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5.7.14 – The SunShot Vision: 2020 and Beyond

Did you know that more than half of all solar cell efficiency records have been directly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)?

Only three years into the Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative, the solar industry is already more than 60% of the way to achieving SunShot’s aggressive cost targets –$0.06 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for utility-scale PV solar electricity by 2020. Today, solar-generated electricity is now cost-competitive with traditional energy sources in several states, and costs continue to fall. So what’s next?

SunShot Grand ChallengeOn May 7th, join Minh Le, director of the SunShot Initiative, for a live #SolarChat to discuss the Energy Department’s robust solar  success record and how SunShot is setting a new standard in public-private scientific research & development partnerships to advance our nation’s clean energy future. Le will join other solar community leaders to discuss SunShot’s vision for America’s solar future in advance of the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, California from May 18-22.


Expert Panelists

 Minh Le - Director, Solar Energy Technologies OfficeMinh Le – Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office @ENERGY
Minh Le is the director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he helps manage and balance the portfolio of Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment programs in achieving our national SunShot goals. Prior to his current role at the Energy Department, Minh spent his career in industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Minh earned his SB and SM degrees from MIT where he held fellowships by the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Bose Foundation.

Conrad Burke – Global Marketing Director, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, @DuPont_NewsConrad Burke, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Mr. Burke is global marketing director of DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, the leading supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry. Mr. Burke is on the board of directors for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).  He founded Innovalight in 2005 and served as the president and CEO until August 2011, when DuPont acquired the company. His career has spanned research and development, product management, marketing, sales, general management and operations in major global organizations such as NEC, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems, and abroad in Germany, U.K., and Japan. Before founding Innovalight, Mr. Burke was the Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Oclaro and was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. He has received the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech innovations from the World Economic Forum, and in 2010 was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Burke attended The London Business School and received his B.S. in physics from University College Dublin and his M.S. in physics from Trinity College Dublin.

Jeffrey Ball – Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University @jeff_ballJeffrey Ball, Stanford University
Jeffrey Ball is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. He writes a New Republic column on energy and the environment, Resources, that appears biweekly at TNR.com. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was environment editor and spent more than decade writing about energy and the environment. Since then, his writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Slate and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center is a joint initiative of the law and business schools. Ball heads a project exploring how China and the U.S. might deploy clean energy more economically efficiently if each played to its comparative advantages. The project focuses on the solar industry. Ball speaks often about energy and environmental issues, including as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He majored in history at Yale University.

Vikram Aggarwal EnergySageVikram Aggarwal, Chief Executive Officer, EnergySage @EnergySage
Vikram Aggarwal is the chief executive and founder of EnergySage.   Often referred to as the “Expedia of Solar,”  EnergySage helps homeowners, businesses and non-profits to easily and quickly request, review and compare competitive quotes for solar PV systems and financing options online.  In creating EnergySage, Vikram and his team have used technology to simplify the process of researching and shopping for solar. By offering them more choices and unprecedented levels of transparency into prices and product and installer quality, EnergySage allows consumers to select the option that provide the best value for them, quickly and easily.  EnergySage has been recognized by the Department of Energy and won two SunShot awards.


Raina Russo #SolarChatRaina Russo, Partner, Identity3, Founder, #SolarChat; Co-Founder, Women4Solar @RainaRusso
Raina Russo is a partner of Identity3, a leading woman-owned communications firm, helping brand builders identify, reach, and create awareness with solar and environmentally conscious consumers, with a special focus on women. Russo is a solar community builder, and is the founder of #SolarChat, the industry’s solar megaphone and largest online solar think-tank. In addition, Russo is the co-founder of Women4Solar, which addresses the critical need to bring women and women’s perspectives to the forefront of the evolving solar industry. Russo has been honored by a New York state Congressional representative as a “warrior for our planet,” and by The Energy Collective as a top 10 woman in solar.

Featured Journalist

Ucilia WangUcilia Wang, Greentech Journalist @UciliaWang
Ucilia Wang covers renewable energy and other cleantech sectors for publications such as GigaOm, Forbes, the U.K. Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and MIT Technology Review. She’s out running the rapids in her red river kayak when she’s not chasing down stories.



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#SolarChat Preparation
Check out these resources for advance event education and send in suggestions for more to Raina.Russo@Solarchat.org.

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