American Solar Energy Society Enabling a 100% Renewable Energy Society Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 45867838 20th Annual ASES National Solar Tour Exhibiting Innovative Renewable Energy Technologies, To Be Held October 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:11:06 +0000 The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations is proud to announce that the largest annual grassroots solar event in the nation will be taking place throughout the month of October, 2015. Attending the tour will allow communities across the country the opportunity to see the continuation of innovative technologies, locally deployed, that will benefit the environment on a global level. The tour hopes to continue to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.

Americans have a voice in how they get their energy. Visiting homes on the tour will allow visitors to learn, engage and be a part of the solution to current energy challenges.

The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving over 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar-energy sites nationwide. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.

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Conference attendees tour local energy projects in State College area Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:28:09 +0000 July 30, 2015
— by Lori Falce —

It’s always sunny in State College. At least, it is when it comes to solar energy.

On Thursday, about 30 architects, engineers, researchers and other energy enthusiasts took a tour around some of the area’s most innovative solar projects.

They came from all over, from Alaska and California to Pakistan and Burkina Faso, for Solar 2015, the conference sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society.

“Solar is always local,” said conference chairman Jeffery Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering.

Unlike hydroelectric or geothermal, the sun is available everywhere.

One of the goals was to show how solar was as accessible and functional in Centre County as it is in Bordeaux, France, or Northern Italy, which have comparable exposure.

The crowd explored how a building in a shady area of Foster Avenue used its limited sunlight to its advantage. They saw the University Drive lot that will be home to a specially designed energy efficient project that won a Penn State team of architecture and engineering students accolades for innovation.

And they saw the 9 acres of grape vines surrounding Elwin Stewart’s Happy Valley Vineyard, where the 9.2-kilowatt solar array on what looks like a traditional red barn provides power to make the wine, charge the golf cart that runs across the property and light the shop where customers can sample a crisp white or earthy red.

How much of a difference can solar make? Stewart brought out his electric bills. His whole operation cost less than $3 in electricity in May. His most expensive month in 2015 was March, which still came in under $300 in a heavy production month with snow on the roof, sometimes covering the panels.

“We are doing this so people really get excited and interested about the technology in place and see how they can utilize it in their own lives,” said local organizer Laura Dininni.

ASES appreciated the effort.

President David Panich, of Framingham, Mass., called the conference one of his group’s best in years, bringing together great programs with informative events like the tour.

“This is really a beautiful technology,” he said.


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SOLAR 2015 – “Expanding Horizons: Shaping the New Energy Economy” July 28-30, 2015 at the Pennsylvania State University/State College Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:08:09 +0000 June 19, 2015
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The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates, and the Pennsylvania State University, are proud to announce ASES’ 44th annual event in America’s longest running solar conference series. This year’s conference will be hosted from July 28-30th at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Under the theme “Expanding Horizons: Shaping the New Energy Economy,” SOLAR 2015 will embrace the story of the past, enrich the communities of today, and reveal the trends of the future.

The conference will include diverse technical sessions, a special emerging professionals networking event, thought provoking switch~ Lighntning Talks, a Women in Solar Energy luncheon, a solar tour and a Solar for Disaster Relief workshop. Paulette Middleton, an atmospheric scientist who has partnered with ASES for over 15 years on the National Organizing and Technical Review Committee, describes SOLAR2015 “as a unique opportunity for discussing significant advances and making career-long connections.”

Open to all solar enthusiasts, the conference’s sessions will address Renewable Energy Integration, Whole Building Systems and the Solar Community, Smart Systems Integration, the Energy-Water-Food Nexus, and Transformations in Energy Education. Register Now! Early bird registration ends June 26th.

Featured Speakers: Noteworthy speakers at Solar 2015 include Karl Rabago, Executive Director of the Pace Energy & Climate Center and a former US Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary; Dave Renné, president of the International Solar Energy Society; Steve Strong, President, Solar Design Associates, Inc.; Peter Olmsted, East Coast Director for Vote Solar; Jeffrey Brownson, Associate Professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University; John Perlin, author of Let it Shine and The Golden Thread; and David Wilhelm, a partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Hecate Energy, Campaign Manager for the 1992 U.S. Presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

About ASES: Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. ASES´ mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy and to advance education, research and policy. Along with the International Solar Energy Society, ASES celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014.

