The sun is long gone, and the countdown to dawn is ticking away. The crowds of press and crew have dwindled to a minimum at the Payerne airfield. I am one of a handful of people awake and alert during this event. A photographer once told me the key to a good picture is timing. “You just need to be there,” he said. That is also true of journalism. At 1 a.m. I was allowed into the sacred heart of this Solar Impulse project to interview pilot Andre Borschberg. I and a French journalist were the only two allowed into the control room, and the interviews were broadcast at solarimpulse.com.
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Solar Impulse is in the air, and has been flying for 12 hours gathering solar energy from its 12,000 solar panels affixed to its massive wings. Your humble correspondent had a few minutes with Bertrand Piccard, the lead of the Solar Impulse project and the first man to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. Here is my interview with Piccard, giving the latest. (as of 1800, 7June10.)
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The United States Senate is now looking into a sweeping piece of energy legislation which narrowly passed through the House of Representatives last month. The bill proposes wide-scale changes to the U-S energy system, including among other things adding a cap and trade system on carbon emissions, and allotting funds for major investment in clean technologies. But as the U-S tries to position itself in the renewable energy market, it may find fierce competition from German companies already setting up shop state-side. This is especially true in one of the sunniest states, Arizona . Tony Ganzer reports.
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All this week we’re looking at renewable energy in Arizona, and hearing how one world leader in the industry, Germany, is doing business. Some observers see Arizona’s progress in the renewable energy game slow-going, motivated mostly by tax incentives for companies and customers to go “green.” As KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer reports, the tax structure and policy in Europe is much more aggressive, but may not be the answer for Arizona.
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