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BUSINESS
May 28, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As recently as last fall, the photovoltaic energy industry was in danger of being snuffed out by the hostile winds of electricity deregulation blowing into California's power market. Why the gloom? Photovoltaic, a form of solar power, is more than twice as expensive to produce as power generated with natural gas, the benchmark.
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BUSINESS
May 20, 1997 | Chris Kraul
British Petroleum's solar power unit is buying the remnants of Fairfield-based Advanced Photovoltaic Systems out of bankruptcy and will invest $20 million in a solar power manufacturing plant to reopen later this year with 100 workers. BP Solar International does not generate solar energy but manufactures and markets panels to businesses, individuals and utilities, BP President Dipesh Shah said. The plant will produce "thin film, glass-based" photovoltaic cells to be marketed nationwide.
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.
NEWS
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.
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.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1993 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A unit of giant Siemens, the German conglomerate, has charged in a lawsuit that Atlantic Richfield Co. committed fraud in the 1990 sale of a solar-electric manufacturing facility. The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks nearly $150 million in damages, including $50 million in punitive damages. As part of a companywide restructuring in 1989, Arco sold its pioneering Arco Solar Inc. unit, headquartered in Camarillo, to Siemens Solar Industries for $35.9 million.
BUSINESS
January 16, 1992 | Researched by DALLAS M. JACKSON / Los Angeles Times
Employees of the South Coast Air Quality Management District will get more of a charge out of driving to work this summer-if they happen to drive an electric car. Using a promising new solar-cell technology developed by Southern California Edison Co. and Texas Instruments, Irvine-based Fluor Corp. is working with Edison to build a "solar carport" at the AQMD's headquarters in Diamond Bar. Like conventional solar cells, the new Texas Instruments cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.
NEWS
January 2, 1992 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Good morning, fellow sun-lovers. Here we are in Southern California, home of the New Year's Day Rose Parade, which customarily reminds the world at large that we loll around outdoors in winter without hats and coats. (Never mind the stormy weather of the last week.) But what the whole world doesn't know--and what many otherwise hip Californians aren't aware of--is that right here in Ventura County, El Sol is the basis of an important industry. And I'm not talking tourism.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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