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Kazmerski Leads National Center for Solar Research

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Golden, Colo., Dec. 1, 1998 — The future of solar energy got brighter today when Larry Kazmerski started his new position as director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV). Thanks to his shining 21-year research career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), he was selected after a nationwide search.

The U.S. Department of Energy created the NCPV in 1996 to provide a focal point for technology development and information about photovoltaics (solar electricity) in the U.S. The center is a collaborative co-equal effort involving Sandia National Laboratories and NREL and helps the nation's photovoltaics industry improve the cost-effectiveness, performance and reliability of its products.

"This is a very exciting time for photovoltaics. The technology is evolving and we're seeing record performance levels," Kazmerski said. "With renewed emphasis on research and development, the NCPV can help the U.S. photovoltaics industry meet the growing demand for current and next generation technologies and continue its leadership in the global marketplace."

Kazmerski was NREL's first employee in photovoltaics research. He most recently served as manager of NCPV's Measurements and Characterization division.

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