Clean Technology 2009
Blair G. Swezey

Blair G. Swezey

Senior Director
Chief Marketing Office
Applied Materials, Inc.

Blair G. Swezey is Senior Director, Solar Markets and Public Policy at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California. Applied Materials is a global leader in nanomanufacturing technology with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. Mr. Swezey directs corporate efforts on solar market characterization and public policy design in support of the company’s solar photovoltaic manufacturing equipment business.

Through his position at Applied Materials, Mr. Swezey serves as Vice Chair of the Solar Alliance, a state-focused alliance of solar manufacturers, integrators and financiers that advocates for policies to accelerate the market deployment of photovoltaics, and as Chair of the Renewable Energy Task Force of the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also a member of the Clean Tech Working Group of TechNet, a national political network of CEOs and Senior Executives that promotes the growth of technology and the innovation economy.

Before joining Applied Materials, Mr. Swezey was Principal Policy Advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, where he advised utilities, electricity marketers, and state and federal decision makers on the formulation of renewable energy programs and policies. While at NREL, Mr. Swezey designed and managed the Green Power Network, a government-operated Internet site covering the green power marketing industry.

Mr. Swezey has published numerous articles and reports on renewable energy markets and policies, and presented testimony in state and federal regulatory and legislative proceedings. In 2005, he received the national “Green Power Pioneer” award for continuous achievement, vision, and dedication to the green power industry. In 2003, he spent a sabbatical at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he participated in a comprehensive study of renewable energy policies in IEA Member Countries. He also worked on the executive staff of the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Swezey received his academic training in economics at the University of California at Berkeley and San Jose State University.

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