KUNC’s Erin O’Toole spoke with Boulder County Business Report Publisher Chris Wood about the failure of Abound Solar and the pending auction.
Equipment from bankrupt Loveland based Abound Solar is set to be auctioned off September 18th. Once a rising star in the solar industry, the company built solar energy panels and was backed by $70 million of Department of Energy loans.
Roger Angel, an astronomer at the University of Arizona, stands in front of his new project: a solar tracker. Angel wants to use the device to harness Arizona's abundant sunlight and turn it into usable energy.
You may not be familiar with the name Roger Angel, but if there were ever a scientist with a creative streak a mile wide, it would be he.
Angel is an astronomer. He's famous for developing an entirely new way of making really large, incredibly precise telescope mirrors. But his creativity doesn't stop there. He's now turned his attention to solar power, hoping to use the tricks he learned from capturing distant light from stars to do a more cost-efficient job of capturing light from the Sun.