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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1986
Watching the progress of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, one wonders again why we continue to pursue this source of energy. The irony, of course, it that if we had spent half as much money on developing solar energy as we have on nuclear, we would now have on hand efficient photovoltaic cells truly capable of producing electricity "too cheap to meter." Instead, we have growing pools of spent nuclear fuel, which will be radioactive for thousands of years, and no more idea of how to dispose of it than we did 30 years ago. We have reactors that cost 10 to 15 times what they were supposed to, which will have to be retired (meaning buried in cement)
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BUSINESS
November 8, 1985
AFG Industries Inc., the Irvine-based glass maker, said Thursday it will be part of a three-company joint venture to build a new factory to manufacture photovoltaic modules, devices used to convert sunlight directly into electricity, for an Alabama utility. AFG will join Southern Electric Investment Inc. and Chronar Corp. to build the six-foot-high modules that will provide off-peak hour, reserve power for the investment company's parent, Alabama Power Co. Start-up of the $7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1997
Students at Alamitos Intermediate School will get a firsthand education in solar energy this fall when they become Orange County's first school to generate energy from a solar patio cover. The $30,000 shelter will be installed for free by Southern California Edison in a program that brings energy-generating solar panels to schools. The company will build a 46-by-49-foot patio shelter, equipped with 48 rooftop solar panels, extended over campus lunch tables.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | FRANK CLIFFORD
Straight from the sun, the latest breakthrough in clean fuels involves a solar-powered Ford Ranger pickup truck. The only exhaust emitted is water vapor. A joint project of Xerox Corp. and Clean Air Now, an environmental group, the experimental technology to be unveiled today in Los Angeles makes hydrogen fuel from sunlight concentrated in photovoltaic cells.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1994 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that took experts by surprise, Houston-based Enron Corp., a giant energy developer, has proposed building the world's largest photovoltaic power plant at the Energy Department's Nevada Test Site, near Las Vegas. Equally unexpected, in an industry now producing electricity at a pricey 25 cents a kilowatt-hour, Enron says it will make power at 5.5 cents--which would make power converted directly from sunlight competitive with fossil fuel plants.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1996 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fall equinox last week signaled the official end of long, sunny days in the Valley. For some kids, especially those interested in science, less sun can mean more incentive to try to "capture" it, or at least its power. Kits to build high-tech solar collectors for school experiments or to fuel toy airplanes and water mills are now available at selected toy stores in the Valley. One Canoga Park firm, Sun-Mate Corp., the largest U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001
Re "State's Energy Problem Has Roots Nationwide," Commentary, Jan. 3: I question the argument made by Bertram Wolfe and Chauncey Starr that solar power is impractical on a large scale because of the immense land use. It may be impractical for major corporations to use as a vehicle for profits, but it is not impractical to use in individual situations, and no more land will be used. If every roof in Southern California was covered with photovoltaic cells, there would not be an electrical energy problem.
REAL ESTATE
August 4, 1985 | TERENCE M. GREEN
Designer-builder John Stebbins' innovative "holistic house," in which every aspect of modern energy-conservation techniques and equipment are used in every portion of the structure, is open for touring every weekend in the Meadowview section of Rancho California.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1997 | LEE DYE
Imagine a solar power plant on the roof of your house that is as efficient at converting energy from the sun into electricity as crab grass is at taking over your lawn. Those two processes are not as far apart as they might seem. Both use photosynthesis, upon which all life on this planet depends. Plants use photosynthesis to produce the fuel for their growth, and in the process remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and make the oxygen we breathe.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1996 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One benefit of fall--and our return to standard time--is that we now rise to find sunshine, instead of gloomy half-light. On the other hand, darkness descends awfully early in the evening. But instead of stewing in the dark, this could be an opportunity to raise our consciousness about the importance of a simple thing like sunlight.
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