Picture of what the parabolic troughs at Blythe might have looked like.
The solar energy industry has been a bright spot in California's economy. That's especially true in desert communities with lots of sunshine. Blythe, in the southeast corner of the state, was excited about a huge solar project planned in the Mojave Desert there. So when the developer declared bankruptcy this week, it raised some questions about the industry's future.
We talk with reporter Lauren Sommer, who follows renewable energy closely for the science unit at KQED, about what the bankruptcy filing from Solar Trust of America means for California's solar industry.