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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.
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.
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.
July 17, 2013
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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.
July 11, 1995
Just decades ago, with oil, coal and hydroelectric power lighting the world and driving its industries, alternate sources were dismissed by critics as utopian "wood chips and windmills." Since then, alternatives, most lumped under the category of renewable energy, have benefited from an infusion of technology, the faith of investors and the increasing expense of conventional fuels.
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.
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.
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.
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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