Solar failure raises questions about funding for renewables

Pauline McCallion gauges industry opinion on the implications of the recent demise of solar company Solyndra for private and public investment in renewable energy

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When the now-infamous solar company Solyndra suspended operations on August 21, 2011 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company blamed "global economic and solar industry market conditions". However, opinion is divided over whether the fault lay more with the company than external factors. In either case, it has spawned a heated debate on how the situation will affect public and private sector funding for the industry, particularly in light of the scheduled expiration of a

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