April 26th, 2018
Creese Student Center, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The deployment of solar energy offers untold benefits to Drexel, Penn, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's economy, and the well-being of our planet. As the cleanest domestic energy source available, solar supports a number of national priorities, including national security, economic growth, climate change mitigation, and job creation.
Solar’s abundance and potential throughout the United States is truly staggering: Photovoltaic (PV) panels on just 0.6% of the nation’s total land area could supply enough electricity to power the entire United States. The average cost of solar PV panels has plummeted more than 60% since 2010, and the cost of a solar electric system has literally been cut in half. Not only is solar electricity now economically competitive with fossil fuels, but the solar industry is becoming a major source of job creation around the country – in 2017 there were more than 250,000 solar jobs in the U.S. and roughly 4,000 in PA.
Despite all the progress, Solar currently accounts for only 1.3% of total electricity generation in the U.S. Clearly, there’s much room to increase utilization of this clean and abundant energy source. So we've assembled a panel of industry experts and advocates to present and field questions related to the economics of solar projects, the hurdles to developing utility-scale projects, policies across the state and federal levels and thoughts on how diverse stakeholders can work together to move Drexel and Penn to begin a just transition to clean energy.
This event will take place in the Creese Student Center in the Sky View Conference Room and Lounge. It is a collaborative effort with Climate Reality Drexel and all are welcome to attend, especially UPenn students!
Location: Creese Student Center Sky View Conference Room and Lounge, 3210 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm EST
Sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/952687631573653/