Abound Solar, one of four solar energy companies provided loans by the Department of Energy is expected to file for bankruptcy protection the first week in July. The company received $70 million in federal loans. The company employs 125. Solyndra was one of the four receiving loans, and as you probably know, it has gone bankrupt, too.
Slate.com posts “Why No One Should Be Surprised That Another Obama-Backed Solar Startup Is Going Bust.” The tone of their posting is that Conservatives will be gleeful about this company going bust. Conservatives do not get off on failures of companies and lost jobs. In fact the people planning on causing people to loose jobs are those in the current administration doing their best to put all the people employed in the coal industry out of jobs. If that objective is realized, as directed by President Obama, it will make 125 jobs lost look insignificant.
Conservatives want R&D monies to be expended on solar cell research. Not for the government to be picking and choosing businesses for which their record in one of failure. The Administrations efforts to strong-arm wind and solar has so far yielded little to be proud of. These operations are only valuable to their cronies that take little to no risk all at the expense of the taxpayer and specifically the ratepayers that have to absorb the vastly overpriced product . The Energy Information Agency of the US Department of Energy categorizes wind and solar as Non-Dispatchable Technologies. That means their delivery is too unreliable for the grids to be useable. These technologies are not ready for PRIME TIME. Wind and Solar will remain non-viable until such time that low cost, large-scale energy storage is developed.
Yes, we know as Slate tells us, the Chinese have dropped the prices of solar cells to a point where our domestic companies can not compete. But even the cheaper solar cells don’t make solar farms viable.