Advancing solar in Washington!

Solar Washington is the nonprofit organization connecting you with “all things solar” in Washington. We present and partner with other organizations to hold events and our General Meetings,  present the annual Washington State Solar Summit, host Solar 101 workshops, and provide other educational resources for Washingtonians with an interest in solar. Whether you are considering solar for your home or business, seeking a career in solar, or wanting to learn about legislation in Olympia, Solar Washington provides helpful information to help you navigate the solar energy landscape in Washington State. 

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    Thursday, June 04, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Opportunities for emerging perovskite-based PV

    “What’s a perovskite solar cell and why should I care?”

    Ginger_Lab_Erin_REU_Summer_2017-reduced275.jpgUW Chemistry Professor and Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Chief Scientist David Ginger (pictured below) will present a webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 1pm on opportunities for emerging perovskite-based PV. Perovskite solar cells seem to be in the news practically every week. In this talk David will introduce perovskite solar cells and talk about some of the potential advantages – and remaining challenges – to the widespread adoption of this emerging photovoltaic technology.

    Click to read more about perovskite solar cells. The UW Clean Energy Institute recently announced a new research and development coalition to accelerate the domestic commercialization of perovskite technologies. Click to read release. Here is a release from NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    David_Ginger_Headshot_10-9-2018reduced.jpgDavid Ginger is CEI’s chief scientist and Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry at the UW. Ginger earned his Ph.D. in physics in the optoelectronics group at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2001. His research centers on the physical chemistry of conjugated polymers and nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics – especially thin film solar cells – and sensing. Ginger has been recognized by the Research Corporation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, NSF, ACS, and the Microscopy Society of America, and was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2012. More info on David and the CEI.

    Sarah100.jpgPresented by Solar Washington and hosted by SW Board Member Sarah Vorpahl. Sarah Vorpahl is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist specializing in distributed energy resources at the Washington State Department of Commerce based in Olympia. Sarah has a doctorate in emerging solar cell technology from University of Washington where she worked at the Clean Energy Institute.

    How to attend this webinar?

    Attendees to this webinar are asked to RSVP below. Meeting details will be emailed to those who RSVP closer to June 4. This webinar is being facilitated by Solar Washington. 

    Please support Solar Washington

    This event is free, but we are requesting that attendees make a donation to Solar Washington to support this and other educational programs and resources. You may become an annual member of Solar Washington at $35 or make a donation of any amount such as $10, $25 or more. Click to become an individual member of Solar Washington. Or, click to make a general donation in any amount. Every bit helps! Thank you!

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    NW SOLARFEST Sustainable Living Fair 2020


    NWSolarFest300.jpgEducational event scheduled for June 13, 2020 on the campus of Shoreline Community College to help homeowners and citizens explore renewable energy options and empower them to make changes in their lives to reduce their carbon footprint. This is the 17th year of NW SolarFest, making it the longest running active renewable energy and sustainable living event in Washington State.

    This year’s event will have an increased focus on education, seminars and discussions. The footprint will change from an all outdoor event to an indoor/outdoor event allowing for a more focused space for attendees and more opportunities for hands on learning. Click for more details.

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