As the hardware costs of solar have decreased significantly over the last decade, the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar – like permitting, installation, financing, and grid integration, among others – remain a major barrier to greater solar deployment in the U.S. and make up an increasingly larger fraction of the total cost of a solar energy system. SunShot invites big thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to share their big ideas to help address the challenges to greater solar deployment.
Join us to envision what solar technologies will compose the marketplace in 25 years. Will silicon PV still dominate, or will other technologies become more prominent? How much differentiation by sector segment will we see? Panelists will discuss their vision for the future of solar technology, as well as how this vision should affect research and development investments made today.
The Future of China's Solar Industry and Its Implications for Energy Strategy Globally and in the United States CX(s) Applied: A9 Date: 04/03/2014 Location(s): California Offices(s): Golden Field Office
The 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review will host a Technology Forum showcasing innovative and cutting-edge technologies that are helping to drive down the cost of solar energy. The Forum will feature a wide range of solar industry exhibitors showcasing software and hardware products and solutions, as well as nearly 300 SunShot awardees displaying their work and answering questions about their projects.
Technology Forum Hours
May 19 from 4:00-7:00pm May 20 from 4:00-7:00pm May 21 from 4:00-7:00pm
The future of solar energy can be bright. Solar energy is growing quickly; in certain parts of the U.S., solar is on the precipice of becoming a mainstream generation source . As solar power’s costs fall, and as solar begins to reach grid parity in a few states, the industry is shifting its focus to opening new markets and to further cutting costs. But there are significant challenges to scaling up solar, and major disagreements have broken out as solar power expands. What are the challenges and disagreements? How are they playing out? How might they be resolved?