FAFCO prepares to seize market for solar energy
REDWOOD CITY - As the current situation in the Middle East creates rising petroleum prices, this winter may heat up for the oldest manufacturer of solar-energy units in the country.
With a new 42,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, an innovative and lean workforce, FAFCO is poised to recapture the market for alternative-energy equipment.
During the 1973 energy crisis the United States was 30 percent dependent on foreign oil imports. Today that figure stands at 50 percent, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, an energy research facility in Palo Alto.
"There hasn't been a crisis to remind Americans that this …