Wonder how long it will take...

Discussion in 'Environment' started by westwall, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. westwall

    westwall USMB Mod Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    For this company to go tango uniform. Same business model as Solyndra, fortunately not as much money but just as corrupt. It would be nice if one of these twits would come up with a business model that didn't require massive infusions of Public Money.

    By Reuters

    LOS ANGELES - A tiny solar company named SoloPower will flip the switch on production at a U.S. factory Thursday, a major step toward allowing it to tap a $197 million government loan guarantee awarded under the same controversial program that supported failed panel maker Solyndra.
    SoloPower has initiated a strategy to differentiate it from struggling commodity players in the solar panel industry. Still, there are several similarities between SoloPower and Solyndra - which became a lightning rod in the U.S. Presidential campaign this year after taking in more than $500 million in government loans and then filing for bankruptcy.

    Like Solyndra, SoloPower is a Silicon Valley start-up and uses the same non-traditional raw material in its solar panels. And, like its now-defunct peer, SoloPower is one of just four U.S. panel manufacturers to clinch loan guarantees under the Department of Energy's $35 billion program to support emerging clean energy technologies. The DOE payments to SoloPower will come on top of the $56.5 million SoloPower has collected in loans, tax credits and incentives from the state of Oregon and the city of Portland, where its first factory will be located.

    And, perhaps most importantly, SoloPower is entering the market at a time of cutthroat competition from cheaper solar products made in China.

    Solar panel startup to get $197 million from Uncle Sam - Bottom Line
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  2. flacaltenn

    flacaltenn Senior Mod Staff Member Senior USMB Moderator Gold Supporting Member

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    Hillbilly Hollywood, Tenn
    Yes -- thin film solar photovoltaics --- the wave of the future.. 20 years ago.. Since then the concept of "solar shingles" has died a thousand deaths from inefficiency to heat problems to hail damage, to inconsistent manufacturing.

    If the roof a K-Mart isn't gonna support of weight of silicon photovoltaics --- then the building inspectors need to get fired.

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