It’s a great week for the solar power industry in Washington, D.C. thanks to 20 teams of university students competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Each team has entered a solar powered home in the contest and over the next two weeks will have to surmount a number of obstacles and compete in a variety of events to try to win the number one spot, but every one of them is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the possibilities of solar power.
On Thursday, October 8 Applied Materials will sponsor an important panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on the future of utility-scale renewables. A distiguished panel, moderated by Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will discuss "Making Green Power Possible: The Future of Utility Grade Renewables." Stay tuned to the Applied Blog for more from the event.
Columnist Tom Friedman had a piece titled "The New Sputnik" in today's New York Times about China's push to become the global leader in green technology. It is a topic that Applied's leadership has been discussing a great deal over the past few months and a column that is well worth the read.
From the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue in Washington, D.C., Mark Pinto, Chief Technology Officer for Applied Materials discusses with Clean Skies News’ Tyler Suiters, the global solar industry in markets including Germany, Spain, Italy, France and China, as well as the investment tax credit (ITC) and how the tax code affects the economics of solar in the United States.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote a great piece in Wednesday's Times entitled "Have a Nice Day" about Applied Materials and what we must do to put America on the path to leadership in solar energy. The piece is based on his visit to Applied last week. I would encourage you to check it out.
There are many misconceptions about solar energy; the most prevalent is probably cost. In part, this is because people aren’t aware of how much solar technology has progressed in recent years, but it’s also because many people don’t understand what makes up their monthly energy bill.
With economies around the world struggling with recession, many policymakers are looking for the “next big thing” that can spark recovery, economic expansion and job growth. At the same time, governments are grappling with proposed solutions to the climate crisis. The quick answer to these issues is to promote “green jobs”, but successfully building the infrastructure to make the clean tech sector a tangible part of the economy is a complex challenge.