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 After holding the 2016 UC Solar Symposium at UC Davis, we’re back at CPUC Headquarters in San Francisco for the 2017 edition
 
 After holding the 2016 UC Solar Symposium at UC Davis, we’re back at CPUC Headquarters in San Francisco for the 2017 edition.
 
 
 Breakfast is served in the quad.
 
 Breakfast is served in the quad.
 
 
 Presenters Dick Swanson, Sarah Kurtz and David Fenning (l to r) strategize over coffee and bagels.
 
 Presenters Dick Swanson, Sarah Kurtz and David Fenning (l to r) strategize over coffee and bagels.
 
 
 The front desk crew of Jordyn Brinkley, Kaycee Chang and Robyn Lunkens (l to r) get busy greeting attendees.
 
 The front desk crew of Jordyn Brinkley, Kaycee Chang and Robyn Lunkens (l to r) get busy greeting attendees.
 
 
 The morning poster session is also up and running.
 
 The morning poster session is also up and running.
 
 
 CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtscahffen is the day’s first presenter.
 
 CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtscahffen is the day’s first presenter.
 
 CEC Commissioner David Hochschild explains how reality often exceeds expectation—particularly when it comes to PV generation.
 
 CEC Commissioner David Hochschild explains how reality often exceeds expectation—particularly when it comes to PV generation.
 
 
 Presenters David Hochschild, Roland Winston and Clifford Rechtschaffen (l to r) pause for a quick photo op.
 
 Presenters David Hochschild, Roland Winston and Clifford Rechtschaffen (l to r) pause for a quick photo op.
 
 
 Mark Byron, the Executive Director for Renewable Energy Programs at the UC Office of the President, updates attendees on the UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
 
 Mark Byron, the Executive Director for Renewable Energy Programs at the UC Office of the President, updates attendees on the UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
 
 
 Master of Ceremonies and UC Solar Director Roland Winston introduces the next presenter.
 
 Master of Ceremonies and UC Solar Director Roland Winston introduces the next presenter.
 
 
 Adam Moule of UC Davis describes his research on 3D imaging of quantum dot superlattice arrays.
 
 Adam Moule of UC Davis describes his research on 3D imaging of quantum dot superlattice arrays.
 
 
 Michael Isaacson is a UC Solar Co-Director and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems at UC Santa Cruz. As such, he’s able to provide the down low on UCSC’s renewable energy research.
 
 Michael Isaacson is a UC Solar Co-Director and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems at UC Santa Cruz. As such, he’s able to provide the down low on UCSC’s renewable energy research.
 
 
 Roland Winston introduces National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Fellow and newly-minted UC Merced Engineering Professor Sarah Kurtz
 
 Roland Winston introduces National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Fellow and newly-minted UC Merced Engineering Professor Sarah Kurtz
 
 
 After her presentation Sarah interacts with some of her new UC colleagues.
 
 After her presentation Sarah interacts with some of her new UC colleagues.
 
 
 Lunch time arrives.
 
 Lunch time arrives.
 
 
 Attendees enjoy their box lunches, and the beautiful San Francisco weather, in the CPUC building quad.
 
 Attendees enjoy their box lunches, and the beautiful San Francisco weather, in the CPUC building quad.
 
 
 After sandwiches the poster session heats up again.
 
 After sandwiches the poster session heats up again.
 
 
 Fresno State University student Nikhesh Pradhan explains his poster, which also happened to be a contest winner.
 
 Fresno State University student Nikhesh Pradhan explains his poster, which also happened to be a contest winner.
 
 
UC Merced doctoral candidate Bennett Widyolar (center) is all smiles standing next his winning poster, which received the largest share of the audience votes. 
 
 UC Merced doctoral candidate Bennett Widyolar (center) is all smiles standing next his winning poster, which received the largest share of the audience votes.
 
 
 UCLA Professor Yang Yang gets the afternoon started off right with a discussion of perovskite solar cell research.
 
 UCLA Professor Yang Yang gets the afternoon started off right with a discussion of perovskite solar cell research.
 
 
 SunPower Founder and current retiree Dick Swanson outlines today’s research challenges and tells the audience why their work matters.
 
 SunPower Founder and current retiree Dick Swanson outlines today’s research challenges and tells the audience why their work matters.
 
 
 UC Berkeley Professor Constance Chang-Hasnain explores the potential of omnidirectional indoor light harvesting.
 
 UC Berkeley Professor Constance Chang-Hasnain explores the potential of omnidirectional indoor light harvesting.
 
 
 UC San Diego Professor David Fenning is also doing perovskite solar cell research, and he describes the affect of non-stoichiometry at the nanoscale
 
 UC San Diego Professor David Fenning is also doing perovskite solar cell research, and he describes the affect of non-stoichiometry at the nanoscale.
 
 
 UC Solar Director Roland Winston outlines the proposed California-New York Solar Research Partnership with Engineering Dean Liesl Folks of the University at Buffalo. They are committed to making the bi-coastal collaboration a reality.
 
 UC Solar Director Roland Winston outlines the proposed California-New York Solar Research Partnership with Engineering Dean Liesl Folks of the University at Buffalo. They are committed to making the bi-coastal collaboration a reality.
 
 
 The UC Solar Research Team from UC Merced shows off this year’s purple shirts.
 
 The UC Solar Research Team from UC Merced shows off this year’s purple shirts.