SOLAR 2017 will be attended by solar professionals and researchers, architects and engineers, educators and students, business leaders and entrepreneurs, economists and financial professionals, community builders, and renewable energy advocates from a wide variety of constituencies. The theme of SOLAR 2017, “Building a 100% Renewable Energy Community, focuses on pathways to the renewable energy transformation and overcoming the challenges ahead. The conference features cutting-edge research, as well as presentations on the integration of solar and other renewables, solar-friendly policies and financing, advances in passive solar, developing solar communities, and education. The conference also will explore how different groups advocating for a renewable energy world can work more effectively together to accelerate the transformation. The conference is being held in collaboration with the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, with the Decathlon’s public days on the weekends before and after SOLAR 2017.

Great opportunities for early birds to save big. Register by August 15th and save $100!

  • Early-bird registration $595 (through August 15)
  • Regular registration $695 (August 16-October 8)
  • Full conference/walk-in registration $795 (October 9-12)

The first plenary panel session, “Progress to a Renewable Energy Society”, brings together experts who have been working on the energy transformation and have in-depth knowledge on global (Dr. Dave Renné, President International Solar Energy Society), national (Dr. Chuck Kutcher, Center Director, NREL) and regional (Dr. Jeff Lyng, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy) perspectives, progress and challenges. The second plenary panel session, “Accelerating Progress to a Renewable Energy Society Together”, presents a wide variety of approaches to accelerating progress, and features: Kassie Rohrbach (Sierra Clubs’ Ready for 100), Jana Ganion (Sustainability Director, Blue Lake Rancheria – a federally recognized Tribal government), Debbie Dooley (Conservatives for Energy Freedom), and David Hill (Vermont Energy Investment Corporation). Other highlighted presentations include historical perspective of the Decathlon by Richard King, creator of the Solar Decathlon; and a welcoming address by Prof. Mark Safty, Wirth Chair for Sustainable Development. These plenary sessions, as all of the sessions, are designed to maximize knowledge sharing through vibrant dialogue.

Networking high points include the Emerging Professionals Mentoring Session and Reception featuring conversation with professionals from a wide variety of fields, as provide a glimpse of a typical work day, and discuss strategies and opportunities for advancing in the field; the Women in Solar Energy Forum and Luncheon with many inspirational stories from diverse backgrounds; and many other informal discussion opportunities throughout the conference.

The conference venue, the Tivoli and St. Cajetan’s on the University of Colorado Denver Auraria Campus, is located in downtown Denver and with its unique architecture is a particularly inspiring setting. Registration is open join us for this extraordinary networking and knowledge sharing event.