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The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar: A Panel Discussion

Panel DiscussionWhere:  Etherton Gallery, 135 S 6th Ave, 520-624-7370, info@ethertongallery.com
When:  Thursday, November 6, 2014    6-7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Join Etherton Gallery and artist Jamey Stillings for a panel discussion featuring Jamey's series of photographs The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar. This evocative project provides the basis for a panel discussion and community questions exploring various challenges, impacts and benefits presented by large renewable energy projects and how we balance those to achieve the most desirable outcomes.


Edible Baja: Bird’s eye view of a massive solar plant is the subject of Etherton Gallery exhibition and panel discussion


Confirmed Panelists:

Kevin Koch is the owner of Technicians for Sustainability (TFS), a solar energy company with a mission to help businesses, public institutions, and homeowners translate their financial and environmental values into a practical reality. Based in Tucson, TFS installs high-quality, reliable, solar electric and solar hot water systems that are built to last. Committed to quality and integrity, TFS is proud to have been powering our community with solar since 2003.  Koch has worked in the solar field for over 15 years and is a NABCEP certified Solar PV and Solar Hot Water Installer. He and his family live with solar electricity, solar hot water and rainwater catchment systems. 

John Shepard is a Senior Adviser at the Sonoran Institute, responsible for ensuring that the mission and vision of the organization are realized through long-range strategic planning and effective program development, implementation, and evaluation. John is currently leading the Institute’s efforts to appropriately site utility-scale solar projects in Arizona and more effectively integrate local land-use policies and water management in the Colorado River basin.

Brian Wheelwright is a PhD student in the College of Optical Sciences. Although he works alongside telescope makers and astronomers at UA’s Steward Observatory, Brian’s concern is purely terrestrial. Motivated by society’s urgent need for clean, low-cost energy, the Steward Solar Lab is adapting telescope manufacturing technologies to produce cheap dish mirrors for solar concentration. By using large mirrors and small, high-efficiency solar cells, Brian is prototyping solar devices with the potential for low-cost solar electricity. 


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion