The Solar Power International show will now be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, Oct. 27-29.
In response to unprecedented growth ofSolar
Power International, organizers announced a 2009 date and location change for
“America’s largest solar conference and expo.” The sixth annual event will now be held at
the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, Oct. 27-29.
jumped from 12,500 in 2007 to 23,200 in 2008, according to the Solar Electric
Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the
show organizers. The new location will be able to meet the increased
demand for hotel accommodations, exhibition and meeting space, and will allow
the event to deliver a positive experience for all participants while
maintaining its reputation for excellence within the industry.
trade groups originally planned to hold the event in San Jose, CA. However
the anticipated increase in demand due to the extension of the federal
investment tax credit in the United States, a larger venue was required to meet
the needs of the event exhibitors and attendees in the upcoming year. The
exhibit floor is expected to sell out quickly ― between 650 and 800 companies
from around the world gather to showcase their technology. Overall
attendance is expected to top 27,000 in 2009.
toJulia Hamm, conference chair and executive director of
SEPA, proceeds from Solar Power International are used by SEPA and SEIA to
support the organizations’ year-round activities to strengthen the U.S. solar
event’s growth has mirrored that of the solar energy industry,” saidRhone Resch, president of SEIA. “Despite a challenging
economic climate, we have gained significant momentum in the United States,
especially with the recent eight-year extension of the solar investment tax
credit. Also, hopes are that a new administration with a commitment to
renewable energy and the environment will enact policies that stimulate
domestic solar manufacturing and installation, creating hundreds of thousands
of permanent green jobs while increasing our energy independence and
Power International 2009 will feature keynote speeches from world and industry
leaders and more than 60 breakout sessions. Together the conference
program and expo floor encompass the complete range of solar energy
technologies, including photovoltaics, concentrating photovoltaics, solar
thermal electric, solar hot water, and space heating and
cooling. Attendees represent every part of the solar value chain and its
customers ― including solar industry professionals, utility executives,
investors, engineers and policymakers ― with an international contingent
representing more than 90 countries.
updates on exhibit sales and registration, and to read more about the conference
and its history, visitwww.solarpowerinternational.com.