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President Obama at Wal-Mart to Talk About Solar Power

May 9, 2014 | 9:45 am

President Obama at Wal-Mart to Talk About Solar Power

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President visits Mountain View store to tout administration’s energy efficiency and solar programs.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in Mojave

February 13, 2014 | 1:23 pm

World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in Mojave

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The Ivanpah solar farm, in California’s Mojave Desert about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, will produce enough electricity to power 140,000 homes per year. …read more

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News Pix: A Stunning Lightning Display, the New Eastern Span, Truckers Block Port Entrance

August 23, 2013 | 12:19 pm

News Pix: A Stunning Lightning Display, the New Eastern Span, Truckers Block Port Entrance

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Lightning was spotted across the Bay Area on Aug. 19 in an unusual summer thunderstorm. Above, a view of lightning strikes beyond San Bruno Mountain from Potrero Hill in San Francisco. (Steve Byrne/Steve Byrne Photography)   The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge as seen on Aug. 20. The eastbound deck (center) is exposed, […]

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News Pix: Zimmerman Acquittal Protests, Napolitano Appointed Head of UC and Beach Pianos

July 19, 2013 | 1:50 pm

News Pix: Zimmerman Acquittal Protests, Napolitano Appointed Head of UC and Beach Pianos

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A woman dances in the street in front of a trash can fire set by protesters at 18th Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland on Saturday, July 13. Some protesters turned violent in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial. (Anna Vignet / San Francisco Public Press) About 150 people […]

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Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

April 23, 2013 | 12:24 pm

Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

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Q: What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs the same as an average car? A: The first solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night. The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse airplane came to town last month. It’s scheduled to start a coast-to-coast journey next week. But grab your binoculars. Today is its final […]

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California’s Solar Lead: Technology and Policy, Yes. Manufacturing…Maybe Not So Much

September 8, 2011 | 10:41 am

California’s Solar Lead: Technology and Policy, Yes. Manufacturing…Maybe Not So Much

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This week as Fremont-based Solyndra sets about the grim business of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (not to mention today’s FBI search), it leaves in its wake ample confusion over California’s much vaunted “lead” in renewable energy — so much so that last week a national solar industries association felt compelled to issue a statement […]

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Fremont’s Solyndra, Solar Tech Firm, Shuts Down and Lays Off 1,100

August 31, 2011 | 9:14 am

Fremont’s Solyndra, Solar Tech Firm, Shuts Down and Lays Off 1,100

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Solyndra says it is laying off 1,100 workers immediately as it’s shutting down and filing for bankruptcy “while it evaluates options, including a sale of the business and licensing of its advanced CIGS technology and manufacturing expertise. Here’s the full statement from the company. GreenTech Media looks at the prospects for all or parts of […]

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August 12, 2011 | 10:12 am

Buying an Electric Car? Why Not Throw in Some Solar Panels, Too?

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If you’ve been weighing the pros and cons of greening your drive with an electric vehicle, a new bundled deal from Ford and local solar manufacturer SunPower could be… illuminating. The new deal offers a significant discount on rooftop solar systems to buyers of the Ford Focus Electric car, which is slated to hit the […]

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Interview: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on ‘Uninsurable’ Nuke Energy Industry, BrightSource Solar Project

June 22, 2011 | 2:17 pm

Interview: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on ‘Uninsurable’ Nuke Energy Industry, BrightSource Solar Project

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Last week, KQED Climate Watch‘s Gretchen Weber did a phone interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Kennedy had just appeared on KQED’s Forum radio program to talk about The Last Mountain, a documentary about the effects of coal mining in Appalachia. Weber asked Kennedy about the […]

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December 9, 2010 | 12:06 pm

Does Tax Deal Contain a ‘Solar Killer’?

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A rule of thumb whenever you hear about something called a “tax deal”: the devil is always in the details. And “tax deals” are always amazingly complex. So, the agreement we’ve been hearing about all week, the one so easily summarized as President Obama’s acceptance of a continuation of the Bush tax cuts (for everyone, […]

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