Publicity would no doubt help. But in order get added attention from analysts, APWR will need to do more investment banking business.
Analysts are rapidly becoming nothing but lackies for the investment banking arm of their firms. They will tout almost any company - good or bad - as long as it has the potential to give them business.
Unfortunately for investors in AstroPower, well-run companies usually don't need to do alot of investment banking, such as follow-ons and secondaries.