Poster Session


Jill Cliburn


  • Teh Lai – Micro-mobility and Renewable Energy
  • William Young – Emergency Power for all Disasters
  • Shelley Cohen – 100% Renewable by 2032: How DC is using Solar to meet ambitious goals
  • Jesse Duroha – Occupational Risks Associated with Solar Installations: A Review
  • Nan Wang – Conceptual Model of Sunlight Effects on Occupant’s Thermal Response in Healthcare Facilities
  • Thomas Dietz – Building a Zero Energy Home
  • Thomas Bartholomew – Using Existing Administrative Data and Processes to Speed Low-Income Solar Subscriber Uptake
  • Rahim Khoie – Forecasting Carbon Emissions in Seven Eastern States of the United States; The Effects of Coal Deregulation
  • Mauricio Almeida Pinto – Assessment of carbon payback time of photovoltaic system considering the Brazilian solar irradiance variation
  • Yacob Hiben – Comparative Study of Models for Estimating Daily and Hourly Solar Radiation: Sunshine Duration and Ground Radiation in Mekelle, Ethiopia
  • Kester Ighodalo – The effect of deposition cycles on intrinsic and electrochemical properties of metallic cobalt sulfide by Simple chemical route
  • Tom Thompson – The importance of enhanced aesthetics and increased efficiency in spurring solar deployment
  • Jennifer Kulp – Solar For All Documentary #DCSolarStories
  • Hyon Rah – How Can Utility-Scale Solar Development Benefit Rural Communities?
  • Hyon Rah – Historic preservation as means to scale up solar energy development
  • Fahia Munna – Effect of Zinc doping on the optoelectronic properties of CdS thin films deposited by chemical bath deposition by utilizing an alternative Sulfur precursor
  • Scott Stibrich – DC Solar Inspections
  • Jack Akinlosotu – Lessons Learned from Solar for All Innovation & Expansion Grants


Jun 24 2020


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm




  • Fahia Munna
    Fahia Munna
    National University of Malaysia

    I have done my bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Currently I am doing my master’s in Solar Cell and Photovoltaic application. I like to learn new things related to research and I have published a few journal papers. I also love attending conferences to explore new ideas and motivate myself to achieve something new in research field.

    Presentation Title: Effect of Zinc doping on the optoelectronic properties of CdS thin films deposited by chemical bath deposition by utilizing an alternative Sulfur precursor

  • Hyon Rah
    Hyon Rah
    RAH Solutions, University of the District of Columbia, Goucher College

    Hyon K. Rah, an expert in sustainable built environment and water and energy resilience, connects infrastructure planning to improving the triple bottom line, community engagement, and historic preservation. Communicating in five languages, she has supported development projects of diverse scales, scopes, and locations with people-centered and integrated strategies that reduce water and energy risks, and community and financial threats. She is Principal of RAH Solutions, a DC-based WOSB, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia and Goucher College. She hold a dual masters in Architecture (University of Michigan) and Water Management/Hydroinformatics (European Commission’s EuroAquae Consortium).

    Presentation Title: How Can Utility-Scale Solar Development Benefit Rural Communities?

    Description: Solar energy development in the U.S. has been booming in the recent years. While small-scale solar developments in urban areas are being integrated into policymaking to address employment and equity issues in tandem, the same is not true for utility-scale solar developments in rural areas. The undercurrent of contention stemming from the lack of visible local benefits of utility-scale solar projects has had a detrimental impact on the advancement of large-scale solar installations. Industry awareness and policy guidance to address this issue and leverage it to provide win-win solutions for all stakeholders are sorely needed. This presentation explores these possibilities.

    Presentation Title: Historic preservation as means to scale up solar energy development

    Description: There is no denying that historic places have not been the most sought-after spots for solar development – in fact, avoidance unless absolutely necessary has been more typical for many developers. With major policy and regulatory changes around GHG reduction and resilience building, those days might be numbered especially for those operating mainly in urban areas. Major cities around the county are starting to adopt ambitious energy performance standards for buildings that would not only affect new constructions but also existing building stocks, including numerous historic buildings. As ruling out renewable energy will be a non-option for most urban buildings, creating an environment for historic buildings to embrace solar is in urgent order. Rather than settling for the status quo of finding the most inconspicuous spot to install PV panels to make the case, this could be an opening to integrate solar energy development priorities to those of historic preservation. Gentrification and the regulatory gap between the protection of federal and regional and local historic places have placed historic preservation in a vicarious position, in search of newly defined relevance. Integrating solar development into historic preservation efforts could be an effective way to do so while advancing clean energy goals.

  • Jack Akinlosotu
    Department of Energy and Environment

    I currently work for the Washington D.C. Department of Energy and Environment on the Solar for All Program. I help with the implementation of the program, which is meant to serve 100,000 low to moderate income residents.

