Richard Perez

Conducts research on solar and renewable energy

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Richard Perez

Senior Research Associate
University at Albany
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Solar and renewable energy; environment; economics

Campus phone: (518) 437-8751
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Richard Perez holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and electrotechnics from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

Perez currently leads solar energy research at UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He also sits on the advisory board of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society and is an associate editor of Solar Energy Journal.

Perez has produced over 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and holds U.S. patents in energy storage technology and load management using photovoltaics.

His transposition, remote sensing, forecast models for solar energy and architectural daylighting applications are embedded in many engineering software platforms around the world.

Perez was instrumental in identifying the high-value effective capacity of photovoltaic power generation in U.S. regions that had not traditionally been considered as prime areas for solar development because of their modest solar resources, such as the metropolitan areas of the northeastern U.S.

Much of his time is spent disseminating and explaining solar energy’s vast potential to power the planet and displace all conventional energy sources, speaking to non-technical audiences. His collaboration with producer Kaya Sanan for the award-winning Question Power short animated film is one example that has reached, and been well received by the general public.

Richard Perez has received several U.S. and international awards including:

  • A Certificate for Outstanding Research from the U.S. Department of Energy,

  • The American Solar Energy Society’s highest award, The Charles Greeley Abbot Award;

  • The First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation;

  • The International Solar Energy Society’s Farrington Daniels Award for outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy applications which lead to enhancing our world and the conditions of human kind.