Bolze says GE’s investment in solar power will be similar to its investment in the wind business.
"We entered the wind business about six years ago with the acquisition of the Enron wind assets," he said. "That’s grown now ten-fold to over a $6 billion business for us, and we want to put solar on the same track." (See the CNBC interview at left.)
The setback with solar currently is cost. Solar energy is about six times more expensive per kilowatt-hour than wind, Bolze said. However, with economies of scale, he believes the cost will come down.
"We’re very bullish on solar for the long-term, but again, cost is going to be the key. Technology’s got a key role to play there, and we want to play big," he said.
Other solar power firms include First Solar , SunPower , Suntech Power and Yingli Green Energy .