The top solar companies to be worried about in 2012 — Cleantech News and Analysis 2011 was a difficult year for solar manufacturers, and dont expect 2012 to get much better. Lux Researchs Matt Feinstein pens a predictive article for PV Magazine looking at the top solar companies he thinks will struggle in the near term: 1). Nanosolar 2). Solopower 3). Abound Solar 4). Solarworld 5). Oerlikon 6). Suntech Power BP Solar Announces its shutting down December 2011 Energy Conversion Devices Announces temporary suspension of all factories November 2011 Evergreen Solar Declares bankruptcy August 2011 MEMC Electronic Materials Idles one factory December 2011 REC Cuts silicon wafer production in Norway January 2012 Satcon Technology Closes inverter factory in Canada January 2012 Schott Solar Closes cell factory in Germany December 2011 Solar Millennium Files for insolvency December 2011 Solland Solar Exits cell production January 2012 Solon Shuts down U.S. factory. Declared insolvency. December 2011 SolarWorld Shuts U.S. factory September 2011 Solyndra Declares bankruptcy August 2011 SpectraWatt Firesale for $4.9 million September 2011 Stirling Energy Systems Declares bankruptcy September 2011 The sun shines most everyday, whats the problem ?