For more information on the SOLAR 2015 conference, visit

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Community-Friendly Solar Conference Pushing Boundaries of Sustainability Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:00:14 +0000 July 26, 2015
— by Zach Berger —

Penn State is harnessing the power of the sun this week.

Solar 2015 will feature three days of talks, workshops, and more on solar energy.

The three-day conference will run from Tuesday to Thursday and features nearly 100 speakers in the solar energy field.

Jeff Brownson, a Penn State professor and expert in solar energy, is the conference chair for the American Solar Energy Society’s annual conference, which is being held at the Penn Stater.

“This is part of a new academic affiliation between ASES and Penn State formed a little over a year ago,” Brownson says. “We’re very much a diversified conference. We have a proactive mission to build awareness about solar energy in general.”

Brownson says the conference isn’t a trade show, but more of a look into how the field is advancing through research in a number of key areas. Instead of just focusing on technological advancements, the conference also aims to go a step further by exploring the economic, legal, and community aspects of solar energy.

“We’re actually moving the field forward in terms of research, and that’s research involving not just technology but also economic policies and community engagement,” Brownson says. “This is community-based as well. We’re trying to build community awareness for the event. While it is a technical conference in that we’ll present new things that are happening in the field, it’s totally welcoming to community members and to people who are looking for change around solar energy and sustainability.”

The conference is looking at solar energy in a new way, from building science and architectural applications to solar water heating and concentrating solar power.

Brownson says the conference is chock full of interesting talks on solar energy, but a few highlights stand out for him, including a talk from Pennsylvania Secretary of Planning and Policy John Hanger, a look at the legal aspects of solar energy, and an emerging professionals forum followed immediately by a networking event.

Penn State joining forces with the nation’s oldest solar energy organization, which is in its 61st year, speaks to its growing focus on the form of sustainable energy.

“I myself am a Penn State professor and work on solar energy for my career,” Brownson says. “We at Penn State have been developing probably one of the strongest academic research teams toward solar energy in the nation and that’s spread across departments of geography, meteorology, energy economics, architecture and architectural engineering.”

Solar 2015 kicks off on July 28 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. For more information on specific talks and workshops, visit the conference website here.


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ASES honors Theresa Jester with 2015 Women in Solar Energy Award Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:39:06 +0000 Silicor CEO recognized for 35-year career in solar leadership.

Silicor Materials, a global producer of high-quality solar silicon, announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Theresa Jester, was honored with the 2015 Women in Solar Energy Award from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

“Each year our pool of applicants gets stronger and our decision gets tougher, but Terry’s decades of commitment to propelling the solar industry forward helped her stand out from the pack,” said Carly Rixham, executive director of the American Solar Energy Society. “Ms. Jester’s combination of tenacity, leadership and humility is rare, and we are proud to call her the 2015 Woman in Solar Energy.”

Since 2004, the ASES Women in Solar Energy Award program has honored individuals who contribute significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar through advocacy, politics, education, social change, business, or technical achievement. Winners are selected by a committee of distinguished solar professionals, advocates and experts from across the industry.

With more than 35 years in the solar industry under her belt, Ms. Jester has guided manufacturing, engineering and operations for pioneering companies including Arco, Siemens, Shell and SunPower. She has also authored more than 50 technical publications, and holds three patents.

In her current role as the CEO of Silicor Materials, Ms. Jester is leading the development of the company’s first large-scale solar silicon production facility in Grundartangi, Iceland, which will produce at least 16,000 metric tons of environmentally-friendly solar silicon each year.

Under Ms. Jester’s leadership, Silicor was also selected as a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, which honors innovative organizations from around the world that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

“The solar industry has been my home for more than three decades, and I’ve loved every second of this journey,” said Theresa Jester, CEO of Silicor Materials. “Joining the ranks of ASES’ esteemed Women in Solar Energy is the icing on the cake, and a much appreciated honor. I’m proud to be part of an illustrious group that underscores the invaluable role women have played—and will continue to play—in driving this business forward.”

