Monday, May 16, 2011

Solar Powered Buildings: Worth Another Look as Prices Fall - May 24, 2011 Webcast
The photovoltaics industry is reducing the cost of solar energy at a breakneck rate. Prices on solar panels have dropped over 50% in just two years. Projects that seemed unprofitable two years ago are beginning to look pretty good from a return on investment perspective. Combined with improvements in the energy conversion efficiency of the latest generation of cells, the cost roadmap for PV electricity suggests it will continue flourishing when government incentives are withdrawn.

What does all this mean to building owners? Is solar becoming a cost-competitive technology? What are the business models available from vendors and installers to reduce or eliminate large up-front costs?

Join Greg Sheppard, Photovolataics Chief Research Officer at IHS iSuppli and Clint Wilder, Senior Editor at Clean Edge for a 1-hour presentation where we will double click into what is behind this solar trend and what it means to building owners evaluating their energy options. You will have the opportunity to have your own questions answered following the presentation.


Greg Sheppard, Photovolataics Chief Research Officer, IHS iSuppli

In his initial role with iSuppli, Greg spent several years overseeing the development of its research practices and acquisitions. He currently focuses on financial services, photovoltaic research and development of new strategic research and associated methodologies. Greg has spent the last 20 years of his career in electronics technology market research helping hundreds of companies and investors make intelligent decisions about future courses of action. As an analyst or direct manager of research he has developed market expertise in applied macroeconomics, semiconductors, computing and peripheral systems, wired and wireless communications, consumer electronics, and mil/aero electronics. Greg was also one the industry’s first teardown analysts having done work in the early 1990s helping IBM understand its PC manufacturing costs relative to its competitors. Most recently, Greg led development of the iSuppli buyer preference and retail performance research and linking it to other value chain activity. Other areas of personal involvement was creating inventory research in the year 2000 which helped the company successfully call the dot com boom and bust cycle. He also led development of several other iSuppli offerings including the Semiconductor Spend Analysis, the Design Activity Tool (DAT), and the Design Forecast Tool (DFT). Prior to joining iSuppli, Greg managed the global semiconductor practice for Gartner/Dataquest. He had been with that organization for more than a decade in various analytical and management roles. Prior to his market research career, Greg was in strategic marketing with Fairchild Semiconductor where he honed his vision for market research in helping prioritize resourcing for Fairchild products and technologies. Greg began his career as a communications system engineer at GTE (now part of Verizon). Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Masters degree in Systems Management at the University of Southern California.


Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge

Clint Wilder, senior editor, joined Clean Edge in 2002 and plays a leading role in the production of the firm’s research and publications. He co-authored The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007), the widely praised book that USA Today called "one of the few instances in this genre that shows the green movement not in heartstring terms, but as economically profitable." The Clean Tech Revolution has been translated into seven languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Korean, and Hebrew. Wilder has covered the high-tech and clean-tech industries as a business journalist for more than two decades and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events in the U.S. and overseas. He is also a blogger for the Green section of The Huffington Post, a facilitator in the Energy and Climate Change track of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a founding member of the Clean Economy Network. Wilder was named one of the Top 25 People in Clean Tech in Northern California in both 2010 and 2011 by financial advisory firm RoseRyan.
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May 24, 2011

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