Shares of First Solar ( FSLR) were rising Tuesday despite news that a new competitor has emerged. Start-up Abound Solar, based in Fort Collins, Colo., began producing panels using cadmium telluride, as does Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar. We think we have a slight technological advantage over First Solar," CEO Pascal Noronha told Reuters in an interview. "We have a manufacturing process that is about as continuous as making beer cans, and therefore makes us the lowest cost manufacturer of photovoltaic modules." Shares of First Solar were recently trading at $147.75, up 2.5%. JA Solar ( JASO) was up 2% to $3.65. Energy Conversion Devices ( ENER) was down 2.9% to $15.35. LDK Solar ( LDK) was up 5% to $8.45. SunPower ( SPWRA) was up 3% to $26.12. Trina Solar ( TSL) was up 4.6% to $13.81. Suntech Power ( STP) was up 3.4% to $14.98.