Obama Touts Clean Technology, Climate And Energy Bill

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Solyndra is a clean technology company that is located in northern California where President Obama chose to deliver an address promoting the climate and energy bill Wednesday. Obama cited the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 to emphasize the need for alternative energy and to highlight clean technology jobs created by the $787 billion economic stimulus package 2009 known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The president also had a private meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before he gave his speech.

Solyndra was the first U.S. company to receive an Energy Department money loan. Mercurynews.com reports that after the $535 million loan guarantee, the 5-year-old company has become a government case study for the benefits of the economic stimulus package and the ripple effects the federal stimulus spending has had on the nation’s economy. The president, promoting the climate and energy bill, sought to give the struggling company a lift. While speaking on Solyndra’s factory floor, Obama said “A year ago, this was an empty lot. Through the federal Recovery Act, this company received loans to build this facility. And more than 3,000 construction workers have been employed building it.” He also said that the company will hire 1,000 permanent workers when the factory is completed.

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Solyndra solar panels are part of the solar powered energy systems the company makes for the commercial market from a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. Obama was there to show his support for Solyndra, which has been having trouble arranging a $300 million public sale. It is reported by VentureBeat.com that Solyndra solar panels were an up and coming leader in solar energy after the company secured a $535 million economic stimulus package loan guarantee from the Energy Department last fall. Solyndra filed an IPO in late December wanting a part. But Solyndra’s IPO hopes died after a Department of Energy audit pointed out massive losses and negative cash flow, along with mounting debt that could bury the company within a year.

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