Home Must Reads SoloPower, SolarWorld "likely to struggle"

SoloPower, SolarWorld "likely to struggle"

| Print |  Email
Must Reads
Thursday, January 12, 2012

SoloPower and SolarWorld were named among six companies likely to struggle in 2012.

Matt Feinstein, an analyst with Lux Research, wrote an article for PV magazine and identified the solar companies he sees as most likely to hit rough waters financially in the year to come. In addition to SoloPower, which is outfitting a $340 million production facility in North Portland and expect to start hiring soon, and SolarWorld, which run North America's largest solar manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Feinstein identified Nanosolar, Abound, Oerlikon and Suntech Power among those to keep a wary eye on.
Feinstein's concern with SoloPower, which has been successful in fundraising and closed a $20 million round of convertible debt in December, is that its technology, which puts solar cells on flexible substrates, is a niche market at best.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

{biztweet}solar struggle{/biztweet}

 

More Articles

Eking out a living

News
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


Read more...

The more they change, the more they stay the same

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
100-best-collageBY BRANDON SAWYER

The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.


Read more...

Branching out

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
DSC04185BY LINDA BAKER

A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree.


Read more...

Car ignition recalls and lean product design

Contributed Blogs
Friday, April 11, 2014
04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


Read more...

Workplace benefits

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Health care and vacations rule. That’s the consensus from our reader poll on workplace benefits that help retain and recruit employees.


Read more...

Q & A with Chuck Eggert

News
Thursday, March 06, 2014
03.06.14 thumb pacfoodsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.


Read more...

From the Editor: The human factor

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In this issue, we celebrate our 21st annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS