According to a news report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Ohio's solar panel manufacturing base rose by 50 percent during the first three months of 2011, topping big solar-producing states like California and New Jersey. Oregon is currently ranked number one. Also, the Toledo Blade reports that three solar panel makers in northwest Ohio are expecting to start or increase production over the next year.The SEIA also reports that solar panel production nationwide was up 31 percent in the first quarter of 2011 compared with a year ago.