NEW YORK (
TheStreet) - Can there possibly be a worthy candidate for CEO of the Year among the solar companies?
The sector crashed and burned in 2011, led by
the colossal implosion
(FSLR - Get Report), whose shares plunged 75% to qualify as the
S&P 500's biggest loser.
If ignominy is the goal, former First Solar CEO Rob Gillette could act as the stand-in for the sector's woes. There's also the House Energy Committee Investigative Subcommittee that has spent more tax dollars in 2011 pursuing every
angle than Congress as a whole has spent in the past five years on
creating comprehensive energy policy
For a contrarian take, Axiom Capital analyst Gordon Johnson or hedge fund manager Jim Chanos fit the bill. Both
famously and ceaselessly
said First Solar was headed for a spectacular fall when it was at $180.
The truth, though, is that even amid the disaster otherwise known as solar stock investing in 2011, there are two very worthy candidates -- for two very different reasons -- for Solar CEO of the Year in 2011,
(SOL - Get Report)
Xianshou Li and Tom Werner, the head of
(SPWR - Get Report)
, and the pair will share the honor this year.