| Feb 5, 2012
Construction cranes rise like storks 40 stories above the Mojave Desert. In their midst, the "power tower" emerges, wrapped in scaffolding and looking like a multistage rocket.
Clustered nearby are hangar-sized assembly buildings, looming berms of sand...
| Feb 18, 2012
For Sale: 3,400 acres in the desert.
• No paved roads. Check.
• Isolated. Ideal.
• Land not suitable for farming. Perfect.
• Blistering sunshine. Jackpot.
• Asking price: $34 million. Deal.
As large-scale solar...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The Plaza Hotel & Casino has capped off its Dean Martin-meets-Gucci revamp. Expect marble floors and opulent chandeliers paired with framed relics from the downtown hotel’s four-decade history. The $35-million overhaul included all guest rooms. Even...
| Aug 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — Here's some encouraging news for financially stressed homeowners across the country: The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan bill that would extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through 2013.
Why is this...
| Mar 4, 2012
Stubborn does not come close to describing the desert tortoise, a species that did its evolving more than 220 million years ago and has since remained resolutely prehistoric.
Its slowpoke take on biological adaptation has exposed modern vulnerabilities....
| Apr 18, 2012
| 11:13 AM
Smartphones, burgers and oil wells may be big moneymakers, but they can’t compete when it comes to speed of expansion. The fastest-growing industries in the U.S. actually involve 3-D printers, solar panels, self-tanning products, Pilates and...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 8:32 AM
SolarCity Corp., a Bay Area solar energy company, is looking to raise as much as $151 million in its initial public offering, widely considered to be the most anticipated renewable-power IPO coming down the pike.
The San Mateo business – which...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 3:10 PM
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The U.S. will become the world’s top producer of oil within five years, a net exporter of the fuel around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 4:33 PM
To come to grips with their massive use of energy, major companies have brought on professional consultants, joined green organizations, even hired on-staff sustainability executives. But this summer, firms such as eBay Inc., McDonald's Corp., PepsiCo,...
| Dec 20, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Put solar panels where it's sunny, wind farms where it's windy. If only it were that simple. Choosing the best sites for renewable energy projects is a challenge for clean-power developers; selecting the right location and securing permits can take...
| Dec 24, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Right about now, Santaâs likely gearing up for his mad dash around the world, his flight path approved by authorities and his sleigh tricked out with the newest technology. On Monday, St. Nick and his team got the go-ahead from......