OSA and EESI to Host Congressional Caucus Briefing on Solar Energy in America


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA and EESI to Host Congressional Caucus Briefing on Solar Energy in America

Experts to discuss breakthrough technologies, how solar energy can play greater role in meeting U.S. energy needs

Solar power is both a clean and abundant energy source, producing electric power from photovoltaic cells and through large-scale thermal technology known as concentrating solar power.  Experts believe the United States has the potential to greatly expand the use of this alternative energy source, while also creating jobs and strengthening energy security. 

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), in conjunction with the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, invite reporters to a congressional briefing to hear experts in the field discuss:

  • Current solar technology and near-term applications 
  • U.S. investments in solar R&D by industry and government
  • Specific policies that will spur future development and promote the widespread use of solar energy
WHAT: Caucus Briefing: How Solar Energy Can Help Meet America’s Growing Energy Needs
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 10 -11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Scott Clavenna, president & CEO, Greentech Media, Inc.
    Global Solar Market Outlook
  • Doug Hall, technology director, Glass for Photovoltaic Program, Corning Inc.
    Photovoltaic Technology
  • Chuck Kutscher, principal engineer and manager, Thermal Systems Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Concentrating Solar Power Technology
  • Fred Sissine, specialist in energy policy, Congressional Research Service
    Historical View of U.S. Energy and Solar Funding
  • Rhone Resch, president, Solar Energy Industries Association
    U.S. Solar Policy Implications
  • Carol Werner, EESI and Alex Fong, Optronic Laboratories, Inc.

Reporters who cover energy or science will leave this briefing with a better understanding of where the U.S. stands in the global solar energy market and what is needed to make solar energy a viable solution for U.S. energy needs.

For more information or to register to attend, contact Lyndsay Meyer at lmeyer@osa.org or 202.416.1435.