Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) is trying to win Republican Senator Dean Heller’s seat in the US Senate for Nevada. Not only is she under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, she grabbed the shovel and broke ground for the Amonix Solar Energy plant, backed by Obama administration with federal subsidies of $21.5 MILLION, at least. If I am reading reports correctly there other tax credits and loan guarantees. The plant went belly up in 14 months – 214,000 square feet of empty space in Nevada. Did I mention she also “cut the ribbon.”
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Gov. Brian Sandoval were among the political leaders who lauded the company when it announced it would start making solar panels in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. Reid in particular has pushed for solar energy research and development in Nevada, drawing parallels between the value of Nevada sunshine and Saudi Arabian oil.
Some 300 700 persons might have had a job for a little over a year. Production began in May 2011. The Department of Energy wasted $15.6 Million in a grant (not a guaranteed loan apparently) and the financially-challenged Las Vegas offered up $6 MILLION.
In full disclosure, Amonix received $8.2 MILLION was the G.W. Bush administration. See – you can’t blame everything on Bush, he bought into Liberal nonsense occasionally too (but NOT Solyndra). The Obama administration wanted to pour another $7+ MILLION into the “Solar Initiative.” But take a look at this, maybe $21.5 MILLION is just chump change:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Amonix’s North Las Vegas facility last year to tout the company, which has received millions in tax breaks and grants from the department.
For example, the company was selected for more than $9.5 million in tax credits under a stimulus-funded clean energy manufacturing program. Nearly $6 million of that went to the Nevada project. And the department awarded the company nearly $4.5 million last year as part of its SunShot Initiative, which seeks to “help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies.”
In addition, Amonix provided panels for a Colorado solar generation project owned by Cogentrix. DOE finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the project last year. Source: Politico