2010 Solar Symposium | Challenges to Solar as a Leading Solution to Climate Change and Energy Problems

Steven Knapp

On April 19, 2010, the GW Solar Institute held it Second Annual Symposium, entitled Challenges to Solar as a Leading Solution to Climate Change and Energy Problems.

The annual event featured a panel on long-term visions for solar energy and the key issues and opportunities faced by solar. Later sessions focused on the technical and economic feasibility of solar electricity reaching an energy-significant scale from both photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies, as well as a a look at how solar energy might help fuel transportation needs.

Featured speakers represented over three-quarters of both U.S. PV manufacturing capacity and solar thermal industry. The keynote address was delivered by former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, who led the U.S. negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol and served as chief domestic policy adviser to President Carter.

Thanks to symposium sponsors:

Lockheed Martin
Winston & Strawn LLP 


Welcome  Session Video

Steven Knapp - President, George Washington University
Peg Barratt - Dean, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Debra Jacobson - Co-Director, GW Solar Institute

Keynote |  Session Video

Stuart Eizenstat - Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Panel: Solar Vision Forum |  Session Video

Moderator: Jerry Bloom, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

John Lushetsky - Manager, Solar Energy Technologies Program, US Department of Energy, Presentation
Scott Sklar - President, The Stella Group, Presentation
Arnold Goldman - Chairman, Brightsource
Rhone Resch - President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association, Presentation
Ken Zweibel - Executive Director, GW Solar Institute, Presentation

Speaker Series: Solar Photovoltaic Electricity | Q&A Video

Maja Wessels - Executive Vice President, First Solar, Video, Presentation
Julie Blunden - Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Communications, SunPower, VideoPresentation
David Miller - President, Electronics and Communications, DuPont, VideoPresentation

Networking Lunch

Panel Discussion: Solar Thermal Electricity  |  Session Q&A

Bill Gould - Chief Technical Officer, Solar Reserve, VideoPresentation
Scott Frier - Chief Operating Officer, Abegnoa Solar, VideoPresentation
Chris Myers - Vice President for Energy Programs, Lockheed Martin, Video, Presentation

Panel Discussion: Solar Energy and Transportation | Session Q&A

Sam Baldwin - Chief Technology Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, VideoPresentation
Stuart Licht - Professor of Chemistry, George Washington University, VideoPresentation
Donald Paul - Executive Director, University of Southern California Energy Institute, VideoPresentation


Ken Zweibel, Director, GW Solar Institute