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Author Philip Warburg will discuss how solar power offers the promise of a cleaner, lower-carbon American energy future, with applications ranging from modest residential rooftop arrays to vast, utility-scale solar farms. As solar technology becomes a mainstream supplier of electricity, new challenges arise that are unique to this technology. How big a contribution to our power supply can we expect from rooftop solar arrays and other decentralized solar installations? What will be the impact of these "distributed" energy sources on a sector traditionally dominated by large, central-station power plants? What is the potential role of utility-scale solar power in shifting America away from fossil fuel-based electricity, and how can the wildlife impacts of these land-intensive facilities be minimized and mitigated? And finally, how will we manage the vast quantities of solar waste that will accumulate as the industry matures? Specific solar projects will be studied; US and European policies will be explored.