8/14/2012 2:49:46 PM
Laser Focus World: UAlbany Nanocollege hosts Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable
Laser Focus World
Albany, NY - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, in partnership with the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC; San Francisco, CA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE; Washington, DC) SunShot Initiative, hosted the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable last week on August 10.
The roundtable, designed to stimulate discussion and action on overcoming market barriers for photovoltaic development and deployment by identifying and implementing best practices, featured experts and stakeholders in a variety of areas, including financing, public awareness, photovoltaic system standards, and permitting and interconnection, among others.
The conference focused exclusively on “Solar in New York: Progress and Promise.” Capturing critical developments for New York’s solar industry over the past year, including Governor Cuomo’s NY-SUN initiative and New York energy superhighway blueprint, the day included keynote remarks from Robert Hallman, Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; New York Power Authority President Gil Quiniones; and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA; Albany, NY) president and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr. Co-hosted by CNSE, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, and the New York Solar Energy Society, the program provided further information on legal and policy issues that will impact the future of solar energy in New York.
“With Governor Cuomo's innovative NY-Sun initiative, New York State is pursuing several avenues for increasing the contribution of solar PV to our renewable energy portfolio. Reducing the cost and time needed to implement solar PV projects is a key focus of our efforts. We commend SUNY Albany and DOE for hosting this forum to seek solutions for expediting use of this important renewable technology," says Robert Hallman, Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.