May 23, 2016

Talk on Energy Challenges Features Zwicker, Leyden

Andrew Zwicker

D&R Greenway and the Green Hour Radio Hosts continue the free lecture series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges, with “The Future of Energy in Our Region,” Tuesday, May 24 at 1 Preservation Place, beginning at 7 p.m.

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Thomas Leyden, Vice President, Energy Storage Deployment, SunEdison; and other energy experts will discuss how our electric power sector is transforming to meet the challenges of climate change and to embrace the promise of emerging technologies.

Following up on the first talk in the series, “Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21)” the upcoming event looks at how what has been proposed will be put into action.  Energy experts will address what the future will look like in terms of renewables and new advances on the horizon. Green Hour Radio Host Kathleen Biggins, who will moderate the conversation.

Assemblyman Zwicker represents New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District.  A lifelong New Jersey resident and a physicist, he serves as the Head of Science Education at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. In this role, where researchers are developing an advanced form of energy, he has worked with hundreds of teachers and students, inspiring professionals and the next generation in the promise of technology. The American Association of Physics Teachers named him as one of the country’s top 75 “Leading Contributors” to physics education.

An early solar pioneer, Mr. Leyden began his solar career in 1980 when he launched a solar-thermal sales and integration company in Maryland and Virginia. He has served as Vice President of sales and marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water-pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. Mr. Leyden was Vice President of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower where he served as Managing Director of SunPower’s East Coast commercial systems operation and Vice President of Project Development at SolarCity.

The next talk in the series (October 24) will be “Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century.” Kathleen Biggins, founder of C-Change Conversations and radio host, and Gery Juleff, ex-British Diplomat and radio host will moderate the discussion. To register for the upcoming event, contact, call (609) 924-4646, or visit