The theme of this year’s Solar Power Colorado 2015, the annual conference held by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), is the next 25 years in solar. The conference, which runs from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, in Broomfield, Col., will focus on ways the solar industry is expected to change over the next 25 years.
The conference is celebrating COSEIA’s 25th anniversary. As such the conference will celebrate a full 50 years of solar power—25 years in the past and 25 years into the future. It’s the largest solar power conference in the Rocky Mountain region and more than 400 people are expected to participate. The conference comes as utilities and the solar industry are figuring out how best to continue to integrate more solar into the grid locally as well as through larger projects.
The conference will feature nearly 50 speakers and will be headlined by Sen. Mark Udall (D) and New Belgium Brewing Co-Founder Kim Jordan, among others. Udall will receive a lifetime achievement award for his support of solar and renewable energy. That includes his work spearheading Colorado’s Amendment 37, which created the state’s renewable energy standard.
New Belgium brewing has been and continues to be an innovator in sustainability. More than a decade ago it began collecting and using its own biogas to provide part of its energy for brewing. And in 2010 it added 10 kilowatts of onsite solar power. That’s in addition to its purchase of wind power. Jordan is expected to speak about the interaction the environment and business.
“We are delighted that inspirational leaders in the solar industry from around the nation are coming to engage in stimulating conversation that we hope will lead to great insights into the best path forward,’’ said Rebecca Cantwell, executive director of COSEIA.
The event will also feature a CEO panel focussed on how Colorado can continue as a solar leader. The panel will include RES Americas CEO Glen Davis and Abengoa Solar’s U.S. executive Frederick Redell. Other members of the panel will include Paul Spencer of Clean Energy Collective and Lou Villaire of Atlasta Solar. Other sessions at the conference will include focus on utilities of the future, climate change policy and new models of financing solar.
Learn more about attending the conference here: http://coseia.org/conference/conference-registration/.Tweet