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2017 Solar Symposium

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2017 UC Solar Research Symposium, and to all the presenters, faculty, students and special guests who made this event a resounding success. Also, special thanks to our hosts at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The venue was great and the supporting staff were outstanding.

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University of California Advanced Solar Technologies

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies
Institute (UC Solar) Presents

The 2017 UC Solar Research Symposium

Friday, October 13th, 2017, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

This symposium is designed to promote public knowledge regarding present and future UC Solar research initiatives, and to examine the current state of the solar energy industry in California and beyond.

Individuals, corporations, researchers and public officials interested in gaining an advanced knowledge of solar technologies and trends.

Featured Presenters

David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission (CEC)

Richard Swanson, Founder of SunPower

Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Sarah Kurtz, Professor of Engineering, UC Merced, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Fellow

Liesl Folks, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo

Roland Winston, UC Solar Director and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UC Merced

Mark Byron, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Programs, UC Office of the President

Connie Chang-Hasnain, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley

Michael Isaacson, Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems, UC Santa Cruz

Adam Moule, California Solar Energy Center (CSEC) Technical Director and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, UC Davis

Yang Yang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Los Angeles

David Fenning, Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors, there is no cost to attend this year’s symposium. Breakfast and lunch are included.

To register for the 2017 UC Solar Research Symposium, click here. Space is limited, so be sure to register early. If you encounter any difficulty registering, please contact UC Solar Executivy Director Ron Durbin at


If you need assistance, please contact UC Solar Executive Director Ron Durbin at