Richard Perez is a research professor at the University at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, where he directs applied research and teaches in the fields of solar radiation, solar energy applications and daylighting.
Well know in the solar energy field, Mr. Perez's contributions include Institute-funded research into the cost of mitigating PV output ramps using short-term energy buffers; identifying the potential of photovoltaic power generation to meet the electrical power demand of large cities in nontraditional solar regions such as the northeastern United States; and the development solar radiation models which have been incorporated in standard solar energy and daylighting calculation practice around the world.
Mr. Perez has produced over 200 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports, and holds two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the US Department of Energy, Best Published Article from the International Solar Energy Society, and the American Solar Energy Society's highest award, the Charles Greeley Abbot Award.
Mr. Perez earned a MA and PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Paris and SUNY-Albany, and earned an undergraduate degree in electrotechnics from the University of Nice, France.