Let the Sun Shine

A Sunnier Forecast for Solar Energy

Still Small, Industry Adds Capacity and Jobs to Compete With Utilities

By Steven Mufson

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 20, 2006; Page D01

The top of a large steel vat gently swings open, and a slab of silicon, cut into pieces the size of large bricks, is lifted onto a conveyor belt. On a mezzanine above the warehouse-style floor of the factory in Frederick, Bill Good is monitoring the six-foot furnaces that melt the silicon that goes into bricks, which are later sliced into wafers and turned into solar panels in a building next door.

Good, 53, used to work in a landscaping business, but like many people around the country he has found work in the alternative-energy industry. After two years, he said, “I could retire here.”


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