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A123 Systems: How Supportive Is The Deal on GM’s Spark EV?

Shares in A123 Systems (AONE) jumped 26.5% on Wednesday as General Motors (GM) unveiled the company’s new Chevrolet Spark EV microcompact – and of course announced that the car’s battery pack will be supplied by the Massachusetts-based A123. The Spark EV is slated to go on sale in the States in 2013. Little detail regarding the supply agreement has [...]

Solar: Polysilicon Prices Accelerate To The Downside

In a further sign of the continue supply-demand imbalance in the solar sector, weekly data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests that the spot price of polysilicon, the raw material used in most solar panels, accelerated to the downside last week, falling at the fastest pace since June. Prices of solar wafers and cells also continued their [...]

Non-Farm Payrolls Create Basis For October Relief Rally

Source: Bloomberg The release of the September non-farm payroll numbers was obviously crucial to the direction of the market going forward. Another bad number could have been devastating to a market concerned about both the possibility of a synchronized global recession and the affects of a worsening debt crisis in Europe. However, quite possibly we have now just seen the [...]

Solar: DoE Ends Loan Guarantee Program with Final $4.7bn in Approvals

This past Friday, the 30th September, was the final day for approvals under the Department of Energy’s 1705 Loan Guarantee Program. This was of course set up as part of the 2009 stimulus law and extended an existing Energy Department loan guarantee program. Activity at the DoE under the program has also now of course [...]