Look at all those green jobs Obama promised!

Greetings all, Angry Webmaster here. I was just reading about the latest Obama backed green jobs success story. This one was about Solyndra in Fremont California.

This company was the recipient of $535 million dollars in stolen taxpayer stimulus funds and was the darling of the Obama administration. Today, this Great Obama success story, employer of 1100 people worldwide celebrated its success by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Umm say what? They went bankrupt? How did that happen? I thought all these green jobs would turn the economy around and we would all be rich?

Yeah, err, no.

In point of fact none of these so called green manufactures has amounted to a hill of beans. In Massachusetts, there was Evergreen Solar. This company was a big recipient of taxpayer dollars. Governor Steve Urkel Deval Patrick was a big booster and funneled $58 million dollars into the now failed company. (Due Diligence. I applied for a position with Evergreen a few weeks before it went belly up)

Both company’s manufactured solar panels. The problem with this is China can make them far cheaper than we can in the United States. The other problem is that solar cells and panels aren’t that efficient. At best, they are 25% efficient and usually less than that. Also, they don’t work to well in the dark. ;)

The other big green energy system is the windmill, or as they are more commonly known, giant bird Cuisinarts.

There is a whole host of issues with these things. To begin with, they cost more to make then they ever earn back. The maintenance on them is astronomical and the failures tend to be rather catastrophic.

They also have a habit turning our avian friends into ground round.1

The largest manufacturer of windmills in the United States is General Electric. In case you didn’t know, GE’s CEO, Jeffery Immelt2, is one of Obama’s biggest boosters. In fact, Immelt and GE are so far in the tank for Obama that he needs to decompress for a week when he comes up for air.3 There is no doubt that if GE wasn’t getting taxpayer subsidies for their windmill operation, they would shut it down overnight.4

Now, there is one “green” project that does interest me. It’s called the Solar Tower5. The concept is rather interesting and there is one small test platform that’s been running in Spain for almost 30 years. It’s been generating 50Kw fairly steadily, only shutting down for maintenance and upgrades.6 China has built one7 and one is about to begin construction in Arizona.8 Whether or not these plants will be cost effective remains to be seen. They do have the advantage of having all their moving parts at ground level and are easy to maintain.

Right now most of the solar tower projects do have government subsidies, but if they do prove both economical and profitable I can see those subsidies ending. Right now, this is a new technology and we don’t have a baseline for it. We do have baselines for all the other green projects, and they average out to a big fat ZERO! I expect all these lefty trendy projects will lose their federal dollars in the next few years.

With the failure of Solyndra, yet another Obama boondoggle bites the dust. Pity it cost us $500 million.

~The Angry Webmaster~

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***UPDATE***

Someone in the comments section remarked that 25% efficient is pretty good and brought up the Internal Combustion engine. I commented back that he didn’t take into account the density of the various energy sources. I’m including a link to a .pdf file that should help explain this.

 

Solar panel firm Solyndra to cease operations – Los Angeles Times …

PoliticoSolar panel firm Solyndra to cease operationsLos Angeles Times(Paul Chinn, Pool photo / September 1, 2011) By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times The. … Solar company that Obama visited will shut downReuters. Sun sets on …
http://earth4energyy.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:06:12 -0700

Solar Panel maker Solyndra goes Under | The World Around You

Solyndra, a California based solar panel maker, and often touted by the Obama administration as a key to America’s future in developing clean energy technologies, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Brian Harrison, Solyndra’s …
http://www.jofr.org/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:47:57 -0700

Solar panel firm Solyndra to cease operations – Los Angeles Times

ABC NewsSolar panel firm Solyndra to cease operationsLos Angeles TimesThe Fremont, Calif., company, which had received a $535-million Energy Department loan guarantee and hosted a tour by President Obama, plans to seek …
http://www.financialnewsdaily.net/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:22:31 -0700

Today’s Green Jobs Bankruptcy: Solyndra – Brainless Driving

The latest Obama Epic Fail is Solyndra, a solar technology company in California that coughed up red ink and died today, as reported by NBC Bay Area: “I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave,” one employee said. …
http://brainlessdriving.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:09:19 -0700

