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June 6, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
With demand for energy-efficient homes surging in Southern California, home builders are producing more houses with rooftop solar power systems than ever before. About 4,000 new homes were built with a rooftop solar power system last year in California alone, SunPower Corp. announced Wednesday. That figure nearly doubled year-over-year from 2011 to 2012, the company reported. SunPower, headquartered in San Jose, designs and builds solar panels and systems. The company recently installed its 10,000th system on a home near San Diego.  Home buyers in Southern California are starting to realize how much they could save by purchasing a new home with a solar power system installed on the roof, said Matt Brost, SunPower's national sales director.
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March 27, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Firing the latest salvo in a battle over the future of the Klamath River, the California Energy Commission on Monday reaffirmed its stand that removing four hydroelectric dams that block salmon migration would cost less than trying to keep them. In December, the commission issued a report asserting that removing the dams and purchasing replacement power would cost roughly $100 million less than installing extensive new fish ladders for imperiled salmon and steelhead.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
The twin bell towers that grace St. Vincent De Paul's soon-to-open shelter for the homeless appear to be a logical extension of the classic Spanish-style mission architecture that dominates so many of Southern California's buildings. There will indeed be a bell in one of the towers--along with an electronic carillon. The distinctive towers were designed to act as a beacon for San Diego's homeless. But the towers that rise above the homes and warehouses near the intersection of 16th St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1986 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
Citing unanswered questions about the possibility of toxic chemicals being spewed into the air, the American Lung Assn. of San Diego and Imperial Counties announced its opposition Tuesday to the controversial waste-to-energy plant proposed for Kearny Mesa, near Miramar Naval Air Station.
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February 21, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
A state board Wednesday authorized up to $306 million in state bond financing for a trash-to-energy plant on Kearny Mesa that would convert 30% of San Diego County's garbage into electricity. A site for the plant, near the Miramar Naval Air Station, will be determined after Navy and city officials complete a land swap. So far, Signal RESCO Inc.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2005 | Andrew Wang, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Friday that consumer appliance manufacturers must comply with state laws that require them to display information about energy consumption on products they sell in California. The ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision in a 2002 lawsuit filed by appliance manufacturers associations against the California Energy Commission.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Environmental advocates, government regulators and the cable and satellite television industry have reached a landmark agreement to save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making TV set-top boxes more efficient. The voluntary agreement aims to make an estimated 90 million boxes in homes as much as 45% more energy-efficient by 2017. The boxes are considered energy hogs because they always are on, even when the television is turned off. The upgraded boxes could save enough power to run 700,000 homes, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the deal brokers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state's largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. The Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors have agreed to push for additional geothermal energy exploration on the eastern edge of the sea. The goal is to raise money for restoration projects from the profits from energy sales.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writers
California's utilities are falling behind schedule in meeting a deadline that 20% of their electricity must come from renewable resources by 2010, newly issued reports from two energy agencies show. In separate updates, state energy regulators paint markedly different pictures of how California is progressing in efforts to procure power from sun, wind, water and waste. But both indicate that a crucial piece of the state's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases is sputtering.
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