Stormy Skies Ahead for Thin-Film Solar Startups

The success of thin-film solar champion First Solar Inc. (FSLR), which claims to have the lowest manufacturing costs -- and largest production volume -- in the industry, has spawned a whole herd of new thin-film solar startups. But many of these thin-film solar babies are unlikely to survive the next two years, Photon Consulting analyst Ryan Boas said at a solar conference in San Francisco this week.