Innovative Arizona Utility Program Rents Your Roof For Solar Power

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The proliferation of home solar power systems has some utilities worried about potential damage to their business models. And charging an electric car with renewable energy from solar panels remains the low-carbon ideal for many green-car buyers. Now, a new initiative in Arizona shows that it's possible for utilities and individual home solar. electric utilities Arizona renewable energy solar

Sandia and Arizona State University to partner on renewable energy; solar and algal fuels among areas of focus

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Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University have signed a formal partnership agreement on renewable energy challenges. The potential areas of focus are solar hybrid fuels, solar thermochemical fuels, concentrating solar technologies, photovoltaics, electric grid modernization and algae-based biofuels.

Solar Smackdown in Torrance – Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun

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After a decade in the solar power installation business, Bradley Bartz is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy. He’s filed suit against Torrance, the proud home of Exxon/Mobil’s refinery, for stopping him from installing solar panels in the Hillside Overlay district.

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Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. This is still roughly two orders of magnitude less output per acre than Warren Buffett’s Agua Caliente array in Arizona. Agua Caliente PV Plant: Yuma Arizona.

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

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Solar energy , the renewable energy source which has been in news for the last several years has made quiet inroads into many homes, factories, businesses, into our cars and appliances and much more. It was expensive to commercially exploit solar energy few decades ago. But over time due to rapid advancements in solar technology and the corresponding increase in conventional fuels solar energy cost has become comparable to other energy sources.

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ARPA-E awarding $30M to 12 hybrid solar projects; conversion and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $30 million in funding to 12 projects through its Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand. Schematics of technology areas addressed by FOCUS a) Hybrid solar converter.

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"Spirit of DC" takes in Legislative Breakfast & Awards in Phoenix at Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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"Spirit of DC" setting up in front of the Arizona State Capitol Above "Spirit" joined by two more white PHEVs-- Todd Barlow's Green Motors' with 4kW PbA pack, above and right. Also note with Arizona's Clean Cities Coalition tent in background. The EVent was honoring Arizona's military bases and civic leaders who have promoted clean fuels. Others joined in to (AER) be among those demonstrating alternative energy, such as solar and ethanol.

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Obama Administration publishes “roadmap” for solar energy development on public lands in West

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The Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy are publishing the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

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27 November 2009 - In First "Plug-in Arizona" Outing to Nogales, AZ, " the "Spirit" Made the News with Nogales International

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Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - After a Thanksgiving, fully stuffed and more, it was most gratifying to see that on her first "Plug-in Arizona" outing to Nogales, AZ, that the "Spirit" made the news on the front page of the Nogales International as follows. Major Jerry Asher wheels around Arizona in a Toyota Prius hybrid, packing an extra battery and preaching a message to “kick gas” in favor of electric power.

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Arizona State researchers engineer fatty-acid secreting cyanobacteria for biofuel production; Green Recovery method for fatty acid recovery from cyanobacterial biomass

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In two open-access papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academies (PNAS), a team from Arizona State University describes the genetic modification of cynanobacteria to produce and secrete fatty acids for renewable biofuel production, as well as a Green Recovery strategy to convert cyanobacterial membrane lipids into fatty acids. Secreted FFAs (white deposit) from a culture.

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Thursday - 1 October 2009. Reporting Out on the Tour de AZ; "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around ARIZONA -- a new PHEV3A

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Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVANC'rs, EVnthusiasts, One & All - Here's a re-worked in part email sent to Michelle in Public Affairs at AAA of Arizona: Cheers Michelle, AAA Public Relations - Above you can see frontpiece to the www.SpiritofDC.com website, and a July 2009 picture of the All American "Spirit" as the advance scout vehicle for the successful Tesla EVenture - the pure electric Tesla on a Sportscar run from New York to California. The general theme (and purpose) is: Plug-in Arizona!

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"Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" Update -- "Spirit of DC's" Visit to Nogales High School with Nogales International Reporter, Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009

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It initiated the start of the "Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" for educating one AZ County at a time! Plug-ins can be moving the USA to regain its energy independence with good ole homegrown American, if not Arizona solar, electrons! See also [link] > Some 20 students were game to bask in the sun and visually take in the "Spirit" with solar panels a'charging. Next, upcoming EVents for "Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" within the next two weeks (fingers crossed!)

