TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, a critic of the federal green energy loan program that helped a now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer, supported at least two Florida projects that received federal money.
Stearns, chairman of a House subcommittee that's investigating $528 million in federal loans Solyndra received before the California company filed for bankruptcy, is criticizing the Department of Energy for rushing to hand out money that was part of the $862 billion federal stimulus passed in 2009.
But Stearns attended the groundbreaking when Saft announced it was using a $95.5 million federal grant to build a high technology battery factory in his district.
Stearns also wrote to the Department of Energy to support a loan for a Vero Beach bioenergy plant. New Planet Energy/ INEOS Bio later received $50 million.
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