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SOLAR 2024 Tracks

This year, presenters selected for an oral presentation will have the option to also submit a poster to be displayed throughout the conference. In addition, there will be more panel discussions to make the conference even more interactive than it was previously with social events mixed with the posters displays.

The track category is the heading(s) under which your abstract will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the SOLAR 2024 Technical Review Committee (TRC). Potential lists of topics include:

Track 1: Technology Innovations and Life Cycles (Applications of PV and Solar Thermal, Life Cycles and Impacts)

  • Material Design for Energy Applications
  • Emerging Cleantech Trends
  • Decarbonizing Transportation and Industry
  • Large-Scale Projects – From Site Selection to Operation to Evaluation
  • PV Innovations
  • Solar Thermal
  • DIY PV, Heating, Water Distilling, Solar Cooking
  • Solar Fuels and Artificial PV
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells
  • Extended Applications of Thermal Heat
  • District Heating & Cooling
  • Concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP)
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Circular Economy
  • Weather and Energy-Related Research (Climate Scenarios, Extreme Weather Events, Trends, Socioeconomic Impacts of Energy Choices, Research Needs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Energy/Water/Food Nexus (Agrivoltaics, Land and Water Use Issues, etc.)
  • Mining Minerals
  • Economics of Climate Change and the Clean Energy Transformation (LCOE Comparisons from IRENA, Others)

Track 2: Grids and Solar Communities (Smart Grids from Nano to Micro)

  • Community Solar and Co-ops
  • Solar Communities
  • National Grid Expansion
  • Municipal Grids
  • Microgrids
  • Energy Storage
  • Distributed Generation
  • Demand Side Management
  • Grid Infrastructure & Modernization
  • Grid Operations
  • Grid Resilience (Weather, War, etc.)
  • Off-Grid Freedom, Energy Independence
  • Resource Assessment
  • Agrivoltaics

Track 3: Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive Heating and Cooling (Decarbonizing the Building Sector)

  • Building New vs. Renovating
  • Net Zero Energy Buildings in DC Metro Area and at George Washington University
  • Passive Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Electrification
  • Building Envelope Efficiency
  • Material Research and Effieciency
  • Sector Examples (Residential Single-Family and Multifamily, Commercial & Institutional Buildings)
  • Solar Decathlon Projects
  • Energy Analysis and Design Tools
  • Solutions for Urban Heat Islands

Track 4: Education and Training (Educating & Engaging Stakeholders)

  • Energy and the Media
  • Anticipating and Addressing Opposition to a Decarbonized Energy System
  • Sustainability as a Dynamic Organizational Capability
  • Youth Climate Justice and Solar Citizen Movements
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Career Map Tool
  • Workforce Development, Mentoring, Curriculums
  • Equity and Justice
  • JEDI in Energy Industry, Education, Workforce
  • Solar Valuation in Real Estate Transactions
  • Clean Energy Jobs Update
  • PV Installation Training
  • Tech College, and University Curriculums

Track 5: Policy, Legislation, Economics, and Finance (Equitable Energy Ownership and Access—Policy, Regulation, and Investment)

  • Novel Financing for Solar Energy (On-Bill, property assessed clean energy (PACE), Protective Action Criteria (PAC), Ratings, Utility Green Pricing…)
  • Ownership and Energy Access to Traditionally Energy-Burdened Remote/Rural/Island/Tribal Communities: What Can They Teach Us?
  • Solar on Native American Reservations
  • Business Policies for Solar (Subsidies, Green Appraisal Act, etc.)
  • Energy Economics
  • Comparing Fossil Fuels Economics and Renewable Energy
  • Effects of the IRA
  • Other Government Funding and Impacts (Infrastructure Bill, etc.)
  • Best Practices at State, Local, and Tribal Level
  • Politics to Policy

Local Events

Sign up for these local events at ases.org/conference/registration.

Solar Advocacy in Action: A Pre-Conference Visit to the Capitol Hill

  • Date & Time: Monday, May 20, 2023, 10am to 3pm.
  • Description: Be part of the change you wish to see! Attend this pre-conference excursion to the Capitol Hill and gain hands-on experience in solar policy advocacy. Discover how your advocacy efforts can shape a brighter future for our one shared planet. Registration also includes an important orientation webinar prior to our Hill visit.
  • Location: Participants will gather on the Capitol Hill near the U.S. Capitol Building, then proceed to the various Senate and House Office Buildings to engage with elected officials and/or their congressional staff. Note: exact meetup location and transportation options to be provided to registrants during the pre-event orientation webinar – based, in part, on the home states of each participant. There will be optional virtual training supplied before the conference on how to be an effective advocate.
  • Cost: $100
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