New details on Solyndra

Details of internal government emails here:

About a month and a half after Obama’s visit to Solyndra, internal government emails show, an Energy Department official sought to arrange a  meeting between the government’s procurement agency and the Solyndra CEO to whom Obama had talked.

“Getting business from Uncle Sam is a principal element of Solyndra’s channel strategy,” the investor, whose name was  redacted, said in an Aug. 10, 2010 email to  Solyndra CEO Harrison and Steve Mitchell, managing  director of Argonaut Private Equity, which was Solyndra’s largest private investor.

“When Obama visited Solyndra in June, 2010, Chris Gronet spoke very  openly to Obama about the need for installation of Solynra’s rooftop  solar on U.S. government buildings,” the investor wrote. “I heard Obama actually promise Chris [Gronet] that he would look  into  it when he returned to Washington

As can be seen here, the U.S. Navy spent stimulus money on cost-ineffective solar panels:

The Navy is losing money on new solar energy panels installed with stimulus funds at Naval Air Station Lemoore and other California bases, auditors say.

Lemoore, located in the sun-baked San Joaquin Valley in Kings County, was among 10 Navy and Marine Corps bases in California to have solar energy systems installed, even though they won’t be cost-effective, the Pentagon auditors found.

As a result, taxpayers will be out $25.1 million, while the Obama administration finds another shadow cast over its use of stimulus funds for renewable energy

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