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Notice of Staff Workshop
Solar Photovoltaic Research Plan



The California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Renewables Staff will conduct a public workshop to solicit comments on the Solar Photovoltaic Research Plan.

November 13, 2006
1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast

Electronic copies of the agenda, workshop notice, and the roadmap are available on the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/pier/notices/.

Purpose

Staff of the California Energy Commission seeks comments on its draft Solar Photovoltaic Research Plan. This plan will form the basis for developing priorities related to the Solar Photovoltaic Research Plan, development, and demonstration projects for the period 2006 to 2010. This public workshop will present a draft of the Solar Photovoltaic Research Plan and provide an opportunity for interested participants to make comments and contribute to discussions on the direction, goals, and objectives of the plan. Several external stakeholders representing the various segments of the solar industry provided extensive input in the development of this plan. The staff of the California Energy Commission will incorporate or address all comments received to produce a final Research Plan that will support the state policy goals for photovoltaic solar power, such as the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and Senate Bill 1 (SB1) goals.

Background

The PIER Renewables Roadmap identified a list of milestones related to solar photovoltaics (PV) research and formed the starting point for this project. A consultant for the Energy Commission interviewed over twenty-five external stakeholders representing various segments of the solar industry to review these milestones and add, delete, or modify them to represent what is needed to meet the State's aggressive PV goals. The external stakeholders also scored the milestones based on their research needs and impacts in meeting the State targets for solar PV, such as the California Solar Initiative targets. In addition to providing direction for developing the solar PV research and development program at the California Energy Commission, the final research plan will also provide policy makers, law makers, regulators, researchers, and developers involved with solar energy issues in California with information and direction on developing solar PV policies, goals, and objectives.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topic are due by 5 p.m. on November 17, 2006. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document format (PDF) to gkibrya@energy.state.ca.us. Please include "Solar PV Research Plan" in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. For comments by postal mail, please hand deliver or mail the original and one copy to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: Solar PV Research Plan, Golam Kibrya
1516 Ninth Street, MS-43
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Please include your name, organization and contact information on all correspondence. All written material related to this workshop will become part of the public record.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

For technical questions on the project, please e-mail Golam Kibrya, Technical Lead for Solar Research at [gkibrya@energy.state.ca.us].

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Date Posted: October 27, 2006

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