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Don't let Solyndra overshadow solar industry's success

Don't let Solyndra overshadow solar industry's success

We have all been reading a lot about the Solyndra story of late, with numerous articles in the national news detailing the U.S. Department of Energy's support for this now-defunct solar energy manufacturer. The situation deserves the proper scrutiny of legislative investigation to ensure that taxpayer resources are being utilized properly. But rather than the political circus in Washington that will undoubtedly envelop these hearings, Solyndra should be seen as an unfortunate bump on the road to the global economic engine that is the modern solar energy industry.

The numbers speak for themselves. The solar energy industry provides more than 100,000 jobs in the United States;...