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Solar Impulse founders presented top innovation SEIA award
SEIA
In recognition of the first-ever intercontinental flight by a solar-powered airplane — as well as its historic flight across the United States — SEIA presented its 2013 Innovators of the Year Award to Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, co-founders and co-pilots of Solar Impulse. The presentation was made during a press conference at the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport, which was attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Swiss Ambassador Manuel Sager.
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See related story: Rhone Resch remarks on Solar Impulse award winners (SEIA)




Energy secretary pledges to keep momentum behind solar power
The Hill
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has vowed to shake a few things up at the Energy Department — but the agency's support for solar power is not one of them. Moniz put strong faith in solar power during remarks at a Washington, D.C., conference. That continues the trend set forth by his predecessor, Steven Chu, who was a staunch advocate of the renewable energy source.
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Air Force's largest solar project planned for Davis-Monthan
Tucson Sentinel
Construction of the largest solar energy array in the U.S. Air Force will begin at the end of June on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. The project is expected to save the base $500,000 per year in energy costs.
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Solar-powered airplane lands in DC; what can't we do with solar?
The Desert Sun
Solar Impulse, the Swiss-made, solar-powered airplane, recently completed the fourth leg of its transcontinental flight when it touched down at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. The plane's journey across the U.S. began May 3 in San Francisco, with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and a last-minute pit stop in Cincinnati. After a two-week stay in D.C., it is scheduled to fly the last leg of the trip to New York City.
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NRG vehicle uses solar power to provide disaster relief
Fuel Fix
NRG has rolled out Power2Serve, a 68-foot disaster relief vehicle and trailer designed to offer immediate portable power in areas hit by a disaster. The system, powered by a 10-kilowatt solar array, includes 100 charging stations for cell phones, cameras, tools and power equipment, and it provides Wi-Fi service and flat-screen televisions so residents to catch up with news and weather forecasts.
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Commentary: Make New York the solar hub for the East Coast
Newsday
Albany, N.Y., lawmakers are on the verge of passing solar legislation that promises to allow New Yorkers to lower their energy bills, deliver billions of dollars in economic investment, create thousands of new local job opportunities, modernize New York's aging power infrastructure and ensure a reliable clean energy supply in the state for generations to come. There's strong bipartisan support for this bill, but precious little time remains on the state legislative calendar to enact the New York Solar Bill before lawmakers adjourn for the summer. So they must act fast.
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Ask Bill Clinton: How can we encourage homeowners to adopt solar energy?
Bloomberg Businessweek
Rarely short on advice, former President Bill Clinton agreed to field questions on critical economic concerns from five U.S. civic and business leaders, including three CEOs. One of those CEOs is David Crane of NRG Energy. Clinton replied on his unofficial capacity as consultant-in-chief.
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The power — and beauty — of solar energy
TIME
Utility power plants are many things — sprawling, expensive, often polluting — but one thing they are not is beautiful. Power plants are the engines of modern society, but we'd rather they stay out of the way. The Ivanpah solar thermal plant is something different.
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AT&T to introduce solar-powered charging stations
The New York Times
As keeping the mobile life going becomes more and more important — both to wireless customers and the providers who serve them — AT&T says it has a new way to keep New Yorkers connected free. Twenty-five solar-powered charging stations will sprout in parks, beaches and other outdoor spaces in the five boroughs, part of a pilot project from the wireless provider in partnership with the city.
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Catholic universities among California's top solar schools
National Catholic Reporter
The University of San Diego and Santa Clara University were named among the top 15 solar schools in California, according to a clean energy investment group. Mosaic, a company that facilitates public investing in clean energy, described the University of San Diego as "the second largest solar energy producing private college in the United States." The Southern California Catholic school's solar capacity is estimated at 1,230 kilowatts of total solar capacity, which translates to an annual offset of 3.11 million pounds of carbon.
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Solar-powered phone screen could boost battery life
GigaOm
A French startup is testing a transparent panel that would use solar energy to increase cellphone battery life by 20 percent. SunPartner Group hopes to see its Wysips panels appear in cellphones beginning next year. At less than half a millimeter thick, they are unobtrusive and can be built into a phone or placed on top of an existing screen.
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A record Q1 for US solar industry
SEIA
According to the new U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the U.S. installed 723 megawatts in first-quarter 2013, which accounted for over 48 percent of all new electric capacity installed in the U.S. last quarter.

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Minnesota to ask: What is the value of solar power?
Midwest Energy News
Utility customers who own solar panels are doing society a favor, helping to cut carbon emissions and ease transmission line congestion, among other benefits.

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Solar power generation hits record levels in California
KSWB-TV
With Southern California's largest electric generating station broken and scheduled for removal, solar generation levels have reached a record level in California, state officials said. Solar power generation on California's grid set a new all-time high output of 2,071 megawatts.

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World's largest all-solar-powered boat shines in NYC
Agence France-Presse via Google
The world's largest fully solar-powered boat, "Turanor PlanetSolar," docked in New York during a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream current. Sponsored in part by the Swiss government, the 35-meter (115-foot) catamaran is crowned with solar panels that retract in port but open like a bird's wings to take best advantage of the sun's rays when at sea.
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Rooftop Solar transforms small Arizona town
GetSolar
As a small town in Arizona experiences the benefits of solar power, the national program that inspired it takes on a new meaning amid the net metering debate. The Payson Roundup reported recently how the Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge has led some communities to fully embrace solar panel technology.
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3 gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic plants being developed in China by Yingli
Clean Technica
Three gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic power plants are now in the works in the Yunnan province of Southern China, thanks to an agreement between solar manufacturing giant Yingli, the Qujing city government and the Honghe state government.
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University researcher designs solar panel that stores energy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In his lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hongrui Jiang has designed a new kind of solar panel that incorporates energy storage right in the panel. The idea is to combine two technologies — production of energy from sunlight and energy storage — into one.
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