The United States Congress is currently formulating comprehensive clean energy
legislation that will be critical to the growth of solar and other renewable
energy sources in the U.S. and around the world. In conjunction with the Intersolar
2009 tradeshow being held in Munich from May 27-29, Applied
Materials is hosting a press event with solar industry experts to discuss
how these proposed new policies will shape the future of solar power and open
new markets, including the vast and fragmented American utility market.
Government policies have been vital to growing the solar photovoltaic (PV)
industry around the world. It remains to be seen what the U.S. government will
ultimately do to spur renewable energy, given America’s complex and regional
energy production market. Discussion will focus on these and other key questions:
- Can a national, progressive Renewable Energy Standard (RES) perform the
role of a Moore’s Law for solar?
- Would an appropriately financed clean energy “bank” to provide
loans for renewable energy projects create financial momentum for solar investments?
- Should the U.S. government, the largest power consumer in the country,
purchase a percentage of its power from renewable sources?
- How will carbon pricing mechanisms affect the world market for solar?
- Are utilities ready to purchase solar power and does it makes sense today,
especially for peak power applications?
Intersolar 2009 is the world's largest solar technology trade fair focused
on the Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal and Solar Architecture markets.
What: “Is it Solar’s Time in the United States?”
Where: International Gasteemphang West at EG at the Messe
When: Thursday, May 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Who: Winfried Hoffmann, VP and CTO Energy and Environmental
Solutions, Applied Materials
Rhone Resch, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association, a leading
trade association for the solar energy industry in the United States
John Antone, VP of Marketing, Energy and Environmental Solutions, Applied Materials
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