The FBI is searching the offices of solar company Solyndra in Fremont, Calif., this morning, the agency confirmed.
Agents began the search around 7:30 a.m. PT and were seen interviewing employees and moving in the parking lot of Solyndra's offices, the San Jose Mercury News reported today. The ongoing search is part of a joint operation between the FBI and Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General, an FBI representative said.
Solyndra last weekits solar panel manufacturing operation in Fremont and laid off more than 1,000 workers. On Tuesday, it and is now seeking to .
The company received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to build the factory but said that it was forced to shut down because it could not keep pace with falling solar panel prices.
A representative from Solyndra was not immediately available for comment. We will update the story as more information becomes available.