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Arkansas students win big with innovative solar panels

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A team representing the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville took home $250,000 in prize money after winning the MIT Clean Energy Prize.

Four UA students developed methods to make solar panels more efficient and less costly to manufacture. The team named their startup company Picasolar.

The team won the $150,000 MIT Clean Energy Prize and took home an additional $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The team includes Trish Flanagan, Seth Shumate, Matthew Young and Michael Miller. All four are graduate or doctoral students at the University of Arkansas.

This year's MIT Clean Energy Prize had 56 entries from 39 universities in 19 states.

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