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Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world.

The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from some 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

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California sets new mark, generates more than 5 percent of electricity from solar

Driven by strong renewable policies and new projects coming online, California has become the first state to exceed 5 percent electric generation from utility-grade solar projects and now produces more solar energy than all other states combined, according to the federal government’s energy statistics agency.

According to Energy Information Agency data released Tuesday in its Electric Power Monthly report, California's utility-grade solar generated 9.9 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2014, up from 3.8 megawatt hours in the previous year.

Home sales, leased solar panels don’t always mix

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Los Angeles Times

Some homeowners have found they needed to make an expensive buyout of the leased solar panels on their roofs in order to sell their homes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the fourth country on a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.

Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik Aung, the country's director of air navigation and safety division. Towering shrubs along the runway also needed to be trimmed to accommodate the plane's 72-meter wing span, said Corinne Henchoz Pignani, of the Swiss Embassy in Yangon.

Solar plane leaves India for next stop in Myanmar

NEW DELHI (AP) — A solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey took off Thursday from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and was headed for its next stop in Myanmar.

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns flying the aircraft as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe on the journey that was expected to take five months.

Solar Impulse lands in Varanasi

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BBC

Solar Impulse, the plane powered entirely by solar energy, flew to Varanasi, India Wednesday, completing another leg on its round-the-world journey with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls, BBC reports.

Solar growing fast in Britain

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The New York Times

Government subsidies and the decreasing price of solar systems helped Britain add more solar panels last year than any other country in Europe, The New York Times reports.

SolarCity to roll out microgrids

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The New York Times

Longtime utility industry critic SolarCity is moving in the direction of the sector by rolling out a program to create microgrids, The New York Times reports.

Solar eclipse will test Germany's green power grid

BERLIN (AP) — Will next week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

Experts say the country's electricity grid, which relies increasingly on renewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and block up to 82 percent of its light across Germany.

Solar plane pilots urge India to support clean energy drive

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy to save the global environment.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters in the western Indian city of Ahmadabad a day after Piccard flew the single-seat plane there from Muscat, Oman.

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