Bay Area solar industry grows despite Solyndra failure

Despite the high-profile collapse of Solyndra, the Bay Area’s solar industry continues to grow.

Case in point: SunEdison, a worldwide developer of large solar-power projects, is moving its headquarters from Maryland to Belmont. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday joined the company at its new home, a formerly vacant office building that will hold more than 400 people when the move is complete.

“We’re the innovative state,” Brown said at a news conference packed with local dignitaries. “We’re going to invest in solar and make California not only the national leader, which it already is, but we’re going to make it the world leader.”

For SunEdison, California represents both a vast market and a deep talent pool.