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    DOE-Backed Abound Solar Facing Fraud Investigation in Colorado

    Abound Solar, the now-bankrupt solar company and recipient of a $400 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, faces a three-pronged investigation from Weld County, CO, for alleged securities and consumer fraud, along with misleading financial institutions. The Denver Post reports: The securities-fraud investigation stems from allegations that “officials at Abound … More

    Sign of the Times: Denver Post Challenged on Green Energy Coverage

    (Photo credit: Mary MacFarlane) A Colorado-based free-market think tank located in Denver challenged the state’s paper of record when it launched a media blitz that included a billboard (seen above) accusing the media outlet of ignoring one of the state’s largest green energy failures this year. Jon Caldara, president of … More

    Bankrupt DOE Loan Recipient Abound Solar Under Investigation, Panels Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"

    Abound Solar, a Department of Energy $400 million loan guarantee recipient that went bankrupt earlier this year, is under investigation by officials in Weld County, Colorado. The company, which received nearly $70 million in loan funding before payments were cut off by DOE in 2011, also received a $100,000 tax … More

    GM Shuts Down Chevy Volt Production

    General Motors is halting production of the poorly selling Chevy Volt to accommodate a redesigned Chevy Impala. The impending four-week shutdown of the electric car represents yet another setback following news of disappointing sales for the second year in a row: General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, is … More

    Abound Solar: Doomed to Fail Because of Election-Year Politics, Investor Says

    One of Abound Solar’s venture capital investors blamed election-year political games for the collapse of the Colorado-based thin film solar panel manufacturer, according to a new interview. John Hill, discussing the demise of a company and technology he invested in both financially and emotionally, acknowledged that the company’s troubles could … More

    Great Green Fleece: Air Force Spends $59 Per Gallon for Biofuel

    The U.S. Air Force spent $59 per gallon on biofuels for a demonstration last month intended to show the promise of the alternative energy source. That’s more than double what the U.S. Navy spent as part of its so-called Great Green Fleet demonstration. The total cost for the 11,000 gallons of … More

    The Problem of Non-Citizen Voting

    The Obama Administration has gone to the mat to try to prevent states from verifying the citizenship of their registered voters. Registering and voting by non-citizens is a felony under federal law, and Florida has already found aliens on its voter rolls, some of whom voted in prior elections. Almost … More

    Solar Company Leaders Blame China, Not Loan Process, for Bankruptcy

    Chinese government subsidies—as much as $35 billion—were responsible for the downfall of Abound Solar, not a flawed federal government loan-approval process, according to testimony delivered before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today. Executives from the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer pointed to predatory pricing by Chinese solar companies underwritten … More

    Interior Secretary Salazar Still Bullish on Solar Despite High-Profile Setbacks

    At a Friday visit to the Golden, Colorado, campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized the bankruptcies and delays that have plagued the solar manufacturing sector as “just minor (and expected) blips for the industry.” Salazar told Denver’s alt-weekly Westword, “Any time you’re dealing with an … More

    Local Churches and Charities Help Victims of Colorado Fires

    Amid the destruction of the Waldo Canyon fire in central Colorado, local churches and charity organizations have quickly mobilized to meet the needs of neighbors fleeing the fire. New Life Church in Colorado Springs has been a hub of disaster relief activities since the fire started roaring down mountain ranges … More