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© 2014 | Terry M. Peterson, PhD

Terry M. Peterson is an independent solar power consultant with over 40 years of experience in all major PV and CSP (solar thermal electric) technologies, including research program management for over 17 years on the staff of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and over a dozen years working with various industrial, university, and national laboratory solar programs.

His recent activities include supporting U.S. Trade and Development Agency Study Missions and Independent Engineer due diligence for international CSP projects and DOE Loan Guarantees on solar projects totaling over $5 billion. He served as Chairman for the U.S. DOE 2005 and 2007 Solar R&D Program Peer Reviews, and as 2010 peer reviewer of DOE's CSP research. He has supported the Electric Power Research Institute as its principal solar consultant and numerous private clients as a consultant on solar technology risk and utility issues. While at EPRI, Terry led work on PV and solar thermal-electric technology development and demonstration projects and he also managed EPRI's work on understanding dynamics of green power markets. Earlier he was a research engineer for Chevron Research Co. for over 8 years and a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds a B.A. in physics from Univ. of Calif. at San Diego, an M.A. in physics, and Ph.D. in Mat. Sci. and Eng., both from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley.

From his long-term experience with solar power technologies, Terry can provide in-depth perspectives regarding utility and end-user customer preferences, technology status and needs, and likely prospects for different technologies going forward.