Solar companies worldwide will remember 2011 as a dark time in their history. The failing of Solyndra symbolizes that market volatility, and 2012 no doubt started with trepidation. But as we have mentioned before on GigaOM Pro, the industry has survived nonetheless. This report analyzes the current state and future concerns of the solar industry, with a particular focus on the photovoltaic industry and the U.S. market. From the silicon companies to inverter manufacturers to government venture money, here is what to expect as the industry marches toward its uncertain future. Additional companies mentioned in this report include First Solar, Intel, NRG Energy and SunEdison. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.