I assume the article you're talking about is this one
I found a newer article, but you need a subscription - view it here
I also found a one-page web site for Silicon Energy
, it says "Available in Washington in Late 2008"
... and from Whidbey Wind & Sun's website:
"Stalking the Elusive Washington-made Modules
In spite of sleuthing worthy of James Bond, we've not been able to get a spec sheet on the long-awaited Washington-made PV modules. We can tell you a few things with some degree of confidence.
1. The panels will be 4' x 4' and rated at between 180 and 190 watts.
2. According to the Silicon Energy website, the panels will be available in 'late 2008'.
3. Demand will almost certainly exceed supply.
4. Silicon Energy will require deposits to secure a client's position in the waiting queue.
To prepare for the eventual appearance of Silicon Energy's panels, we're compiling a waiting list. We'll need your name, phone number or other contact information, and the size of system you're anticipating. We will add you to the list first-come, first-served. We are not taking deposits right now, but we will need to as soon as Silicon Energy requires. You can visit the Silicon Energy website, but you won't find much there just yet."