Most people who follow the solar industry and read our site regularly know that rebates and incentives offered by state and city governments and utility companies are a big factor in determining the financial feasibility of a solar hose installation. As the solar industry grows its foothold in the US, these rebates and incentives in most cases make the difference in determining whether a city or state has a booming, flat plate solar collector industry that’s creating jobs and clean energy – or whether that area is still waiting on the sidelines for the industry to take hold.
We are seeing Q-Cells, a long dominant solar PV module giant, lose money, market share, and face. While Chinese crystalline silicon competitors and more nimble American players make strategic moves to stay relevant and viable — Q-Cells is in a race to catch up, restructure, and survive.
We've already covered some of the second quarter pain felt by first solar flat panel, SunPower and Trina here. Suntech announces its Q2 results later this month.