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The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of solar professionals and advocates. Founded in 1954, ASES is dedicated to inspiring an era of energy innovation and speeding the transition toward a sustainable energy economy. The nonprofit advances education, research and policy.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, ASES is the national arm of the International Solar Energy Society.

ASES publishes Solar Today magazine, organizes the National Solar Tour, the largest grassroots solar event in history, produces the National Solar Energy Conference, and advocates for policies to promote the research, deployment and deployment of renewable energy.



SOLAR TODAY is an award-winning magazine published by the American Solar Energy Society, sold on newsstands nationwide and via subscription. For more than 20 years, SOLAR TODAY has been the voice of the renewable energy community.

The bi-monthly magazine covers all renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaics, passive solar and other climate-responsive building strategies. The magazine traditionally provides:

• Case histories
• "How-to" articles and tips, offering advice on making sustainable energy and product choices
• Coverage of new products and services
• Energy-efficiency Q&As
• In-depth analysis from leaders in the solar/renewable energy field

ASES members of all levels receive nine issues of SOLAR TODAY per year as part of their membership.

National Solar Tour

The annual National Solar Tour, organized by ASES and sponsored by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is the largest grassroots solar event in history.

The Solar Tour offers participants an opportunity to tour homes and buildings, to see how neighbors are using solar energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable technologies to reduce their monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.

In October 2008, nearly 140,000 attendees visited more than 5,000 solar homes, businesses, and schools in 3000 participating communities throughout the United States. The Solar Tour takes place annually during the first Saturday in October, in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.

A focus of the tour is on energy-saving techniques and sustainability through building design, energy efficient appliances, and the use of green materials during remodeling. Tours also provide information on how to save money with federal, state and local incentives.

In 2008, events were scheduled for every state except Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota.[1]

For information on how to participate in ASES National Solar Tour 2009, visit the Solar Tour website.

National Solar Conference

For nearly 40 years, the ASES National Solar Conference has been America's leading conference on the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities shaping the new energy economy. It is the premier educational event for solar energy professionals.

Exhibiters reach more than 5,000 people eager to buy and sell their products.

The next National Solar Conference will be held May 17 - May 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix averages more than 325 sun-filled days per year.

ASES Green Jobs Report

A 2008 study from ASES and Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI), forecast 37 million jobs and $4.29 billion in annual revenue by 2030 from renewable energy and energy efficiency, in the U.S. The renewable energy indrustry grew three times faster than the U.S. economy, with the solar thermal, photovoltaic, biodiesel, and ethanol sectors leading the way.

To download the report summary, click: Jobs_Report_PDF

Key conclusions from this report include:

Renewable energy and energy efficiency currently provide more than 9 million jobs and $1,045 billion in revenue in the U.S.

95% of the jobs are in private industry.

As many as 37 million jobs can be generated by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in the U.S. by 2030 – more than 17% of all anticipated U.S. employment.

Hottest sectors by revenue growth include solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, biofuels, and fuel cells.

Hot job areas include electricians, mechanical engineers, welders, metal workers, construction managers, accountants, analysts, environmental scientists, and chemists. The vast majority of jobs created by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries are in the same types of roles seen in other industries (accountants, factory workers, IT professionals, etc).

ASES 2007 Report on Renewable Energy

A 2007 report by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES),[2] examined three scenarios of renewable energy policy development:

  • a "business as usual" scenario, with no major policy changes;
  • a moderate scenario that includes incremental policy advances; and
  • an advanced scenario of aggressive growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

In the "business as usual" scenario, jobs created by renewable energy would increase 190 percent by 2030, while jobs created by energy efficiency would increase by 85 percent. In the moderate scenario, the jobs created by renewable energy would increase nearly sevenfold, while jobs created by energy efficiency would more than double. And in the advanced scenario, the jobs created by renewable energy increase 17-fold, while jobs created by energy efficiency quadruple. In the advanced scenario, renewable energy revenues increase to nearly $600 billion, while energy efficiency revenues increase to almost $4 trillion.

The ASES report stated that in 2006, 8 million people were employed in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in the U.S., and $933 billion in sales were generated, $100 billion in profits, and $150 billion in increased federal, state, and local government tax revenues. The report noted difficulty in defining the energy efficiency industry, but found 196,000 people directly employed by the renewable energy industry, as well as 452,000 indirect jobs created, and revenues of $39.2 billion in 2006.[2]


ASES has several regional and state chapters throughout the country, comprising more than 13,000 members. As of July 2009, there are only two student chapters of ASES, at the University of Florida ( and Appalachian State University ( ASES is actively supporting the formation of more student chapters.

See also


  1. ^ National Solar Tour Comes to All But Four States in October retrieved 12 October 2008
  2. ^ a b Roger Bezdek (2007). "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century" (PDF). American Solar Energy Society. Retrieved 2008-01-17.  

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