(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.
A man walks back to his temporary housing unit outside of Willisburg, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as "man camps, " now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Oil bust threatens mortgage-backed securities in Wall Street-funded shale towns

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Wall Street analysts are poring over commercial-mortgage backed securities for signs of distress as the oil crash weighs on demand for real estate in energy hubs.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. employees and  guests, including Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Tom Craddick, Mayor Jerry Morales and others help turn the dirt during a  ground breaking ceremony for Occidential's Midland office complex.
(Tim Fischer\Reporter-Telegram)

Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

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MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]
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In this July 3, 2014 photo, the Brooks Hotel and a Fuddruckers restaurant are seen in Williston, N.D. North Dakota's oil boom has not escaped the eyes of foreign investors. Two foreign investment firms are trying to bring two large-scale mixed-use developments worth a total of $800 million to the state's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Foreign investors turn eyes to ND oil patch

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Foreign investors more familiar with projects in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and tropical escapes of Southeast Asia are finding a new destination for their dollars and francs: Western North Dakota’s oil patch that’s home to booming towns, low unemployment rates and high incomes
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SunPower offers batteries to hold homes’ solar power until night

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SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day.
SolarCity employees install photovoltaic panels on the roof of a house in San Leandro, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2013. (Thor Swift/The New York Times via Redux)

Rooftop solar leases scaring buyers when homeowners sell

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For people who own rooftop power systems, solar adds value to the home. Leased systems are another story.
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron making major land buy near Houston

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Chevron Corp. has signed an agreement to buy 103 acres of land in Katy, its latest effort to boost its Houston-area presence.
Eight Greenspoint Plaza 
(Photo courtesty Jones Lang LaSalle commercial real estate)

Exxon Mobil sells Houston building

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Exxon Mobil has sold an eight-story office tower near the North Freeway and Beltway 8.
Workers construct an apartment building in Williston, N.D. A national study from Apartment Guide shows that the North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the country. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Little oil town has nation’s highest rents

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The nation’s highest rent costs can be found in a small oil boom town where the average cost for a month’s rent in a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom pad can run $2,400.
The new Exxon Mobil corporate campus under construction near The Woodlands is seen on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The new development is near Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road. In total, the complex will house 10,000 people when it opens in 2015. (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon’s massive campus reshaping Houston’s northern suburbs (photos)

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Come next year, a suburban region north of Houston will be home to some 10,000 people who work for Exxon Mobil Corp., which is building a campus the size of a small city on 385 forested acres. The project is so massive that it was initially given a code name: Project “Delta,” the mathematical term for change.