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Ken Zweibel | GW Solar Institute

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Visit the Solar Institute for details of the 2011 Solar Symposium: solar.gwu.edu/Symposium.html

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Ken Zweibel | GW Solar Institute

  1. 1. The GW Solar Institute 3rd Annual Symposium Solar Energy: A Critical Component of Meeting the Clean Energy Challenge
  2. 2. Key Barriers• Cost remains higher than conventional electricity and is location dependent (local sunlight)• Variability of output is a challenge for meeting demand
  3. 3. Context• Middle East instability and oil supply• Gulf oil spill• Japanese nuclear crisis• Oil trade imbalance• Dangers of coal extraction and use• Climate change• Fracking damage and fugitive methane• Avoiding these externalities pays for the cost difference of solar PV – Need electric cars for oil issues
  4. 4. Thankszweibel@gwu.edu solar.gwu.eduthesolarreview.org

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