department imposed duties on many Chinese solar energy imports. Additionally, the department closed a loophole by imposing the tariffs on products whose main parts come from China, but are assembled in other countries. While today's move by the Commerce Department is preliminary and is subject to changes later this year, the U.S. will begin collecting the tariffs before a final decision is made permanent, The New York Times reported. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Patrick Jobin wrote that the tariffs were positive for First Solar. The import duties will make First Solar's panels more cost competitive in the U.S., since its panels will not be subject to the duties, the analyst explained. Another company whose panels are likely to become more competitive in the U.S. as a result of the tariffs is SunPower (SPWR), Jobin believes. Meanwhile, Northland Securities analyst Colin Rusch wrote that First Solar and SunPower would both "clearly" benefit from the ruling. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also today, an Indian court delayed until July 7 a hearing on First Solar's challenge of New Dehli's preliminary determination that the company had dumped solar panels in the Indian market, according to Bloomberg. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, First Solar rose 5% to $66, while SunPower jumped 8% to $35.
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April 20, 2015
05:10 EDTSPWRSunPower begins construction on 86 MWp solar project in South Africa
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April 17, 2015
13:02 EDTFSLRSouthern Company announces five solar projects in three states
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April 16, 2015
09:05 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires California solar project
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08:43 EDTSPWRSunPower's China joint venture with Apple to provide solar power in China
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April 15, 2015
06:52 EDTFSLR, SPWRJapanese judge blocks relaunch of nuclear plants, NY Times says
A Japanese judge yesterday blocked the country's government from restarting two nuclear power plants, according to The New York Times. None of Japan's 48 reactors has been operating since the Fukushima disaster, and the judge's decision is potentially significant because it directly challenges the government's new nuclear safety standards, the newspaper stated, adding that the two affected reactors may not reopen for months or even years. Cameco (CCJ) develops uranium used by nuclear plants. Solar energy companies whose products may be used to supplement nuclear power in Japan include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
April 13, 2015
13:59 EDTFSLR, SPWRChina looking to deploy solar power station in space, Business Insider says
China intends to deploy a solar power station in space in 2020, according to Business Insider. Expected to orbit Earth, the station is supposed to utilize over six square kilometers of solar panels, the website stated. However, a few logistical problems must be solved, including the fact that current rockets do not have nearly enough power to propel a station of that magnitude into space, Business Insider added. Publicly traded Chinese solar companies include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), JA Solar (JASO), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link

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