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The "Spirit of DC" - Bound for Nogales High School in Santa Cruz County, AZ on Tuesday, 24 November 2009. Launching for Renamed "Plug-In Arizona"

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Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV3A'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Per Friday, 21 November timely call, the suggestion of Nogales International Reporter, Denise Halley DHalley@NogalesInternational.com (520) 375-5772, is energizing the pilot EVfort for a re-named "Plug-in Arizona" Tour and its launching in Nogales, AZ. Subject: Supporting "Plug-in Arizona Tour - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona" (re-titled).

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Slowly, But Ever Slowly. Moving Towards Launching "Tour de AZ - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona".

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However, slowly but ever so slowly yet, with a bit of steadyfastness, the "Tour de AZ - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona" moves! with a PHEV Kit, solar panels and a 110-volt inverter on-board. Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV3A'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All, The "Spirit of DC" along with EVJerry has unfortunately experienced a series of delays on various fronts.

DOE finalizes a $967M loan guarantee to support the Agua Caliente Solar Project

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a $967-million loan guarantee to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC. The loan guarantee will support the construction of the Agua Caliente Solar Project , a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility in Yuma County, Arizona that will use thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar, Inc.

ASU and Argonne researchers report progress on artificial leaf for solar conversion of water to H2 and O2

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Researchers at Arizona State University and Argonne National Laboratory reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf in a paper in Nature Chemistry.

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PGE and SunRun Create $100M Home Solar Financing Fund

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a provider of home solar financing, announced a $100-million tax equity project financing agreement to fund SunRun’s installation of more than 3,500 new home solar installations across the nation. The investment, principally funded by PG&E Corporation shareholders through Pacific Energy Capital, creates the largest residential solar financing vehicle established to date. SunRun now partners with 15 leading solar integrators that are located across the country.

US DOE Offers Abengoa Solar a Conditional Commitment for $1.45B Loan Guarantee for Concentrating Solar Power Plant

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billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar, Inc. The loan will support the construction and start-up of Solana, a 250 net megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Arizona—the largest CSP plant worldwide to-date. The plant will be located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, near Gila Bend, Arizona. Operating at full capacity Solana produces enough electricity to power 70,000 Arizona homes. The Solana plant will be Abengoa Solar’s tenth CSP plant worldwide.

Could US commit to solar power?

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Now it seems that solar power may be taking the lead in the USA. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has revealed that his department is studying whether 670,000 acres of federal lands in six western states are suitable for the construction of large-scale solar power projects, according to reports in Yale Environment 360. Salazar said the Obama administration is doing all it can to put the “bulls eye on the development of solar energy on our public lands&#.

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DOE offers nearly $2B in conditional loan guarantee commitments for two concentrating solar power plants; first US utility-scale deployment of Abengoa Solar Collector Assembly

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered conditional commitments to provide loan guarantees worth nearly $2 billion to support two concentrating solar power (CSP) projects—the Mojave Solar Project (MSP) in San Bernardino County, California; and the Genesis Solar Project, located on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California. billion loan guarantee to support the Mojave Solar Project and a conditional commitment for up to a $681.6

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NSF launches 4 new engineering research centers with $74M; large-scale solar energy, sustainable water systems, sensorimotor neural engineering and energy transmission networks

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The centers will support research and innovation in solar energy; water infrastructure; neural engineering; and wide-area energy transmission. For the first time, NSF’s investment in two of these centers will be matched by another federal agency—NSF and the Department of Energy will co-fund the ERCs investigating solar energy and energy transmission.

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US DOE announces 3 consortia for $125M US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center; solar, second-generation biofuels and buildings

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Consortia researchers will leverage their expertise and resources in solar technology, advanced biofuels, and building efficiency. In addition, US and Indian consortia members have pledged more than $75 million in matching funds, for a combined funding total of more than $125 million for joint research and development in solar energy, advanced biofuels, and building energy efficiency.

