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August 31, 1993 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, the Camarillo solar-energy firm, has named a new chief executive. George W. Roland, a former corporate vice president of Kennametal Inc. of Latrobe, Penn., became Siemens' president and CEO, filling a position left vacant by the resignation of Charles Gay in April. Roland was director of technology at Kennametal. Before that, he was involved in solar energy research at Westinghouse Electric Corp.
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February 27, 1996 | JACK SEARLES
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, has completed a $3-million expansion of its Vancouver, Wash., crystal-growing facility. Chet Farris, Siemens' chief operating officer, said the expansion will triple the Vancouver plant's capacity. The facility makes crystals used in manufacturing solar, or photovoltaic, modules and cells. The Vancouver expansion and increased capacity at other solar-energy plants come at a time when solar is making a comeback.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 1995
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the Renewable Energy Development Agency of India to train designers and educators there in solar electric system design. The specific dollar amount was not disclosed. Siemens will provide training, aimed at increasing the viability of solar energy technology in India, through courses offered at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, New Delhi and Bombay, and at the Solar Energy Center in Gwalphari.
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December 19, 1995 | JACK SEARLES
Once again, solar panels produced by Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries are generating some of the electricity that lights the national Christmas tree. As it did last year, Siemens has joined other U.S. solar manufacturers in providing panels for the traditional Washington holiday spectacle. The panels gather the sun's power during the day, then deliver it at night to the National Park Service.
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November 15, 1994 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, has expanded its Photovoltaic Technology and System Design training program to include more hands-on projects in the system design segment. In addition, the program's basic self-study course has been rewritten to include 14 hours of videotaped lessons and a new workbook. Completing the self-study program is a prerequisite for attending Siemens' Comprehensive Photovoltaic System Design Seminar, a five-day, hands-on workshop.
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March 5, 1991
Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo said it won a $20-million contract to supply, install and maintain photovoltaic systems in the West African countries of Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. Siemens will provide 410 pumping systems, 89 cooling systems, 303 lighting systems and 33 battery charging systems to the Comite Permanent Interstats De Lutte Contre La Secheresse Dans Le Sahel, an organization founded to combat drought in the region.
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August 24, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Siemens Solar Industries, a Camarillo firm that claims to be the world's largest producer of solar-energy products, has laid off 28 workers as a cost-cutting measure. The company, which employs 400, took the action in "a proactive effort to be competitive and to continue to be profitable," spokeswoman Deanna L. Perez said. Siemens is a subsidiary of German electronics giant Siemens AG.
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January 17, 1995 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, has increased its production capacity by nearly 50% to meet increased worldwide demand for its solar products. The company has invested $3 million to upgrade its plant, the company says. Siemens, a unit of Germany's giant Siemens AG electronics concern, doesn't disclose its revenues, but says the market for its photovoltaic products grew by more than 20% in 1994.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1992
Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo said it has received a contract to design and build the first commercial photovoltaic solar electric power plant specifically for use as a backup for electric utilities that might become overloaded. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin soon at the Pacific Gas & Electric site in Kerman, near Fresno, Siemens said.
BUSINESS
July 4, 1995
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the Renewable Energy Development Agency of India to train designers and educators there in solar electric system design. The specific dollar amount was not disclosed. Siemens will provide training, aimed at increasing the viability of solar energy technology in India, through courses offered at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, New Delhi and Bombay, and at the Solar Energy Center in Gwalphari.
BUSINESS
January 17, 1995 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, has increased its production capacity by nearly 50% to meet increased worldwide demand for its solar products. The company has invested $3 million to upgrade its plant, the company says. Siemens, a unit of Germany's giant Siemens AG electronics concern, doesn't disclose its revenues, but says the market for its photovoltaic products grew by more than 20% in 1994.
BUSINESS
November 15, 1994 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, has expanded its Photovoltaic Technology and System Design training program to include more hands-on projects in the system design segment. In addition, the program's basic self-study course has been rewritten to include 14 hours of videotaped lessons and a new workbook. Completing the self-study program is a prerequisite for attending Siemens' Comprehensive Photovoltaic System Design Seminar, a five-day, hands-on workshop.
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November 8, 1994 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, a Camarillo firm that for years has claimed to be the world's leading supplier of solar-energy products, has sold its solar-lighting business to a Hong Kong company that formerly manufactured outdoor lights and other items for Siemens. Terms of the sale weren't disclosed, but a Siemens Solar spokeswoman said the Hong Kong firm, Alpan Products Ltd., has acquired about 10% of Siemens' business.
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August 31, 1993 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries, the Camarillo solar-energy firm, has named a new chief executive. George W. Roland, a former corporate vice president of Kennametal Inc. of Latrobe, Penn., became Siemens' president and CEO, filling a position left vacant by the resignation of Charles Gay in April. Roland was director of technology at Kennametal. Before that, he was involved in solar energy research at Westinghouse Electric Corp.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Siemens Solar Industries, a Camarillo firm that claims to be the world's largest producer of solar-energy products, has laid off 28 workers as a cost-cutting measure. The company, which employs 400, took the action in "a proactive effort to be competitive and to continue to be profitable," spokeswoman Deanna L. Perez said. Siemens is a subsidiary of German electronics giant Siemens AG.
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May 25, 1993 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries of Camarillo has announced completion of a $4.5-million solar power plant to serve customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. at Kerman, about 10 miles west of Fresno. The 500-kilowatt plant, described as the largest of its kind, will deliver power to PG&E's grid during hot summer afternoons and at other peak demand periods. "It's a prototype installation that delivers power to a specific point where it's needed," said Siemens spokesman Mark Stimson.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1993 | Jack Searles
Siemens Solar Industries of Camarillo has announced completion of a $4.5-million solar power plant to serve customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. at Kerman, about 10 miles west of Fresno. The 500-kilowatt plant, described as the largest of its kind, will deliver power to PG&E's grid during hot summer afternoons and at other peak demand periods. "It's a prototype installation that delivers power to a specific point where it's needed," said Siemens spokesman Mark Stimson.
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April 27, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Siemens Solar Industries, the world's largest supplier of solar energy products, has installed two major efficiency improvements at its headquarters plant in Camarillo, bringing to three the number of such upgrades in the past month. In one move, Siemens installed a new system for slicing blocks of silicon crystal into ultra-thin wafers used in producing solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. The wafers are 15 thousandths of an inch wide.
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