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Building with the Sun The Future of the Energy Business by Alex Wilson Does being in the energy business make much sense anymore? What's the outlook for the newer "alternative energy" firms in particular? Since the focus of this issue of New England Builder is on business, I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at these two questions. While I don't pretend to have any great skills in market forecasting, having watched the renewable and conventional energy industries for the past decade, I do have some thoughts on the topic When I set out to find an answer, I divided the industry into three general (and perhaps somewhat arbitrary) categories in an effort