March 22, 2011 |
In a nod to the growing popularity of sun-powered houses, Los Angeles-based KB Home said it was rolling out 10 new Southern California developments that would have solar panels incorporated as a standard feature for each property. The homes will be outfitted with six-panel photovoltaic solar systems built by SunPower Corp. The standard system will be capable of producing about 30% of daily energy use for an 1,800- to 2,000-square-foot home, said Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home's Southern California division.
October 6, 2002 |
Take the energy of several hundred college students, mix well with donations from companies big and small, add generous dashes of inspiration and a bucketful of opportunity, and you get ... a solar subdivision on the National Mall. It is an odd, invigorating sight: 14 diminutive houses, each meeting all of its own energy needs by harnessing the power of the sun, lined up right down the middle of the Mall's central greensward.
May 25, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - California is poised to more than double its targeted electricity output from rooftop solar panels. The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday tweaked its rules to authorize an increase in the number of residential, commercial and government buildings that can participate in a program that allows solar users to lower their electricity bills by getting credit for excess power sent back to the grid. The move raises the maximum total capacity of all the state's rooftop solar systems to about 5,200 megawatts from a current 2,400 megawatts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 |
When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a windfall in tax receipts.
November 17, 2012 |
WAILUKU, Hawaii - On an island whose stock in trade is sun, and lots of it, Lawrence and Cindy Lee figured they'd be foolish not to join their neighbors and put a few solar panels on the roof. The Lees called one of the solar contractors racing around Hawaii these days, and put in their order. Eleven months later, in October - after endless consultations, emails and a $3,000 study required by Maui Electric Co. - they were still waiting for a permit. "Instead of it being like they want to help you get your solar system in," Lawrence Lee said, "it's more like they don't want you to. " Solar power has grown increasingly popular across the U.S. Sun Belt, but hardly anywhere has it taken hold as it has in Hawaii.
March 8, 2012
Tortoise power Re " The solar desert: An uneasy coexistence ," March 4 I was utterly amazed, though not surprised, by the attempts to "save" the desert tortoise at such a tremendous expense of dollars, personnel, programs, sacrifices and concessions. There is a severe shortage of renewable clean energy on this planet. There are millions of children who go to bed hungry each day. There are millions of humans who do not have access to clean drinking water. But by all means let's have a private company spend in excess of $56 million to provide food, housing, medical care and security for the desert tortoise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1992 |
Democratic congressional candidate Anita Perez Ferguson announced her endorsement by the League of Conservation Voters Thursday while touring a solar power firm with former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt. After touring the Camarillo headquarters of Siemens Solar Industries, Babbitt, the league's president, said solar power is the type of renewable energy that environmental groups support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2000 |
The wonders of solar power are on display at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana where a new water fountain, powered by the sun, was unveiled Wednesday. It is the center's first outdoor interactive exhibit, and the first to be built by a team of the science museum's employees.
December 19, 2004 |
California could have 1 million buildings producing solar energy by 2018, with half of all new homes powered by the sun, administration officials said as they outlined ways to meet one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's more ambitious campaign promises. The goal is to create a self-sustaining solar industry in 10 years, making the zero-pollution power source so commonplace and cheap that costly incentives are no longer necessary, said Joe Desmond, Schwarzenegger's deputy secretary of Energy.
May 25, 1993 |
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.