Solar Conference 2018

Solar array on top of the athletic practice facility taken during 2016 aerial photography over Boulder and the CU Bouder campus. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

(Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

SOLAR 2018: Pathways to the Renewable Energy Transformation
University of Colorado, Boulder • August 5-8, 2018

Registration now open!

The 47th Annual National Solar Conference and Summit

The American Solar Energy Society returns to Colorado this year, moving north to  Boulder, a city with a progressive sustainable energy vision, to continue the conversation on maximizing renewable energy, and to forge pathways for communities in every state to follow, in achieving renewables-driven electrification, climate resilience, and clean-energy driven opportunities for all.

Join us, as together we map three Pathways to the Renewable Energy Transformation and commit to the steps we will take:

  • Broadening access to renewables to give everyone a choice
  • Promoting clean electrification—a dramatic shift in household, business and transportation sectors
  • Working toward energy resilience and recovery from accelerating climate emergencies

In a departure from previous conferences, we will focus on these tracks, plus competitive opportunities for outstanding presentation and posters on a cross-section of other relevant topics. We acknowledge that there are many topics–and many pathways–that we would like to explore, and indeed, this 2018 National Solar Conference is the start of a multi-year commitment to continuously re-broadening our focus.

In addition, this Conference and Summit includes many of the features that have become an ASES tradition:

  • Sunday Night Opening Reception
  • ASES Chapter Caucus and Annual Membership Meeting
  • ASES Awards Banquet and Fellows Reception
  • Women in Solar Energy (WISE) Luncheon
  • Panels on Solar Research and Technology Innovation
  • Panels on Policies and Educational Outreach
  • Solar Cooking Demonstration
  • Tours and Special Events
  • Full Day Workshop on the Solar in Your Community Challenge


Meet more than 140 Featured Presenters from community-based projects, state and local government, academia and research institutions, solar industry, non-profit organizations and local ASES Chapters nationwide.

Rob Wallace, Co-founder, Power 52 Solutions


Jessica Scott, Regional Director, Vote Solar


Hunter Lovins, Co-founder, Natural Capital Solutions


Sandra Begay, Principal, Sandia National Laboratory


Ben Bunker, Co-Founder, Global Bright Light


David Fahey, Division Director, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory




Jonathan Koehn, Director of Sustainability, Boulder


Solar 2018 features outstanding speakers from all over the U.S. and thanks to our relationship with ISES, the world. See a sampling of from our keynote speakers roster, below. Plan to stay through Wednesday, August 8, for a special Summit Session on Policies in Action, featuring Vote Solar Regional Director Jessica Scott.

View Conference Program Online

Download Official Conference Program

See tabs above for additional information about the Conference site and Special Events. This includes the Solar in Your Community Challenge Workshop, a full-day workshop on Tuesday, August 7. This workshop is aimed for grassroots community projects that are broadening access to solar for low and moderate-income customers. All Solar 2018 registered participants are welcome, as space permits. (Click to see more Challenge Workshop information.)

We are also thrilled to announce that in 2019, the National Solar Conference will again move beyond ASES’s home state, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our advice: don’t miss a single event. These are crucial times for driving the renewable energy revolution. ASES will lead in 2018, by mapping steps along three Pathways to 100% Renewables. And with your help, we will continue along this, the most important journey of the Century.


 Our Call for Participants is now closed. 

Questions? Contact

Are you part of an organization or business that would like to co-sponsor the 2018 National Solar Conference and Summit? Contact immediately for more information on:

  • Sponsorship levels
  • Special event sponsorships
  • Support for the Conference Report, including a section on coalition-building among organizations and research groups that are committed to a renewable energy future that starts today