Germany began investigating Solar Millennium after uncovering reports that an executive was paid 9 million Euros (about 12.5 million dollars) after working only 74 days at the company, and other board members are under investigation for embezzlement. Despite the scandal, Solar Millennium's project is still on track to receive over 2.1 billion dollars in loans and an 18 million dollar grant from the Federal government (courtesy of the taxpayer).
|Department of the Interior's approval of the Blythe Solar power project allows the company to bulldoze about 11 square miles of public land, and clears the way for them to receive taxpayer-backed financial assistance.|
|Desert Ironwood trees, some as old as 1,000 years old, thrive on the site. As of June, some have already been bulldozed to make way for construction access roads. Photo by Basin and Range Watch.|