NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 13, 2013) - After struggling through most of 2012, the solar industry has started 2013 on an impressive run. Both the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT) and the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) have gained nearly 20 percent year-to-date. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Solar Industry and provides equity research on Trina Solar Limited (
Solar companies received a boost last week after analysts from Citigroup's global solar sector research team initiated coverage on several companies in the industry. First Solar, Inc. and SunPower Corp. were the biggest gainers after receiving an initial "buy" rating from Citi, while Trina Solar Ltd. and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. benefited from a "neutral" rating.
"The upstream segment of the solar value chain is going through a permanent structural shift - mainly the commoditization of the panel manufacturing business," wrote Citigroup analyst Shahriar Pourreza.
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With more than 12 offices worldwide, Trina Solar has partnerships with leading installers, distributors, utilities and developers in all major PV markets. The company has recently achieved the No. 1 position in Australia's PV market. In 2012, Trina Solar was responsible for 100MW of installations in Australia. The company is scheduled to release results for the fourth quarter on Monday, February 18th.
Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the entire photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly. In August 2012, Yingli Green Energy reached a balanced vertically integrated production capacity of 2,450 MW per year. The company last month reported that it expects module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012 to "reach a new historical high."
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