By Chris DeBenedetti
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 am in Uncategorized.
Solyndra, that controversial failure of a greentech company once based in Fremont, is long gone, but it somehow keeps making headlines.
The latest news is that Seagate, which has operations in Cupertino, has bought Solyndra’s old 412,00 square foot factory on Kato Road near I-880, on the southern end of Fremont.
Also, check out a story by fellow Bay Area News Group reporter Dana Hull, who chronicles how some Oakland architects have created artwork in Berkeley by using glass tubes Solyndra left behind when it went out of business. Hull writes:
But “SOL Grotto” has generated the most publicity as the source of a fresh wave of criticism by conservative commentators and House Republicans, who have long held up Solyndra, which was awarded a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, as a prime example of wasteful spending by the Obama administration. Some of those critics are now blasting “SOL Grotto” as the world’s most expensive piece of taxpayer-funded artwork, even though a bankruptcy court determined that the glass tubes no longer had value.
When we’re arguing about art, it must be an election year.