Solyndra Solar Company Legal Analysis Essay

Background
Dr. Chris Granet founded Solyndra, a start-up solar energy company in 2005 in Fremont California. The company specialized in the manufacture of tubular solar panels, which were unrivaled in the solar industry market as all other solar manufacturers used the conventional flat panels. Solyndra photovoltaic (PV) solar system was different, as it did not need to be to be strategically placed or anchored down like other traditional solar panels. They were made of layers of cylindrical tubes, designed to absorb energy (reflected, direct and indirect light) from any direction. The other traditional panels used ballast anchoring; an aspect that had effects on the effectiveness of the panels to absorb light energy from the sun (David, 2008).
The company began installing demonstration systems globally in 2006. Its management stated that the total count of systems installed was 14, and that they were all instrumented with sensitive temperature, radiation, wind speed and humidity measurement devices that would aid in the creation of software tools for energy yield forecasting. According to the company’s website, there were over 1,000 Solyndra systems installed worldwide, representing more than 100 megawatts of power (Solyndra, 2012).

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