An award ceremony was held in conjunction with the ASES SOLAR 2015 Conference, July 28-30 at The Pennsylvania State University. For additional information on the Women in Solar Energy Awards, please visit SOLAR 2015 here:


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Penn State SOLAR 2015 conference highlights advances, opportunities in solar Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:30:32 +0000 July 20, 2015
— by Hilary Appelman —

Think solar power, and your thoughts may turn to sunny California or Florida.

But the impact of solar may be even greater in the mid-Atlantic region, where the power grid is dense and demand for electricity high and there’s still plenty of sun, said Penn State professor Jeffrey Brownson.

Brownson is conference chair for SOLAR 2015, the national solar conference of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). The conference, hosted this year by Penn State, is being held July 28-30 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Professionals, academics and students from across the nation and world will discuss opportunities and developments in the solar industry, including solar science and engineering, energy economics, public policy, education and energy efficient architecture. There will also be a networking event for emerging professionals.

“Solar isn’t just photovoltaics on rooftops anymore,” said Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering and lead faculty for the solar option in Penn State’s online renewable energy and sustainability systems master’s program. “It’s an entire industry, and it’s growing so fast.”

Conference speakers include government and industry leaders, including John Hanger, Pennsylvania’s secretary of planning and policy, and Karl Rabago, director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center and a former U.S. Department of Energy deputy assistant secretary. Kim Walton, program director of the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Center at Grand Valley State University, will speak about “Solar in the Snow-belt,” and Hannah Masterjohn of the Albany, N.Y.-based Clean Energy Collective will address “community solar,” which helps people who are unable to install their own solar power systems get access to the benefits of solar energy.

The solar industry has grown enormously over the past decade and is poised for more growth as the cost drops and the technology improves, said Carly Rixham, ASES executive director. “Everything is bigger and faster and cheaper. Solar has become accessible to the masses instead of just to an elite consumer base.”

Penn State has leading researchers in all aspects of solar energy as well as extensive connections with both the power and electric industry and solar manufacturers, Brownson said. “The conference is a great opportunity for us to showcase Penn State as a leader in solar.”

Registration for this event has been extended until Wednesday, July 22. For more information about SOLAR 2015 or to register, visit the conference website.


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Penn State Hosts SOLAR 2015 Conference Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:56:51 +0000 November 11, 2014
— by Allison Duluisio —

Penn State’s future was particularly bright this week as it hosted SOLAR 2015, the national conference of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). The event focused on discussing possible opportunities and developments in the solar industry.

Professionals, academics, and students from around the world attended the conference. Specifically, scholars discussed topics of solar science, engineering, energy economics, public policy, education, and energy efficient architecture.

At the conference, ASES Executive Director Carly Rixham spoke on how much the solar industry has grown over the past decade. Rixham credits the recent growth to decreases in cost and improvements in technology. Both of these aspects play a large role in making solar energy available to a larger consumer base, not just elite home and business owners.

“The impact of solar may be even greater in the mid-Atlantic region, where the power grid is dense and demand for electricity high – and there’s still plenty of sun,” said Penn State professor Jeffrey Brownson, SOLAR 2015’s conference chair. “Solar isn’t just photovoltaics on rooftops anymore. It’s an entire industry, and it’s growing so fast.”

Laura Dininni, local organizer of the conference, received incredibly positive feedback after speaking with the community about about the ASES conference coming to State College. “They like the vision of community that they see when they think of solar energy being the driving force behind it.”

To further bring State College and Penn State into the conference and to promote local solar energy, local businesses and houses using solar power will be on display during the conference. A 1:30 p.m. tour on Thursday will include the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery as well as the student-designed MorningStar home. The last stop on the tour will be the future site of the affordable housing on University Drive, which is being designed as part of “Race to Zero,” a contest focusing on sustainable, low-cost, and energy efficient buildings.

“The conference is a great opportunity for us to showcase Penn State as a leader in solar,” Brownson added.


