Keith Bradsher's piece in the New York Times yesterday (link here) suggests that China solar panel makers are going to take over the US market even as the US federal government subsidizes investment in solar energy. He makes the good point that some of these Chinese solar panel operators are heavily government supported i.e. subsidized, but there are some reasons not to count out US competitors just yet. While the Chinese use crystalline silicon to make their panels, the world's largest solar module maker, Arizona's First Solar, uses thin film technology to remain the world's cheapest panel maker per KWH.
Meanwhile EE Times has suggested that Centron Solar will provide the organization that links disparate Chinese solar panel makers to its own sales operation in the US (link here). However, there are questions about Centron's scale as a company and how many panel makers it actually represents (link here).