SOLAR 2019 Call For Participation – Closed

SOLAR 2019 Call for Participation is now closed. We’ll see you at SOLAR 2019!



The American Solar Energy Society believes that supplying 100% of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible, but urgently necessary. The ASES SOLAR 2019 conference will focus exclusively on strategies to achieve 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. by 2050 via actions needed within two years. This commitment builds on the messages heard at the SOLAR 2018 conference and the call for urgent climate action by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to constrain global warming to less than 0.5°C above today’s level to avoid threats to humankind from even higher temperatures.  

The door for impacting climate change is rapidly closing. ASES represents the scientists, educators, activists, and others who can provide renewable energy technologies and solutions for climate action in the United States that will have an impact within the next two years. We are the leaders. We can’t afford to be following public opinion and current consensus. We need to drive paths toward solutions that decarbonize the nation’s electricity supply .

 We are in a race against time, and ASES believes we can win that race.

The ASES SOLAR 2019 Conference will be held in one of the leading states for taking climate action, Minnesota. Minnesota has enacted climate policies that have provided leadership in the growth of wind power, solar power, community solar, variable generation integration technologies, energy efficient buildings and electrifying the transportation sector. But the strategies and solutions that will be presented at the conference can – and must – be implemented across the country. Minnesota is pleased to host this important conference on taking climate action.

Many strategies will be necessary to take immediate climate action: electricity supply (residential, commercial, industrial, utility-scale solar; on land wind power; offshore wind power); transmission (including a national HVDC grid); electrifying the economy (transportation, homes, businesses, buildings); policies (international, national, state, intra-state, city); public support (social media; popular press, education); personal actions (renewable energy opportunities; energy efficiency, electric vehicles). All should be focused on taking meaningful action within the next two years. The focus on urgent climate action will, by necessity, exclude other necessary technical and policy strategies from presentation at the conference, such as: documenting climate destruction; adaptation to a changed climate; long-term, innovative ideas for new renewable electricity generation; near-term projects that will have low impact and limited applicability, etc.

Of course, the ASES traditions for learning and networking will be included in the conference:  Opening Reception, ASES Chapter Caucus and Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Banquet and Fellows Reception and Women in Solar Energy (WISE) Luncheon.

The ASES chapter in Minnesota, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, is looking forward to organizing a variety of ancillary events to offer, from the electric vehicle display to the solar powered boats to technical training programs, solar-powered breweries, and more.


The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) invites you to submit a proposal for an oral presentation or a poster at our 2019 conference, “SOLAR 2019: Race to Renewables,” taking place August 5-9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Title:                     Race to Renewables

Subtitle:               Race against time to take urgent climate action through the use of renewable energy


SOLAR 2019 will emphasize the need for immediate climate action to eliminate carbon emissions from electricity generation; the crucial role of renewables in taking climate action; important measurable targets; business case for climate action; and practical, competitive, technically feasible renewable energy solutions.


Scope: ASES supports the goal of a 100% renewable electricity supplying the U.S by 2050. Toward that goal, SOLAR 2019 presentations and panels will focus on technologies, research, education, policies and programs that focus on climate actions through the use of renewable energy that will have measurable impacts within the next two years for electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation. We encourage proposals for near term renewable energy actions that will help guide the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019.

Audience:     ASES welcomes contributions from

Academics   Technologists   Scientists   Researchers   Educators Students Engineers    Architects Installers

Policy developers   Public officials   Public agencies   Activists Advocates

Prospective contributions need to focus on one of the following seven (7) major tracks (with suggested topics):

    • Electricity/Transmission
        • Dispatchable renewables
        • Commercial, industrial, utility scale solar
        • On land and offshore wind power
        • Large-scale integration and transmission expansion
      • Storage
  • Transportation:
        • Electrify all transportation
      • Supporting charging infrastructure
    • Renewable energy heating and cooling
        • Industrial (example: solar thermal, passive, geothermal etc.)
        • Commercial
      • Residential
    • Public support
        • Social media campaign
        • Public recognition that action is imperative
      • Education
  • Business Case for Renewables
      • Financing
      • Business Opportunities
    • Energy Blockchain
  • Policies
    • International accords
    • National leadership (Carbon tax, Cap and trade, Targets and standards)
    • State initiatives (Renewable electricity standards, Incentives)
    • Local commitments
    • Equity/Social Justice
    • Personal actions and benefits
      • Electricity supply (Distributed solar, Community solar, Utility green power options, Home value benefit from having solar)
      • Transportation (EVs, Electric bikes)
      • Water heating (Heat pump water heater)
      • Space heating
      • Air conditioning

Submissions should be maximum 200 words and should include the following:

theme (choose from one of the seven (7) major themes), specific topic within the theme, title, presenter, abstract.

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