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Solar Power International 2011 (SPI 2011), the premier business-to-business global solar conference and expo will take place October 17-20 at the Dallas Convention Center. Presented by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), SPI 2011 is designed to serve and advance the solar electric power industry. SPI is expected to draw more than 24,000 professionals representing over 128 countries.
Sprawling across 1.1 million gross square feet within the Dallas Convention Center, SPI features more than 1,100 international and US exhibitors and a cutting edge conference program spanning five professional tracks. The annual showcase is the epicenter for all that is new in solar and has consistently been the comprehensive event to promote, launch, sell and demonstrate products and services in North America for the global solar industry.
The conference also features three general sessions including a keynote address by Magic Johnson, former basketball legend and current business leader on Monday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m. and a motivational presentation by Marcus Buckingham, a New York Times bestselling author and business speaker on Thursday, October 20 at 8:30 a.m. An executive panel is also planned for Wednesday morning. Additionally, 36 conference programs featuring tracks in policy, finance, markets, Texas markets, system design, integration: deployment/grid and technology are for a very busy and informative 3 days.
According to a survey conducted at the 2010 conference, 74% of exhibitors indicated SPI is a “must-attend” event. “Solar Power International 2011 is a critical event for solar industry professionals, utility executives, investors, technical experts as well as policy makers who are interested in the latest solar technology, discovering emerging markets, and identifying business prospects,” said Julia Hamm, President of SEPA. Recent statistics indicate 2010 marked the most significant strides for the U.S. solar market with a total market value of $6 billion as of 2010 and the number of panel installations doubling from 2009.
“Solar energy is the fastest growing industry in America and there will be no better place for industry players from around the world to see the challenges and opportunities for the U.S. market than Solar Power International,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “We are proud that SPI is the largest and most comprehensive solar trade show in North America and excited to host yet another world-class event. Simply put, if you want your company to be successful in the rapidly growing U.S. solar market, then SPI in Dallas is the must-attend conference for you in 2011.”
Registration, sponsorship, exhibitor and program information can be found at: www.solarpowerinternational.com.
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The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. With more than 750 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to one-on-one counseling, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit www.solarelectricpower.org.
Solar Energy Industries Association Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. www.seia.org
Solar Energy Industry Group Reports US Solar Market Hit Record Growth In 2008, Despite Economic Crisis
Smart federal policies needed to maintain growth and meet President Obama’s renewable energy goals
WASHINGTON– Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association released its 2008 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, highlighting a third year of record growth. The report notes that 1,265 megawatts (MW) of solar power of all types were installed in 2008, bringing total U.S. solar power capacity up 17 percent to 8,775 MW. The 2008 figure included 342 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV), 139 MWTh (thermal equivalent) of solar water heating, 762 MWTh of pool heating and an estimated 21 MW of solar space heating and cooling.
“Despite severe economic pressures in the United States, demand for solar energy grew tremendously in 2008,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “Increasingly, solar energy has proven to be an economic engine for this country, creating thousands of jobs, unleashing billions in investment dollars and building new factories from New Hampshire to Michigan to Oregon.”
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