Solar Initiative of New York - March 1, 2012


March 1, 2012
The College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering and its partners present the
Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable

The Northeast U.S. is home to innovative companies developing products for the photovoltaic (PV) industry, active companies installing PV systems and engineering integrated PV solutions for new construction, and leading organizations promoting the technology and developing critical standards and infrastructure for the industry.

To assist in raising awareness of the role of PV in the northeastern U.S. and to obtain views and insights of key stakeholders, the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), the New York Energy Society, the Business Council of NYS, the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, and New Energy New York and its partners hosted the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable on March 1, 2012 at CNSE's Albany Nanotech Complex.

The invitation-only, facilitated, open and interactive roundtable discussion with several keynote talks focused on developing a pathway to widespread commercialization and implementation for solar energy in New York and other northeastern states. Participants also identified key policy suggestions that will stimulate economic development by embracing supply and demand of solar technology. Case studies of successes and failures in Europe (Germany, Spain), California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were also analyzed.

Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable Flyer

Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable Agenda

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: NanoFab South Auditorium | 255 Fuller Rd. Albany, NY 12203
Cost: There was no cost to attend this event

Overview of Photovoltaic Market- Danielle Merfeld, General Electric
Case Study: Massachusetts- Andrew Brydges, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 
Case Study: New Jersey & Pennsylvania - Lyle Rawlings, Advanced Solar Products
Case Study: California- Angelina Galiteva, California ISO

Vision of the NPR
Working toward Giga-scale incorporation of photovoltaics in the northeastern U.S.--meeting the region's supply and demand needs.

Objective of the NPR
Prepare an Implementation Plan and Commercialization Pathway to address solutions to overcome barriers for Giga-scale deployment of photovoltaics in the northeastern U.S.

Case Studies

  • Europe (Germany, Spain)
    • GW implementation
    • Jobs 
    • Industrial growth 
    • Environmental impacts 
    • Long-term planning credentials 
  • Ontario, Canada
    • The benefit of FITS 
  • New Jersey/Pennsylvania, USA
    • Boom-bust experience 
    • WREC 
  • California Solar Initiatives
  • NYSERDA Initiatives

Facilitated Discussion Topics

  • Cost 
  • Transmission 
  • Intermittency 
  • Regulation/Legislation 
  • Education and Outreach 
  • Incentives 
  • Bankability 
  • Technology Innovation

Host Organizations