Energy: The Sun Starts to Rise on Solar

As Washington ponders new steps, big firms get involved

Creator of all and giver of their sustenance . . .

The Egyptians, who recorded this prayer to their Sun God nearly 3,400 years ago, called him Ra; the Sumerians named him Utu; the Incas, Inti; and the Greeks, Helios or Apollo. Mankind has always worshiped the sun as the bringer of life and warmth, and still does so today. The idols are gone, but a growing group of scientists and environmentally concerned solar enthusiasts dreams of discovering an easy, efficient and economical method of harnessing...

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