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By the Numbers: Green Power


Concerns about the environment and foreign oil are boosting work for East Bay companies and research labs that develop alternative energy technologies.



Number of homes that one day will be powered by PG&E solar power plants being built in the Mojave Desert by Oakland-based BrightSource Energy.


Amount in millions of dollars that Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute received from energy giant BP to fund 10 years’ worth of research into transforming nonfood crops into clean, sustainable biofuel sources.


Number of millions of homes in Indonesia that receive power from geothermal plants operated by San Ramon–based oil giant Chevron. Geothermal energy comes from water heated deep in the earth by dormant volcanoes.


Number of employees working at Lawrence Livermore Lab’s National Ignition Facility, which aims to achieve nuclear fusion by 2011. This would be a first step in producing fusion energy, billed as a potential long-term source of safe, clean nuclear power.


Number of homes to be powered, starting this month, by 75 wind turbines installed near Rio Vista by San Ramon–based renewable energy company enXco. 

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