The largest solar power conference in North America, Solar Power International (SPI) is returning to Las Vegas, starting Sept 12 and running through Sept. 15. It’s an event that brings the industry together to showcase the latest and greatest solar technologies as well as discussing what’s next for the industry. This year the event is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Westgate Hotel.
This year the event, which is cosponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is reaching beyond simply solar power.
“The message this year is that SPI isn’t only about solar,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA President and CEO. “The industry is now an integral part of the energy sector transformation toward more distributed resources and a distributed grid, and the range of companies and speakers headed for Las Vegas reflect that growth. We’ve got smart stories about new business models, utility-solar industry partnerships, and solutions that benefit both customers and the grid.”
For instance, the opening session this year will be by David Crane who led NRG into renewable energy, including residential solar. He’s now Senior Operating Executive at Pegasus Capital Advisors. He will be accompanied by Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and will share his views on the present and future of the solar industry.
The event also will feature an emphasis on net metering, a hot topic across the US, not just in Nevada, as utilities work to balance their customers’ energy needs with their profits. Another emerging trend in solar, energy storage, also will take front stage at the conference. It will include two two energy storage pavilions, a smart home pavilion—featuring a net-zero Arc House—and a working microgrid powering SPI’s outdoor demonstration area.
This year the event also will have an international focus as the event is has become part of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Buyers Program. Organizers say it shows the importance of solar to international trade. As such delegates from more than 25 countries, roughly 500 of them, will be seeking new technologies, project partners and investment opportunities at the show.Tweet