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Solar power continues to become a bigger part of the energy picture for Hawai‘i and for the country. Part of that growth is pushed by developments in technology—from advances in batteries to a different kind of progress now reported in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Solar power is at the heart of Hawai‘i’s continuing evolution to increased use of renewable energy. While the economics of solar are still in transition here, they are making faster progress in some other places. And right now, that includes parts of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Do Hawaii's Clean Energy Initiatives Make The Grade?

Oct 14, 2016
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When it comes to clean energy use, Hawai‘i is in a bit of a rut. That’s according to the Blue Planet Foundation, who released their 4th annual energy report card. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The nonprofit gave the Aloha State a grade of a B-minus, the same as last year. The report card presents a big picture assessment of Hawaii’s progress toward 100 percent clean energy. It focuses on five categories, including transportation, efficiency, economics, renewables, and smart grid.

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Solar-Powered Plane Plans Return to the Skies

Apr 4, 2016
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Molly Solomon

After nearly nine months on the ground, a solar-powered plane will return to the skies. The Solar Impulse 2 will continue its flight around the world, possibly as early as April 15th. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited Kalaeloa Airport for a test flight and has this report.

At an altitude of more than 7,000 feet, pilot Andre Borshberg glides the solar plane over parts of west O‘ahu early one morning. It was the first time he’s returned to the cockpit since last July, when he made history flying solo from Japan to Honolulu, a nearly 118-hour trip.

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Solar Impulse | Revillard

The solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world will remain grounded at Honolulu’s Kalaeloa Airport until at least April of next year. The team behind the Solar Impulse 2 says overheated batteries have caused irreversible damage to the plane. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

Solar Plane Lands Safely in Hawaii

Jul 3, 2015
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Solar Impulse

A plane attempting to fly around the world, powered only by the sun, has landed safely in Hawai‘i. The 4,000 mile flight over the Pacific Ocean was the plane’s longest and most challenging leg. 

The Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg emerged from the cockpit, as the sun began to rise over Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu. Borschberg had spent the last 118 hours alone in the air, nearly five full days flying from Japan.

Solar Plane Set To Fly From Japan to Hawaii

Jun 15, 2015
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Jean Revillard/Rezo/Solar Impulse

A plane powered only by the sun will continue on its way to Hawai‘i. The Solar Impulse 2 left China for the Hawaiian Islands two weeks ago, but made an unscheduled stop in Japan due to poor weather. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the plane is now ready to embark on its most challenging leg.

Its wingspan is wider than a 747, and it weighs no more than a large SUV. That’s part of the reason the Solar Impulse 2 has been waiting for the right weather window. Its light weight body makes it energy efficient, but also prone to turbulence.

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RevoluSun

According to a number of national reports, Hawaii ranks number three for solar photovoltaic generation for electricity, behind Arizona and Nevada. The entire PV industry has grown exponentially throughout the state over the last few years, but the question is will that growth continue into the future? That was the focus of a ThinkTech - Venture Capital Association discussion panel today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Flickr / Steve's Web Hosting

The use of solar power continues to rise in Hawaii. But there’s another practice that’s also on the increase---trade disputes involving solar energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.