Morocco flying high after success

Plane makes 1st solar-powered intercontinental flight

Posted: June 11, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.

Solar Impulse’s Bertrand Piccard (center) celebrates with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg (right) and Mustafa Bakkouri, president of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, upon the solar plane’s arrival last week at Rabat airport in Morocco.

Morocco’s ambitious and expensive plan to draw 40 percent of its energy needs from the limitless power of the blazing sun by 2020 received a publicity boost last week as the first solar-powered plane to make an intercontinental flight landed in the North African kingdom.

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Business, Pages 19 on 06/11/2012