A little story, in pictures. First, triumphalism of our gov't: thousands of jobs.
The "deal" came under scrutiny, because it appeared that our gubmint had given truly huge amounts of public money without going through the usual procedures.
Most recently, the company went bankruptski. Total collapse.
The delicious part is this: Solyndra is whining that the Chinese subsidize THEIR solar industry. Solyndra was a pure scam, only a front for taking tax dollars. All of their revenues and investment money were public subsidy. And then they have the gall to say that the reason this oinker of a company could not compete is that they needed to be subsidized even more. Some background.
Their "idea"? I promised pictures. Here it was. It didn't work, even with huge public subsidies.
(Nod to J-Don, who knows things)