The Reality of Solar

Topic: 
The Reality of Solar
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
AllenX Auditorium
Speaker: 
Thomas H. Werner (President and CEO SunPower Corporation)
Abstract / Description: 

Last year over 47,500 MW of solar electric systems were installed worldwide, which is enough to provide all the electricity needs of about 16 million homes for the next 25 years. The photovoltaic industry is projected to continue to grow rapidly to become the #1 source of energy worldwide by 2060. SunPower, a 30 year old Stanford-founded company, has been at the epicenter of this revolution. At SunPower's heart is its unique solar cell technology. In addition, SunPower has evolved to add unique solar systems design, manufacturing and installation, and is continuing to evolve to include storage and energy management. Tom Werner, SunPower CEO, will talk about the technology, the evolution of the company and the solar market, and future opportunities.

Tom Werner serves as SunPower president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining the company, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silver Spring Networks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.