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Dec. 6, 2011 SVForum Solar Trade War China

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Solar Energy: Competition from China and the Solyndra Aftermath.” Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Troy Dalbey of Upsolar, Mark Domine of Enfinity , Kevin Gibson of Solaria, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media.

China now controls two thirds of the $39 billion photovoltaic (PV) solar production global market. China’s flood of cheap subsidized solar materials is at the expense of US manufacturers like Solyndra, despite substantial federal, state and local support. People in the solar industry are now worried that a trade war may break out just as the industry becomes competitive with old energy. Experts think that the money can be made in adding value to the basic systems with installation, monitoring and service. In other words, don’t try to make money from making an iPhone but from the apps.

Greg Smestad Ph.D., Associate Editor of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells was on hand with a number of links to detailed stories on the state of the solar industry. There was so much information it will have to be a separate posting.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Jul. 19, 2011 SVForum Lighting The Future

On July 19, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast Series on “Clean Lighting Solutions: Lighting the Future.” How many panelists does it take to change a light bulb’s efficiency? Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Mike Dauber of Battery Ventures, Steve Goldberg of Venrock, Tony McGettigan of Luxim, Carl Schlachte of Ventiva and Victor Westerlind of Rockport Capital.

Commercial building lighting uses 71 percent of overall lighting electricity in the United States. The panel discussed the economic, political and technical issues challenging adoption.

Most consumers care about up front costs. They will not pay forty dollars for an LED if they can buy an incandescent for a dollar. Most businesses don’t care about the environmental aspect unless it can reduce their costs by half. Retail businesses understand the importance of good efficient lighting to help sell their products.

Not many are aware of the hidden cost of CFLs over LEDs, which is the amount of mercury that must be safely disposed when the unit is replaced. LEDs also have the advantage of being easier to tie in with sensor networks that can turn on as people walk around a building.

Energy efficiency policy impacts economic efficiency and growth. California’s energy saving policies changed the lighting industry so much that state uses the same amount of electricity it did twenty years ago and still had double digit economic growth. China is adopting similar policies as it deals with even greater economic growth. Of course, with all the new construction, it will not have to retrofit existing infrastructure as in the United States. Both countries will have to do more with less to light the way.

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