Solar Heats Up Topeka, Kansas

June 2, 2003 [] Topeka was the “solar capital” of the country for a week in May when dozens of high school and college teams from across the country competed in a series of photovoltaic (PV) charged electric vehicles at Heartland Park Topeka, co-sponsored by the Kansas Corporation Commission’s (KCC) Energy Programs. The Formula Sun Grand Prix featured a three-day race of full-size PV cars, built by colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Teams from as far away as the University of California – Berkley, Auburn University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada participated. Solar BikeRayce USA is a 100k (52 miles) annual international closed-course solar charged electric bike and small car race. The objectives of the event are to stimulate interest in science and technology and raise awareness of alternative energy sources. More than two dozen entries from California to Tennessee participated. Perennial champions, Los Altos High School of California, again took the honors in the Solar BikeRayce S class completing 34 laps at an average of over 25 mph.
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