Sacramento Bee staffer Mark Glover reports that solar energy, which kicked off the new millennium in high gear throughout California and then stumbled during the recession, is coming back with a vengeance, with Northern California companies leading the charge.

As the housing market and other industries continue to claw out of rough times, solar's buzzword status is shifting from advanced technologies toward mainstream.

Glover writes:

Some California solar system installers say they have work backlogs. New deals to build new solar power-generating arrays are being announced regularly. And the nation’s No. 1 solar installer, San Mateo-based SolarCity Corp., recently created ripples industrywide, announcing a loan program that lets homeowners finance and buy their rooftop solar systems. It also announced an offering of what it calls the nation’s first solar bonds.

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