Here Comes The Sun

The congressional investigation into Solyndra has cast a shadow across the solar energy industry, but two new reports show continuing growth in the sector.

A report from the Solar Energy Industries Association finds that grid-connected photovoltaic installation in the U.S. grew 17 percent from the first to second quarter of 2011 and a whopping 69 percent from the second quarter of 2010.

Furthermore, prices continued to plummet as completed module prices dropped 12 percent in the second quarter.

And the initial findings of another report, from the nonprofit Solar Foundation, concludes that the solar industry added 6,735 U.S. jobs between August 2010 and August 2011.