1. Solar: Imagine the Possibilities


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    May 28, 2014 presentation on bringing solar power into your home at the Craftsbury Public Library. Brought to you by the Craftsbury Energy Committee.

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    • Clean Tech Investing in 2012: What’s Hot and What’s Not? - MIT Club of Northern California


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      Please join us at Silicon Valley Bank for an outlook on investing in clean technologies from an industry-leading group of panelists representing venture capital and investment banking viewpoints. Panelists Pierre Lamond, Khosla Ventures Steve Goldby, Venrock Partners Tim Woodward, Nth Power David Chen, Morgan Stanley

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      • Residential Solar: Is the Market Ready to Explode? - MIT Club of Northern California


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        The residential rooftop solar market is growing rapidly in California without state incentives. Across the country solar is becoming more cost competitive with the grid, spurring a boom in deployment. Yet costs in the US - see chart below - remain dramatically higher than elsewhere (residential rooftop solar prices in Germany are half of those in the U.S. and the DOE’s SunShot goals are even more aggressive) and higher than they need to be to achieve truly broad acceptance. Please join us on September 26th to hear from the CEOs and advocates who enable this revolution as they discuss the next steps in bringing solar to every roof. Tom Werner – CEO, SunPower, Paul Nahi – CEO, Enphase, Andrew Birch – CEO, Sungevity, Nicholas Lazares - Chairman & CEO, Admirals Bank, Susannah Churchill – CA Policy Advocate, Vote Solar, Moderator: Barry Cinnamon – Former CEO, Akeena/Westinghouse Solar

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        • Will Solar Technologies Meet Utility Scale Demand? - MIT Club of Northern California


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          Please join us at PARC the evening of June 1st for a stand-up dinner, followed by a lively panel discussion featuring three high-level solar executives and the senior advisor to the CA governor, who will address the viability of solar technologies in scaling up to meet the needs of utility-class renewable power generation. The southwest U.S. is an enormous potential solar resource and several projects involving concentrated solar thermal or photovoltaic technologies have been approved by permitting agencies. The Governor of California has signed a goal of 33% renewable power generation by 2020. Solar thermal features proven technologies with minimal risk. The cost of PV technologies has declined significantly, making them viable at utility scale too. Nonetheless, major hurdles remain in this dynamic area. What are the relative advantages of concentrated solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies? What government policies are driving or hindering development? What other challenges such as financing, storage & transmission constraints and environmental obstacles must be met? Panelists: Michael Picker - Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy to the Governor of CA Howard Wenger – President, Utilities and Power Plants, SunPower Corp Alice Harron - Senior Director of Development, Solar Millennium Randy Wu - Managing Director, Development at First Solar Ian Copeland - President of Bechtel Renewable Power Moderator: Hal LaFlash - Director of Emerging Clean Technologies, Pacific Gas & Electric

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          • Clean Tech Investing: Emerging Trends - New Strategies - MIT Club of Northern California


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            Investors have learned, sometimes bitterly, that the investment life cycle for certain technology and/or manufacturing-based clean technology companies is not the same as software and information technology. Time horizons are longer and usually much more capital investment is required to launch the company. Consequently, investor priorities have shifted to companies focused on business models that are less capital intensive and deliver more immediate value to customers – in market segments like efficiency, recovery, recycling and services. Additionally, many young companies are finding that funding is becoming increasingly more difficult for them. It's no secret that many venture capital firms have left the energy & cleantech space, so some companies are looking to non-traditional investors, such as hedge funds and corporate strategics, to make up the difference. Please join us on December 5th to hear from some of Silicon Valley’s most insightful investors about the changing funding trends in the industry and the new strategies being adopted by both companies and investors alike. Pierre Lamond – Khosla Ventures Scott Jacobs – EFW Partners Joel Conkling – Google.org Stuart Bernstein – Goldman Sachs Moderator: Eric Wesoff – Chief Editor, Greentech Media

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            • NYSERDA Residential Solar PV Financing | January 23, 2014


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              Informational webinar on the NYSERDA Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Financing initiative. The session was held for all participating contractors in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) program in order to provide guidance for PV projects funded through NYSERDA PON 2112 in coordination with HPwES.