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US DOE offers conditional loan guarantee commitments to support nearly $4.5B in Loans for 3 California Cd-Te photovoltaic solar power plants

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billion to support three alternating current Cadmium Telluride (Cd-Te) thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facilities: DOE is offering a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee to AV Solar Ranch 1, LLC to support the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 project. The inverters enable the project to provide more stable and continuous power, increasing the efficiency and reliability of large-scale solar power plants greater than 100 MW. First Solar, Inc.,

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NREL study suggests cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

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A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.

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E.ON to provide 10MW battery storage unit to Tucson Electric

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Climate & Renewables North America, LLC (E.ON) signed an agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide frequency response and voltage control from a grid-scale, 10 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage facility with a 2 MW solar array. The Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Project will be located adjacent to the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson. MW Tech Park Solar and 13.2

"Spirit" Takes On An International Touch of Sorts at London Bridge, Lake Havasu, before Setting Sail for a "Sense of Yuma" - Tuesday, 8 Dec 09

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Now finding my "sense of Yuma" and tomorrow beckons to be bright at the Rotary Club, right there at the Ramada at 6:30AM, as a guest of Mike Perry, definitely a solar kind of guy! EVer a'Plug'n Arizona, "Spirit" & EVJerry (202) 486-5450. Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Just a few sunny & bright pixs to tell the sidetrip to Lake Havasu. Hope was to generate some media attention, but sometimes it's dippitydoo instead of serendipity!

Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles : Gas 2.0

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Portland and San Francisco Battle For Electric Car Domination Chicago Gets First Solar Powered EV Charging Station World’s Top 10 Fastest Electric Cars A Few Pictures of Upcoming Electric Cars: Source [ PhysOrg.com ] Image Credit: Clayton B.

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All American "Spirit" Noted on Yuma's KYMA Website as of Wednesday, 9 December 2009 -

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however, maybe solar enpowered a tad with the solar panels. Wednesday, the Toyota Prius Plus made a pit stop in Yuma to educate people on solar energy. EVer a'Plug'n Arizona, sunnily & brightly, All American "Spirit" and Bisbee EVJerr PS The "Spirit" returned to back home last Thursday night with EVJerry a tad road weary. Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Just a short entry until a YOU TUBE link (fingers crossed!)

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US NSF and UK BBSRC award $10.3M+ to four teams to improve biological photosynthesis

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Summaries of the four funded projects are: Plug and Play Photosynthesis led by Anne Jones of Arizona State University: This project is designed to separate the capture and conversion of solar energy into fuel—processes that may be completed by a single cell—into two different organisms that would communicate with one another through electrical currents flowing between them. Biomass Biotech Fuels Solar

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W2 Energy reports progress in development of compressed air rotary engine; deployment inCAES system

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W2 has shipped a SteamRay/AirRocket unit for deployment in the compressed air storage system (CAES) designed by AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy) at the University of Arizona. The AzRISE CAES team is working on a scalable CAES technology that enables the optimal utilization of energy obtained from renewable sources such as solar. W2 Energy , Inc. reports progress in its development of a commercially viable compressed air engine.

Coming Soon – The Electric City

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Several thousand Leafs made in Japan will be delivered to metropolitan areas in California, Arizona, Washington state, Oregon and Tennessee. Under last year’s stimulus package, nearly $200 million will support Nissan’s introduction of the Leaf by permitting the installation of 13,000 charging stations around cities in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Tennessee in the next year or so. Photo by Jim Wilson, New York Times.

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"Spirit of DC" is in GroovyLand. aka Groveland, California, Friday, 23 January 2009

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Michael Malloy of Big Oak Flat will join Jerry Asher of Bisbee Arizona to talk about the benefits of Going Green. These include the utilization of solar, wind and hydro-electric power.

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US Departments of Interior and Defense partner to promote renewable energy on federal lands

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A major goal of the partnership is to harness the significant proven solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy resources on or near Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country. About 13 million acres of these withdrawn lands are located in the west and are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources. This includes withdrawn lands on military installations or on withdrawn land that could be appropriate for utility-scale solar, wind, or geothermal projects.

