SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) filed for bankruptcy protection after a two-year, $3.1 billion acquisition binge that drove its debt to unmanageable levels and sent investors running for the exits. Starting in 2014, the Maryland Heights, Missouri-based clean-energy giant began buying up wind and solar projects on every continent except Antarctica.

The purpose was to meet growth targets needed for dividends, and at first the market responded positively, driving the shares to a peak of $32.

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