They're already churning out panels in China by the container ship load. Low wages, no unions and no OSHA. Why would any manufacturer move production to the US?Sounds like you want to build one of these.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation...www.solardecathlon.gov
I remember Lawrence Technical University competing in the Solar Decathlon 2007. Their house didn't score well according to the judges...but it was judged the favorite house by the crowd. Has two bedrooms (still being used, apparently, as a technology demonstrator). This one, and Santa Clara University, both felt the most like an actual, liveable house compared to the others which felt more like jarring science projects.
Which brings to mind something...for many years, Intel made all of their CPU's here in the United States, and they still do make a lot of 'em here. We can make some pretty good silicon. Since solar panels are essentially silicon P-N junction diodes, we could be making those here as well (same goes, therefore, for solar roof shingles). Mass-production would make it less expensive to purchase.