looks like first loan to Solyndra happened in 2009:
Posted by Rachel Weinerat 08:30 AM ET, 06/01/2012:
"...The following year, the company was invited to apply for a government-guaranteed loan under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 — a law backed by Republicans and designed to “support innovative clean energy technologies.” A full application came in 2008, and the Department of Energy began a review.
In March 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $535 million conditional loan guarantee to Solyndra — making it the first to receive a loan since the 2005 program began. At that point, administration officials pushed for the DOE to hasten its final decision on approving the loan so Vice President Joe Biden could announce it on a planned trip to California. The loan was funded with stimulus money and formally announced in September 2009..."
Solyndra was "invited" to apply earlier, but the loan seems to have been approved after currentt prez took office.....
Interesting article - it's long, but I think I'll read it (all) - that way I'll be (fully)informed.