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Dr. Richard Perez, "Making the Case for Solar Energy in New York"

Date: 03/26/09
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalj@engr.newpaltz.edu

Solar energy is often dismissed out of hand as an expensive niche market for the few. However, looking at the facts suggests that solar energy may be the only resource that is large enough in scope, and acceptable enough to carry us, and the rest of the planet through the long term. In addition to this long term planetary perspective, there are short-term opportunities for substantial solar deployment in large cities and suburban areas of New York where the solar resource matches peak demand for electricity and can effectively reduce stress on the electric power grids and minimize the risk of blackouts. Dr. Richard Perez, a Senior Research Associate at the University at Albany, will present compelling evidence of the value of solar energy in New York from experimental case studies.