Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

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.

Loss for First Solar ahead of yieldco setup

The Wall Street Journal

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.

Study of bird deaths from big solar projects comes up empty


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.

Xcel to rein in Minnesota solar gardens

Star Tribune

Xcel Energy Inc. is imposing size limits on its community solar gardens in Minnesota, a move likely to cancel 80 percent of such projects proposed thus far, the Star Tribune reports.

N.C. solar producers eye selling power out of state

Charlotte Business Journal

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.

The Oregonian examines project that SolarCity valued at $23.6M

The Oregonian

The Oregonian tried to find out if taxpayers overpaid for a project SolarCity installed across the Oregon University system.

Study concludes that Ivanpah killed 3,500 birds in first year


A study into the impact of the Ivanpah solar facility on Mojave Desert wildlife estimated that 3,500 birds died in the project’s first year of operation, E&E reports.

Advanced Energy gets big inverter order from solar firm


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 in China ahead of Pacific journey


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.

More opposition to big SoCal solar project


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.


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