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posted on 19 December 2017

Documentary Of The Week: Solar Will Fundamentally Change The Way We Power The Planet

Written by John Lounsbury

Over eighty percent of the energy used worldwide today is from fossil fuels. That’s a changing paradigm though as renewable energy continues to gain momentum, and proven technologies such as solar power are rapidly growing more cost effective and efficient. Dr. Tom Buttgenbach explains why photovoltaic (PV) power plants are becoming mainstream, and what economic and technological factors are driving this growth.


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Topics discussed will include national and global renewable trends, irradiance patterns, solar pricing vis-­‐à-­‐vis natural gas, energy storage, distributed versus utility generation, and more. This session will appeal to renewable energy experts and novices alike.

This is a joint production of the USC Urban Growth Seminar Series and the Schwarzenegger Institute for State & Global Policy.

Speaker: Tom Buttgenbach, Ph.D. President and Co-Founder, 8minutenergy Renewables


  • Detlof von Winterfeldt, Director, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events Professor, USC
  • Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, Schwarzenegger Institute for State & Global Policy

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