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UCR Launches Solar Energy Initiative


UC Riverside Launches Solar Energy Research Initiative

Kick-Off Event Nov. 5 Will Highlight Efforts to Develop and Promote New Technology

(October 22, 2009)

CE-CERT Director Matthew Barth will lead the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), which will combine research, technology assessment and workforce training to serve as a regional focal point for solar energy development.Enlarge

CE-CERT Director Matthew Barth will lead the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), which will combine research, technology assessment and workforce training to serve as a regional focal point for solar energy development.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – UC Riverside will take a new step toward sustainable technologies with the formation of a new research initiative into solar energy at a kick-off ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m., at the Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

The Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) will utilize CE-CERT’s long-established role as an “honest broker” to establish alliances that can advance the effective utilization of solar power in southern California. CE-CERT Director Matthew Barth will lead the initiative and leverage the center’s nearly two decades of environmental research and successful technology development.

UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White and Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge will attend the event. Sustainability has been identified by Chancellor White as a major goal of the university and the City of Riverside has made an initial funding commitment to the effort.

“We applaud the City of Riverside and Riverside Public Utilities for their forward thinking in partnering with the university on this initiative,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering. “It represents the kind of collaboration that universities, municipalities and other organizations must continually develop in order to ensure the new knowledge we create is used effectively for the benefit of the community.”

Combining research, technology assessment and workforce training, SC-RISE will serve as a regional focal point for solar energy research, applications, demonstrations and education. With key collaborations with the city, local solar energy companies, other academic institutions and Japan’s Tohoku University, the initiative will form the nexus of academic, governmental and commercial interest in affordable solar power in the region.

SC-RISE will begin with a three-fold mission:
• Research – collaborate with government agencies and industry to advance photovoltaic electricity technology and other renewable energy concepts
• Demonstrate – assess and evaluate new technologies, offering end users independent information on efficiency and performance for various purposes
• Training – assist regional colleges and others to inform technicians, end users and the public about solar energy concepts, installations, maintenance, and operations

By representing multiple perspectives, SC-RISE will identify the technical, infrastructure and other barriers to the full embrace of solar technologies in our region. The goal of SC-RISE is to stimulate the adoption of green solar energy across sun-kissed Southern California through a variety of activities including research, education, pilot projects and other technology demonstrations.

The kick-off event on Nov. 5 is open to the public. Persons interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 30, to Amanda Raymer-Gomes:

E-mail: araymer@cert.ucr.edu
Telephone: (951) 781-5730

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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