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              • New Materials - Solar Capture & Storage - Professor Jeffrey Grossman - MIT Club of Northern California


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                Despite the enormous potential of solar power to generate electricity, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is by far the least utilized renewable energy resource today. We need breakthrough advances in materials to capture and store solar energy so we can economically replace fossil fuels in the next few decades. Prof. Grossman will describe two radically new solar materials and the computational models that led to their discovery. In his first example, he explains how nanoscale templates are used to create entirely new classes of materials to store solar energy in the chemical bonds of molecules. These materials are 100% renewable, produce no emissions, are easily transportable, rechargeable and provide reversible energy on-demand. In the second example, Prof. Grossman will discuss innovative designs for more efficient thin-film photovoltaic active layers. These designs focus on new materials based on nanoporous amorphous silicon as well as all-carbon PVs, where the entire active layer is made from a single element. Jeffrey C. Grossman is a Professor in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois, performed postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley, and was a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to joining MIT in 2009, he was Director of a Nano-science Center and Head of the Computational Nano-science Research Group with a focus on energy applications at U.C. Berkeley. He has published more than 80 scientific papers and holds 8 current or pending patents in the field of solar photovoltaics, hydrogen storage, thermo-electrics and solar fuels. MIT Inspirational Teachers Awards We will honor two exceptional high school teachers – Bob Blaschke (Math) of Lynbrook High in San Jose and Ben Chun, MIT BSCSE ’00, (Computer Science) of Galileo Academy of Science & Technology in San Francisco.

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                • The Materials Genome Initiative - Gerbrand Ceder - MIT Club of Northern California


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                  Novel materials design has become a critical capability to address several urgent societal problems. The Materials Genome Project, originally started at MIT (www.materialsproject.com), has as its objective to use high-throughput first principles computations on an unparalleled scale to provide basic materials property data on all known and many potential new inorganic compounds, thereby accelerating the search for new materials. Professor Ceder will show successful examples of high-throughput calculations in the field of lithium batteries, and show several new materials that have been discovered. He will discuss the public release version of the Materials Genome project, which is making large quantities of computed data freely available to the materials community. Gerbrand Ceder is a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. He received an engineering degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. Dr. Ceder’s research interests lie in the design of novel materials for energy generation and storage, including battery materials, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, and photocatalysts. He has worked for 18 years in the Li-battery field, optimizing several new electrodes materials and has regularly served as scientific advisor to companies and investors in this area. He has published over 300 scientific papers, and holds several U.S. patents. He has served on MIT’s Energy Council as well as on several Department of Energy committees, including the workgroup preparing the Basic Needs for Electrical Energy Storage report. He has received the MRS Gold Medal, the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society for his work on understanding battery materials, the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society. He is a co-founder of Computational Modeling Consultants, Pellion Technologies, and The Materials Project. Dr. Ceder’s work on high-throughput computing was the inspiration of the Presidential Materials Genome Initiative.

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                  • The Future of U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Technology - Tonio Buonassisi - MIT Club of Northern California


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                    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry continues to grow, despite intense international competition and recent margin compression. Can innovation in technology and manufacturing allow American companies to compete and ultimately thrive in this huge but challenging market? Professor Buonassisi will address these questions as he explores the outlook for American PV cell and module suppliers. He will begin by using an industry-validated bottoms-up cost model to compare the cost-reduction potentials of various innovative PV technologies, and how their successful development could influence manufacturing location decisions. He will also describe recent progress toward these innovative technologies, highlighting the new computational and experimental tools that have accelerated the cycle of discovery and product development — providing “sneak peeks” at the technologies that may grace rooftops in years to come. He will conclude by showcasing recent success stories of U.S. innovation. Join us as Professor Buonassisi explains how technology innovation will open up pathways for success in the U.S. solar PV industry. Tonio Buonassisi, MIT Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, heads an interdisciplinary research laboratory focused on photovoltaics (PV). He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Science & Technology at UC Berkeley, with additional research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the Max-Planck-Institute for Microstructure Physics. He is author of over a hundred journal papers, and co-developer of a dedicated course on photovoltaics. Prof. Buonassisi invents, develops, and applies defect-engineering techniques over the entire solar cell process, from crystal growth to modules, improving the cost effectiveness of commercial and next-generation solar cells. Several of his PV innovations have been implemented in industry, including key contributions leading to the founding of solar start-ups and a research institute.

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                      Marco Palombi interviews Michele Appendino, CEO of AME Ventures and Solar Ventures, for the project Partnership for Growth-Capturing Creativity launched by the USA Embassy in Italy in 2007. Michele Appendino talks about his experience as an Entrepreneur and former Venture Capitalist. The video gives precious hints to students and young would be entrepreneurs.

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