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Solar cars pit stop in Fremont

By John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

solar car stop - Fremont

Photo: Members of the Shine Runners solar car team gather around the “Bahama Blue” in the Fremont Walmart parking lot for a public showing (and education). The second team making the trip is the Liberty Christian Solar Car Team, and their car is called the “Solis Bellator” (Warrior of the Sun). Credit: John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

Part of a national STEM initiative (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the Solar Car Challenge seeds young minds through education and hands on experience as they embark on a year-long quest to design and build working, road-worthy solar cars capable of traversing the long cross-country trip . . . [The] Fremont Tribune will have a short update in Tuesday’s edition to inform how both teams finished the race. Read the entire story here.

Solar car teams arrive today

By John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

Solar Car Team

The Solar Car Challenge represents a year-long educational program that promotes STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives by inspiring high school-age students to design, build and evaluate a solar car from the ground up. The challenge culminates in a 1,000 mile test run for the participating teams that takes them on a race from Fort Worth to Minneapolis with various overnight stops along the way. One of those stops will be in Fremont at the Walmart Supercenter where the cars will be displayed this evening between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Team members will also be present to answer questions about their cars and the Solar Car Challenge. Read more.

Photo:  Courtesy of Alex Winston, 2016 Solar Car Challenge participant

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Solar Car Challenge update from Ardmore, Fremont Tribune
Under weightless energy, the future rolls in, Fremont Tribune
Solar Car Challenge opens doors for young women in STEM, Dallas News

Under weightless energy, the future rolls in

By John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

solar cars

Abundant energy permeates the very air inhaled on each breath you take. Next week a group of young minds demonstrates that reality…. After an almost 700 mile trek from Fort Worth, Texas, a convoy to the future rolls up Highway 77 Thursday, July 21, and stops off for some community interaction and an overnight interlude in the parking lot outside Walmart Supercenter before rousing early Friday morning to continue north. Destination: Minneapolis, Minn. Continue reading.

Photo: Solar cars built for the 2015 Solar Car Challenge. The cars were designed and built by young minds solving real world issues. On July 21st between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m., the 2016 Solar Car Challenge participants will roll into Fremont with several built-from-scratch solar car prototypes. Participants will display their vehicles in the Walmart parking lot that evening and encourage Fremont residents to come and visit.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Beatrice is one of 9 stops on a solar-powered voyage, Associated Press / Omaha World Herald

Continued search for energy diversification

Written by John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

Wind Farm near HumboldtIn its continued efforts to diversify the sources of energy used to power the city of Fremont, General Manager of the Department of Utilities Brian Newton and Lon D. Wright Power [Plant]  Superintendent Jeff Shanahan have turned to the wind … so to speak. The Fremont Board of Public Works plans to begin pushing “requests for proposals” for the acquisition of wind energy that could supply the city between 30 to 40 megawatts of energy . . . “It would be leading edge in Nebraska,” Newton said of retaining that amount of wind energy. “(Such a) change would put us in the category of Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.” Click to read more.
Photo: Flatwater Wind Farm Near Humboldt
Credit: Lincoln Journal Star
 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms: Even among laggards, there’s a growing consensus that renewables are at the center of the 21st century energy system, Utility Dive
PG&E, Solar City partner for solar+storage, grid services pilot, Utility Dive
La Crosse’s sustainability future looks ‘bright’, La Crosse Tribune
How could energy storage technology affect solar jobs? Solar Power World
How the Grid Was Won: Three Scenarios for the Distributed Grid in 2030, Greentech Media
MGM Resorts International expands solar array, now nation’s largest, Las Vegas Sun