  • Jennifer Kulp
    Department of Energy and Environment

    Jennifer Kulp has 7 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry and is an Energy Program Specialist at the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). She supports the implementation of the Weatherization Assistance Program which includes monitoring subgrantees, maintaining, updating, and creating program documents, addressing client’s needs, and collecting, analyzing, and reporting quarterly and demographic data for WAP. Additionally, Jennifer is the grant manager for DOEE’s first documentary and is the point of contact for education and outreach for the entire Efficiency and Affordability Division. Prior to joining DOEE, Jennifer was an Associate at ICF where she worked for the ENERGY STAR program. While at ICF she managed the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program and the databases and web pages for over 70 ENERGY STAR product categories.

  • Jesse Duroha
    Jesse Duroha
    University of Rhode Island

    Jesse C. Duroha is a Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at The University of Rhode Island in the Sustainable Innovative Solutions (SIS) Lab. His research explores the impact of ergonomics in the solar industry, in order to sustain its growth through a healthy and sustainable workforce. Jesse’s background spans being a Data Analyst for the URI Office of Sustainability and a Production Supervisor at Edward Marc Brands, with degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (B.S.), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (M.S.) at West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

    Presentation Title: Occupational Risks Associated with Solar Installations: A Review

    Description: Currently, the U.S. has over 71 GW of PVs installed; capable of powering 13.5 million homes [1]. As the adoption of solar becomes more prevalent, with shorter project timelines, and challenges in training personnel, its workforce is apt to face more ergonomic issues. This poster aims to inform the solar community and researchers on areas requiring more exploration to mitigate occupational risks. Thus, creating awareness about and contributing to the continuous improvement of worker health and safety in the solar industry.

    [1] “U.S. Solar Market Insight | SEIA”, SEIA, 2020. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 16- Jan- 2020]

  • Kester Ighodalo
    Kester Ighodalo
    University of Science and Technology of China

    I am Ighodalo, Kester Osasele, a Nigerian studying Material Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China, under the CAS-TWAS PhD presidential Fellow scholarship. I am also Head of Department, Academic affairs, Foreign Student Association (FSA) in the same university. I started my PhD in September 2018 and my research field is on fabrication of solar cell device using perovskite and semiconductor materials with a 5 years’ research experience. I have authored and co-authored 8 published papers in top respected impact factor journals including the most recent publication in American Chemical Society, Energy Letters. I am currently a reviewer for the American Journal of Materials Synthesis and Processing journal, a member of International Association of Advanced Materials, and a member the Electrochemical Society.

    Presentation Title: The effect of deposition cycles on intrinsic and electrochemical properties of metallic cobalt sulfide by simple chemical route.

  • Mauricio Almeida Pinto
    Mauricio Almeida Pinto
    University of Brasilia

    Maurício Almeida Pinto received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Brasília, and he is currently a master’s student at the same university. His main area of interest is those related to renewable energy conversion systems and impact assessment tools, namely Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). He has been studying the impact of photovoltaic technology insertion in the Brazilian grid since 2015, especially the atmospheric GHG release. His evaluation model relies on articles, LCA database, reports from international and national agencies to estimate the carbon footprint and carbon payback time.

    Presentation Title: Assessment of carbon payback time of photovoltaic system considering the Brazilian solar irradiance variation

    Description: The study approach allows for understanding the PV equipment environmental performance and the Brazilian public policy to mitigate climate change. Furthermore, this research allows for identifying possibilities to improve the photovoltaic technology atmospheric benefits and climate change public policy effectiveness.

  • Nan Wang
    Nan Wang
    Pennsylvania State University

    Nan Wang, a first-year Penn State Architectural Engineering doctoral student in lighting option with a position of research assistant supporting Dr. Julian Wang. She is now working on human physiology and psychology responses to thermal and light from daylighting and artificial lighting.

    Presentation Title: Conceptual Model of Sunlight Effects on Occupant’s Thermal Response in Healthcare Facilities

  • Paarth Gupta
    Paarth Gupta
    Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

    I am pursuing B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu & Kashmir, India. I am having vast knowledge in mechanical and electronics field. i am very passionate towards my work.

    Presentation Title: Solar PV: A brief technical analysis

  • Rahim Khoie_
    Rahim Khoie_
    University of the Pacific

    Rahim Khoie received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1986. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he is also the director of the engineering physics program. He has held professorship at the Universities of Nevada and Florida. His areas of interest include renewable energy, photovoltaics, and semiconductor quantum and nano devices. He has published more than 100 articles in journals and proceedings and has given numerous invited presentations at conferences and scientific meetings. He also has received a number of research grants as well as teaching awards. Dr. Khoie has been member of a number of professional societies including ASES, IEEE, ASEE, and SPIE and has served in various chair positions including Pacific’s Academic Council, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as IEEE Student Activities and ASEE Southwest Section.

