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BUSINESS
March 8, 1994 | Jack Searles
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries has completed what it calls the largest solar home electrification project in the United States. The project, which will provide photovoltaic or solar power to 108 homes in the Sacramento area, was installed by Siemens in cooperation with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The district is seeking clean, renewable power sources that will minimize the so-called greenhouse effect.
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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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Officials of Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo are attending this month's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro with a goal of expanding the company's market for solar energy-related business in developing countries. "The potential is huge," said William Howley, Siemens Solar's chief of staff. "There are 2 billion people in the world who have no access to electricity. In many cases, solar energy is the answer to the problem." Howley is in Rio along with Siemens Solar's president, Charles F. Gay.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Siemens Solar Industries in Camarillo, which claims to be the world's largest producer of solar energy products, has agreed to provide solar-powered electricity to 1,000 rural homes in northeastern Brazil. The deal with Brazilian government officials was signed by Siemens Solar's president, Charles F. Gay, and William Howley, the company's chief of staff, during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1995 | LARRY JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries, a major solar energy concern, has opened a new facility for mass production of crystal solar cells. Siemens Solar said the "clean room," part of a $3-million plant improvement, is a first in the industry and will produce 30,000 to 40,000 silicon wafers a day. Clean rooms are designed to provide a factory environment free of airborne contaminants.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries, whose parent recently filed a lawsuit alleging that it was a victim of fraud in purchasing the solar energy concern, has installed an automated manufacturing system aimed at increasing efficiency in the production of solar cells.
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
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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