Sky no limit: Solar Impulse teams up with Google in zero-fuel flight across the world | Sustainability Leaders

Zero-fuel airplane Solar Impulse has partnered with Google as its official internet technology partner that will provide the solar-powered airplane with web and social platforms to raise awareness for emissions-free travel, writes Elga Reyes on eco-business.com. “Solar Impulse SA and Google have signed a high-level partnership to propel clean energy aviation forward in 2015, when the Swiss-founded solar airplane makes a landmark pollution-free flight around the world. Earlier this year in June and July, Solar Impulse accomplished a historic journey of flying across the United States in both day and night without the use of fuel.”

“It was during this Across America mission, which started in San Francisco and stopping in different cities until reaching New York, that Solar Impulse first started to collaborate with Google. The internet firm generated public interest for the solar aircraft and the need for sustainable transport through the use of Google platforms, such as virtual chatroom Google Hangout, said the solar aviation firm. This livestream interaction featured film director James Cameron and Solar Impulse patron and Charles Lindbergh’s grandson, Erik Lindbergh, as guests, supplementing the company’s own online flight viewing and pilot interviews.”

“Primary founders and pilots André Borschberg and Betrand Piccard, with the rest of the Solar Impulse team, are planning to circumnavigate the world in two years time. Currently, they are developing new materials and construction methods for a second solar airplane that draws on lessons learned from their US and earlier experimental flights.”

via Sky no limit: Solar Impulse teams up with Google in zero-fuel flight across the world | Sustainability Leaders.

Why Are Some Big Utilities Embracing Small-Scale Solar Power? | InsideClimate News

A handful of U.S. utilities have discovered they can save money by encouraging small rooftop solar projects—the same projects utility industry leaders have insisted were too expensive and unreliable to be practical.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in New York, for instance, is paying developers to build solar panels on top of buildings in tiny towns that are experiencing population booms but don’t have enough electric grid

via Why Are Some Big Utilities Embracing Small-Scale Solar Power? | InsideClimate News.

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