    Presentation Title: Forecasting Carbon Emissions in Seven Eastern States of the United States; The Effects of Coal Deregulation

    Description: Taking the United States out of the historic 2016 International Paris Agreement is only one among a long list of actions taken by the current Administration in reversing many years of climate policies, especially those implemented by the Obama Administration (Adler, 2011) and (McCarthy and Copeland, 2016). The list of the deregulatory actions taken by the current Administration in coal industry include: (Brookings Institution, 2019) and (National Geographic, 2017):
    • Relaxing the rules on emission of greenhouse gases in new coal-fuel power plants.
    • Relaxing the rules on producing mercury and other air-toxins by coal-burning power plants.
    • Repealing Clean Power Plan, and
    • Postponing enforcement of many Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its 2018 Report on “Climate Change: Current and Projected Impacts on the U.S.” called for the need for removal of existing carbon from the atmosphere to prevent the projected climate disasters by 2050 (NOAA, Fahey 2018). In light of this warning, it is imperative that we investigate the effects of coal deregulations on carbon emissions, especially in those states in the United States that heavily rely on electricity generation from coal.

    Adler, J. 2011. Heat expands all things: The proliferation of greenhouse gas regulation under the Obama administration. Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 421., Accessed March 2018.

    Brookings Institution, 2019. “Tracking deregulation in the Trump era,” Friday, April 12, 2019, Accessed: April 2019

    McCarthy, J. and Copeland C. 2016. EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track? Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, December 30, 2016, Accessed March 2018.

    National Geographic, 2017. Accessed August 2018.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2018. David Fahey, “Climate Change: Current and Projected Impacts on the U.S.,” ASES SOLAR 2018, Pathways to the Renewable Energy Transformation, August 5-8, 2018, Boulder, CO. See:

  • Scott Stibrich
    Green Powered Technology

    Scott Stibrich is a project manager for Green Powered Technology with a focus on energy engineering consulting services. His main area of expertise is in PV, though he supports other energy related projects, including smart grids, microgrids, transmission, biomass, and geothermal. Prior experience includes ten years with CH2M Hill, working in the energy industry, with a focus on PV system design. He is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Teh Lai
    Teh Lai
    U of Arizona

    Teh Lai is a PhD student and a Research Assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. Upon completing his two master degrees in “Engineering and Technology Management” and “Industrial Engineering”, he began his doctoral research which mainly focuses on performance degradation of photovoltaic modules/system under accelerated lifecycle testing with the aid of environmental chamber. He believes sustainability is one of the major keys that open the doors to our future.

    Presentation Title: Micro-mobility and Renewable Energy

  • Thomas Bartholomew
    Thomas Bartholomew
    DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

    Thomas Bartholomew is the Branch Chief for Renewable Energy and Clean Transportation at the DC Department of Energy and Environment. He has over a decade of experience working in environmental, natural resources and energy policy.

    Presentation Title: Using Existing Administrative Data and Processes to Speed Low-Income Solar Subscriber Uptake

    Description: Ensuring solar equity requires considering the low-income and over-burdened community experience, in particular their limited time and resources to navigate the process. Meeting them where they are improves buy-in, program efficiency, and trust.

  • Thomas Dietz
    Thomas Dietz
    38.0 North LLC

    Retired chemist who desired to design and build a zero energy home. The home was built using various technologies including solar PV, geothermal, a highly insulated enclosure, energy efficient windows and appliances and passive solar features.

    Presentation Title: Building a Zero Energy Home

    Description: Designing and building a zero energy home is not complicated. The entire process has managed by the homeowner working with my general contractor and other subcontractors.

  • Tom Thompson
    Solaria Corporation

    About the Poster:
    A presentation on this topic will afford attendees a greater understanding of how tremendous advancements in manufacturing are enabling the production of ultra high efficiency / increasingly aesthetic solar products that increase solar projects’ energy yield – while being more cost effective and space- efficient. They’ll be apprised about how lower costs and new manufacturing advancements are facilitating greater speed of the delivery of proven, reliable solar modules to market, making PV projects more efficient and affordable.

  • William Young
    William Young
    Florida Renewable Energy Association

    Worked as Senior Research Engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center for 22 years before retiring. Studied photovoltaic applications for disaster relief, buildings, mobile units, and power applications. Worked included solar thermal and alternative fuels. Started working in solar at General Electric in 1980, and presently working at President of Florida Renewable Energy Association with ASES.

    Presentation Title: Emergency Power for all Disasters

    Description: Very few organization and people work in emergency management and solar energy at the same time and have real live experience

  • Yacob Hiben
    Yacob Hiben
    Mekelle University

    Born and raised in Ethiopia, as a young boy who lived in developing country his choices was
    limited when he finished high school. It had been always his dreams and ambitions to develop a career that has tangible impacts. As the objective of his career, he joined Mekelle University in 2002. Finally, he majored Mechanical Engineering and graduated with good grade in 2007 and joined Jimma University as a full time academic staff. This motivated him to pursue his joint master’s in Energy sponsored by KIC Innoenergy, 2011 cohort. Currently, he is a lecturer and Ph.D candidate at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.

    Presentation Title: Comparative Study of Models for Estimating Daily and Hourly Solar Radiation: Sunshine Duration and Ground Radiation in Mekelle, Ethiopia

    Description: The primary objective of this study is the development and application of quantitative models used to answer difficult resource forecasting questions in the solar energy field. In this process, inter-linkages that influence trade-offs and synergies across the climatology and geographical dimensions need to be identified and included.

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