In solar: go big, boutique or bust

The fight for survival is on in the solar manufacturing sector, but which companies are set to outlast the competition?

Solar companies could be well advised to look to chip makers to figure out how to survive a sector shake-out, as the consolidation of the semiconductor industry suggests it is all about either being big and basic or small and selective.

Following insolvency filings in the past year that have included six heavyweight solar companies in Germany and the United States, industry experts and analysts say those players who can boast neither scale nor specialisation look doomed.

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