Perspectives from a 34-year Career in Solar Power Development

Edward C. Kern Jr., President, Irradiance, Inc.

Friday, October 28, 2011, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

Solar energy gained a diverse and competing set of advocates following the 1960’s environmental movement and the 1970’s Arab oil embargoes.  Ed Kern will share his perspectives on the evolution of today’s global solar power business from its scientific, political and environmental roots.  He will also share his career experience to offer guidance and teach the basics of solar energy resources, his current professional focus.

About the Speaker

Dr. Edward Kern is a graduate of Dartmouth and Thayer School of Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of hydrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to his ventures in the business world, Dr. Kern was on the faculty at MIT and a staff researcher at MIT's Lincoln labs. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Kern lectured in wind and solar energy as part of MIT’s “Sustainable Energy” subject and guided MIT’s Solar Power Initiative. Dr. Kern has 34 years experience working with photovoltaic systems and their interconnection to electric power systems. Presently he is President of Irradiance, Inc., a consulting firm supporting the PV system development and installations.  He is a founder, past president and director of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England. As founder and president of Ascension Technology (1987-1999) he oversaw the installation of over 200 grid-connected photovoltaic systems, in over 20 U.S. states and internationally, totaling over two megawatts. His work has had an international impact, with projects with the New York City Transit, the United Nations Environment Program, electric utilities in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Peru, India, Thailand and the Philippines.