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.
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.