LITTLETON, Colo. ( TheStreet) -- Pressure has increased on solar stocks to quicken their pace in the race to grid parity. Still, it's anybody's guess as to when solar companies will reach P-Day. Might leaving the grid parity pack for an off-grid track be a viable solar strategy? If so, there's only one publicly traded solar stock in the U.S. opting out of the grid parity race, at least for the next few years, Ascent Solar Technologies ( ASTI). Ascent Solar announced earlier this week a deal with India's industrial conglomerate Kirloskar Integrated Technologies. With the deal, Ascent is not aiming to play catch up with the big solar guns, like First Solar ( FSLR). U.S. solar stocks, from First Solar to SunPower ( SPWRA), Evergreen Solar ( ESLR) and Energy Conversion Devices ( ENER) have been under pressure in recent months for a variety of reasons: competition from Chinese competitors in an arguably oversupplied market and feed-in tariff cuts in Germany are a few. U.S. solar company-specific issues are also ongoing. The lack of growth in the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) market has kept Energy Conversion from being able to executive in a niche where it could have success, while Evergreen Solar is still going through its manufacturing migration to China. All solar companies are chasing some under-pressure or yet-to-develop opportunity in these tough times for solar stocks. Could cell phone users in rural India be a better short-term bet than betting on China's introduction of a national feed-in tariff to jumpstart slumping solar? That's Ascent Solar's plan. Energy Conversion's manufacturing has been running at 25% of capacity due to weak demand. Meanwhile, the solar industry, as a whole, is forecasting company-by-company capacity in 2010 above 1 gigawatt (GW). Nowhere is Ascent Solar going more against the solar grain than with its capacity forecast for 2010: 6 to 8 megawatts. That's the type of capacity forecast that the solar heavyweights like First Solar and SunPower mention in minor press releases as a drop-in-the-bucket kind of project win, and that Street analysts don't judge to be game-changers for an industry that is thinking in terms of annual gains measures in gigawatts.