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Amit Ronen to Direct the George Washington University’s Solar Institute

April 24, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON—Recognized clean energy leader Amit Ronen will serve as the new director of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, the university announced at its 5th Annual Solar Symposium Tuesday. Mr. Ronen will assume his new role in May.

“We are so pleased to have Amit joining the GW community in May and look forward to continuing our work on solar energy and finding ways to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges,” said Peg Barratt, dean of George Washington’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, who has helped to spearhead the institute, housed in the Columbian College since its inception in 2008.

Mr. Ronen most recently served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. As Sen. Cantwell’s top advisor on energy and natural resource issues, Mr. Ronen worked to accelerate the nation’s transition to a cleaner, more diversified and better distributed energy system. He brings to the Solar Institute a wide-ranging knowledge of government and extensive experience in energy and environmental policy strategy.

Mr. Ronen previously has worked as a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and collaborated on high visibility projects with the U.S. Department of Transportation, focusing on intelligent transportation systems architecture and public-private partnerships. He received his master’s degree from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

Ken Zweibel, an energy expert with nearly 30 years of experience in solar photovoltaics, served as the institute’s director for the past five years and fostered its growth and success. He plans to retire.

The GW Solar Symposium, “Solar Energy: Going Global,” held April 23, was recorded; video footage will be posted on the GW Solar Institute website at

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The goal of the George Washington University Solar Institute is to be the premier research facility in the world focused on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges. The Institute accomplishes this through independent research, soliciting and funding internal and external research proposals on defined topics and responding to outside requests for proposals that fit its objectives.

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In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

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