Industry analysts have been questioning Solyndra business plan for years

Ed Lasky reported yesterday on the House investigations into these "green loans" of which Solyandra is just the tip of the iceberg. But beyond the pressure the White House put on the Department of Energy and OMB to expedite the loan, it is coming to light that solar industry analysts were always skeptical of the company's business plan. ABC News: While Energy Department officials steadfastly vouched for Solyndra -- even after an earlier round of layoffs raised eyebrows -- other federal agencies and industry analysts for months questioned the viability of the company. Peter Lynch, a longtime solar industry analyst, told ABC News the company's fate should have been obvious from the start. "Here's the bottom line," Lynch said. "It costs them $6 to make a unit. They're selling it for $3. In order to be competitive today, they have to sell it for between $1.5 and $2. That is not a viable business plan." Other flags have been raised about how the Energy Department pushed the deal forward....(Read Full Post)