Wednesday, February 15, 2006

ABA SEER teleconference on Solar Energy today

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
The Renewable Energy Resources Committee and
Sustainable Development, Ecosystems and Climate Change Committee

Multi-Site National Teleconference/Brown Bag
Solar Energy: Ready for Market
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Venture capital is flocking to the solar energy industry, and now
accounts for more than a third of venture capital invested
in the U.S. energy sector. Many of the hottest IPOs of 2005
were solar companies, and more are on the way. Silicon chips
for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are in short supply and
new technologies are rapidly emerging to improve PV system efficiencies
and offer dramatic generation alternatives.

What is fueling solar's resurgence? A convergence of market forces,
technical innovation, and legal and regulatory support is transforming
the solar sector from an R&D industry into a commercial industry.
The once dim prospects of uneconomic solar energy are now bright
with the promise of clean and inexhaustible power. This national
teleconference assembles leading experts in the fields of business,
economics and law to discuss what has changed to bring about this
remarkable turn around. This program is intended for those who want
to know why the industry is growing and how entrepreneurs are doing it.

Edna Sussman, Hoguet Newman & Regal LLP (live in NYC); Joseph A. Siegel, Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2 (live in NYC); Rhone Resch, President, Solar Energy Industries Association (live in DC)
William W. Westerfield, III, Stoel Rives, LLP (live in Portland, OR); Lisa Frantzis, Director, Renewable and Distributed Energy, Navigant Consulting, Inc. (live in Boston) ; Paula Mints, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc (live in San Francisco); David Eisenbud, Northeast, PowerLight Corporation, Project Development Manager; Fred Zalcman, Pace Energy Project

  • Impact of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 on PV system economics in the U.S.
  • Review of state Renewable Portfolio Standards solar provisions 
  • Financing structures and performance modeling 
  • Tax credits and other subsidies
  • Overview of solar demand, capacity and benefits of solar
  • Price forecasts and the impact of the current silicon feedstock shortage
  • Guaranty and warranty issues
  • Case studies - California and New Jersey
The seminars are held in Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boise, Boston, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Jackson, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland Maine, Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington DC at host firms.

To register for future programs, please go to


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April 19, 2006
Renewables in the International Area: Kyoto and Beyond

May 17, 2005
How Global Businesses Incorporate Cutting Edge Strategies that Promote the Development of Renewables


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