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.
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.
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.
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.
January 13, 2009 |
Frozen capital markets are putting the chill on a fast-growing California solar company, a sign that the economic downturn is being felt even in the state's thriving renewable-energy sector. Hayward-based OptiSolar Inc. confirmed Monday that it dismissed nearly half its 600-member workforce last week, cutting 185 jobs at its Hayward facility and 105 at a plant in Sacramento.
January 5, 2009 |
Generating clean electricity that's as cheap as power from fossil fuels is the Holy Grail of green-energy companies. A new solar project powering California homes appears to be closing in on that prize. Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy in San Diego, just took the wraps off a 10-megawatt solar farm in Nevada. That's small by industry standards, enough to light just 6,400 homes. But the ramifications are potentially huge.
July 7, 2007 |
A San Francisco-based company said Friday that it planned to build the world's largest solar power farm near Fresno. The 80-megawatt farm will occupy as many as 640 acres and upon completion in 2011 will be 17 times the size of the largest U.S. solar farm, said Cleantech America, a privately held company. The farm will also be about seven times the size of the world's biggest plant and double the largest planned farm, both in Germany.
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.