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The PV Industry: An Insider's Insights into the Evolution of PV Technology and Business Models

"Jack West is a recognized expert and key technology leader in the photovoltaics industry and a regular speaker/lecturer on PV technology. An avid inventor, Mr. West is the holder of dozens of patents in the solar and music industries. West graduated magna cum laude from Humboldt State University (HSU) in 1991, with a BS degree in Appropriate Technology Engineering, Solar Engineering Focus. During his tenure as co-director of HSU's Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, West was inspired by the vision of a fossil-fuel-free world. That vision led him to dedicate himself to the PV industry for the past 25 years. He began his career in the early 1990's by creating one of the first grid-tied PV installation businesses in California. In 2000, he cofounded High Sun Engineering, the first California-based engineering firm specializing in PV system design and engineering. In 2009, he cofounded Zep Solar to commercialize his rail-free PV mounting invention. West is also the creator of Zep Solar's unique business model based on standardization of the Zep Compatible™ platform."

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