This article found on CNN Money about the recent collapse of certain Solar Companies is interesting because of the political ramifications that they have. We have started to see signs of this due to the Governments presence in financing many of these Solar Companies like Solyndra. Because of the last few years and the desire to rid ourselves from foreign oil, demand for solar panels soared cause over speculation and excitement about this industry. Similar to the housing market speculation in this industry looks to have lead to another bursting bubble; and like the housing market when the prices get low enough demand will pick up. Another issue that this industry needs to take into consideration is all of the other competing energy industries. If the US decides to drill for oil again someday or harvest more natural gas the desire for solar paneling which is expensive and for the most part have a short life span will be volatile. These companies that make these huge investments into these speculative companies must maintain a safe level of supply even if the prices of the products are inflated a little.
Solar Energy will always be an important part of our countries energy policies but we should never put all of our efforts as a company in just one industry to try and fix our energy dependence.http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/30/technology/solar_power/index.htm