Solyndra was a manufacturer of tubular shaped solar panels, and as you know they have filed for bankruptcy after securing over 1/2 a billion dollars in loan guarantees from our government. I think the officials at the D.O.E. had a lot of balls approving tax payer dollars for a company to create a product when "it cost them $6. to make a unit. They're selling it for $3. (and) In order to be competitive today, they have to sell it between 1.5-$2"*. My research indicates their panel design would have been better if it was funnel shaped like a toilet. It wouldn't have kept their business afloat, but it's great at flushing away money.