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George Washington University Solar Institute

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This article prepared by:  Holly Furman, Temple University

The George Washington University Solar Institute

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Mission: The goal of the George Washington University Solar Institute is to be the premier research facility in the world focused on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges.”




Graduate Programs

 Cool Research

“Changing Planet”

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The George Washington Solar Institute provides a facility for students to connect teaching and research through sponsored projects and research facilities.


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George Washington places a large research focus on the future repercussions of renewable energy technology. This research includes investigating key concerns such as:


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NBC Learn’s “Changing Planet” series featured Ken Zweibel, Director of George Washington University Solar Institute. Watch the video to see how George Washington answered some of the major arguments against clean energy such as cost, future jobs, and the necessary skill set needed to produce renewable energy technology.


Watch NBC’sChanging Planet






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Our Favorite Find:  George Washington University Solar Institute Symposium

The George Washington University Solar Institute Third Annual Symposium of 2011, featured Minh Le, Chief Engineer of DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program, who discussed the President's clean energy challenge and the Department's SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce solar costs to one dollar per watt by the year 2020. 

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Other Helpful Links: Contact Page, Receive The Solar Institute’s Newsletters, “The Solar Review” Blog


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