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4/29/2011 00:54 AM EDT
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Trojsi
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Trojsi   5/1/2011 10:06:30 PM
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Nicely Said

Silicon_Smith
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Silicon_Smith   4/30/2011 6:12:48 PM
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Amen to that!

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wilber_xbox   4/30/2011 4:57:24 PM
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Solar energy as an alternate to oil/gas has a long way to go. It will only remain a teaser until we find cheaper ways to produce solar cells and store the energy.

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kdboyce   4/29/2011 6:35:47 AM
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From http://my.firedoglake.com/tracyemblem/tag/solar-energy/: 1973: Karl Boer formed Solar Energy Systems to market PV cells, then transferred the majority of his stock to Shell Oil Co. 1974: Mobil Oil JV'ed with Tyco Labs creating Mobil-Tyco Solar Energy Corp. 1975: Exxon assumed Solar Power Corp. as wholly owned subsidiary. 1977: Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) invested in a PV company in Camarillo, California (CA) - began making solar cells/panels. 1980: ARCO Solar - first company to make more than 1 MW of PV modules in one year. 1980: British Petroleum (BP) entered solar market, buying Lucas Energy Systems. 1982: ARCO Solar completed first MW-scale PV power station in Hisperia, CA. 1983: ARCO Solar dedicated a 6-MW PV substation in CA. 1983: AMOCO Solar Co., subsidiary of American Oil Co. (AMOCO) bought Solarex factory in Frederick, MD. 1986: ARCO Solar built first utility-scale PV generator in Texas & introduced first commercial thin film PV module. 1987: Solarex sued ARCO Solar for patent violations, halting ARCO’s Solar’s PV business. 1993: Solarex sued United Solar, a JV of Energy Conversion Devices and Canon of Japan, for patent infringement practices. 1993: Mobil Oil closed 19-year solar demonstration plant in Billerica, Mass. because “electric utility industry market for solar energy is small and is unlikely to grow to large-scale demand in the near term.” 1995: Solarex changed its name when Enron Corp. of Houston and AMOCO/Solarex JV'ed and merged into Amoco/Enron Solar, with each partner owning 50-percent interest in the PV company. 1998: In the world’s largest industrial merger, AMOCO merged with BP. 1999: BP AMOCO bought Enron’s 50-percent share creating BP Solarex, 2000: BP bought ARCO now known as BP West Coast Products LLC. BP Solar, now one of the largest solar manufacturing companies in the world will close the Frederick, MD plant & move its business into facilities in China, India and other countries in March 2010. See any pattern here?

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daleste   4/29/2011 2:32:43 AM
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It's great that companies are helping our dependence on oil with solar and wind power. I just wish it could be more than 2% of the total power needed.

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