The City of Raleigh, which has long been an innovator in terms of energy leadership, is touting the opening of a brand new solar power facility located on city government property. In addition to LED lighting, electric car chargers, and solar powered lights, the city can now boast of a large solar power facility.
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With the price of solar panels falling more than 50 percent last year, what is the impact on the U.S. solar industry as it battles to compete with China?
When it comes to solar power, more and more Americans are seeing the light.
The U.S. solar industry installed a record number of panels in 2011, more than double 2010, and is likely to see strong growth again this year, according to a new report.
Last year seemed like a dark one for the solar industry: stiff competition from China drove American manufacturers to layoffs and even bankruptcy, while the low price of natural gas and the loss of a critical government subsidy weakened incentives for new solar developments. And then there was the long shadow of Solyndra, whose bankruptcy after receiving federal loans cast a pall over other green-energy endeavors.