Urban Green Council Oppositions Education Series: Pennies from Heaven?

Date & Time

START: 6:00 PM March 16, 2011
END: 8:00 PM March 16, 2011


Urban Green Council’s Oppositions education series explores subjects that require a more nuanced look, and examines these subjects in the broader context of performance data and alternative ideas and technologies. To ensure lively debate, Oppositions utilizes a panel discussion format comprised of thought leaders representing various approaches to the selected issue.

The “Pennies from Heaven?” panel will discuss Photovoltaic Systems (PV). PV has become one of the most readily identifiable aspects of sustainable building, with many laypeople assuming they are inherently green. Plus, it has enjoyed a renaissance of late, promoted in policies as wide-ranging as the Million Solar Roofs initiative in California, to cash incentives offered by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Despite these positive developments, the high cost of these systems remains a significant barrier, and even large PV systems produce, in most cases, only a small fraction of the energy required by the buildings that install them.

This panel will debate how the green building community can ensure that PV research continues to address these challenges while assuring that limited resources are not diverted away from those systems that currently provide the greatest reduction in environmental impact per dollar spent.  Topics will include advances in PV technology we can expect in the near future and a discussion of technologies competing for the same dollars on a given project like energy conservation and solar thermal hot water.

Speakers will be announced; panelists will include a mixture of technical and political experts.

Urban Green Member: $20
Non-member: $30
Student: $10

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