On April 23, 2013, over 200 people attended the GW Solar Institute 5th Annual Symposium, Solar Energy: Going Global.

The event convened major figures in the energy and solar arenas, including a keynote address from First Solar Vice President of Government Relations, Kathy Weiss, who spoke about the growing solar markets around the world.

Other highlights include a panel moderated by World Bank Principal Climate Specialist, Alan Miller, on the role of concentrated solar power throughout the world, as well as an expert panel moderated by the Chair of the Energy Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, Jerry Bloom, on the realistic economic and political outlook for solar energy.


Welcome  |  Session Video

Ken Zweibel - Director, GW Solar Institute
Peg Barratt - Dean, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Keynote: Perspectives on the Global Solar Market  |  Session Video

Kathleen Weiss - Vice President of Government Affairs, First Solar

Panel Discussion: Solar Photovoltaics - Going Global  |  Session Video

Moderator: James Johnson, PV Technical Strategist, GE Global Research

Tom Starrs - Vice President of Americas Market Development and Policy, SunPower Corporation
Kathleen Weiss - Vice President of Government Affairs, First Solar
Steven O'Rourke - Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, MEMC
Andy Zheng - PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley

Networking Lunch

Panel Discussion: Solar Thermal Electric - Going Global  |  Session Video

Moderator: Alan Miller, Principal Climate Change Specialist, International Finance Corporation

Fred Morse - Senior Advisor for US Operations, Abengoa Solar
Arthur Haubenstock - Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie, Presentation
Jonathan Walters - Director for Regional Strategy and Programs in the Middle East and North Africa, World Bank
Katherine Gensler - Director of Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association, Presentation

Panel Discussion: The Economic and Political Outlook for Global Development of Solar Power  |  Session Video

Moderator: Jerry Bloom, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Claudia Hitaj - PhD Candidate, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland-College Park
Dana Rysankova - Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Ignacio Ruiz - Vice President, Santander Global Banking and Markets
Mark Crowdis - President, Reznick Think Energy, LLC


Ken Zweibel, Director, GW Solar Institute

Event Details

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

9:00am to 4:30pm

Jack Morton Auditorium 
805 21 Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Hosted By:

GW Solar Institute