In recognition of the first ever intercontinental flight by a solar-powered airplane – as well as its historic flight across the United States – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented its 2013 Innovators-of-the-Year Award to Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, co-founders and co-pilots of Solar Impulse.
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Good afternoon everyone. Someone once said: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”
Without question, Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are living proof of that. Today, we are here to congratulate these two great adventurers on making both solar and aviation history.
Let me begin this afternoon by thanking all of you – each and every one of you – for being part of this very special occasion.
Albany 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.
A goal of mine in writing for Forbes.com on energy issues is to point out intriguing business models, trends, and new concepts that may change the way we think about energy-related issues. Lately, I’ve been focused on dramatic changes in solar models and economics. Things have really changed in a very short timeframe, as the following story illustrates.
David Crane, CEO and president, NRG Energy (NRG)
“With the cost of solar panels now just 10 percent of what they were five years ago, how do we streamline the local approval process and reduce the friction costs so that U.S. homeowners can realize the solar value of their property while paying less for their electricity?”
1.255 GW of solar power is now generated from more than 122,000 rooftops across California. The migration to solar by low- and middle-income homeowners is the main reason behind the popularity of solar power in the Golden State. The data is revealed in the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) 2012 California Solar Initiative (CSI) Annual Program Assessment, which was issued a few days ago.
Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA has flipped the “on” switch for several new locations this week, and is laying claim to the biggest rooftop photovoltaic arrays in Michigan and Virginia.
A U.S. House committee put the Obama administration clean energy policy on trial as it considered legislation that would essentially end the federal loan guarantee program for clean energy technologies.
City officials broke ground Wednesday on a solar panel site that's expected to significantly reduce energy costs on the largest and most expensive project the city's ever undertaken.
The Hertz Corporation HTZ +1.67% announced the upcoming construction of two new solar installation sites this year as the initial launch of Phase Two of the company's solar energy program: Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Combined, the new locations will generate more than 800,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy and save 641 tons (581 metric tons) of carbon emissions annually.