Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Goldman-backed "Solyndra shutters manufacturing, lays off workforce; plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy" (GS)

Despite being backed by the Wal*ton clan and Goldman Sachs (or maybe because of it?) Solyndra was awarded the first Department of Energy loan guarantees, $535 million.
So much for the government picking winners.
From PV Tech:
Cylindrical CIGS thin-film manufacturer Solyndra has announced that it has suspended its manufacturing operations, immediately laid off its 1100 full-time and temporary employees, and intends to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Fremont, CA-based company cited "the negative impacts of global economic and solar industry market conditions" as the reason for the actions. The firm also said it is evaluating its options, which could include "a sale of the business and licensing of its advanced CIGS technology and manufacturing expertise."

Despite what the company characterized as "strong growth in the first half of 2011 and traction in North America with a number of orders for very large commercial rooftops," Solyndra said it "could not achieve full-scale operations rapidly enough to compete in the near term with the resources of larger foreign manufacturers."

"This competitive challenge was exacerbated by a global oversupply of solar panels and a severe compression of prices that in part resulted from uncertainty in governmental incentive programs in Europe and the decline in credit markets that finance solar systems," the company added....MORE
See also:
Solyndra: I Forgot to Mention the Company was Also Backed by One of President Obama's Largest Campaign 'Bundlers' (GS; WMT)

Some of our earlier posts on Solyndra:

June 27, 2011 
Solyndra’s Solar Loan From DOE Under Investigation
Nov. 3, 2010 
"Solyndra Spells Disaster for DOE Loan Guarantee Program"

June 18, 2010 
Solar upstart Solyndra mothballs IPO plans (Funny what a 'Going Concern" Letter will Do) GS
April 6, 2010 
"The Daily Start-Up: Auditor Questions Solyndra’s Viability" (Going Concern Warning) GS; FSLR
Dec. 23, 2009 
What is Solyndra’s Cost Per Watt? (SOLY; FSLR; TSL)
June 4, 2009 
Goldman Sachs and the Solar Land Rush (FSLR; GS)