Hi Confused,Evergreen Solar comes to mind. The Government gave them millions and built them a factory on Devans. What did they do? Laughed at how stupid the Government is, took the millions of taxpayer money and moved to China.
Green energy is for suckers. Sure you can spend thousands to put solar panels on your roof and a windmill in your backyard and you might be able to create enough energy to light a 40 watt lightbulb. Or you can go to Home Depot and buy a flashlight for a dollar. You do the math.
Solar power in Massachusetts isn't very viable because we lack a substantial number of solar hours, so the payback on solar electricity here is awful. Wind power isn't an easy thing to setup because each individual piece of property can have elements that prevent an adequate amount of wind for that piece of property, and then of course, you also have nieghbors that prevent people that can install them from being able to install them.
Solar power is a better prospect down South, but not very good here.
Evergreen Solar completed the contract under the terms that Massachusetts setup, so I blame our idiot govenor and his state departments for creating a contract that allowed Evergreen to do what they were able to do. It is the same kind of nonsense that Obama does at the federal level...provide tax incentives for technologies that are just not ready yet...we need more research to perfect these technologies before the payback on the money spent is appropriate.