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About Solyndra

Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounts, for the commercial rooftop market. Using proprietary cylindrical modules and thin film technology, Solyndra systems are designed to provide the lowest cost of electricity and the highest kilowatt hour production per rooftop for typical installations.Solyndra aimed to produce cylindrical panels that convert sunlight into electricity using copper, indium, gallium and diselenide in a thin-film technology. Standard solar panels are flat.In August 2011, the company expressed its intention to file for bankruptcy and seek a buyer of its assets.

Solyndra Headquarters Location

47700 Kato Road

Fremont, California, 94538,

United States


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Solyndra Patents

Solyndra has filed 26 patents.

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Photovoltaics, Solar cells, Energy conversion, Electrical engineering, Electricity


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Latest Solyndra News

'A decade on, the phony Solyndra controversy is still inflicting political damage on clean energy'

Sep 21, 2022

The fossil lobby knows the US Inflation Reduction Act is a $370bn plan to displace it – and is well-practiced in weaponising government influence-peddling and disinformation to block threats to its profits and so undermine it, warns Mike Casey 21 September 2022 16:16 GMT Updated  21 September 2022 16:23 GMT The US’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a nearly miraculous success, setting the world’s second biggest economy – and polluter – on a path that could lead to the country cutting its pollution footprint by 40%. In the battle against global climate disruption, you don’t often get wins like it. Doubtless a good number of cleantechers seeing the IRA get through Congress recently drank some champagne, put their feet up and took the weekend off. But now the long-haul work begins. Clean economy technologies must deploy at a massive scale, with unprecedented speed despite growing chokepoints such as permitting, mineral refining, transmission and storage. The fossil fuel lobby, on the other hand, knows the IRA is a $370bn plan to displace it. It also knows its companies have decades of practice weaponising government influence peddling and disinformation to block threats to their market share and profits. ExxonMobil isn’t planning to passively transition itself into some grid storage company. It – and companies of its ilk – are going to fight it like hell. For clean economy companies, successfully deploying renewables will include constantly making our case at scale to investors, regulators and average citizens. And that entails anticipating what the fossil fuel lobby can do to fetter this massive shift, then take pre-emptive steps to make attacks harder. The US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee programme (LGP) underwrote $535m in financing to Solyndra, a thin-film solar company that went bankrupt in 2011. Solyndra’s technology was obviated by market forces, but its crash was followed by an FBI raid on the company’s offices, several Congressional investigations trumpeting a “scandal”, and what an estimated $800mn in attack ads connecting Solyndra’s failure to then President Barak Obama’s re-election effort. Article continues below the advert All the Solyndra noise was concentrated in right-wing media, cratering support for renewables among white conservative men Fox News alone devoted its prime-time focus to Solyndra 84 times in a nine-month period – triple the coverage of five competing networks combined . The discussion relentlessly focused on why “green energy” was an economic loser, existing only because closet socialists propped it up with taxpayer money. What was the damage from the Solyndra non-scandal? Not a single person spent a minute of time in front of a judge. Company losses were 1.6% of the total lending by the LGP, which had a 97.7% repayment rate . Three years after Solyndra’s default, interest rate payments from the program put it $30m in the black for taxpayers . Today it nets $500m a year for the US treasury. Solar power went on to drop costs so much that it’s now the cheapest form of energy on earth. But the phony controversy’s real achievement was political damage. All that noise was concentrated in right-wing media, cratering support for renewables among white conservative men, from the mid-90% approval in 2010 to the mid-40% in 2012. The Solyndra case pulled renewables into the US political culture wars, making it impossible to achieve bipartisan support for pro-clean energy policies. Ten years later, that legacy’s still with us. Not a single Republican Senator supported the IRA, but they’re all staunch defenders of maintaining massive policy support for mature fossil fuel companies. Fast-forward to the present. Have the incumbents changed their response to market threats? Plenty of evidence suggests they have not: · Utility First Energy paid $61m in bribes to state politicians to engineer a taxpayer bailout of First Energy’s failing coal and nuclear plants. · Fossil fuel giant Koch Industries has spent hundreds of millions of dollars manipulating US politics to support fossil fuels. · Oil & gas majors are pushing states to deregulate burning single-use plastics under the moniker of “chemical recycling”. · ExxonMobil modified its industry statement to the UN climate treaty talks so it avoided - in its words - “creating a tie between our advocacy/engagements and the Paris Agreement [that] could create a potential commitment to advocate on the Paris Agreement goals”.

  • Where is Solyndra's headquarters?

    Solyndra's headquarters is located at 47700 Kato Road, Fremont.

  • What is Solyndra's latest funding round?

    Solyndra's latest funding round is Dead.

  • How much did Solyndra raise?

    Solyndra raised a total of $1.217B.

  • Who are the investors of Solyndra?

    Investors of Solyndra include U.S. Venture Partners, Presidio Partners, Argonaut Private Equity, RockPort Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and 8 more.

  • Who are Solyndra's competitors?

    Competitors of Solyndra include tenKsolar, HelioVolt, Nanosolar, MiaSole, FTL Solar and 13 more.

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