Less than one year ago, the Obama administration’s Department of Energy offered – at that time – the second largest loan guarantee evah for an energy project. Solar Trust of America – a joint venture of two German solar companies – filed for bankruptcy yesterday.
Solar Trust of America LLC, which holds the development rights for the world’s largest solar power project, on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection after its majority owner began insolvency proceedings in Germany.
The Oakland-based company has held rights for the 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Power Project in the Southern California desert, which last April won $2.1 billion of conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect that project.
That’s right, less than one year ago, the federal government said …
… it’s offering the largest loan guarantee commitment yet for solar to what is the world’s largest proposed solar farm for now. Blythe Solar Project is set to get a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to build half of the 1,000MW plant in California’s desert.
The guarantee, if finalized, will be used to build 500MW, from which 484MW will be delivered to Southern California Edison. The developer, Solar Trust of America, is designing the project to be made up of four, 250MW units, a company spokesman told med. But the power each needs to produce to fulfill the company’s contract with Edison is less than the full capacity.
The loan guarantee will cover not only half of the solar farm construction but also eight miles of transmission lines and other related power delivery infrastructure, said the U.S. Department of Energy. The $2.1 billion is the second largest loan guarantee offered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Steve Gilbert at Sweetness & Light asks.
Is anyone keeping an official list? By our count, so far we have seen the following ‘green energy’ companies go under: Solyndra, Abound Solar, Energy Conversion Devices, Bright Source, LSP Energy, Evergreen Solar, Ener1, SunPower, Beacon Power, Ecotality, A123, Uni-Solar, Azure Dynamics. And now, Solar Trust.
Still, it beats wasting our time and money drilling for new oil.