Why stiff competition, tight margins have dimmed solar's outook
It didn't quite work out that way. Yet the current chaotic state of the solar power market in the United States may, some suggest, represent a segue into a stable solar industry at last.
A snapshot of the solar power business on the Front Range offers a glimpse into what's happening nationally.
A passel of small-to-mid-sized businesses that sprung up to mine the consumer side of solar is waiting for a new boom that has yet to materialize.
Equipment manufacturers have had even less luck; most notably, Loveland-based Abound Solar was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year.
The industry's tougher times in part are a result of the politics that gave birth to solar, and then abruptly abandoned it.
Environmentalists and their political allies around the U.S. fought for and won various incentives for solar equipment manufacturers and solar power