The Future of Solar Energy

March 2, 2016

Perlstein Hall Auditorium, Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 33rd Street, Chicago, IL, USA


Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions—but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment policy. This lecture presents results of a comprehensive study on The Future of Solar Energy by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), which is part of a series of multidisciplinary reports that examine the role various energy sources could play in meeting future energy demand under carbon dioxide emission constraints.

The Future of Solar Energy study reflects the technical, commercial and policy dimensions of solar energy today and makes recommendations to policymakers regarding more effective federal and state support for research and development, technology demonstration, and solar deployment.

Among its major themes is the need to prepare our electricity systems, both technically and from a regulatory standpoint, for very large-scale deployment of solar generation—which tends to vary unpredictably throughout the day. To this end, the study emphasizes the need for federal research and development support to advance low-cost, large-scale electricity storage technologies. For more information or a downloadable copy of The Future of Solar Energy study, visit


Event Details

Wednesday, March 2nd. Program starts at 3:15pm. Light refreshments served at 4:30pm.

This program is free and open to the public. We expect a full house, so please arrive early to get a seat. An overflow area will be available in Perlstein Hall, Room 109

RSVP to Donna Hale (, 312.567.3041


Peg Murphy (, 312.567.6881

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