This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Solar energy has been hailed as the future of energy for decades. Finally, solar energy has reached the inflection point where it not only makes technological sense, but also economic sense.

Dr. David W. Galipeau is the Harold Hohbach Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Coordinator of the Center for Advanced Photovoltaics and Sustainable Energy; and Electrical Engineering MS and Ph.D. graduate programs at South Dakota State University. He was also the program lead for the Alternative Power Technology (APT) Program supported by the Department of Defense. While at SDSU, he has been the PI or Co-PI on over forty funded research projects, including twelve major NSF awards for over M and eight SBIR-STTR awards. He has published over 100 research papers, given numerous presentations, and established a spin off business. He was also Co-founder of the Center for Advanced Photovoltaics and Sustainable Energy.

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