Arrival of the PlanetSolar in Monaco – Seven Days to Go!

4/27/2012  Environment

In exactly one week's time, day for day, the PlanetSolar will arrive in Monaco. She will have sailed for almost 53,000 km (28,618 nautical miles).



This catamaran, with her 536,65 m² (almost 5,800 sq. ft.) of photovoltaic solar panels, will be moored on the south wall of the Quai Rainier Ier, not far from Monaco Yacht Club.  After a weekend of colorful celebrations that are being organized to welcome the boat and her crew, she will depart again on Monday 7 May (see the program of festivities).  Meanwhile, the Monaco Stamp Issuing Office has been offering a PlanetSolar stamp since Friday 20 April 2012.

The PlanetSolar is the first exclusively solar-powered boat to sail around the world.  Her mission is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new environmentally friendly technologies and the potential of renewable and photovoltaic energy.  The aim:  to advance scientific research and raise public awareness of the importance of renewable sources of energy.  What's more, PlanetSolar's average energy consumption is similar to that of a scooter …

This initiative is part of the environmental policy that Monaco has been implementing for many years.  It is supported by a consortium composed of Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Société des Bains de Mer and Monaco Yacht Club.

To experience the arrival of the catamaran in real time, crossing the line and the Press conference will be broadcast live on the web site:
www.planetsolar.org

The programme of festivities:

Friday 4 May 2012

10 am:  opening of the "Solar Village" and activities for children
2.15 pm:  official crossing of the arrival line
2.15 pm – 2.45 pm:  parade of the boat
4 pm:  official welcoming ceremony
6 pm:   tours of the boat;  meet the crew;  tours of the Solar Village
9 pm:  solarLightShow & Party

Saturday 5 May 2012

10 am:  opening of the "Solar Village" and activities for children
5.30 pm:  "Imagine a "Solar World" ceremony;  first prize awarded by H.S.H. Prince Albert II
6.30 pm:  19 months of solar navigation presented by the crew
7.30 pm:  tour of the boat and the Solar Village;  meet the crew
9 pm:  solar concert:  Sonalp
10.30 pm:  solarLightShow

Sunday 6 May 2012

10 am- 4 pm:  "Solar Village" and activities for children
1 pm – 4.30 pm:  public tours of the PlanetSolar



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