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Principal Solar Institute PV Module Ratings to Evaluate Lifetime Energy Production

Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Principal Solar Institute
By: Dan Bedell, Executive Vice President – Marketing & Corporate Development, Principal Solar and Matthew Thompson, Executive Director, Principal Solar Institute

Are you aware that the energy produced over 25 years by PV modules can differ by as much as 50 percent, even though they have the same power rating? How do you know which module to select for your project? Choosing low-cost modules can give the impression that a PV project is at grid parity, but the ultimate metric for investors and consumers must be the long-term cost of energy production. Even so, developers cannot make the mistake of paying too much for the highest efficiency PV modules. In this webinar we will share our analysis of the PV module characteristics that determine Lifetime Energy Production, and discuss the how the Principal Solar Institute PV Module Ratings can be used to select optimum solar panels for your project.

In addition to direct cost-benefit analyses, the PSI PV Module ratings have been used by renewable energy investors in their utility scale solar due diligence process, and by Solarize Frederick County as a mechanism to document installers’ choice of solar system components.

Join us for a free webinar by Dan Bedell and Matthew Thompson of Principal Solar Institute to learn how the PSI PV Module Rating works and how it may be used in your solar project development.


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Dan Bedell

Executive Vice President – Marketing & Corporate Development, Principal Solar

Following a lifelong interest in renewable energy, Dan Bedell co-founded Capstone Solar, a think tank for solar professionals to exchange ideas on policy and technology and a platform for peer to peer branding, micro-networking and interactive solar webinars.

Dan previously worked on mergers and acquisitions in the global materials industry, integrating newly acquired businesses into a standard corporate footprint at Lehigh Hanson, Inc. Prior to that, Dan was COO and Director of Business Development for a Dallas-area construction company that was an early entrant into the “green” building market and the rooftop solar installation market. In that capacity, he was an advocate and evangelist for distributed solar generation in the state of Texas. He now brings that same passion for the inevitable mainstream adoption of solar power to Principal Solar.

Dan holds his B.B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas where he graduated cum laude and spent a semester studying international finance in the UK.

Matthew Thompson

Executive Director, Principal Solar Institute

Matthew Thompson is a scientist with 23 years experience in semiconductor process development and yield enhancement at Motorola and at Freescale Semiconductor.

At Motorola’s Advanced Process Development Laboratory, he developed vertical gate oxidation processes and equipment. In a collaborative research and development project that included Motorola and IBM, he designed Synchrotron x-ray optics for deep submicron lithography, and supported x-ray mask design. The project culminated with a successful fabrication of fully functional memory chips using x-ray lithography. In another industry research project, Matthew worked with Motorola and Lucent Technologies to develop 200 mm mask manufacturing processes for a novel projection electron beam lithography technique. In addition to these advanced lithography research projects, he developed computer algorithms for Complimentary Phase Shift Masks, leading to volume manufacture of products with 50 nm gates using 248 nm imaging tools. At Freescale Semiconductor, he worked to improve profitability and performance by development and deployment of Design for Manufacturability methodology.

Matthew earned a B.S. in Physics at Texas Tech University, and a Ph. D. in Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds seven patents in areas such as electronic design processing, x-ray mirror design, and advanced e-beam lithography, optical photo mask design and microcircuit pre-failure detection.