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News Release: Greg Wilson to Lead National Center for Photovoltaics

Nov. 11, 2011

Dr. Gregory M. Wilson has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), effective Nov. 28.

Wilson brings 17 years of experience in silicon research and in photovoltaic leadership to the NCPV from his work at MEMC in St. Louis, where he evaluated emerging photovoltaic technologies and helped spearhead MEMC’s acquisition of SunEdison. He most recently served as director of Corporate Business Development and External Technology Development for MEMC.

“Greg is passionate about the potential for solar photovoltaics to become a major component of the world’s energy mix,” Robert A. Hawsey, NREL’s associate laboratory director for Renewable Energy and End-Use Systems, said.

“I am thrilled to be joining NREL at this point in the history of the photovoltaics industry, since I am convinced that photovoltaic research and technology development within the NCPV can lead the way in achieving widespread grid parity for multiple photovoltaic technologies,”Wilson said.

Wilson takes over at NCPV “at a time of extraordinary opportunity for photovoltaics research and development,” Hawsey said, noting that photovoltaic research and development centered at the NCPV is central to U.S. competitiveness in solar energy.

At MEMC, Wilson was responsible for the five-year, $90-million effort that led to the development of MEMC’s silicon-on-insulator and layer transfer technologies.

He also worked as director of New Material Research & Development, a leadership position that will help him hit the ground running as he works with NREL researchers fine-tuning materials for solar cells.

Wilson holds a doctorate of science and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.


—George Douglas