“Sun Above the Horizon, an interview with Peter Varadi about the Origins, Present and Future of Solar Technology

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM


Audio from Wednesday, July 16, from 10:00 – 10:30 am: “Sun Above the Horizon, an interview with Peter Varadi about the origins, present and future of solar technology

Peter F Varadi
Peter F Varadi

Peter Varadi is one of the few people who can be said to personify the solar industry. He was there from the very beginning, co-founding the first terrestrial solar company in 1973 and, up until three years ago, consulting with organizations like the World Bank and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

He talks about: how solar technology originated as a space program; Solarex; Big Oil’s contribution to the development of solar technology; why Germany was able to lead the world in developing a technology invented in the US; the solar vs utilities conflict; What Germany is showing us about the development of solar-plus-battery

Click on this link to access a review of his book: Sun Above the Horizon; Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry

(Image at top of page: Figure 25.1 Solarex Building , Frederick MD. USA – 1982 The World’s first and at that time the largest (200 MW) rooftop PV system – from Sun Above the Horizon © Peter F. Varadi)

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