Senior capstone final project on first solar purpose

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Senior Capstone Final Project on First Solar Purpose: To apply what you have learned in the program to a real life company and analyze the industry, company strategy, operations, financials, and marketing. You will then identify
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business opportunities for improvement and explain ways to accomplish the improvements. Background: The economy runs on energy and renewable energy is a growing sector of the energy business. Traditional sources of energy like coal, oil and gas have been economical but they are finite. They also produce emissions which cause pollution and add Carbon Dioxide to the atmosphere. Scientific research has shown that carbon dioxide is warming the planet which will affect humanity in unpredictable ways. Interest is growing in renewable or clean energy sources that don’t have any emissions but can still provide energy needed to allow the economies of the world to grow. First Solar is an innovative company that produces solar energy products and is one of the first companies to figure out how to lower the cost of manufacturing photovoltaic cells while improving power generation of each cell. They now have revenues in the $ 3 billion range and are a publicly traded corporation. Their trading symbol is FSLR. You work for a consulting firm and your manager has asked you to research the solar industry and First Solar and provide and analysis report making recommendations for business opportunities that First Solar is not currently pursuing. Your job is to find out as much as you can about the solar industry and First Solar and make recommendations, with supporting arguments, to your manager based on your research.
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Assignment instructions 1. Conduct research on the solar industry and be sure you have an in depth understanding of the following: a. the solar industry and history b. the manufacturing and costs involved in the solar market c. organization of the global and US solar market d. the leading manufacturers and retail supply companies e. the inputs and outputs of the industry – steps in the supply chain f. industry trends both nationally and internationally g. effects government has on this industry both in the US and Internationally h. the macroeconomic factors affecting this industry i. Global demand for Photovoltaic Cells j. the three broad solar market segments
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2. Conduct research on First Solar and be sure you have an in depth understanding of the following: a. First Solar’s history and present position in the industry b. the organization of the company, organizational structure, marketing strategy, and financial strategy, manufacturing strategy c. corporate objectives and strategies and how they fit with what First Solar is accomplishing d. the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for First Solar e. financial statements for the last 3 years and analysis of the company financials f. Important elements of First Solar’s corporate culture
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  • Fall '19
  • Photovoltaics, First Solar

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