Solyndra scandal timeline
Key events in the rise and fall of the bankrupt solar company. Click on the icons to see the relevant Solyndra documents.
Solyndra is formed.
Solyndra applies for government-guaranteed loan under Bush administration.
Solyndra CEO suggests energy secretary help showcase company.
Solyndra wins conditional loan under DOE program.
DOE staffer criticizes Chu for implying Solyndra has already won loan.
White House aide pushes OMB for final decision on Solyndra loan.
OMB approves loan; Biden and Chu appear at groundbreaking three days later.
Auditors raise concerns about whether Solyndra can continue operating.
Obama donor warns White House about president visiting Solyndra.
Obama visits Solyndra, touts it as model of clean tech and job creation.
Solyndra executives learn that the company is out of cash.
OMB staffers warn Solyndra rescue with public money is politically "risky".
Solyndra execs confide to administration that they are on brink of liquidation.
DOE helps Solyndra with refinancing; investors put in an additional $75M.
Aug. 31, 2011
Solyndra shuts down, lays off most workers.
SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Carol Leonnig, Joe Stephens, Sisi Wei and Amanda Zamora - The Washington Post. Published December 2011.