27 Jun '12, 7pm

Solar for All? Not in My Lifetime: The U.S. solar industry is down and out. What will it take to bring it back?

Solar for All? Not in My Lifetime: The U.S. solar industry is down and out. What will it take to bring it back?

On a sunny afternoon in California, I drive past the shuttered factories of Solyndra Corp., the bankrupt maker of solar panels. A billboard-size “For Sale” sign sits prominently on the frontage road of Interstate 880, a main artery into Silicon Valley. Solyndra’s empty factories are grim reminders of how—even in America’s innovation heartland—life on the solar frontier can be nasty, brutish, and short. My destination is Sand Hill Road , home to the world’s largest concentration of venture capitalists. I meet a gang of them at a swanky bar where they are celebrating (a few days in advance) Facebook’s extravagant initial public stock offering. While VCs who are invested in social media cheer their bonanza, those who had bet on solar energy ponder the difficulties of innovating in the energy field. “We tried to apply the Silicon Valley model to solar,” one VC explains. “Moore...

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