A solar start-up that uses the same raw materials as bankrupt panel maker Solyndra will soon be able to collect on a federal loan guarantee from the same program that benefited the now-defunct California firm.

SoloPower will move closer to receiving its $197 million federal loan guarantee from the Energy Department (DOE) when its Portland, Ore., plant goes online Thursday, according to Reuters.

SoloPower is one of four solar panel manufacturers to get a loan guarantee from the same program that gave a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra. The company is fighting off comparisons to Solyndra, which flopped in September 2011 and has become a symbol for GOP attacks on President Obama’s green energy and spending policies.