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December 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
MANZANAR, Calif. - Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Project would erect 1 million photovoltaic panels on 1,200 acres it owns roughly 6 miles south of Independence and...
March 3, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
Stunted by the nation's credit freeze, troubled OptiSolar Inc. of Hayward, Calif., has agreed to sell its portfolio of unfinished solar farms to one of the hottest firms in the solar industry. First Solar Inc. said Monday that it would pay OptiSolar $400 million in First Solar stock to buy the outstanding projects, which the Tempe, Ariz., company intends to complete. The portfolio includes a planned 550-megawatt facility in San Luis Obispo County known as the Topaz Solar Farm.
February 13, 2009 | William Nottingham
Should the city of Los Angeles become a national leader in the generation of renewable solar energy, as a March 3 ballot measure proposes? Or would it be too costly to put 400 megawatts' worth of photovoltaic cells on roofs and parking lots across town? Times editors recently asked the 10 mayoral candidates about the solar energy charter amendment, Measure B. Here are excerpts of their responses. Do you support Measure B, the city's proposed solar power initiative? Why?
September 9, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
The sun shines nearly everywhere, but alternative energy company First Solar Inc. is hoping its rays are most profitable out in the far reaches of China. The Arizona company signed a memorandum of understanding today with the city of Ordos to build a 2,000-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant, said Michael J. Ahearn, First Solar's chairman and chief executive. The sprawling project in the Inner Mongolian desert, would be the company's first in Asia and its largest outside the U.S. Although current solar installations in China produce only 90 megawatts, the country's leaders recently decided that 10% of China's energy should come from renewable sources by 2010, and 15% by 2020.
February 25, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Tuesday that it would spend $1.5 billion of ratepayers' money to add 500 megawatts of photovoltaic power in California, one of the largest such deals in the country. Plans call for the San Francisco utility to invest at least half of that in solar panels placed on commercial rooftops and on ground-mounted modules that PG&E would own and operate. The other half is earmarked for long-term contracts with private-sector solar companies.
May 8, 2010
In a move that critics may cite as his own inconvenient truth, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a house in secluded Montecito to their real estate holdings. The couple spent $8,875,000 on a gated ocean-view villa on 1 1/2 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, according to real estate sources familiar with the deal. The Italian-style house has high ceilings with beams in the public rooms, a family room, a wine cellar, terraces, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 6,500 square feet of living space.
November 17, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
WAILUKU, Hawaii - On an island whose stock in trade is sun, and lots of it, Lawrence and Cindy Lee figured they'd be foolish not to join their neighbors and put a few solar panels on the roof. The Lees called one of the solar contractors racing around Hawaii these days, and put in their order. Eleven months later, in October - after endless consultations, emails and a $3,000 study required by Maui Electric Co. - they were still waiting for a permit. "Instead of it being like they want to help you get your solar system in," Lawrence Lee said, "it's more like they don't want you to. " Solar power has grown increasingly popular across the U.S. Sun Belt, but hardly anywhere has it taken hold as it has in Hawaii.
April 28, 1992
Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo said it won a $10-million, three-year contract from the Department of Energy to develop solar cells for the government's Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Initiative. The initiative is intended to improve U.S. manufacturing and technology of photovoltaic cells, which are made of single crystal silicon and convert sunlight into electricity.
June 9, 1992
Utility Power Group in Chatsworth was among seven companies receiving three-year contracts from the U. S. Department of Energy to further develop photovoltaic technology used in solar energy. Utility Power, a privately held producer of solar panels, received a $7.2-million award to advance its manufacturing abilities. The Energy Department overall awarded $52.6 million to the seven companies, which also included a $10-million award to Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo.
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