February 25, 1989 |
Atlantic Richfield acknowledged Friday that it is looking for a buyer for Arco Solar Inc., the subsidiary that Arco built into the world's leading producer of photovoltaic cells after buying a small solar firm amid much hoopla in 1977. Describing the growth of the solar market as unacceptably slow because energy prices haven't climbed nearly as high as some had projected in the 1970s, Arco said it is discussing the sale of all or part of Arco Solar with "a number of companies."
January 16, 1992 |
Employees of the South Coast Air Quality Management District will get more of a charge out of driving to work this summer-if they happen to drive an electric car. Using a promising new solar-cell technology developed by Southern California Edison Co. and Texas Instruments, Irvine-based Fluor Corp. is working with Edison to build a "solar carport" at the AQMD's headquarters in Diamond Bar. Like conventional solar cells, the new Texas Instruments cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1985 |
Robert A. Felburg is not your ordinary real estate developer. He'll tell you that. His friends will tell you that. His enemies will tell you that. At 64, Felburg has earned a reputation as one of the most eccentric businessmen in Ventura County. After all, how many other developers would send reporters a letter spelling out their substantial financial troubles? Or write articles advocating a quarantine of victims of AIDS?
July 3, 2006 |
Over the years, the Palo Alto Research Center has developed numerous electricity-gobbling innovations. Now the storied lab that gave the world laser printing and graphical user interfaces is trying to harness the sun to power its inventions. The Xerox Corp.
March 22, 2010 |
On a dirt plot near Bakersfield where a massive refinery once churned out gasoline and asphalt, one of the world's largest oil companies is looking for something more green. On Monday, Chevron Corp. plans to reveal that it has transformed the 8-acre site into a sprawling test facility with 7,700 solar panels. The panels, in various sizes, represent seven cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies from seven companies that Chevron is checking out as possible candidates to power its operations worldwide.
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.