The 300,000 square foot Solyndra factory, the size of five football fields, had robots that whistled Disney tunes, spa-like showers with liquid-crystal displays of the water temperature, and glass-walled conference rooms.
“The new building is like the Taj Mahal,” John Pierce, 54, a San Jose resident who worked as a facilities manager at Solyndra, said in an interview.
The state of the art plant, which bought solar panels for $12 and had to sell them for $3 was doomed from the start, thus the loan restructuring by the government so soon after it opened. This restructuring put the taxpayers behind Obama’s investor friends.
The facility features 19 loading docks, four electric car charging stations in the parking lot and landscaping of wild grass and a rock garden. An automated rail system moved parts through the assembly process.
Robots that resembled “a big freezer with wheels” maneuvered around the factory transporting panels from one machine to another, said George Garma, 49, a former Solyndra equipment maintenance technician from Fremont. The Disney tunes alerted workers to the robots’ presence.