- Abound Solar (Loveland, Colorado), manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic modules.
- Beacon Power (Tyngsborough, Massachusetts), designed and developed advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation.
- Ener1 (Indianapolis, Indiana), built compact lithium-ion-powered battery solutions for hybrid and electric cars.
- Energy Conversion Devices (Rochester Hills, Michigan/Auburn Hills, Michigan), manufacturer of flexible thin film photovoltaic (PV) technology and a producer of batteries and other renewable energy-related products.
- Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Marlborough, Massachusetts), manufactured and installed solar panels.
- Mountain Plaza, Inc. (Dandridge, Tennessee), designed and implemented “truck-stop electrification” technology.
- Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsens Mills Acquisition Co. (Berlin, Wisconsin), a private company producing ethanol.
- Range Fuels (Soperton, Georgia), tried to develop a technology that converted biomass into ethanol without the use of enzymes.
- Raser Technologies (Provo, Utah), geothermal power plants and technology licensing.
- Solyndra (Fremont, California), manufacturer of cylindrical panels of thin-film solar cells.
- Spectrawatt (Hopewell, New York), solar cell manufacturer.
- Thompson River Power LLC (Wayzata, Minnesota), designed and developed advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid operation.
Some lawmakers are looking for a solution. The aptly named No More Solyndras Act would prohibit any new loan guarantees from Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
As Heritage’s Nicolas Loris wrote
Republicans and Democrats alike need to end their addiction to energy subsidies, or we’re going to continue down the same failed path of wasteful spending…We don’t need to fix the energy subsidy programs. We need to abolish them.
President Obama said in 2010 that “the true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra.” He couldn’t be more wrong. Companies that are innovating and creating real value for consumers are the engine of economic growth, and they’re doing it without millions in taxpayer funding.
- This year is the fifth straight fiscal year “in which the federal government has increased its debt by more than a trillion dollars,” reports CNSNews.com.
- Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a trained scientist who helped develop the space shuttle’s robotic arm, has passed away at 61.
- “Moody’s lowered the outlook to negative for the AAA credit ratings of Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg,” reports Bloomberg.
- More U.K. military personnel are deployed in some capacity at the London Olympics than in Afghanistan, reports the AP.
- Most American commentary about the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has focused on the Second Amendment, but Heritage’s Ted Bromund goes further and explains the treaty’s five fundamental flaws.