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August 15, 1988 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Photovoltaic cells that convert 31% of the energy in sunlight into electricity have been developed by researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. The rate is the highest ever recorded for solar cells and is about 50% higher than the efficiency of commercial solar cells, which are 18% to 20% efficient. The cells were produced by combining gallium arsenide cells produced by Varian Associates Inc. of Palo Alto, and crystalline silicon cells produced at Stanford University.
October 15, 1985 | GREG JOHNSON
Utility diversification is not an issue limited to San Diego Gas & Electric. It is, in fact, a statewide issue. "It's an idea whose time has come, and it's a very necessary next step in the development of our industry," according to Steve Edwards, manager of special projects at SDG&E.
September 26, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
CORONADO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy has decided to spend as much as $600,000 for landscaping and architectural modifications to obscure the fact that one its building complexes looks like a swastika from the air. The four L-shaped buildings, constructed in the late 1960s, are part of the amphibious base at Coronado and serve as barracks for Seabees. From the ground and from inside nearby buildings, the controversial shape cannot be seen.
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)
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.
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.
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