Sorry Ed Markey, WhiteHouse.gov says Evergreen Solar was funded by federal government

Ed Markey told a whopper of a lie, in tonight’s debate.  In response to Ed Markey questioning his business record, Gabriel Gomez mentioned Markey’s “green energy” boondoggles.  Specifically Gomez brought up A123 Systems and Evergreen Solar.  Markey’s response?  “Evergreen Solar was funded by the state, not the federal government.”  

Too bad for Ed Markey, this just isn’t true.  Evergreen Solar received money from the stimulus that Ed Markey voted for on January 28, 2009.  How do we know this?  Barack Obama’s Administration tells us so, right at WhiteHouse.gov.

Because of the Stimulus Bill and New Contracts, Green Energy Companies Are Looking to Hire Many New Employees….

…Evergreen Solar, the Marlborough-based maker of solar panels, also is hoping to hire 90 to 100 people at a manufacturing plant in Devens, said Gary Pollard, vice president of human resources.

Barack Obama’s administration directly contradict Markey.  But that’s not all.  Ed Markey’s own spokesperson touted the ARRA Stimulus money that companies like Evergreen Solar got in Massachusetts.

According to a spokesman for congressman Ed Markey, the Malden Democrat who chairs the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Massachusetts is set to get $125 million in stimulus funds for weatherization projects and $55 million in state energy block grants to be used mainly for energy-efficiency programs. According to a recently released report from his firm, the legislation contains about $83 billion for “clean-tech spending and tax plans” and positions the industry as a “key driver of economic stabilization and job growth.”

 

The block grants was how the Commonwealth funded some of their money to Evergeen.  

Evergreen Solar And ARRA Stimulus Money:

The Recovery.gov Website Shows The Massachusetts Department Of Energy Resources Received $54,911,000 From ARRA. (Recovery Website, www.recovery.gov, Accessed 6/13/13)

In 2010, Evergreen Solar Was A Supplier For “The Largest-Ever Project To Install Solar Panels On State-Owned Facilities” In Massachusetts.”Renewable energy companies from Holliston and Marlborough will play key roles in what is likely the largest-ever project to install solar panels on state-owned facilities. Renewable Sales of Holliston, a wholesale distributor, said it will supply 11,000 photovoltaic panels manufactured by Marlborough-based Evergreen Solar for the initiative.” (David Riley, “Holliston, Marlborough Firms To Supply Solar Panels To State,” The MetroWest Daily News, 9/23/10)

·       The Project To Install The Solar Panels Cost $9.8 Million, Including “$5.3 Million In Federal Stimulus Cash.” “The $9.8 million plan includes $5.3 million in federal stimulus cash.” (David Riley, “Holliston, Marlborough Firms To Supply Solar Panels To State,” The MetroWest Daily News, 9/23/10)

·       The $5.3 Million Went Towards Solar Panel Installation At Public Universities, A Recycling Facility And An Education Center In Massachusetts. “Evergreen Solar Inc., reportedly received $5.3 million of stimulus cash through a state grant to install 11,000 photovoltaic panels installed at 11 colleges and universities, a recycling facility and an education center in Massachusetts.” (“Solyndra Not Sole Firm To Hit Rock Bottom Despite Stimulus Funding,” Fox News, 9/15/11)- (Gomez Press Release)

Shortly after receiving Stimulus funded contracts and other money, Evergreen moved manufacturing to China.

Seven Months After The Passage Of The ARRA, Evergreen Solar Announced It Would “Shift Its Assembly Of Solar Panels From [Massachusetts] To China.” “Little more than a year after cutting the ribbon at a new factory in Devens built with more than $58 million in state aid, Evergreen Solar today said it will shift its assembly of solar panels from there to China.” (Erin Ailworth, “Evergreen Solar To Shift Some Operations To China,” The Boston Globe, 11/4/09)

Evergreen Declined To Say How Many Of Its Workers Would Be Laid Off. “About half of the 577 full-time and 230 contract employees at the Devens factory are involved in putting the panels together. However Evergreen declined to say about how many of those jobs would disappear with the scheduled transfer next year to China, where it is expanding because of lower costs.” (Erin Ailworth, “Evergreen Solar To Shift Some Operations To China,” The Boston Globe, 11/4/09)

Evergreen Solar Wrote Off “$40 Million Worth Of Equipment At Devens Because Of The Production Shift To China.” “However, the company disclosed in a financial filing today that it would write off $40 million worth of equipment at Devens because of the production shift to China.” (Erin Ailworth, “Evergreen Solar To Shift Some Operations To China,” The Boston Globe, 11/4/09)

In September 2010, Evergreen Solar Began Relying On Its Operation In Wuhan, China. “In September 2010, the company opened its factory in Wuhan, China, and will now rely on that operation.” (Keith Bradsher, “Solar Panel Maker Moves Work To China,” The New York Times, 1/14/11)

By 2011, Evergreen Solar Closed Its American Factory And Laid Off 800 Employees In Massachusetts. “But now the company is closing its main American factory, laying off the 800 workers by the end of March and shifting production to a joint venture with a Chinese company in central China.” (Keith Bradsher, “Solar Panel Maker Moves Work To China,” The New York Times, 1/14/11) – (Gomez Press Release)

37 years really messes up your brain.

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