Ah, what a difference a few weeks can make... For solar energy enthusiasts like us, there has been both good and bad news. Massive volatility in the market has left no sector of the economy untouched. Banks put the kybosh on lending. Otherwise-healthy companies found it harder and harder to raise funds by issuing debt. And, when panic hit the stock market, the value of companies' equity dropped like a rock. Combined with a worsening outlook for the U.S. economy, these events clearly constitute the bad news.