Who Will Win in Chinese Solar?

Who Will Win in Chinese Solar?

The solar industry has been on a tear in 2013 and a few Chinese companies have led the way. JinkoSolar reported a surprise profit in the second quarter while Canadian Solar is leveraging project in Canada and a presence in Japan to increase margins and come close to breaking even.

But there are also minefields for investors to avoid. Suntech Power and LDK Solar have both failed to make debt payments this year and are in the midst of a restructuring that's a mystery to U.S. investors right now. Terrible balance sheets have been dragging down both companies and there appears to be little upside for investors right now. Yingli Green Energy is also sitting with nearly $3 billion in debt and unless conditions improve quickly it may suffer the same fate as Suntech and LDK.

Joel South sat down with solar analyst Travis Hoium to see who is well positioned to capitalize on Chinese solar and who isn't worth the risk.

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