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Obama’s $1Billion Solar Boondoggle Obsolete Before It Even Went Online, Hits Taxpayers With 700M Bill

by Paul Goldberg

Barack Obama and his many bad decisions are still costing American taxpayers big bucks. In a stunning report from Bloomberg, taxpayers are on the hook for $737 million from a failed solar plant in Nevada.

The plant was plagued by mismanagement but the biggest issue was the technology was obsolete before the plant even went online.

Another stunning failure by the Obama administration. From Bloomberg:

In 2011 the $1 billion project was to be the biggest solar plant of its kind, and it looked like the future of renewable power.

Citigroup Inc. and other financiers invested $140 million with its developer, SolarReserve Inc. Steven Chu, the U.S. Department of Energy secretary at the time, offered the company government loan guarantees, and Harry Reid, then the Senate majority leader and senior senator from Nevada, cleared the way for the company to build on public land.

At a Washington celebration of SolarReserve’s public funding, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Smith told the assembled politicians, “We’re proud to be doing our part to win the future.”

SolarReserve may have done its part, but today the company doesn’t rank among the winners. Instead, it’s mired in litigation and accusations of mismanagement at Crescent Dunes, where taxpayers remain on the hook for $737 million in loan guarantees.

 Late last year, Crescent Dunes lost its only customer, NV Energy Inc., which cited the plant’s lack of reliability. It’s a victim, ironically, of the solar industry’s success over the past decade. The steam generators at Crescent Dunes require custom parts and a staff of dozens to keep things humming and to conduct regular maintenance.

By the time the plant opened in 2015, the increased efficiency of cheap solar panels had already surpassed its technology, and today it’s obsolete—the latest panels can pump out power at a fraction of the cost for decades with just an occasional hosing-down…

… Almost no one associated with Crescent Dunes will talk about it anymore. That includes the once-friendly politicians and regulators, the financiers, and the executives who’ve been in place during its failure


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