Obama official defends clean energy loan program



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is defending a loan guarantee program that has provided billions of dollars for solar energy and other renewable energy projects.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said a stimulus law program that expired Friday will help develop the world’s largest wind farm in Oregon; several large solar power farms in California and Nevada; and installation of solar panels on 750 rooftops in 28 states, among other projects.

He did not mention a $528 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra LLC, a now-bankrupt solar panel maker that has become a symbol for critics of the Obama administration’s green energy program.

Chu spoke Saturday at a Solar Decathlon, where students built model solar homes.