If the US nuclear industry was building 1 nuclear plant per year, rest assured that there would be endless, breathless stories about the renaissance of nuclear power. Indeed, a nuclear industry building one new plant per year would be reborn.
The US solar industry is now building every year an amount of generating capacity--3,200 to 4,000 megawatts--that will generate an amount of electricity approximately equivalent to a nuclear plant like Three Mile Island (the unit that is still operating).
To put it simply, the solar industry is building the equivalent of 1 new nuclear plant per year. Despite this incredible success, taking place exactly when the media has been full of Solyndra and other negative solar stories, the media will take its sweet time to shed the negative narrative about solar and catch up to the real solar story.
In fact, the solar industry may well be installing an amount of capacity each year equal to two nuclear plants, before the media and anti-solar politicians come to grips with the sweeping change solar is already unleashing.