UCR to Host Solar Conference

Event to explore how Inland Southern California communities can benefit from rapidly growing solar energy industry  

an image of UCR's solar farm.

UCR’s solar farm provides more than three megawatts, or the equivalent of 960 houses.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The spotlight will be on solar energy at a February conference hosted by the University of California, Riverside.

Opportunities for Solar: Ways Forward for Inland Southern California’ is set for 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Bourns Technology Center, 1200 Columbia Avenue, Riverside, 92507.

Government and business leaders, utility providers, and the wider community are invited to learn more about the latest technologies and trends in solar energy from a variety of perspectives. Panel sessions will cover topics that include market-ready technologies, the emerging role of energy storage, economics and financing, and policies and incentives that apply to inland Southern California.

The morning keynote speaker will be Karen Douglas, commissioner at the California Energy Commission. The afternoon speaker will be Charlie Gay, founder of the Greenstar Foundation, which delivers solar power and internet access to developing world villages.  Other speakers include John White, executive director at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, and Brad Heaver, policy director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association. A full agenda is available here.

A picture of Dr. Alfredo Martinez-Morales

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales

UCR’s Alfredo Martinez-Morales, managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) and one of the conference organizers, said the event will focus on increasing the accessibility of solar power as a clean, cost competitive, and renewable energy source.

“As the solar industry continues to grow and evolve, it is important for stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities for incorporating solar energy into their communities, including how the marketplace works as well as local policies and initiatives in place,” Martinez-Morales said.

The conference is being hosted by three UCR centers: The College of Engineering’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, and the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy. The 2016 conference builds on the success of the inaugural conference, which was held in 2014.

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