Tag: Solar Tech

Buffett To Rescue Suntech?

Intriguing rumors that billionaire investor Warren Buffett might be eying bankrupt former solar superstar Suntech (NYSE: STP) are breathing new life into embattled solar shares, as traders bet that western investors could help to revive the sector. Such a move would indeed be a major vote of confidence in this tarnished industry, since most observe

Boosting Solar Cells with Nanowires

Solar module makers are struggling even as cost points are at a bare minimum (and arguably unsustainably so) — and yet lower prices persist, especially in lower-end crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules. However, there is still improvement to be made in efficiency, says Dave Epstein, CEO of Sol Voltaics. More efficient panels can both be sold at higher prices and installed with fewer panels to reduce the cost profile of an entire project. The economics improves for everyone.

4 Tactics for Converting Residential Solar Website Visitors

So you’ve done a lot of work blogging and using social media, plus paid web ads, to drive traffic to your website, but visitors don’t stay very long, and even when they do, most don’t contact you. Bummer. But why? There’s no one single reason for poor website conversions, but let’s go through a few common reasons and some solutions. 1) Your website

Risk and Finance in the PV Industry

Emerging from the 2008 financial crisis with new incentives, innovative business models, and rapidly declining costs, photovoltaics (PV) have gone on to achieve installation at rates unprecedented in their 40 year-long U.S. commercial history. And, des…

Solar Fred’s Guide to Getting DIY Customer Surveys and Feedback

I recently had some car battery trouble, which was taken care of by AAA. They did a good job, and after testing my battery and giving me a jump, the AAA service person gave me his card and told me that I may receive a customer survey. That survey hasn’t come in yet, but it’s a reminder that solar companies in all sectors need to send these out too.

Solar Fred’s Guide to Getting DIY Customer Surveys and Feedback

I recently had some car battery trouble, which was taken care of by AAA. They did a good job, and after testing my battery and giving me a jump, the AAA service person gave me his card and told me that I may receive a customer survey. That survey hasn’t come in yet, but it’s a reminder that solar companies in all sectors need to send these out too.

LDK Solar Takeover Continues with Share Sale

Most of the attention in the solar sector these last few weeks has been focused on Suntech (NYSE: STP), the former high-flyer that was forced into bankruptcy earlier this month after it defaulted on more than $500 million worth of bonds. But now the similarly struggling LDK (NYSE: LDK) has made it back into the headlines as well, with word that the