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SOLAR 2016 Program Highlights Networking & Knowledge Sharing

Boulder, CO (June 20, 2016) — Today the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) finalized its online SOLAR 2016 program http://solar2016.org/program/. This 45 th ASES Annual National Solar Conference, held in collaboration with the Intersolar exhibition in San Francisco July 10-14, promises to be a premier networking and knowledge- sharing event for renewable energy professionals and advocates. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available online at www.solar2016.org/register.

“Plenary sessions, forums, and moderated technical sessions–, focused on progress and challenges facing the country and world–, are all designed to encourage deep dialogue among presenters and participants. The goal is for attendees to leave the conference with strong community-based recommendations for advancing the movement to a 100% renewable energy world,” stated the SOLAR 2016 National Organizing Committee headed by Dave Renné (International Solar Energy Society President) and Richard Perez (Professor State University of New York Albany). 

In addition to ample opportunity to engage with technical, finance and policy leaders each day, ASES has also planned evening networking events, highlighted with an “Emerging Professionals Reception” on Monday night. The reception, hosted by ASES and EnergeiaWorks, will feature short success stories from young ASES leaders and a special commentary on advancing solar in other industries from IndyCar driver and ASES supporter Stefan Wilson. SOLAR 2016 is offering several additional benefits. As outlined on the online program, selected sessions presented at Solar 2016 have been approved for AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Units. A total of 12.5 LUs can be earned by attending all eight of the approved sessions. Free carbon offsets for travel are also available on the conference web site. Plenary speakers will be covering many aspects of achieving 100% renewable energy worldwide:

Monday

 Professor Eicke Weber Director, Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy, Freiburg, Germany—
German examples and what is needed worldwide to reach 100% renewables.

 Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citibank Capital Markets,
Inc.—Role of financing and innovations that are making a real difference in accelerating
progress to 100%.

 Diane Moss, Renewables 100 Policy Institute—Policy tools and actions that are working
worldwide and in the U.S.

 John Smirnow, Secretary-General Global Solar Council—Report on the solar industry and
growth worldwide.

 

Tuesday

 Debbie Rafael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment—Focus on San Franciso’s renewable cities efforts.

 Jodie Van Horn, Director, Strategic Relations at Sierra Club, Readyfor100 campaign—
Grassroots renewable progress primarily at the cities level in the U.S.

 Betsy Agar, Research Manager at and founding member of Renewable Cities, a Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue program, Vancouver, BC—How cities are leading the way to 100% with a global focus.

 Angelina Galiteva, California Independent System Operator Corporation Member—The Iimportant role of operators in advancing renewable energy integration.

 

Wednesday

 Mark Davis, CEO of WDC Solar, Washington, DC—Creating jobs in the installation sector in the U.S.

 Chris Deschene, Department of Energy – Achieving 100% renewables on native lands

 Rev. Sally Bingham, Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California – Bringing solar to churches and protecting the Earth.

 

More information about the event agenda, registrations or sponsorship can be found at at www.solar2016.org.

 

About ASES

Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates, and is the U.S. Section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). We are dedicated to inspiring an era of energy innovation and speeding the transition toward a sustainable energy economy. 

ASES works to build the industry, connect consumers with solar companies, and enrich quality of life through advancements in solar and renewable energy. We are involved in many endeavors that promote solar and renewable technologies including publishing numerous groundbreaking studies and the SOLAR TODAY magazine, hosting the annual National Solar Conference and organizing the annual National Solar Tour.

For more information, please email info@ases.org or visit www.ases.org. Also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Media Contact:
Spring Hericks  |  720-878- 1352  |  shericks@ases.org

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SOLAR 2016 Sponsorships and 
Registration Now Open

Boulder, CO (May 3, 2016) — The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) today announced that both registration and sponsorship packages for SOLAR 2016—the 45 th Annual National Solar Conference—are now available online at www.solar2016.org/register. The event will be held in San Francisco July 10-14 in collaboration with the Intersolar exhibition and will be attended by business leaders and entrepreneurs, solar professionals and researchers, architects and engineers, educators and students, economists and financial professionals.

The focus of SOLAR 2016 is “Progress Toward 100% Renewables” and will explore the advancement of renewable energy in the U.S. and globally as a consequence of the historical accord reached at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in December. The conference will feature cutting-edge research as well as presentations on the integration of solar and other renewables, and solar-friendly policies and financing.

“Developments in solar and renewable energy are rapidly evolving,” said ASES Executive Director Carly Rixham. “Perennial shifts in economic policy, business and technology innovation are driving the pace and evolution of the industry. The significance of SOLAR 2016 is to facilitate the highest and fastest renewables penetration possible by bringing critical pieces of the industry together each year to analyze, forecast and position for advancement.”

