American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Solar 20/20


The ASES SOLAR 20/20 National Organizing Committee (NOC) has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. After much deliberation, the NOC has ultimately decided to cancel the live event in Washington D.C. and move the conference to a virtual platform to ensure the safety and health of our attendees and speakers. While the virtual platform is still being determined, we are focused on finding an Interactive platform where important discussions, networking, community building can take place.

Event Type:
Jun. 24, 2020
George Washington University
Washington D.C. , DC , USA

ASES Board Member, Paulette Middleton, speaking at SOLAR 2018 in Boulder, CO.

For more than four and half decades, ASES has organized and delivered the National Solar Conference. What began as an idea to bring the industry’s brightest together to drive progress and re-imagine the energy economy of the future, continues today as a unique blending of science, business, policy and industry.

While it is now one of many annual conferences in the field, today the National Solar Conference remains unique in its delivery of cutting-edge research, trends and analysis, the likes of which continue to affect the solar energy landscape in the U.S.

Solar Cooking display at SOLAR 2017 in Denver, CO.

Participants in the National Solar Conference represent a broad base of solar and renewable energy professionals and thought leaders–researchers, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, installers, manufacturers, businesses, economists, finance professionals and policy makers.

Attendees look to ASES conferences to provide a community for the exchange of ideas, information and business insights and unbiased perspectives on progress toward greater sustainability.  They value the high concentration of thought leaders in an intimately structured setting, and the opportunities to cross paths and affect change. Annually, our conference includes:

  • Technical sessions
  • Forum discussions
  • Plenary panels
  • Workshops
  • Fast-paced switch presentations
  • Public solar displays
  • Various networking events
  • Awards celebration including recognition of women in solar energy
  • Presentation/speaking opportunities (submissions/proposals due early each year)

ASES Executive Director, Carly Rixham, handing out the Passive Pioneer award to Alison Kwok at SOLAR 2017 in Denver, CO.

ASES conferences have a long track record of tackling tough topics, revealing game-changing breakthroughs, and serving to inspire the very people who inspire us. Together, over the years, we’ve witnessed the remarkable transformation of the solar and renewable energy industry and what these cumulative efforts have made possible.

The clean energy community has faced a multitude of challenges and COVID-19 is just another. Our ASES June 2020 virtual meeting empowers all of us to broaden the participation by orders-of-magnitude to drive the ultimate goal 100% renewable energy. We’ll embrace new technology to leverage the entire portfolio of renewable energy, high-value energy efficiency and energy storage to rebuild the US economy, lower regulated and greenhouse gas emissions, and create a better world.

The events of the moment — international pronouncements by international bodies of scientists on climate change; amazing technology and market advances by innovators and financiers; and a push by everyone across the political spectrum for more control of our energy choices to reduce costs, increase reliability and resiliency, reduce regulated greenhouse gas emissions of our air and water, and reinvigorate local economies with jobs and employment opportunities–all converge at this pivotal time and place to spark the next wave of ingenuity, partnership and action.

This is an exciting moment to create strategies and opportunities to push forth an even faster-paced clean energy agenda. I look forward to seeing everyone with an interest in clean energy, driving a new economy, and shrinking emissions and pollution as low as possible — all online at SOLAR 20/20.

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