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November 4, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The solar carport today joins a profusion of vehicles, furniture finishes and barbecue lighters being dreamed up as part of the grand campaign for cleaner air in Southern California. The device--which will use rooftop photovoltaic solar panels to recharge cars or to feed excess electricity into a utility's power lines--will be announced this morning by Southern California Edison and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Swiss researchers say they have developed an inexpensive but powerful solar cell, raising the prospect of the first large-scale electricity generation by the sun. The researchers reported last week in the British journal Nature that the cell was the most powerful yet developed. Large-scale use of solar cells for electricity is prohibitively expensive at present, costing 10 times more than coal, oil or gas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Electric sandpaper" is what one of its inventors calls it. And it may be an answer to the long-sought goal of producing solar power at a realistic cost to the consumer. The inexpensive, fabric-like photovoltaic material shown off recently by Southern California Edison Co. and Texas Instruments Inc. is a promising surprise from an unexpected line of research.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1985 | By JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
When J. W. (Bill) Yerkes resigned abruptly from Arco Solar Inc. in January to start his own company using a new solar technology, the fledgling photovoltaic industry buzzed like an aging transformer. Yerkes, 51, was already widely known as an individualist who had combined the presidency of the Chatsworth-based photovoltaic company, a subsidiary of oil giant Atlantic Richfield Co., with a life style faintly reminiscent of the 1960s counterculture.
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