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Bright, but not as big: Solar projects could be downsized to protect wildlife

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Features, Green Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on Bright, but not as big: Solar projects could be downsized to protect wildlife

The two massive solar projects winding toward approval on San Luis Obispo County’s Carrizo Plain could end up generating 30 percent less energy than the 800 megawatts their corporate backers would prefer. That is according to draft environmental impact reports circulating for the California Valley Solar Ranch, backed by San Jose-based SunPower Corp., and the Read More →

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UTC takeover looms for Clipper Windpower

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on UTC takeover looms for Clipper Windpower

After rocky sales timing put Clipper Windpower in a cash crunch, its largest investor is in position to take control of the Carpinteria company just as its long-term prospects brighten. In December, multinational conglomerate United Technologies Corp. acquired a 49.5 percent stake in Clipper in a transaction that pumped $206  million in new capital into the Read More →

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SolarWorld announces new schools program

By   /  Thursday, September 30th, 2010  /  Green Coast, Latest news  /  Comments Off on SolarWorld announces new schools program

SolarWorld, a German company with a plant in Camarillo, unveiled a program Sept. 30 that could put solar panels on schools without charging the schools for any of the up-front costs. The move comes a few weeks after the Oxnard Union School District passed over SolarWorld and picked SunPower, a San Jose-based company, to put Read More →

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McCain’s green agenda

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2008  /  Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on McCain’s green agenda

At times, it seemed like Sen. Barack Obama was talking to a group of some 150 guests at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on June 24, touting incentives to entrepreneurs who create zero-emission vehicles and replace the federal government’s vehicle fleet with fuel-efficient cars. But it was John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential Read More →

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