The solar Conferences began in 1971 and have long served as a major event for the global renewable energy community to explore PV and other technologies, their markets and economics. “SOLAR 2016 helps attendees become more knowledgeable and better informed, but also to identify key growth opportunities,” said Rixham. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the renewable energy industry, and ASES is proud to bring this community together year after year to collaborate and strive for progress.”

Some of the confirmed speakers for the plenary sessions will be speaking specifically about innovation and what is working in the goal to accelerate progress to achieve 100% renewables in the U.S. and globally.

  • Professor Eicke Weber Director, Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy, Freiburg, Germany – German examples and what is needed worldwide to reach 100% renewables.
  • Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citibank Capital Markets, Inc. – Role of financing and innovations that are making a real difference in accelerating progress to 100%.
  • Diane Moss, Renewables 100 Policy Institute – Policy tools and actions that are working worldwide and in the U.S.
  • Betsy Agar, Director of Renewable Cities, Simon Fraser University Center for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC – How cities are leading the way to 100% with a global focus.
  • Mark Davis, CEO of WDC Solar, Washington, DC – Creating jobs in the installation sector in the U.S.
  • John Smirnow, Secretary-General Global Solar Council – Report on solar industry and growth worldwide.
  • Jodie van Horn, Director, Strategic Relations at Sierra Club, Readyfor100 campaign – Grassroots renewable progress primarily at the cities level in the U.S.
  • Kacia Brockman, Sr. Renewable Energy Coordinator with the City of San Francisco – Focus on San Franciso’s renewable cities efforts.

Registration for the conference is at www.solar2016.org/register. Those interested in supporting the conference through tax-deductible sponsorships can visit http://solar2016.org/sponsors/.

About ASES
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates, and is the U.S. Section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). We are dedicated to inspiring an era of energy innovation and speeding the transition toward a sustainable energy economy.

ASES works to build the industry, connect consumers with solar companies, and enrich quality of life through advancements in solar and renewable energy. We are involved in many endeavors that promote solar and renewable technologies including publishing numerous groundbreaking studies and the SOLAR TODAY magazine, hosting the annual National Solar Conference and organizing the annual National Solar Tour.

For more information, please email info@ases.org or visit www.ases.org. Also on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Spring Hericks  |  720-878- 1352  |  shericks@ases.org

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Dr. Dave Renné & Dr. Richard Perez to Lead ASES SOLAR 2016

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has named Dr. Dave Renné, President of the International Solar Energy Society, as the Chair of the next ASES Conference, SOLAR 2016, which will be held in San Francisco, California on July 10-14, 2016. ASES also named Dr. Richard Perez, Research Professor at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center of the State University of New York at Albany, as the Chair of the conference’s Technical Review Committee. SOLAR 2016’s conference theme will be “100% Renewables: Progress in the United States.”

SOLAR 2016, co-located with Intersolar North America, will present:

  • Plenary sessions and forums on the advancement of renewable energy in the US, and what is happening worldwide as a result of the United Nations Conference of Parties in December 2015
  • Sessions for discussing pre-publication research at the forefront of renewable energy and related fields
  • Emerging Professionals meeting, awards reception, and other networking opportunities to broaden personal and professional communities working on the 100% renewable energy world goal.

“SOLAR 2016 is your opportunity to meet and network with solar professionals and advocates from all over the country to share in the latest developments on progress towards 100% renewable energy at local, regional and even the national level,” says Dr. Renné. Dr. Perez further adds that “ASES wants to hear from you. Whether it is about solar forecasting, PV technology or economics, your research is key to facilitating highest renewables penetration as soon as possible.”

Both bring wide-ranging experience and passion to the conference. Dr. Renné, retired from the National Renewable Energy Lab, continues advisory work on resource assessment with the World Bank, International Renewable Energy Agency, and Clean Power Research. Dr. Perez has authored several broadly used solar transposition, satellite, and forecast models and holds patents for methods of solar load control and deep sea electrical energy storage.

Dr. Perez notes that “While my (very interesting) day job is solar resource modeling – operational satellite irradiance data and forecasts – my real interest is to bring about the Big Solar picture, and to develop logistical solutions that will get us to 100% [renewables] sooner rather than later.” Dr. Renné reflects, “I have enjoyed working with the International Solar Energy Society as its President for the past six years, especially with the opportunities this position has afforded me in connecting with like-minded partners and colleagues from around the world who are dedicated to transforming the energy system to 100% clean, renewable energy, used wisely and efficiently. I am looking forward to the networking and knowledge sharing opportunities that SOLAR 2016 will be offering!”

Questions? solar2016@ases.org.
Media Contact: Carly Rixham, American Solar Energy Society, 720-420- 7937, crixham@ases.org