In the solar electricity market, consolidation and contraction are the buzzwords of the day. Today, all solar PV manufacturers face an over-supplied and underfunded PV market. The oversupply and drop in subsidy across Europe and the US has forced crystalline silicon manufacturers to sell panels below manufacturing costs. As the weeks tick by, major manufacturers, one after another, are announcing bankruptcies or plans for a major scaling back of their operations. Thin-film solar panel manufacturers have not been able to stay out of the fray, with many struggling to keep up.