Taking his cue from from President Barack Obama's support for alternative energy, Tombin worked out a deal with failed Solar Panel company, Solyndra and Federal investigators to repurpose several of their panels originally slated for destruction. "When I heard Solyndra officials were illegally destroying brand new parts, I made some calls.", the Governor said. "The best part is they won't cost us a dime to purchase! All it will take is $2.5 million dollars for shipping and installation. And the best part? Installation will be done by a local construction companies."
Tombin stated that bids for the installation will be announced by next week. There are a handful of construction companies in the state that specialize in solar power panels, so the bidding process may not take long at all.
"We are commited to alternative energy here in West Virginia. Since President Obama's administration is against Coal, we must look to the future and find alternative solutions. I know that many people think West Virginia's only resource is coal, but that's nonsense" Tombin cheered, "We have lots of other resources, um... like, ahhh... the sun!"
Solyndra came to media attention in 2009 when President Obama announced his support for alterative energy and provided stimulous funds to the tune of $527 million. Two short years later, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, layed off over one thousand employees, shut down operations and began secretly destroying millions in parts. In Februrary of 2012, a bankruptcy judge approved close to $370,000 in bonuses for 20 of it's remaining employees.
Soyndra Solar Panels will be making their way through the Mountain State to the Capitol in June. Look for them on the highway and give them room - our future may depend on it.