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Chris Gronet

Solyndra report: No smoking guns

Harrison and Solyndra founder Chris Gronet both declined to be interviewed by Neilson. ) Neilson's report also sheds no light on interactions between the DOE, the White House, and George Kaiser—an Oklahoma oilman and Obama campaign-fund bundler whose family foundation controlled ...

Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust

“There was a virtuous circle of capital moving to clean energy, and entrepreneurs moving to clean energy because there was a capital.” One of these was Chris Gronet, a Stanford PhD in semiconductor processing who had been general manager of the thermal processing group at Applied ...

More Solyndra Corruption: Lied about Layoffs, Excessive Bonuses

Chris Gronet, the company's founder and original CEO, had a base salary of $400,000, but got a severance package totaling $456,000 when he was replaced by Brian Harrison, who was named CEO in July 2010. The only reason Gronet didn’t collect the severance pay was that the company ...

Email shows ex-Solyndra CEO thanked 'Bank of Washington,' as new report rips loan process

The email, posted online by the Republican National Committee, was a late 2009 message from ex-CEO Chris Gronet. "The Bank of Washington continues to help us! " he exclaimed, pointing to the recently approved loan guarantee and other tax incentives the company might use. The report...

Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra : NPR

"That's when you saw entrepreneurs like Chris Gronet, the engineer behind Solyndra, look for a very different model in order to move away from [silicon], what had been the rock of the solar industry in this country for several decades. " But just as Solyndra was taking off, the financial ...

Associated Press: Solar Energy Actually Has a Big ‘Hazardous Waste Problem’ (And How Much Did Solynd...

In this May 26, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, right, and Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, left, looks at a solar panel during a tour of Solyndra, Inc. (Photo: AP) Solyndra…reported producing about 12.5 million ...

Like SolarWorld, Solyndra accuses Chinese companies of bankrupting U.S. solar manufacturers

... Solyndra accuses Chinese companies of bankrupting U.S. solar manufacturers View full size The Associated PressIn this May 26, 2010 photo, President Obama tours Solyndra in Fremont, Calif., with Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along...

Solyndra founder unlikely to face criminal charges, sources say

Solyndra founder unlikely to face criminal charges, sources say Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet, at the company headquarters in Fremont, Monday October 6, 2008. (MARIA J. AVILA/MERCURY NEWS) (Maria Avila) SAN FRANCISCO -- The founder of bankrupt Fremont solar panel maker Solyndra will likely ...

Ex-FBI agent: Dept. of Energy knew of Solyndra risks

He sought interviews with former company CEOs Chris Gronet and Brian Harrison. “Both Gronet and Harrison declined, through their legal counsel, to speak directly to the CRO.” While his report found no wrongdoing by Solyndra, the criminal investigation continues. Julie Sohn, a ...

One Year After Solyndra Collapse, Where Are They Now?

Chris Gronet, who was the founding CEO, is working on a new start-up, not in the area of solar, according to a person familiar with his plans. He hasn’t pitched the start-up to investors yet, the person said. Efforts to reach Gronet weren’t successful. Gronet doesn’t ...

Solyndra scandal: Will it sting?

The House Energy and Commerce Committee report on the Solyndra loan guarantee features, for example, an e-mail from Chris Gronet, the CEO of Solyndra, referring to the feds as “ the Bank of Washington .” Another e-mail from a Solyndra exec to the White House staff read: “Getting business ...

Emails: Solyndra Took Sales Pitch Directly To Obama

The now bankrupt company’s founder, Chris Gronet, “spoke very openly to Obama about the need for installation of Solyndra’s rooftop solar panels on U.S. government buildings,” Tom Baruch, founder of CMEA Capital, an investor, wrote to another Solyndra official. “I heard Obama actually ...

Hey, Mitt: Exploit O’s green-energy corruption!

... private sector along.” Similarly, in October 2009, Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet wrote in an email, “The Bank of Washington continues to help us!” On Aug. 10, 2010, Tom Baruch of CMEA Capital...

GSA sought Solyndra contracts despite White House objections

" Silver wrote to Peck in an e-mail dated July 15, 2010, copied to Chris Gronet, then-CEO of Solyndra. "Your two teams will have a lot to discuss. " Peck replied to Silver the same day, writing, "I'll try to arrange" meetings between the GSA's "hands on green management people" and ...

FACT CHECK: Romney misses a mark on Solyndra claim

FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, right, and Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, left, looks at a solar panel during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont...

Obama’s Green Cronies Made DNC Cameo: Bundlers and Big Donors Tied to Billions of Stimulus Funds

An insulting aspect came when we found out that then-CEO Chris Gronet bragged, “The Bank of Washington continues to help us!” –– reports The Heritage Foundation this year. However, Solyndra executives didn’t have much to say two years later, as they invoked their Fifth Amendment right to ...

Solyndra CEO applauds Obama's 'Bank of Washington' in email

" Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet declared in an October 2009 e-mail. Solyndra was a notorious "green" company that went under to great embarrassment by the Obama administration. In the recently revealed email, Gronet sketched plans for Solyndra to exploit several additional federal ...

The clean tech meltdown

In the UK, there are currently 3,506 turbines, generating some 5,953 capital available in the clean-energy sector, you saw more folks One of these was Chris Gronet, a Stanford PhD in semiconductor software to semiconductor and solar companies. He had come up with Conventional ...

Obama to unveil manufacturing institutes in Detroit, Chicago [this reminds me of Solyndra]

In September 2011, federal agents visited the homes of Brian Harrison, the company’s CEO, and Chris Gronet, the company’s founder, to examine computer files and documents. Also in September 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department launched an investigation. On September 13, 2011, the ...

Dark skies ahead for politics of climate change

View full size President Barack Obama examines a solar panel with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, right, and Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif., May 26, 2010. (Official White House ...

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