SOLAR ENERGY: A Critical Component of Meeting the Clean Energy Challenge
The George Washington University Solar Institute Third Annual Symposium took place on April 26, 2011 and attracted over 200 viewers in person and online. The event featured a keynote address from Minh Le, Chief Engineer of DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program, who discussed the President's clean energy challenge and the Department's SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce solar costs to one dollar per watt by the year 2020. Following the keynote, a panel of leading solar companies, including First Solar, SunPower, SolarReserve, and SundEdison, discussed the feasability of meeting this goal and what challenges lie ahead as they move forward with deployment. A second panel comprised of other private sector companies discussed what steps they see in the market, and at their own firms, are being taken to incorporate clean energy into operations and the broader economy. The first afternoon session addressed the progress of solar technology from an academic perspective, while the last two sessions featured presentations from industry and legal experts on the variability challenge facing solar energy and the grid, and examined transmission scenarios for electricty from solar.
Many thanks are owed to the extraordinary line-up of speakers and to the Symposium sponsors: The U.S. Department of Energy, DuPont, Winston & Strawn LLP, and Distributed Sun.
View presentations and video from the 2010 Solar Institute Symposium
Symposium 2011 – Video and Presentations