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November 1, 2007

Documentary on tapping the sun’s rays for electricity to be shown at UW

A free public screening of a new documentary about solar power titled The Power of the Sun will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in 130 Kane.


The Power of the Sun tells the story of how the ideas and technology to use the sun’s rays to produce clean, safe and renewable energy were first developed. The documentary, narrated by John Cleese, discusses the development of the photovoltaic cell as a practical and increasingly efficient way to convert light into electrical energy.


Walter Kohn, a Nobel Prize winner and research professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who was executive producer of the film, will lead a question-and-answer session after its showing. Kohn teamed with fellow UCSB Nobelist Alan Heeger, and other UCSB faculty, on the project’s scientific advisory board.