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December 25, 1994 | DALIA BALIGH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The flat blue-and-white panels atop the sand-colored Bedouin houses look totally alien in the stark landscape of this tiny desert village. But they have catapulted its inhabitants into the 20th Century. The tribal life, little changed for centuries, has been given a jolt--solar energy technology has brought electricity for the first time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Deep in the Mojave Desert, thousands of panels are being propped up to face the heavens. When they are assembled in June, they will create one of the most powerful solar fields in the country. The one-megawatt field -- enough electricity to supply about 1,000 homes -- will power 60% of Cerro Coso Community College's main campus here, an oasis of several white buildings and exotic plants in the middle of the desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of yards from a room in the Huntington Library holding the oldest Bible written in English is what energy experts hope will be the new form of urban energy in the 21st century--row after row of solar panels. Affixed to a concrete slab over an empty reservoir, the photovoltaic panels generate 100 kilowatts that are dispersed into Southern California Edison's power grid, providing power to the Huntington and the stately surrounding San Marino neighborhood.
BUSINESS
November 9, 1994 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surprising proposal by Enron Corp. to produce photovoltaic electric power for a quarter of the cost of existing technologies has refocused attention on the steadily improving solar cell. After more than 15 years of development, photovoltaic cells are commonplace on hand-held calculators, satellites and in remote locations. But photovoltaic energy will have to be as cheap or cheaper than the 5.
REAL ESTATE
April 18, 1999 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shiny blue tiles being fitted on the roofs of new homes going up in Compton are not only expected to slash homeowners' utility bills, but they also represent a renewed effort to address America's insatiable demand for power through the use of solar technology.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The agreement by investor Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings to buy a $2-billion photovoltaic farm in San Luis Obispo County could bring a ray of financial sunshine to the battered solar-energy industry. The scale of Buffett's foray into this sector of the renewable energy scene is considerably more modest than his $34-billion purchase of BNSF Railway, but it could provide the same kind of boost to the solar power business that the 2009 acquisition did to the railroad industry, experts said.
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Carl Harberger's 6,000-square-foot Chatsworth house is equipped with six refrigerators, five TVs, a smattering of computers and a pool, among other things — enough to draw the wagging finger of the eco-minded if it were not for what Harberger has on his roof. By the end of the month, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is expected to flip the switch on the home's 24-kilowatt installation of thin-film solar panels, bringing to life what is believed to be the largest residential installation of its kind in the country.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The sprawling solar installations gobbling up California's deserts have a new competitor, one that claims to generate more energy at lower costs while using less open space. Known as concentrator photovoltaics, or CPV, the technology is featured in an installation that will be revealed Tuesday at Victor Valley College. The school's new 1-megawatt plant, on a six-acre dirt plot in Victorville, will provide around 30% of the campus' power. The $4.5-million facility will be the largest of its kind in North America.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
Despite a credit freeze that's stunting renewable-energy projects throughout the country, 2008 was a hot year for solar power in California. Encouraged by state rebates, Golden State residents and businesses last year installed a record 158 megawatts of photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to turn the sun's rays into electricity, the California Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday. That's more than double the 78 megawatts installed in 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Cart
IVANPAH VALLEY, Calif. - The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant. Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor. The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light. At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.
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