Anticipation for the second SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is heating up. The four-day event in sunny Anaheim, California will bring together hundreds of private- and public-sector stakeholders to celebrate the success of the U.S. solar energy industry, which had a record breaking year in 2013 and is 60% of the way toward achieving the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative goal of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale solar electricity. The Summit will also provide a forum to help the industry and its supporters identify strategies to reach the SunShot goal and make solar energy more affordable for all Americans.
Here are five reasons why you should attend the Summit, May 19-22:
1. Top notch plenary sessions and keynote speakers. Business, research and energy policy leaders will provide unique perspectives on the future of the U.S. solar energy industry. Keynote speakers include:
- Ali Zaidi, Deputy Director for Energy Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council;
- Linda J. Fisher, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont Safety, Health & Environment;
- Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory;
- Billy Parish, Founder and President, Mosaic.
2. Sixteen thought-provoking breakout sessions. Solar industry leaders and subject matter experts will provide insights and perspectives on the “grand challenges” to achieve the SunShot 2020 affordability goal: how to speed deployment, ways to enable the growth of the U.S. solar market, and strategies for delivering affordable and accessible solar energy across the nation. Topics include:
- The Next Frontier for Solar Deployment: The Mid-Size Market;
- Bringing Solutions to the Solar Industry: Startups, Technology Development and Market Entry;
- Disruptive Solar Technologies: Frontiers In New Materials and Approaches.
3. Insightful industry workshops. Focused workshops and discussions will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback across various high-impact areas in the Energy Department’s solar project portfolio and identify the barriers and opportunities associated with SunShot’s goals. Topics include:
- New Ideas for Seeding Your Solar Marketplace: Program Pilots & Embedded Experiments;
- Recognizing Leading Solar Communities;
- Natural Allies: Training Other Professionals Who Impact the Solar Industry.
4. Interactive, innovative technology forum. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to view interactive technology demonstrations and more than 300 poster displays, showcasing innovative work by SunShot awardees.
5. Opportunity to network with solar pros. Foster new partnerships with innovators in the solar industry and get up to speed on the latest in solar research and development.