I Was Quoted in Article on Solar Photovoltaic Technology18 Oct

Paul Merrion of the Chicago Business called me recently to discuss solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and its commercial viability. We talked about the declining cost of solar PV panels and the fact that they are still not  cost competitive with their fossil fuel counterparts. Moreover, I stressed that “Solar… has not been able to stand on its own feet in the market place.”

The key metric in this case is the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), a subject of my recent blog post. Until the LCOE of solar PV is equal to or less than that of fossil fuel generators, then the need for government subsidies will continue. Currently, the federal cash grant subsidy is set to expire on December 31, 2011.

Regarding federal cash grants, Paul Merrion noted in his article that “New solar installations next year could see ‘up towards a 50% drop off, given the lack of the grant program and the tightening up of other programs at the federal level,’ says Dan Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research, a non-profit arm of the American Energy Alliance, a Washington, D.C., lobbying group that supports the use of fossil and nuclear fuels.”

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Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.

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