Thursday, June 4, 2015

UNO to Host Solar Day 2015

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The University of New Orleans will be the host site for Solar Day 2015, which will bring national experts on energy efficiency to the University’s lakefront campus on Sunday, June 14. The day will feature presentations from authorities on solar energy, a student solar power competition, solar demonstrations, and education on how to lower utility bills and increase energy efficiency.

The event will kick off the 42nd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in New Orleans and will be presented by The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association. Solar Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNO’s Engineering Building and the adjacent Training, Resource and Assistive-Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking available. RSVP Here

Featured speakers will include Jeremy Legget, SolarAid; Michael Piszczor, NASA; Brent Nelson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Geoff Kinsey, U.S. Department of Energy.

As part of the student competition, teams from five local high schools, who have developed projects to demonstrate practical uses of photovoltaic cells to power real world tools, will present to attendees and judges. The top three teams will receive award plaques and cash prizes.

“Solar energy is of great importance to our country as we try to diversify the sources of electricity while minimizing any negative impact on the environment,” said Emir José Macari, dean of the College of Engineering. “This year's Solar Day at UNO will bring together a large number of exhibitors, researchers and student presenters to demonstrate solar technology to the general public. It's exciting for us to be hosting this huge national event.”

Event organizers say Solar Day 2015 will showcase the economic and environmental contributions of the solar industry to homeowners, debunk myths about solar power, and raise the visibility of solar careers among local students and the community.