Solyndracase review

Frommy analysis, the United States federal government failed by standingin as guarantors for the $527 million loan. The government gave outthe loan due to the pressure of from the escalating economicdownturn. Although some quarters may claim that the government wasfulfilling the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which called for greeninvestment in wind, nuclear and solar technologies it is obviousthat the project was bound to fail.

Ina way, Solyndra government funds helped its financial position andoperations. A loan helps to boost the operations of a company in manyways. For example, a company can use the money to expand to otherregions, acquire another company or to expand its operations. Throughthe loan, Solyndra was able to construct a state of the art factoryin Fremont, Calif and acquire the necessary equipment to build uniquesolar panels.

Solyndrawas not a profitable company in any way. Its business strategy was tocreate silicon free solar panels that would make it unique to othersolar manufacturing companies. However, the executives had notanticipated a drop in the price of silicon. By the time the factorywas completed to when the loan was granted the prices of silicon haddropped by a whopping 40%. In order to at least get some marketshare, Solyndra was forced to cut the cost of its solar panels byalmost half.

Solyndra’sbusiness strategy was unique and very genius. If the plan had worked,the United States would be a world leader in the utilization of greenenergy. However, before venturing into the market, Solyndra officialswould have sat down and analyzed all the serious loopholes and cameup with ingenious ways of covering them. It was not wise for them torush into the market only equipped with an idea and no exit strategy.

In2010, Solyndra’s revenue stood at $58.814 million while the cost ofgoods sold was $108.321 million. This revenue was contributed by thecombined 17.2 Megawatts of the solar panels that they shipped withinthe period. From simple calculation, this means that Solyndra saleprice was $3.42 per Watt while it cost them $6.29 per Watt. Abusiness whose cost of sale outweighs its revenues cannot make anyprofit, and this was the path that Solyndra was trending in.

Chinesesolar competitors and the remaining American solar companies aresuffering as a result of the Solyndra saga. Many companies seekingloans for expansion are being denied. For example, Solar City whichis a solar panel company based in the United States was denied a loanof $275 million. The company had intended to use the money to installpanels in military camps across America.

Iwould suggest that the United States government sells off Solyndra’sassets in order to recover part of the loan. Using Solyndra as acase point, the Federal government is now more careful on how itsponsors companies. A thorough analysis of future market scenarioshas to be put into consideration before any loan guarantee isprovided.


&quotCongressionalResearch Report on Solyndra.&quot CongressionalResearch Service Reports.Web. 1 Oct. 2015.



Rodriguezon Barry’s views on education

LindaBarry’s essay TheSanctuary of Schoolhelps us to answer the question: Why do we need public schools? Barrytries to show us the neglect that she went through while she was atelementary school. Her parents kept fighting as they were not in aposition to take care of both them and the extended family that keptmoving into their house. “Theywere short on money and long on relatives who kept “temporarily”moving into our house because they had nowhere else to go” (Barry4-8). Rodriguez through his text SlurringSpanishtalkson how Spanish speakers are still being marginalized in schools afterso many years of activism. Schools are demanding that Spanishspeakers learn English. Some schools are even punishing students whodo not learn English as quickly as possible. Through the analysis ofthese two texts, I will be highlighting whether Rodriguezwould approve of Barry’s views on education.

Barryspeaks on how the United States government is neglecting publicschools and even going to the extent of cutting on schools budget.Many public schools have seen budgets on before-and-after schoolprograms slashed. “Before-and after-school programs are cut and we are told that public schoolsare not made for baby-sitting children” (Barry 170-173). Manyparents with children in public schools do not notice what ishappening due to negligence. Take the case of Barry her parents weretoo busy to notice that she was not at home because they were busyworrying about monetary issues. This is almost similar to the caseRodriguez is highlighting Spanish speakers being marginalized inmost schools in the United States. If parents were more aware of whatis happening probably they would champion for better rights for theirchildren. School going children are suffering in solace. “Isuffered a lot, and I still suffer now, from starting school withSpanish as my first language” (Rodriguez 345).

Itis very unfortunate that the government is neglecting public schools,and yet it is where most children from neglected families go to findsolace. Barry is very confused when she sneaks from home early in themorning in order to get to school. Owing to the high levels ofdepression, frustration and anger Barry and her brother do not getnoticed at home. She feels that school is the place where she can atleast get some recognition. “And for us, as for the steadilyincreasing number of neglected children in this country, the onlyplace where we could count on being noticed was at school.” (Barry81-86). She is very euphoric being in school to the extent of helpingout the janitor by pushing the trash bin and turning on the lights inmost of the classrooms. Her most ecstatic moment, however, is whenshe sees her class teacher Mrs. Claire Le Sane and runs to hercrying. “It’s only thinking about it now, 28 years later, that Irealize I was crying from relief.” (Barry 119-121).

Fromthe analysis of SlurringSpanish,the problem with a majority of Americans is that they do not want toaccept changes in culture. Even though Spanish has become like asecond language in the United States, the government is still adamantin embracing it. The government is still insisting that people shouldlearn English and do away with their native language. It is like thegovernment wants people to do away with their culture and traditions.Many Americans do not wish to admit that what the government istrying to do is nothing but assimilation. “Butwith ‘English Only’ laws, school suspensions, and the derailmentof bilingual education programs, Spanish is again being devalued andpeople who speak it discriminated against” (Rodriguez 347). TheUnited States is devaluing Spanish speakers as they see them as moreof a liability than an asset. The question that needs to be answeredis what Americans are gaining from forcing Spanish speaking, schoolgoing children to learn English.

Barry’sviews on education are very clear, and straightforward are somehow inline with what Rodriguez is highlighting. From the analysis that Ihave done of the two texts in the paragraphs above, I believeRodriguez would approve of Barry’s views on education. The kind ofneglect that we are witnessing from the government on public schoolsis very disheartening. Instead of the government laying its focus onhow to improve public schools by equipping them and paying theteachers better, they are focusing their energy on how Spanishchildren should be learning English. This should not be the case ina society that has worked so hard to bring equality to all. Manychildren like Mayra Zaragoza are suffering at the hands of thegovernment. The same government wants to ruin the cultures andtraditions of Spanish speakers. I believe it is only fair that theUnited States government gives Spanish going children a break andinstead focus on the betterment of public schools.


Rodriguez,Luis J.&nbsp “Slurring Spanish.”&nbsp AmericaNow Short Readings from Recent

Periodicals.&nbspEd.Robert Atwan.&nbsp 9th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2009.&nbsp 345-347.&nbspPrint.

Linda,B. &quotSanctuary Of School&quot. 23 Sep. 2015