The FACCSF Clean Tech Committee
and the French Consulate Office for Science
are pleased to invite you to a conference to discuss the issue:
How does the Sunshot Initiative
translate to the Californian market?
Where? Winston & Strawn LLP,101 California Street in San Francisco, CA 94111-5802 United States
When? March 14th, 2012 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
How to register? follow the link
Discussion will be moderated by Jerry Bloom, Partner and Chair-Energy Practice, WINSTON & STRAWN LLP.
In 2011 the Department of Energy launched the “Sunshot Initiative”, which goal is to bring down the cost of installed PV to $1/W before 2020, using the US strong out-innovation capabilities.
With its unchallenged entrepreneurial spirit and its appetite for green technologies, California seems like the perfect playing field for the Sunshot Initiative. However with the RPS compliance period ending in 2020, investments and planning for solar projects in California are really dealt with now. Will the federal Initiative have a measurable impact on the development of solar energy in California? What are the interests of the state’s actors to play a role in the Sunshot program?
Panelists will be :
Kamel Ounadjela, Founder and Chief Development Officer, CALISOLAR
Kevin Reed, Senior Director-Head of Advisory, the CLEANTECH GROUP
Alain Harrus, Partner, CROSSLINK CAPITAL
Mike Gravely, Deputy Director of Energy Research & Development Division, CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
In September 2011, the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy organized the Solar Tech Tour. This mission gathered a group of 12 French high level experts working in the field of photovoltaic systems: researchers from academia and industry, start-ups and governmental agency representatives.
Three topics of interest have been discussed during the trip :
- Financing mechanisms for research and innovation « best practices » in the US (Washington, D.C.)
- Scientific research in photovoltaic systems (NREL, Stanford, Berkeley)
- From research to business (Silicon Valley)
Prior to the panel discussion, Pauline Caumon will make a short presentation of the Solar Tech Tour feedbacks.