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New Jersey is Solar Energy Leader, Solar Power Making Moves

According to Reuters.com, the state of New Jersey is one of the leaders for solar power in America. The state has a generous solar incentive program that requires energy suppliers obtain at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources (by 2020). Companies that emit greenhouse gases can also participate in a certificate-buying program that allows them to offset the cost and even earn revenue for using solar power. Many landfills will also be turned into renewable energy plants according to new laws. In New Jersey, three out of every eight days are sunny, but this state’s solar power future just got a whole lot brighter.

Solar power is making moves! This past Friday the first solar powered plane completed its debut international flight. The Solar Impulse flew from Western Switzerland to Brussels in a historic 13-hour flight. The plane uses 12,000 solar cells and flies an average of 44/mph. The project began in 2003 and had a starting budget of roughly $128 million. While the Solar Impulse is not currently a viable replacement for commercial airplanes, it is a notable achievement in the solar power industry.

Canyon High School in Anaheim, California is also working towards making solar power mobile. The students embarked on a solar powered boat competition that involved 40 California schools. The students are tasked to develop and built a boat that is completely run by solar power. The boats are then deployed on a one mile course. About 7,500 students participate in the competition each year.