Solar Society Shines Light on UAlbany’s Richard Perez
Expert Receives American Solar Energy Society Award

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ALBANY, N.Y. (August 1, 2002) – Significant contributions to the solar energy field have earned Richard Perez, a research professor with the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), honors from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). He received the Society’s Charles Greeley Abbot Award at the National Solar Energy Conference in June in Reno, Nevada.

Perez developed the standard model for transforming diffuse radiation to tilted surfaces, known as the Perez model, named for a paper he wrote on the subject. He received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany in 1983 and is an expert on solar energy applications. As one of three principal researchers with the ASRC’s Solar Radiation Group, he specializes in solar measurement and modeling, daylighting, photovoltaic applications, and satellite prediction. Perez, who has served as associate editor for solar resource assessment of the Solar Energy Journal since 1995, has also been a member of the ASES board and technical chair of two ASES conferences.

At this year’s conference, Solar 2002: Sunrise on the Reliable Energy Economy, Perez, UAlbany adjunct research assistant Kathleen Moore and scientific programmer Marek Kmiecik, and colleagues from the University of Geneva, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Oregon presented "A New Operational Satellite-to-Irradiance Model – Description and Validation." Their presentation was part of the "Solar Resource Assessment" portion of the conference.

The American Solar Energy Society is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. ASES promotes the widespread near-term and long-term use of solar energy.

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