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Eighth Grade Explanations: Why Solar Power in Texas?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:00am – 11:00am EDT  
Host: Principal Solar Institute
By: Rick Borry, CTO, Principal Solar

Join Dr. Rick Borry in a guest appearance to Mr. Weiss’s eighth grade science class at Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrollton, Texas.  First, we will investigate the electric power system in Texas as it applies to the students’ lives.  Then, we will use math and science to analyze the engineering principles behind electric conservation and solar power generation.  We will look at the best times and places to generate solar power, and we’ll review some free resources and apps related to solar power and the electric grid in Texas.  Finally, the students will go outside to test their self-made solar cookers as they boil water and cook rice.


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Rick Borry (Host)

CTO, Principal Solar

Rick Borry joined Principal Solar as CTO in May 2011 with their acquisition of Capstone Solar Conferences and subsequent re-branding as the Principal Solar Institute. In addition to his role at Principal Solar, Dr. Borry serves as an advisor for Solar Logic at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Dr. Borry is a co-founder of Capstone Solar, where he produced a series of online conferences around the needs of solar professionals.  While at Capstone Solar, Rick founded Webvent.tv, which is credited as the first platform to build communities around online conferences. Most recently, Rick was the Chief Software Architect for Certain Software beginning with their acquisition of his online event registration startup, Register123.com. At various stages during that tenure, Rick worked in every department while the company grew to over 150 employees around the world.

Rick earned his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. from Clemson University. Rick has worked as a research associate for Dupont in Delaware and an environmental engineer for Hoechst Celanese in South Carolina.

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