E3: Solar PV – The Revolution Continues

By the end of 2050, solar energy is projected to be the world’s largest source of electricity. While utility-scale solar will comprise much of this capacity, there will also be significant growth in the commercial and residential sectors – particularly in cities.

On episode three of Buildings and Beyond, Kelly interviews SWA’s solar expert, Eric Wallace, to discuss the various factors affecting solar photovoltaic (PV) growth including changes in technology, policy, and financing. Tune in to learn about some of the barriers and opportunities that solar developers face in the height of a solar revolution. 

Episode Guest: Eric Wallace

Eric Wallace Headshot

Eric Wallace is a Building Systems Engineer at Steven Winter Associates, providing consulting, design, and inspection services for solar energy as well as a variety of programs, including Energy Star Multifamily High Rise, Enterprise Green Communities, New York Energy Conservation Code, and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Prior to SWA, Eric spent four years designing commercial-scale solar power systems. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Episode Information and Resources

Solar Energy Basics

NREL U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2017

Solar in the City: Designing Solar for High-Density Areas

NYSERDA’s VDER Resources

The Duck Curve

Community Solar Basics


NYSERDA’s NY-Sun Program

Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate

New Jersey Energy Storage Policy

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