December 16, 2008 |
Hemlock Semiconductor Corp., which makes materials used in solar power technology, plans to spend more than $2.2 billion to build a plant in Tennessee and expand operations in Michigan. The new plant in Clarksville, Tenn., carries an initial investment of $1.2 billion, though state officials project the total cost could reach $2.5 billion. The expansion at the company's existing facility in Hemlock, Mich., is projected to cost as much as $1 billion.
August 15, 1995 |
Siemens Solar Industries, based in Camarillo, is marketing a self-study video course on its photovoltaic, or solar-powered, technology. The course includes nine videocassettes and a 500-page training manual. It offers an overview of Siemens Solar installations worldwide. Completing the course is a prerequisite for attending the company's solar training center. The cost is $500. For ordering information, call Cindy Vernon at (805) 388-6568.
June 28, 2006 |
Oil giant BP pledged $5 million Tuesday to fund a five-year solar project at Caltech that would explore using tiny silicon rods to make solar cells absorb sunlight more efficiently. The research supplements a smaller collaboration between BP and Caltech that focuses on improving existing solar technology, said Jean Posbic, director of product development at BP Solar. "With this agreement, we're looking even further into the future, about five to 10 years out," he said.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2007 |
BOB BEITCHER says he and his wife, Carol, want their newly built home in Santa Monica to be a showcase of sustainable practices "without being granola-y, if you know what I mean." Their house off San Vicente Boulevard has been carefully designed by architect Warren Wagner to optimize solar energy and the use of recycled and renewable materials. Yet the modernist dwelling seems more about the panache of architectural possibilities than the virtuousness of green design.
January 11, 2007 |
Ted Turner, the cable television billionaire and owner of vast tracts of land in the West, is forming a venture with a solar energy company targeting California markets. "Our future depends on changing the way we use energy," Turner said. "We've got to move away from fossil fuels and develop long-term energy solutions that work. Using clean energy technologies, such as solar power, is the right thing to do, and it represents a tremendous business opportunity."
February 7, 1995 |
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries says its ProCharger 4JF solar module has met safety, reliability and performance requirements of Underwriter's Laboratories. The module has also been approved by the Commission of the European Communities, Siemens said. ProCharger is used in both consumer and industrial applications in converting solar energy to electrical power. According to Siemens, the module performed well when subjected to 6,000 volts in the European testing.
February 10, 2012 |
An independent audit of the federal loan guarantee initiatives that backed the troubled solar technology company Solyndra failed to turn up the waste and broad incompetence that critics assert riddled the programs. But the audit showed the laws passed from 2005 to 2009 that established the programs in question at the Energy Department had few provisions for thorough monitoring and oversight of the loan guarantees once they were approved. One program created in 2007 did not “provide any requirements regarding governance and monitoring of loans after closing.” “Neither the statutes nor the regulations governing the programs specify internal or external oversight or reporting requirements,” the report concluded.
April 2, 1985 |
When J. W. (Bill) Yerkes resigned abruptly from Arco Solar Inc. in January to start his own company using a new solar technology, the fledgling photovoltaic industry buzzed like an aging transformer. Yerkes, 51, was already widely known as an individualist who had combined the presidency of the Chatsworth-based photovoltaic company, a subsidiary of oil giant Atlantic Richfield Co., with a life style faintly reminiscent of the 1960s counterculture.
January 14, 2011 |
Iron pyrite ? also known as fool's gold ? may be worthless to treasure hunters, but it could become a bonanza to the solar industry. The mineral, among the most abundant in the earth's crust, is usually discarded by coal miners or sold as nuggets in novelty stores. But researchers at UC Irvine said they could soon turn fool's gold into a cheaper alternative to the rare and expensive materials now used in making solar panels. "With alternative energy and climate-change issues, we're always in a race against time," said lead researcher Matt Law. "With some insight and a little bit of luck, we could find a good solution with something that's now disposed of as useless garbage.