CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2009 |
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?
January 29, 2009 |
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.
June 17, 2008 |
Intel Corp. plans to spin off its solar technology business, creating a company called SpectraWatt Inc. and contributing to a $50-million investment in the venture. SpectraWatt will open a plant in Oregon in the second half of the year that will make photovoltaic cells and develop ways to cut the cost of solar technology, Intel said. Shipments will probably start in the middle of 2009, Intel said.
August 1, 2007 |
It rains year round in Germany. Clouds cover the skies for about two-thirds of all daylight hours. Yet the country has managed to become the world's leading solar power generator. Even though millions of Germans flee their damp, dark homeland for holidays in the Mediterranean sun, 55% of the world's photovoltaic power is generated on solar panels set up between the Baltic Sea and the Black Forest. So far just 3% of Germany's electricity comes from the sun.
July 3, 2006 |
Over the years, the Palo Alto Research Center has developed numerous electricity-gobbling innovations. Now the storied lab that gave the world laser printing and graphical user interfaces is trying to harness the sun to power its inventions. The Xerox Corp.
April 10, 2005
I just had to write in response to the [March 20] letter on solar roof panels "being an assault on the eye." It is unbelievably sad that someone would compare architecture "as significant as the responsible use of energy and our natural resources." Very rarely do you see homes with solar power on the front of the home. There are so many alternatives and supplemental ways to make solar power work for your home. Our solar power unit generates all of our electricity and most importantly is environmentally responsible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2004 |
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.
April 18, 1999 |
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.
July 27, 1997
"Keeping It Clean" (July 10) tells a secret story hidden behind its words and graphics. By focusing on the pathetic amount of electrical energy produced by non-hydrocarbon generation since 1989, it clearly shows how the blind greed and political clout of our utility and petroleum companies has denied this country the path to clean power that we so desperately need. For more than 25 years, the potential for nonpolluting, endlessly renewable electric power offered by photovoltaic solar conversion has been known by our politicians, the oil interests and our utility people.