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Here Comes the Sun: Advances in Solar Power

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Growing awareness of climate change is creating an urgent need to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. Until recently, economic reasons were the most commonly quoted arguments against the adoption of clean energy sources. However, the price of electricity produced, particularly by solar energy via photovoltaics (PV), has dropped dramatically. As a result, in spite of political hurdles favoring fossil fuels, progressive utilities globally are negotiating electricity purchase contracts with owners of PV power plants in the range of 2 to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh), which they can charge to consumers at 6 to 25 cents per kwh. 

Join Vijay Kapur retired CEO of International Solar Electric Technology during this free interactive broadcast as he discusses the highly versatile technology of photovoltaics and how they may solve a variety of global problems, such as poverty eradication, food and clean water supply, communications, and transportation, as well as mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

What You Will Learn

  • A brief history of photovoltaic technology, its current status, and its future 
  • How innovators worldwide are working to further improve PV technology and develop new applications to solve global problems 
  • Possible approaches to using PV technology in Philadelphia to make this UNESCO World Heritage City a green city
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Vijay Kapur
International Solar Electric Technology (Retired)

Bill Tsuzynski
Science History Institute


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