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UC Riverside to Host Solar Conference March 1st

Solar Power: Past, Present and its future in the Inland Empire

4th Annual Solar Conference. Solar Power: Past, Present, and Its Future in the Inland Empire

Conference will focus on solar, energy storage systems, and microgrids

Riverside, CA. – The University of California, Riverside will host its fourth annual solar conference, Solar Power: Past, Present, and Its Future in Inland Southern California from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the Bourns Technology Center, 1200 Columbia Ave., Riverside, 92507.

The conference is designed for government leaders, planners, council members, businesses, utilities, and the general public. The cost is $85 for non-students and $25 for students. Those planning to attend should register at the conference website.

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists will present on the state of solar energy by discussing the latest technology, public policy/regulations, economics, and the associated environmental/sustainability benefits of renewable energy. Attendees will learn about the challenges and opportunities for incorporating solar energy plus batteries and deploying microgrid systems in their communities, including revenue opportunities, local policies, and initiatives already in place. A full agenda is available online.

UCR’s Alfredo Martinez-Morales, managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) and one of the conference organizers, said this year’s conference will focus on solar as well as energy storage systems and microgrid systems.


  • Early Bird: $70 (available 12/22/2017 to 2/01/2018)
  • General: $85
  • UCR Student: $20


General Conference Attendees:  Click HERE to register using a credit card.

Conference Sponsors and UCR Students:  Contact Alta Vasquez directly at for registration instructions.

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