CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2009 |
After buying 17,750 acres in Palmdale for an intercontinental jetport that has not gotten off the ground, Los Angeles airport officials say they might finally have a use for much of the property: a solar power facility capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of clean energy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1985 |
When a 30-acre electricity farm was constructed here 18 months ago, there were suggestions that the solar energy industry was about to come of age. The La Jet Energy Co. of Abilene, Tex., one of a handful of companies across the United States investing in solar energy research in a big way, hoped that its field of 700 solar concentrators, pointing upward like so many giant sunflowers, would not only help generate electricity but actually become a source of profit.
December 8, 2011 |
The agreement by investor Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings to buy a $2-billion photovoltaic farm in San Luis Obispo County could bring a ray of financial sunshine to the battered solar-energy industry. The scale of Buffett's foray into this sector of the renewable energy scene is considerably more modest than his $34-billion purchase of BNSF Railway, but it could provide the same kind of boost to the solar power business that the 2009 acquisition did to the railroad industry, experts said.
January 2, 2010
Something to hide? Re "Policy thins the ranks in L.A. gang units," Dec. 28 What are these officers afraid of? In most government service, strict rules govern income from other jobs and basic financial disclosure. Avoiding duty just to get around such disclosure seems akin to refusing drug and alcohol tests. It should be setting off alarms all over the Los Angeles Police Department. Have we learned nothing since Rampart? Ron Hardcastle Los Angeles The right way to site solar Re "A Mojave power failure," Editorial, Dec. 26 I was disappointed to read your editorial lauding Big Solar as the solution to the planet's problems and conservation as the enemy.
January 9, 2010 |
ESolar Inc. of Pasadena signed an agreement Friday to build a series of solar thermal power plants in China with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatts, in one of the largest renewable energy deals of its kind. Coming four months after an Arizona company, First Solar, secured a contract to build an equally large photovoltaic power plant in China, the ESolar deal signals China's emergence as a major market for renewable energy. "They're moving very fast, much faster than the state and U.S. governments are moving," said Bill Gross, ESolar's chairman and the founder of Idealab.
December 10, 2009 |
Seventeen years ago, Donna and Larry Charpied went to court to protect their backyard. The couple live and farm on a small plot of land in the Mojave Desert, not far from the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park. In 1992, they learned that a former mining company, Kaiser Ventures, was maneuvering to store 20,000 tons of garbage in an old mining pit nearby. Fearing it would ruin the fragile landscape on which they had staked their future, they bought a how-to book on environmental law and set out to stop it. There's a term for people like the Charpieds: NIMBY.
March 3, 2009 |
Stunted by the nation's credit freeze, troubled OptiSolar Inc. of Hayward, Calif., has agreed to sell its portfolio of unfinished solar farms to one of the hottest firms in the solar industry. First Solar Inc. said Monday that it would pay OptiSolar $400 million in First Solar stock to buy the outstanding projects, which the Tempe, Ariz., company intends to complete. The portfolio includes a planned 550-megawatt facility in San Luis Obispo County known as the Topaz Solar Farm.
October 28, 2009 |
President Obama declared today that a "consensus is building" around climate change legislation and characterized opponents as preoccupied with the past instead of a "clean energy future." Standing on the edge of a large solar-power farm, Obama urged the Senate to pass a measure that caps carbon emissions -- and to set aside arguments that it would harm the economy and costs jobs. "The closer we get, the harder the special interests are going to fight," Obama said, with the sun glinting off acres of Florida Power & Light Co. solar panels behind him as he spoke to the utility's employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 |
Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar-power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said. They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
August 15, 2008 |
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has signed contracts to buy enough solar energy to power 239,000 homes a year. The utility said Thursday that it would buy 800 megawatts of renewable energy from subsidiaries of Hayward-based OptiSolar Inc. and San Jose-based SunPower Corp. The electricity will come from two large-scale solar projects to be built in San Luis Obispo County on the Central California coast. OptiSolar's 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project is expected to begin delivering power in 2011.