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HOUSE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATES GOVERNMENT LOAN FOR SOLAR PANELS THAT BURST INTO FLAMES
human events ^ | october 10, 2012 | Audrey Hudson

Posted on 10/10/2012 6:07:06 PM PDT by lowbridge

A congressional oversight panel wants to know when the Obama administration became aware of significant technological issues at a renewable energy company it helped fund, including the propensity of its solar panels to burst into flames when exposed to the sun.

Abound Solar Manufacturing was awarded a $400 million line-of-credit in taxpayer-backed loans from the Energy Department (DOE), and is the third company funded by President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan to go bankrupt, along with Solyndra and Beacon Power.

Republican Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with Cliff Stearns of Florida and Cory Gardner of Colorado, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Wednesday instructing the agency to turn over certain information on the loan.

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: greenfraud; greenscam; solar; solarscam

1 posted on 10/10/2012 6:07:15 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Isn’t that what they are supposed to do?


2 posted on 10/10/2012 6:10:42 PM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: T. P. Pole

LOL!


3 posted on 10/10/2012 6:14:32 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: lowbridge

4 posted on 10/10/2012 6:15:08 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: T. P. Pole

Yes indeed. They are designed to provide the home owner(s) enough electricity for the rest of their lives.

(however short that may be)


5 posted on 10/10/2012 6:15:22 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: lowbridge
Good luck to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on getting the info from the corrupt and incompetent Obama administration.

Hopefully Obama and thugs will all be gone come January then the committee will get it.

6 posted on 10/10/2012 6:16:41 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: lowbridge

The design is sound, it just needs a little tweaking. Another $400 billion should do it.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 6:17:28 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

LOL


8 posted on 10/10/2012 6:21:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: lowbridge

A single panel might be an amp or two or three. They must be talking about some kind of bussbar situation with enough amperage to do something dramatic.


9 posted on 10/10/2012 6:23:40 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: lowbridge

Obama finds a way to improve the housing market and everyone complains...


10 posted on 10/10/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: lowbridge

Solar panels that catch on fire.....cars that catch on fire....this President is a pyromaniac.


11 posted on 10/10/2012 6:26:16 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

He golfs while Rome burns.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 6:29:01 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: steve86

Most panels are 30 volt at 7 to 8 amps.

I got 60 of them so I wanna know more !


13 posted on 10/10/2012 6:30:28 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: lowbridge

Wait...do the panels themselves burst into flames, or does the balance sheet of the company that makes them burst into flames?


14 posted on 10/10/2012 6:31:09 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: blueunicorn6

“...this President is a pyromaniac.”

You can’t say that! That comment is flamist!


15 posted on 10/10/2012 6:32:49 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: blueunicorn6
Solar panels that catch on fire.....cars that catch on fire....this President is a pyromaniac.

You forgot to mention Embassies.

16 posted on 10/10/2012 6:35:07 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: lowbridge

This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day.


17 posted on 10/10/2012 6:35:31 PM PDT by La Lydia
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18 posted on 10/10/2012 6:36:56 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Flag_This

***The design is sound, it just needs a little tweaking. Another $400 billion should do it.***

Reminds me of an old movie THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN in which he is talked into financing a new “printing” press which ate up all his money. “A few more thou$and should do it!”


19 posted on 10/10/2012 6:37:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: George from New England

You are correct; I was confusing a smaller portable panel I have with a couple of larger panels mounted on my truck. The larger panels are rated at 7.5 amps each and measure about 23 volts at full exposure.


20 posted on 10/10/2012 6:39:20 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: steve86
You don't know much about panels. Take a 385W panel at 24V. What is I if P=I*E?

Even cooks can do that math.

Solar panels are dangerous like gasoline is dangerous. Know what they can do, don't tease the tiger, and everything is good. Get stupid, and your world turns to crap.

/johnny

21 posted on 10/10/2012 6:41:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Ridiculously hyperbolic post. Yes, a single panel is an object to be feared. I hope you're making a joke.

Now take a battery bank of 1,250 amp hours and short it and you have some flame potential.

22 posted on 10/10/2012 6:49:11 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: lowbridge

Instead of attacking the basic changes in energy supply created by this regime which are directly contributing to the recipients dependency on whatever the regime is handing out ,by design.

Too many pundits drawn from their limited personal immediate surrounding and life style are attacking the recipients with condemnation for using what a one time was termed “relief” .They are demonstrating they haven’t a clue what a retiree on a fixed income or even those out of work are going through at this time. And that’s the problem.

You have a regime which by design is driving up the costs and uses of energy the most a basic resource because it suits its socialist matrix. What’s even worse is the massive corrpution resulting from that regime doling out tons of funds towards its campaign donners for so called alternate forms which don’t work or are laughingly inefficient . That’s getting a pass even by the Romney campaign and a huge mistake because this policy affects everyone. It is a bread a butter issue.


23 posted on 10/10/2012 6:50:15 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great para/p)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Being labeled a “flamist” really burns me up!


24 posted on 10/10/2012 6:52:42 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: lowbridge

Some people pick winners, and other pick losers.

Mr. Resident you pick losers.


25 posted on 10/10/2012 6:55:12 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: lowbridge

I simply love watching hopes implode and dreams crash.


26 posted on 10/10/2012 6:55:54 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: sportutegrl

Yep. But that’s why it’s a team effort on Free Republic.


27 posted on 10/10/2012 6:56:26 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rfp1234

Good one! I missed his likeness to Nero.


28 posted on 10/10/2012 6:57:36 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: steve86
Not hyperbolic. E=I*R. P=I*E. That's water is wet, fire burns kind of stuff.

I have seen an injury from a single miswired panel (not me, another idiot).

I lived off-grid in the mountains for over a year with a bank of batteries and some solar panels for 'lektrikity.

/johnny

29 posted on 10/10/2012 6:58:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What company makes 385w panels at 24 volts?


30 posted on 10/10/2012 7:01:14 PM PDT by 1FreeAmerican
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To: lowbridge

On the serious side...

http://www.solarenergy.net/News/1191001-abound-solar-picks-up-12.6-million-tax-credit.aspx

“Also not expected to affect solar panel production was a fire at the factory about 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day, in a single piece of line machinery which was largely extinguished before firefighters from the Mountain View Fire Protections District arrived on the scene.

However, because the deposition material, cadmium telluride, is toxic, 11 workers and four firefighters were sent to Longmont United Hospital for evaluation.”

So, who is going to pick up the tab for the toxic waste disposal at their abandoned factory? I’ll bet it will be the taxpayers.....


31 posted on 10/10/2012 7:03:49 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: blueunicorn6

To #24” No, you are not a “flamist”.

The President is a Flaming Idiot.

There. Rest easy blueunicorno.

PS: IN San Francisco, Obummer is known as a “Flamer”. It’s also his Secret Service name.

Michele’s “Animal House” nickname is “Wide Load.”


32 posted on 10/10/2012 7:14:32 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 1FreeAmerican
Chose your own short circuit voltage. P still equals I*E.

/johnny

33 posted on 10/10/2012 7:17:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lowbridge

One hand washes the other is a Chicago Way... they don’t care about quality - it’s about rewarding ‘friends’...


34 posted on 10/10/2012 8:27:05 PM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: lowbridge
...solar panels burst into flames when exposed to the sun.

Well, the solution is so simple, I'm amazed nobody has thought of it.

35 posted on 10/10/2012 8:30:19 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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