President Obama's touting a plan to train veterans for solar careers, noting that it's a fast-growing industry with good-paying jobs. That's an interesting take, when you consider that here in Oregon, heavily-subsidized SolarWorld pays $11 an hour - higher than our minimum wage (which is the second-highest in the country), but less than what a server at your typical Olive Garden takes home when tips are factored in.
Yet when they landed a contract to build solar panels for a state (of course) project, they found that they were going to bleed money at $11 an hour. So they brought in prisoners at 93 cents an hour to build panels.
Meanwhile, in about a week, Tesla's going to unveil their new Lion battery line, which they believe will power homes and businesses in the near future. Perhaps they've addressed a couple of pressing issues related to these batteries: the environmental damage incurred during both production and disposal, and the fact that lithium-ion batteries have a somewhat disturbing tendency to overheat and set things on fire.