Recently, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government has set capacity goals for its solar industry, per company, at 50,000 tons of polysilicon manufacturing capacity per year by 2015. This in the face of a current glut in supply for solar panels. Prices for poly S have fallen to under $30/kilogram and much solar panel manufacturing space in China is idle. What does this mean? Three things seem to be evident – 1. China thinks solar is a big part of the future of world energy, 2. China means to be the supplier of solar panels to the world and 3. China sees solar as a major solution to its incredible pollution problems. None of this is new news but the Chinese government’s commitment to the program suggests that governmental action may be the way to advance alternate energy. The US has largely been driven out of this market by China. Did we need a better national policy on solar? Will we need a better one on the next promising alternative energy/clean technology?