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Breakout Session: Solar as a Base Load Power Source

May 21, 2014 2:45PM to 3:45PM PDT


Does solar have a future as a base load electricity source? This session explores a vision in which solar power plants can provide dispatchability, predictability, and reliability comparable to conventional generation, while offering affordable electricity for consumers. Panelists will address the possible configuration, components, and performance characteristics of such a plant, including the roles of energy storage and load response for both grid-scale and aggregated distributed-scale solar projects.


Steven Chalk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy


Mark Rothleder
Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California Independent Systems Operator

Tony Tewelis
Director, Technology Innovation, Arizona Public Service

Hank Price
Chief Technology Officer, Abengoa Solar

Guy Sliker
Director of Clean Energy Technology, New York Power Authority