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August 4, 2010
'Wonders of the Solar System' Where: Science Channel When: 9 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-G (suitable for all ages)
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April 24, 2014
Re "The right takes aim at the solar industry," April 20 The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles and powering their homes. Billions of dollars are sucked out of our economy by those who want us to keep using carbon-based energy. The use of oil, coal and natural gas has massive external costs that are not paid by the end user. This is the reason government regulators are trying to level the playing field by providing reasonable incentives for solar energy.
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BUSINESS
July 17, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California's Energy Commission approved plans for the state's first hybrid solar-power plant, helping clear the way for construction to begin this year. The 563-megawatt plant will be owned by the city of Victorville and will use a 250-acre array of solar collectors to augment the output of natural-gas-fueled turbine generators.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Shan Li
Google Inc. is partnering with solar panel maker SunPower Corp. to invest up to $250 million in leasing solar systems to homeowners. The Mountain View technology giant is contributing up to $100 million, and San Jose-based SunPower will invest $150 million, Google said in a blog post . The goal is to make "it easier for thousands of households across the U.S. to go solar. " "Using the fund ... we buy the solar panel systems," Google said. "Then we lease them to homeowners at a cost that's typically lower than their normal electricity bill.
REAL ESTATE
September 15, 1985
Terence Green's Sept. 1 column was in keeping with what I had come to expect on subjects relating to energy--interesting, informational and in this case, personally encouraging. Since 1978, I have been directly and totally involved in solar design and installation in active systems, and peripherally, in passive solar systems. The solar battle is far from over even though it may be in a holding action at this time. I'll continue to look forward to your energy articles. PETER C. KOCHIS West Covina
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2010 | By Taylor Antrim
Solar A Novel Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 294 pp., $26.95 In 2006, Ian McEwan survived a minor scrape with the plagiarism police. A British newspaper pointed out the resemblance between passages in his celebrated 2001 novel, "Atonement," and those of a 1977 memoir by the late romance writer Lucilla Andrews. McEwan serenely dismissed the matter in the Guardian two days later. He hadn't copied Andrews, merely referred to her book for hard facts about a 1940 London hospital, and he'd cited it in "Atonement's" acknowledgments.
WORLD
January 27, 2009
REAL ESTATE
May 8, 2005
Regarding "Bipartisan Solar Plan Criticized" [May 1]: Pacific Gas & Electric supports the use of all forms of solar energy that are cost-effective and fit our resource needs. PG&E has long been supportive of renewable energy and supports Senate Bill 1 if amended to ensure that the costs paid by our customers are reasonable and not excessively burdensome. At present, the bill has no limit on the cost PG&E customers would pay to subsidize these solar incentive programs. Bruce Bowen San Francisco Bowen is acting director of environmental policy for PG&E.
SCIENCE
September 27, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The solar wind -- a stream of charged particles ejected from the sun's upper atmosphere at 1 million mph -- is significantly weaker, cooler and less dense than it has been in 50 years, according to new data from the solar probe Ulysses. The cause seems to be a change in its magnetic flux, said Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute. Why it's happening is a mystery, but it has fluctuated like this in the past. Normally the sun goes through an 11-year cycle of more, then fewer, sunspots and a similar solar wind cycle.
SCIENCE
July 10, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
When the moon blots out the sun's blinding rays on Sunday, a sliver of the Earth's surface will be plunged into eerie darkness. Travelers who have crossed thousands of miles to witness the celestial show will gaze at the sky and, for a few minutes, see a thing most people never get to see: a halo of fire — the sun's corona — flickering around the edges of the silhouette of the moon. But Jay Pasachoff, over on Easter Island, may be looking down more than up — calibrating his instruments, checking for technical glitches, peering through lenses.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By David Horsey
The Koch brothers have a new ploy to protect the traditional energy business that helped make them the planet's fifth- and sixth-richest humans. They are funding a campaign to shackle solar energy consumers who have escaped the grip of big electric utilities. Of all the pro-business, anti-government causes they have funded with their billions, this may be the most cynical and self-serving. On Sunday, a Los Angeles Times story by Evan Halper outlined the Koch's latest scheme. Along with anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, several major power companies and a national association representing conservative state legislators, the brothers are aiming to kill preferences for the burgeoning solar power industry that have been put into law in dozens of states.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy.
SCIENCE
April 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form - a necessary condition for life as we know it. Scientists don't know whether the planet has water or a protective atmosphere. They don't even know its mass. But they said the landmark discovery gives astronomers great hope that a bumper crop of Earth-like planets is waiting to be found much closer to home, including around temperamental stars that until recently were considered inhospitable to life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Shan Li
Los Angeles has outstripped San Diego as the city with the most solar installations in the nation, one report says. By the end of 2013, Angelenos installed a cumulative total of 132 megawatts of solar power, according to a report from the Environment California Research & Policy Center. That is about one-third more than San Diego, which previously held the No. 1 spot. "It's been a long time coming," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Assn.
SCIENCE
April 7, 2014 | By Amina Khan
A solar flare flashed on the turbulent surface of the sun last week - and NASA captured the moment in a video. The agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as balletic lines of light swirled and grew to produce the M-class flare. Solar flares get letter grades to categorize their strength. The weakest ones are A-class; then come B, C, M and finally X class. Each letter class is 10 times stronger than the one before it. Numbers attached to each letter put a finer point on each flare's power.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is planning to build three large solar power plants in the Mojave Desert. The three installations together will generate enough electricity for more than 375,000 homes. They'll be designed and built by BrightSource Energy Inc. of Oakland, with the first plant starting operation as early as 2011.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1989
So Arco, the giant oil company, is turning a quick profit by selling its advanced solar energy technology abroad! Here is a company that used $4.5 million of U.S. funds and $900,000 of California funds, plus uncounted millions in state and federal tax breaks on energy, to develop the first commercially competitive solar energy system. Then, after building and putting into operation two solar power plants in California, Arco sells this technology to a West German corporation, pocketing along the way the money contributed by California and U.S. taxpayers.
SCIENCE
March 31, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See below for details.
An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar material and magnetic fields that, if it reaches Earth, can create beautiful auroras as well as cause problems with the power grid. [Updated 4 p.m. March 30: Heliophysicist Alex Young told the Los Angeles Times this flare was unique in that it was "impulsive" -- providing a strong, quick burst of radiation.
SCIENCE
March 26, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
It began with a cryptic announcement of a press conference in Brazil where “an international team of astronomers” would announce “a surprise discovery in the outer solar system.” If that sounds intriguing to you, you're not alone. In the 27-odd hours between the time the heads-up reached folks' email in-boxes and the press conference (which kicks off at 3 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PDT) at Brazil's  National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro), clever people took to Twitter to make their best guesses about what this surprise discovery might be. The predictions make reference to the ill-fated Comet ISON, Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of “Cosmos,” the Voyager spacecraft and even the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” The European Southern Observatory tweeted Wedned say morning that “Some of your #ESOrumors are really funny.
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