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INTRO Here's my semi-annual exercise to see if I remember why I own the stocks I own, and so I can check back and see if their stories have changed. I post in case it helps others too.

Real Goods Solar
RGSE (was RSOL, market cap was $0.110B EOY13 is $0.134B mid14)
Real Goods Solar is primarily a solar power systems installer. Originally, they were a mail order and then online catalog that supplied the DIY crowd. They offered systems and components for every aspect of off-the-grid living. Ranchers could get everything for solar, wind, hydro power generation; and also outfit the house with extremely efficient appliances. They also offered real goods for tweaks to suburban lifestyles. For a few years they backed away from retail and only worked the construction/installation side in a few states. The company began online retail operations again, which I am glad to see as it extends their market, gives me a chance to buy something, and increases their name recognition.

The demand for renewable and sustainable power continues to increase. It is somewhat surprising that Real Goods continues to demonstrate losses and erratic revenues. A competitor, Solar City, has similar revenues and losses, yet SCTY trades at a price/sales 30 times higher than RGSE's. The pessimist would think something is wrong with RGSE's management and SCTY's investors. The optimist would see reason for RGSE to trade 30 times higher than its current price. I suspect the answer is somewhere in the middle; which is very nice if RGSE can trade at a price/sales of 16.1 instead of 1.1 .

DISCLOSURE LTBH since the mid-2008 IPO. I sold some for diversification and will be interested in buying back in if those other stocks appreciate first.
(I've also collected links to the other discussion boards and my other stocks over on my blog
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