Solar energy

The pace of solar development has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled for lack of financing. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / May 22, 2012)

Join Times staff writer Julie Cart for an online discussion at 9 a.m. Monday about the dimming prospects of solar energy.

The Obama administration set off a building boom of large-scale solar power plants across the Southwest about five years ago, but the pace of development has slowed to a crawl. A number of companies have gone out of business and projects have been canceled.

The first auction of public land for solar developers, an event once highly anticipated by federal planners, failed to draw a single bid last fall.

Industry analysts say several factors are responsible and we'll discuss them, as well as take questions from readers, during the L.A. Now Live chat, which starts at 9 a.m.