BEIJING (AP) — A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights in the plane that has more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings to power its motors and recharge its batteries for nighttime flying.
Hanging on to completed projects ahead of its launch of a yieldco with Sunpower Corp. later this year, First Solar says it recorded a dramatic drop in revenue and a net loss of $62.3 million in the first quarter, compared to a $112 million profit in the period a year ago, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A federal study funded by an Energy Department program that supports solar energy concluded there’s not enough solid information about bird deaths to make predictions about the impact of big solar installations on avian populations, E&E reports.
The long wait time to connect solar projects to the grid in North Carolina combined with lower in-state prices have producers there looking to sell their electricity on the PJM Interconnection market, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
Swinerton Renewable Energy is buying inverters from Advanced Energy for 325 megawatts of solar projects, the biggest order the Fort Collins-based firm has received since it started in 1981, the Coloradoan reports.
Solar Impulse, the solar-powered plane traveling around the world, is in Nanjing, China, with the next leg scheduled to be a 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific to Hawaii that’s expected to take several days, BBC News reports.
A diverse coalition of businesses, scientists, environmentalists and former agency officials signed a petition letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposing the proposed 358-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar project and seeking to preserve the land near the Mojave National Preserve, E&E reports.
Dismissing a story in Canadian media that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is imminent, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the State Department is still reviewing the proposed project, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists plan to protest the Obama administration approval of drilling in Arctic waters when the president visits Alaska, while the state’s governor and others plan to push for more oil and gas production, National Journal reports.
Despite New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina – hailed by President Obama in a visit Thursday – the federal government is still falling short when it comes to improving flood defenses, according to an analysis from the Georgetown Climate Center, E&E reports.
Oil was rising again Friday after prices a day earlier racked up the biggest single day increase since March, 2009. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery was up $1.56 to $44.12 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.18 to $48.74, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Seeo – a California-based developer of electric car batteries that holds a licence for patents from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – has been acquired by international car parts company Robert Bosch, Reuters reports.
An analysis prepared for the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy -– which was funded by the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance -– found that New England could end up paying $5.4 billion more for energy if the region fails to upgrade its infrastructure, the New Haven Register reports.
Hercules Offshore didn’t appeal a move by Nasdaq to have its stock deslisted from the exchange in the wake of its Chapter 11 filing, so the company stock – trading for 7 cents a share Thursday afternoon – is now handled in the over-the-counter market, FuelFix reports.
In the heart of Colorado’s drilling boom, Weld County saw the highest rate of job growth in the country even though the state adopted air pollution rules seen as a precursor to those under consideration at the Environmental Protection Agency, E&E reports.