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Green Energy: Subsidies, Initiatives and New Efficiency Expected to Drive Greater Profits

January 14, 2013

NEW YORK, January 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Companies that are researching and developing new and efficient ways to produce
renewable energy can expect greater profits in the coming years. Governments are also
providing subsidies and initiatives to boost the development and production of renewable
energy, fostering accelerated growth within the industry.

The green industry continues to buoy higher as First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) [Full
Research Report
[http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/1a8f_FSLR ]][(1)] and
SolarCity Corporation (NASDAQ: SCTY) [Free Research Report
[http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/free_research_report/fcd9_SCTY ]][(2)] are
leveraging the importance both operational and product efficiency. Companies are
researching and developing new ways to provide more efficient means of producing renewable
energy. The greater the percentage the company spends on R&D, the more opportunities there
are for the company to satisfy consumers and drive further growth.

Furthermore, a vast majority of governments support green energy providers, providing
an array of subsidies to accelerate growth in the sector. Global initiatives are being set
in motion to enable staple markets to shift toward renewable and sustainable energy. There
has been a noted increase of investments in renewable energy, primarily in solar and wind

First Solar, Inc. announced that they have entered into a two-year collaboration and
licensing agreement with Intermolecular, Inc. to increase conversion efficiency of First
Solar’s Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology. FirstSolar will utilize
Intermolecular’s High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC(TM)) platform, designed to increase
the performance of CdTe solar cell technology. According to First Solar’s Chief Technology
Officer Raffi Garabedian, the company is confident that the development program will bring
advances and extend the company’s leadership in photovoltaic technology. Intermolecular is
expected to improve research and development efficiency in the semiconductor and
clean-energy industries through collaboration that use its HPC platform, which will allow
R&D experimentation to be performed 100 times faster.

SolarCity Corporation has recently announced an update on the megawatts (MW) deployed
by the company last fiscal year, as well as Q4 2012. It deployed 156 MW for the year, a
10MW rise above the original 146 MW target of clean energy deployment. It represents a
117% growth over the amount of energy deployed in 2011 (72 MW). Q4 2012 deployment totaled
47 MW. For 2013, the company expects to deploy 250 MW of energy, which is an indicator
that the company is expecting further growth.

If consumers continue to see the long-term benefits of renewable energy, green energy
companies can expect to have a strong and stable position in the overall market. We
anticipate a strong macro trend toward companies focusing on renewable resources and
eco-friendly products. Moreover, institutional funds (particularly those catering to the
general public such as mutual funds and pensions) are adding corporate responsibility,
ethical investing and environmental concerns as priorities when screening for new
investments. This change in dynamic within the investment community will create a mass
exodus of investment dollars from aggressive cost-cutting companies toward companies
focused on ethical approaches to business, consumers and the environment. For further
reading, explore our links below.

Reference Links:

[(1)] The Full Research Report on First Solar, Inc. – including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets – is available to download free of charge at:

[(2)] The Free Research Report on SolarCity Corporation – including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets – is available to download free of charge at:

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