Energy Business

The Business Day In Global Warming (CSIQ, FTEK, TSL, GE, GOOG, CS, SOPW, AKNS, JASO, ENER, CPST)

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) issued and sold $75 million in 6.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 in a private placement on December 10, 2007, and in a filing today investors were given the right to resell their notes and/or converted shares.  This one also reports earnings on Wednesday of this week.

We’d note that Fuel Tech (NASDAQ: FTEK) is soon to report earnings, this weekend we issued a full earnings preview.  Also, we’ll see earnings out of Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) on Tuesday.

Cnet News ran a great piece today showing how the American Council on Renewable Energy organized the press conference for Tuesday to publicly lobby for extended tax breaks and credits for renewable energy firms beyond 2008.  Well-known energy investors and business people from General Electric (NYSE: GE), Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and others are said to be involved.

SCHOTT AG of Germany broke ground today on a $100 million initial investment for a 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico for its SCHOTT Solar, Inc. unit.

A boutique research firm called Global Hunter initiated coverage of Solar Power (OTCBB: SOPW) and Akkena Solar (NASDAQ: AKNS) with a neutral rating on each.  In another call, showed an interview with one of its analysts talking up JA Solar (NASDAQ: JASO) and Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), as well as Energy Conversion Devices (NASDAQ: ENER).  That can be seen at

Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ:CPST) announced that RSP Systems completed installations of New York’s first microturbines in four location under the City’s new rule for residential and commercial use.  This stock is up roughly 50% since we added this one to our “10 Stocks Under $10” newsletter, and we haven’t yet taken our foot off the gas…. nor off the turbine.

As a reminder, whether you prefer the term “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” is not the issue as far as covers it. Green business has become big business, and this affects many public companies today.

Jon C. Ogg
March 3, 2008

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