Green-energy subsidy recipient a toxic waste problem?

posted at 4:41 pm on February 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Abound Solar already has provided its share of irony in its brief time as a taxpayer-funded green-energy player.  It went bankrupt last year after spending $70 million of a $400 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration, sparking a Colorado state investigation into investor fraud.  Now this “green tech” firm has been cited by Colorado as a polluter, and has ordered the receiver to get rid of chemicals and the “unsellable” solar panels Abound managed to produce:

Colorado health and environment officials have ordered Loveland-based Abound Solar, the bankrupt solar-panel maker, to clean up hazardous waste at four Front Range locations.

The Abound facilities are storing thousands of “unsellable” solar panels and thousands of gallons of toxic liquids, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports.

“The Department views these 2,000 pallets of solar panels as a characteristic hazardous waste for cadmium,” a report on a Denver warehouse said.

The Denver Post helpfully explains that cadmium is a known carcinogen and toxic for humans. The clean-cost will be at least $2.2 million, which will come out before taxpayers get any of their money back.

That’s if we get any back at all.  Before Abound went out of business, it had to replace millions of dollars’ worth in defective panels, and according to the report from Colorado, their production quality didn’t improve as a result.  Inspectors found 500 pallets of defective panels in one warehouse, and at another, roughly 1,800 that they considered unsellable.  That means that instead of making some money on a clearance sale that might reimburse investors and taxpayers, it’s going to cost even more to unwind the operations that the Obama administration subsidized.

And this is what is meant by green energy. Irony abounds, no?


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Libs/Dems will NEVER understand the words “unintended consequences”, “irony”, or “hypocrisy”.

dentarthurdent on February 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Oooohhhh – and BISHOP!!

dentarthurdent on February 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Now this “green tech” firm has been cited by Colorado as a polluter, and has ordered the receiver to get rid of chemicals and the “unsellable” solar panels Abound managed to produce:

Sounds exactly like what happened to Solyndra.

Irony abounds, no?

I don’t think Irony is the word you are looking for here Ed. Words like collusion or conspiracy would appear to be a better fit.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

it gets even better folks one of the VP’s at Abound was a guy named kanjorski ….his uncle was congressman paul e kanjorski ….here’s a little of paulie’s history ….first he was member then ranking member then head of the congressional sub committee tasked with the regulation of fannie and freddie before they craped out ….he was 5′th all time on their money shower …obama was 3′rd all time …. he also manage to get 11,000,000 for a company run by the above nephew ….when they went bankrupt the feds could not find enough equipment or supplies to sell to buy a stamp…. the nephew then wound up out in CO as VP at Abound …. oh and yes of course they are democrats

Aggie95 on February 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Progress as perpetrated by progressives is confiscating money from the productive to mal invest with rent seekers and the politically connected with no desire to truly solve or fix any problem while ignoring all unforeseen consequences.

grand.

tom daschle concerned on February 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Since when are puppies and sunshine toxic waste?!

Snowblind on February 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

The clean-cost will be at least $2.2 million, which will come out before taxpayers get any of their money back.

And of course Abound Solar will hire Abound Solar Clean Up Inc to clean it up, which will bill the Government.

portlandon on February 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Inspectors found 500 pallets of defective panels in one warehouse, and at another, roughly 1,800 that they considered unsellable. That means that instead of making some money on a clearance sale that might reimburse investors and taxpayers, it’s going to cost even more to unwind the operations that the Obama administration subsidized.

Oh man, this happened in the beloved Soviet Union, too! Counterrevolutionaries and anti-Soviet agitators, destroying the progress of the Worker’s Utopia!

You see, there were always excuses for failure, never an admission of failure.

I keep posting this, and it just might become a part of America’s Criminal [Excuse] Code:

Article 58

OhEssYouCowboys on February 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Cadmium kills people. People are polluters.

Cadmium kills polluters.

Cadmium is good for the earth.

/Libtard

SparkPlug on February 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

And this is what is meant by green energy. Irony abounds, no?

The “green” in green energy refers to the billions of dollars worth of greenbacks that find their way into the bank (and off-shore) accounts of Obama friends and supporters.

It’s good to be king. Especially when the media, which is supposed to hold the king accountable, is so far up the king’s azz that he can spend $1.4 billion of the taxpayers’ dollars every year to keep himself and his family living in a manner that real royalty can only dream about, and pizz away many billions more of taxpayers’ dollars paying off his supporters, and his “watchdogs” in the media do nothing but beg to be the next in line to hump the king’s leg.

AZCoyote on February 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Amerika just beeld newer and beeter traktor faktory.

- Commander Transparent

OhEssYouCowboys on February 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The Denver Post helpfully explains that cadmium is a known carcinogen and toxic for humans.

It’s also a neutron absorber used in the control rods of nuclear power plants. Too bad we’re not building many of those these days or some utility might take it off their hands.

Oldnuke on February 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

But the jobs cleaning up the toxic waste are still considered “green jobs”, right?

trubble on February 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Right now, it is all play or monopoly money to President Obama, many Democrats, and, at least, elements of the Green energy movement. Since the money or guarantees are not coming out of their pockets — in a way that would make the losses painful to them — the consequences, even if it does eventually affect them, will be far down the road and of a personally manageable scale, assuming they foresaw any negative consequences to begin with.

Russ808 on February 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

But the jobs cleaning up the toxic waste are still considered “green jobs”, right?

Yes, but only qualified union workers may apply. Or, recently released illegals paid under the table cash to do it.

hawkeye54 on February 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

The “green” in green energy refers to the billions of dollars worth of greenbacks that find their way into the bank (and off-shore) accounts of Obama friends and supporters.

First and primary goal of diverting tax dollars to alternate energy schemes. And the cleanup consequences? Yet another opportunity to divert more of the “green” to the well connected friends and supporters of King Barry.

hawkeye54 on February 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Did the panels hold more than 16ozs?That’s whats important here.

docflash on February 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Green energy failures are another area where Romney could have aggressively attacked Obama, but didn’t.

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Just another WINNER selected by The Loser in Chief.

GarandFan on February 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

“Green-energy” subsidy recipient a toxic waste problem?

Fixed it.

Actually, it’s not a subsidy, either…just one cog in a huge money-laundering operation.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Heavy metal contamination, bad.

Nothing says ‘green’ like heavy metals! LMBO

GeeWhiz on February 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

As is now apparent, GREEN IS THE COLOR OF SEWAGE!!!

Someone needs to make sure that those who take federal funds know what kind of green they are trying to achieve.

And every new “green” project should be required to include budget items for fraud investigators, grand juries, toxic waste clean-up, and extended room and board for the principals in our most secure federal prisons.

landlines on February 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Where is Erin Brockovich when we need her?

Steve Z on February 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM