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Energy Dept. offered to put private investors ahead of taxpayers if Solyndra went bankrupt

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Ronnie Greene, iWatch NewsAs solar panel maker Solyndra sunk deeper into debt last year, a top Department of Energy official pulled the company's...

Perry To Formally Propose Shuttering Agencies

The Texas Tribune | Jay Root | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Rick Perry will famously remember the three federal agencies he wants to shut down in a key policy speech in Iowa on Tuesday, but ...

Jordan Howard

Americans Favor One Energy Option Above Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the public still supports government funding for alternative energy research, although the degree of enthusiasm has decrea...

Solyndra To Auction Off Assets

AP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green

FREMONT, Calif. — The bankrupt solar company Solyndra Inc. is auctioning off surplus assets this week as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. St...

Rebuilding the 20th Century: It's Time for Kids

Susanna Murley | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Universities need to be thinking forward and figuring out how to prepare both their own campuses for the future and their graduates for the future. Luckily there are a few programs that are already doing that.

Michael McAuliff

NRCC 'Green Casino' Charge Craps Out On Truth

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Republican Party's lead campaign groups tried to turn the Solyndra failure into an election issue Tuesday, accusing President...

Government Has Long History of Promoting Innovation; It Should Do the Same with Clean Energy

Peter Lehner | Posted 12.10.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

Government research funding and loan guarantees can help advanced technologies move out of the lab and into the market faster. That means Americans will have quicker access to the benefits.

Lucia Graves

Solyndra Critics Can Claim Their First Scalp

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Silver, the head of the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program at the heart of the Solyndra controversy, is stepping dow...

Lucia Graves

Energy Dept. 'Not Poised To Approve' Second Solyndra Loan

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy considered granting Solyndra a second loan even as the company's dire financial situation became increasingly a...

Energy Secretary Chu on the Coolest Solar Decathlon Innovations (Video)

Susanna Murley | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward's Frank Sesno catches up with Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu on site at the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

Michael McAuliff

White House Slams GOP Claim 'We Can't Compete With China'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seizing on remarks by a top Republican who argued that the United States cannot compete with China in the so...

At Solar Decathlon, College Eco-Stars Reveal True Future of Solar

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.30.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

Solar Decathletes are students who, instead of partying at the beach or making money at temporary jobs, decide to help design, engineer and assemble solar-powered homes in their spare time.

On Houses and Homes: Top 5 Stories Behind Solar Decathlon Entries

Susanna Murley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward has been following the Solar Decathlon teams. These are the five that stand out to us that have the best stories connecting their houses to their culture.

Jordan Howard

Solar Industry In Need Of Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Clean energy advocates have long looked to solar power as a way to break the country's dependence on foreign oil. However, the cost of o...

Obama Administration Approves New Solar Loans

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department on Wednesday approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1 billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and ...

Merger May Impact Nation's 1st Offshore Wind Farm

AP | By JAY LINDSAY | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

BOSTON -- The nation's first offshore wind farm enjoys high-profile federal and state backing, but it hasn't been able to win over one important party...

Appalachia Faces Steep Coal Decline

AP | By DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

GARRETT, Ky. -- When business screeched to a halt at Jerry Howard's eastern Kentucky mine engineering company two years ago, he decided to call it qui...

Judge Refuses To Extend Solyndra Sale Timeline

AP | RANDALL CHASE | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday refused to extend the sale timeline for failed solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra LLC, ...

Solyndra: Will We Learn From Science?

James M. Gentile | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

The key question that is being missed -- and that should be asked now -- is whether the federal government will approach this failure as politicians or as scientists.

Solyndra Scandal-Mongering Is The REAL Scandal

Tom Matzzie | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Tom Matzzie

The media should have spent the time to understand that the bankruptcy of Solyndra was about market circumstances that changed faster than anybody has predicted, rather than falling for a manufactured partisan scandal.

Tom Zeller Jr.

The Solyndra Scandal: Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

The story of Solyndra, the Silicon Valley solar technology start-up that received half a billion dollars in loan guarantees from the federal governmen...

The Solyndra Scandal: Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The story of Solyndra, the Silicon Valley solar technology start-up that received half a billion dollars in loan guarantees from the federal governmen...

GOP Congressman Calls For Independent Investigator In White House Loan To Failed Solar Firm

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday called for an independent investigator to look into a $528 million loan app...

Despite Criticisms, Some GOPers Sought Clean-Energy Money For Home States

The New York Times | ERIC LIPTON | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over what he has describ...

Beyond Solyndra: DOE Invests Big Time in Next Generation of Eco-Stars

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

We're all reading some uncomfortable reports in the news today about Solyndra, the solar company that declared bankruptcy last month and is now the ta...