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US Departments of Interior and Defense partner to promote renewable energy on federal lands

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A major goal of the partnership is to harness the significant proven solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy resources on or near Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country. About 13 million acres of these withdrawn lands are located in the west and are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources. This includes withdrawn lands on military installations or on withdrawn land that could be appropriate for utility-scale solar, wind, or geothermal projects.

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MIT Battery Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Electric Cars : Gas 2.0

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Sion Power to provide enhanced Li-S batteries to Airbus Defence and Space for new Zephyr HAPS; 350 Wh/kg

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This agreement extends the previously successful Zephyr 7 program in which Sion Power batteries were employed during the night, along with solar power during the day, to achieve record-breaking flights of more than 14 days without refueling or landing. The Zephyr 8 aircraft is larger, with increased payload capacity, and will employ custom Li-S battery packs designed and assembled in Tucson Arizona.

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OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to develop an integrated algae growth and harvesting system

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Because they float, Algasol believes their PBRs achieve optimal light exposure with outstanding productivity results and avoid the high temperature and excess salinity often encountered in solar growth systems. In addition, Algasol has collaborated and maintains a close relationship with Arizona State University (ASU), and is a cornerstone of the recently inaugurated Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). OriginOil, Inc.

"Spirit" Amidst the Merry Mingling at Bookmans Grand Charging Station Celebration with Tucson EVA2, Clean Cities, and Tesla "750" Coming to Tucson

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Tonight's Saturday evening TV news and tomorrow's Sunday morn Arizona Star may bring more information and pixs to be copied. In meanwhile, EVer so successful was the mingling EVent at Bookmans with first owners, Bob and Amy Oldfather, Tucson EVA2 PresidentRush Dougherty and our fellowTEVA2 Associates and EVs, both Pima Association of Government Clean Cities Program Manager, Colleen Crowninshield, and Solar Partnership Programs, Kathryn Van Kirk, and so many, many others.

The "Spirit's" Getting Itchy Tires. Readying for the PluginAmerica-sponsored Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America. Come Saturday, 17 Jan 2009

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Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs & EVnthusiasts, One & All - The "Spirit of DC" is getting itchy tires and coming out of winter quarters in Home, Sweet Bisbee Arizona in order to be in the California sunshine for the PluginAmerica-sponsored Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America! press conference at the Santa Monica Civic parking lot--next to its solar carport with EV chargers -- then a short parade nearby.

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QinetiQ Zephyr Used Sion Li-S Batteries in Record Unmanned Flight

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The Zephyr’s world record flight was completed on 23 July 2010 at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. The Zephyr, a solar/battery powered all electric UAV with a wing span of 70 feet (22.5 50 kg), achieved this record using a combination of solar power during the day and Sion Power’s Li-S batteries at night. The custom built Li-S battery pack was designed and assembled by Sion Power in Tucson, Arizona.

DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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19 projects will leverage the HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate the development of advanced water-splitting materials for hydrogen production, with an initial focus on advanced electrolytic, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical pathways. Efficient Solar Water Splitting with 5,000 Hours Stability Using Earth-abundant Catalysts and Durable Layered 2D Perovskites. Transformative Materials for High- Efficiency Thermochemical Production of Solar Fuels.

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EVndeavoring to Do a Month or Two in Review Since July, August. with "Spirit of DC" Hang'in in Phoenix and EVJerry Taking on "Power of DC".

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while awaiting a PluginSupply.com upgraded box battery and a set of Li-ion battery -- something new and in anticipation for the upcoming EVenture called Tour de AZ: "Spirit of DC" All Around Arizona EVducational Tour. but this time with Arizona being implied in the PHEV3A acronym. Meanwhile, back at the shop, the team gets ready for the cross country run on solar and electric power. Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Gads! How time zips by.

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"Spirit of DC" PHEV All Around America Update. from EVJerry back in DC with the "Spirit" Hanging out at the Beach!

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The basis for the "Spirit of DC" staying over in Arizona through the winter results from the gifting of a state-of-the-art Li-ion battery pack and charger from Delaware Power Systems out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. visiting 15 Arizona County Seats of Government (Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Pina, Greenlee, Graham, Yuma, Havapai, Coconino, Apache, Maricopa, ) B. Arizona: Flagstaff EAA and Phoenix EAA.

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