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China: Clean Tech (Solar) Finance, Implementation, and Operation of Projects and Companies (MBAD 6290)
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Short Term
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
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Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: Yes
Sponsoring Department:
Business Administration
Program Description:

China -

Clean Tech (Solar) Finance, Implementation, and Operation of Projects and Companies: A Comparison of the (Solar) Business Case in the US vs in China




What will you get out of this class?

Develop expertise in clean tech, international consulting, and working in the business environment in China.

     Clean Tech (Solar) Project Finance in the United States and in China

     In-Depth knowledge of the Solar Market – specific focus on US and China

     General knowledge of Solar and other Clean Tech Products

     General knowledge of Microfinance (and its tools and methodologies) and Community Solar

     International Consulting Experience

     Interaction with key stakeholders (e.g. NGO’s, Companies, and Leading Experts) involved in Finance and Development of Solar Projects in the US and in China

     Experience business environment (culture) in China

     See urban-rural divide in China

     Learn about energy and international development

     Experience an international joint venture first hand


Is this program for me?

This 4.5 credit course is an interdisciplinary program, aiming to ideally bring together students in the Law School, Business School, Elliott School, Trachtenberg School, and Engineering School to gain the practical (specialized) skills and international (field) experience required for work in the area of clean technology (solar). Specifically, it will address clean tech (solar) finance, implementation, and operation of projects and companies in the US and in China: A comparison of the (solar) business case in the US vs China.

The short-term abroad program will combine intensive lectures/workshops, labs, and special sessions on financing, implementation, and operation of solar projects and companies, with consulting for a clean tech (solar) joint venture in China. In addition, it will provide students the opportunity in China to observe first-hand application of the theories and models learned during the first seven weeks of the course. At the conclusion of the trip (in China), students will provide both a written report and a verbal presentation to the client.

Our client will be a company (based in the US) seeking to pursue a joint venture based in China that focuses on financing, implementing, and operating solar projects in China. We are tasked with providing the expertise of creating a business plan for this joint venture that results from comprehensive analysis of each of the following areas:

  • Industry
  • Business Strategy
  • Operations and Implementation
  • Marketing
  • Financial Performance

Each student consulting team will address one of the functional areas with actionable recommendations (including an implementation plan) based on primary and secondary research. In addition, together, students will provide the client with an Executive Summary, and a Pitch, which will be verbally presented to the client in China.



Application Deadline:


On Campus Dates:

Day: Thursday
Time: 7:10 - 9:40pm
Dates: January 17, 2013 - March 24, 2013


Overseas Dates:

March 8, 2013 - March 17, 2013


4.5 credits are awarded for successful completion of this course.

Information Session(s)

Wednesday October 3, 5:00pm - 5:45 pm, Duques 651

GW Professor

Professor Martin Silber (

Professor Marty Silber ( has been working in the clean tech sector for 10+ years. He is a CPA, and MBA, and has served as an advisor and participated on the management team of numerous leading developers of Renewable Energy projects providing expertise on evaluating market opportunities, accounting/bookkeeping, financial modeling, business plans, renewable energy legislation, project finance, raising capital, strategic development and implementation. Marty currently works as an independent consultant for a Venture Capital firm, focused on the financing and development of Renewable Energy projects, and a CFO for an Energy Efficiency and Solar Development Firm, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University teaching Clean Tech/Renewable Energy to graduate students. Prior to his current positions, Marty worked as a manager at a renewable energy accounting/consulting firm, Reznick Group, providing advice to over 20 investors manufacturers, and project developers, in the energy efficiency, biomass, wind, geothermal, and solar sector.

During 2007 and 2008, Marty served on the board of directors of Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV SEIA) as the representative of the Washington, DC region, and was a leader in the efforts to pass the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (RPS) for the District of Columbia. Marty earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Environmental Management from The George Washington University, and Masters Degree in Accounting from University of Southern California.

The TA for the course is Rachael Sherman. Rachael is an MBA/Masters of International Affairs candidate at The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington, DC (anticipated graduation date: May, 2013). She has four years work experience in the People’s Republic of China and a working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Rachael has expertise in North America-China energy efficiency and sustainable supply chains.

Additional Information

Cost to be provided in advance of application deadline.

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Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)

Withdrawal & Refund Policy for Short-Term Abroad

Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad

Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad

Non-Participant Accompaniment


This program is administered by International Education & Programs in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.1212 or with your questions.