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North Texas Renewable Energy Group’s White Paper Presented at the Pennsylvania State University Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:18:53 +0000 The North Texas Renewable Energy Group (“NTREG”) is pleased to announce that its white paper about the state of distributed solar power in North Texas will be presented today at the American Solar Energy Society’s 44th National Solar Conference.  This year’s conference is being held at the Pennsylvania State University.

Lucy Stolzenburg, the Executive Director of the Texas Solar Energy Society (“TXSES”), will present the white paper findings to conference attendees.  Before the presentation, Ms. Stolzenburg explained, “This was a fantastic effort led by Jay Squyres, who not only has an enormous solar array on his home, but also powers his business with solar energy.  His effort to acquire this data is something that could and should happen everywhere.  People are genuinely interested in the scope and scale of solar arrays in their communities, especially as the cost of installing solar arrays has become so affordable in recent years.”

Ms. Stolzenburg will present the number of residential and commercial solar installations in North Texas acquired through Mr. Squyres’s Texas Open Record Act requests.  Her presentation takes place during an afternoon session at the National Solar Conference.

When asked just how many solar installations there are in North Texas, one of the white paper’s authors coyly replied, “We are really hoping people are interested enough in the answer to read the paper, which is available to everyone to download on the NTREG website.”

The publication of the white paper comes at a time when efforts to organize the 2015 DFW Solar Tour are well underway.  The 2015 DFW Solar Tour is a free, one-day event held on Saturday, October 3, 2015.  More information about the 2015 tour will be available in the coming weeks on the tour’s website.


International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress 2015 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:22:32 +0000 You are cordially invited to attend the:

 ISES Solar World Congress 2015
 November 8 – 12 2015
EXCO, Daegu, Korea
Hosted by The International Solar Energy Society
Organized together with The Korean Solar Energy Society

I would also like to extend an invitation for your company to exhibit or sponsor this upcoming event. We have very attractive rates and opportunities for you to present your company to an international and targeted audience.

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Why Sponsor?

  • Positioning – Be seen as a leader and supporter within the solar community.
  • Branding – Raise your company’s visibility, increase your brand awareness.

Why Exhibit?

  • Focus – Interact with an international audience from all over the world.
  • Showcase – Generate new business for your products and services.
  • Network – Network with potential customers and leaders in solar energy research and development.

The ISES Solar World Congress will bring together the global renewable energy community to discuss the latest cutting-edge technology advances as well as business and workforce opportunities in renewable energy. From scientists and researchers to renewable energy industry, government and NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and students from around the world.

For more information, visit the Solar World Congress 2015 (SWC2015) website Sponsorship/ Exhibition Guidelines or view the sponsorship prospectus directly.

If you require further information, or have any questions, please contact the SWC2015 Secretariat directly.

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Awards Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:35:14 +0000 ASES honors persons making significant contributions to the Society and generally within the field of solar and renewable energy each year.  ASES confers six separate awards, as well regularly naming new Fellows.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted for 2015 awards.



Any member of ASES who has been a member for at least ten consecutive years and has served with distinction in the advancement of solar energy utilization by way of research, education, public service, and/or service to ASES, is eligible for nomination to the grade of Fellow of ASES.



The winner will have made a significant contribution to the American Solar Energy Society or to the field of solar energy. No geographical limitations are imposed and the winner need not be a member of the society.



Honors pioneers in the passive solar design field who have set the stage for others to follow. Honorees are men and women who developed the theories, early research efforts, new concepts, and opportunities for later researchers to develop. Their foresight, innovative thinking, and creativity opened the doors for others.



This award recognizes special contributions to the American Solar Energy Society. It honors those whose volunteer efforts on behalf of the society have significantly advanced ASES’s ability to meet its mission.



The recipient of this award/scholarship must be a graduate student concentrating his or her program in the field of solar energy, and be a current member of the American Solar Energy Society. The student’s graduate program should emphasize solar and the application must include an explanation of the applicant’s future plans in the field.



The recipient needs to have made a significant contribution to solar technology in any area. No geographical limitations are imposed and the recipient need not be a member of the Society.



The recipient is recognized as making a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in the field of solar energy development or deployment.