On September 23, 2014, the GW Solar Institute hosted its 6th Annual Solar Symposium. This event convened policymakers, industry experts, business leaders, researchers, and students to discuss innovative solutions to today's biggest solar policy questions. The theme, "Using Solar Energy to Generate Wealth in Lower Income Communities," was the first national conference that brought together stakeholders and decision-makers from all over the country to share and develop the emerging solutions needed to achieve solar affordability and accessibility for all Americans.
Panels and presentations focused on the best ways to broaden the solar market through creative incentive and financing solutions, elimination of legal and regulatory barriers, and integration of solar investments with existing federal low-income programs.
Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to network, use the event app to ask questions, engage with leading researchers during the poster session, learn more about Symposium videos and infographics, and share their thoughts during Planet Forward's video interviews with industry stakeholders.
Following the 2014 Solar Symposium, the GW Solar Institute released Bridging the Solar Income Gap, a working paper that provides specific recommendations for how to expand solar energy in lower income communities.