A recent scandal is sending tremors through Nevada's solar industry. A major solar company called Solyndra declared bankruptcy and fired all its workers, even after receiving a loan guarantee of $535 million from the government. The Capitol is now scrutinizing all potential fund recipients.
The big Crescent Dunes project near Tonopah ended up passing inspection, but the question remains: what is the future of the solar industry in Nevada? Even after we build the plants, can we compete with China's drastically lower prices? And will these proposed solar projects (like the one in Laughlin) bring the jobs and growth that they're promising?
Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner
Peter O'Dowd, reporter (KJZZ), Fronteras: The Changing Americas desk
Rose McKinney-James, principal, Energy Works Consulting & McKinney James & Associates; also formerly part of NV Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Task Force