Solar panel company abruptly shuts down — Clearing and Settlement

Solyndra LLC, a Fremont, Calif.-based manufacturer of solar panels that President Barack Obama held up as an example of the kind of green technology venture that would help America stay competitive in the global economy, suddenly …
http://www.clearingandsettlement.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:03:58 -0700
Solyndra was touted by the Obama administration as a prime example of how green technology could deliver jobs. The President visited the facility in May of last year and said “it is just a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the …
http://www.coyoteblog.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:03:15 -0700

Why My (and Obama’s) Favorite Solar Panel Company Went Bust

Politically, it’s a disaster; President Obama visited the factory last year, and hailed Solyndra as “a testimonial to American ingenuity and dynamism.” Republicans were already gunning for this program; now they’re going to have a field day. …
http://newsprivate.info/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:03:03 -0700
That was actually the spark for my original article wondering: If Solyndra has one of the highest manufacturing costs of its solar peers, and Obama attaches his administration to the company, what happens if those costs never come down? …
http://www.pledgetolivegreen.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:02:38 -0700

Solar panel firm Solyndra to cease operations – Los Angeles Times …

PoliticoSolar panel firm Solyndra to cease operationsLos Angeles Times(Paul Chinn, Pool photo / September 1, 2011) By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times The.
http://earth4energyy.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:06:12 -0700

Solar Panel maker Solyndra goes Under | The World Around You

Solyndra, a California based solar panel maker, and often touted by the Obama administration as a key to America’s future in developing clean energy technologies, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Brian Harrison, Solyndra’s …
http://www.jofr.org/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:47:57 -0700

Survey: Weigh in on the impact of Solyndra’s bankruptcy | TechDiem …

This week Solyndra announced plans to file for bankruptcy and said it will lay off 1100 employees. The news comes as a huge blow to many, including th…
http://techdiem.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:46:25 -0700

Solar panel firm Solyndra to cease operations – Los Angeles Times

ABC NewsSolar panel firm Solyndra to cease operationsLos Angeles TimesThe Fremont, Calif., company, which had received a $535-million Energy Department loan guarantee and hosted a tour by President Obama, plans to seek …
http://www.financialnewsdaily.net/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:22:31 -0700

Today’s Green Jobs Bankruptcy: Solyndra – Brainless Driving

The latest Obama Epic Fail is Solyndra, a solar technology company in California that coughed up red ink and died today, as reported by NBC Bay Area: “I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave,” one employee said. …
http://brainlessdriving.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:09:19 -0700

Solar panel company abruptly shuts down — Clearing and Settlement

Solyndra LLC, a Fremont, Calif.-based manufacturer of solar panels that President Barack Obama held up as an example of the kind of green technology venture that would help America stay competitive in the global economy, suddenly …
http://www.clearingandsettlement.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:03:58 -0700

Why My (and Obama’s) Favorite Solar Panel Company Went Bust

Solyndra declared bankruptcy on Wednesday and laid off its 1100 employees. I’ll have more to say about this after I chat with the smooth-talkers who got me to report in June that Solyndra “no longer seems to be on the verge of a humiliating …
http://newsprivate.info/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:03:03 -0700
The DOE gave Solyndra a flagship $ 535 million loan guarantee in 2009, and in September 2009, held a press conference and ground-breaking ceremony with speeches by Vice President Joe Biden, then-California Governor Arnold …
http://www.pledgetolivegreen.com/ — Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:02:38 -0700
  1. Windmills are killing our birds []
  2. Jeffery R. Immelt bio []
  3. The GE-Obama affair []
  4. GE-Obama Corporate Windmill Welfare Exposed []
  5. Solar Tower []
  6. Spanish prototype solar tower []
  7. Jinshawan Updraft Tower []
  8. EnviroMission Solar Tower []
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  • Dpunk4

    Do you know anything about energy conversion? If you did you know that 25% efficiency isn’t bad, its on par with any internal combustion engine 

    • http://www.angry.net/blog2 Angry Webmaster

      Hi, you aren’t taking into account the energy density of fossil fuels vs solar power. That’s what it’s all about. There’s a lot of math and details on the energy densities of various sources. I’ve found a .pdf file which lists it all, from Solar to Uranium. I’ll update the post with the link so you can research it at your leisure.

      Now, from what I’ve read, we need two things to make solar competitive. First is a way to store the energy so it is available when needed. The second is to make solar cells/panels far more efficient then they currently are. I think, and this is by no means certain, a solar cell has to be around 70% or better in efficiency before it can be commercially viable without a subsidy.

      If you do that, you will be able to buy Google out of petty cash. :)

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