Friday, April 1, 2011

PV America 2011

PV America is the foremost event for the solar photovoltaic industry in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. This event features a lineup of recognized financial leaders and experts in the solar power field discussing solar project financing, best practices, and advances in technologies. PV America 2011 takes place April 3-5 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

PV America is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) ®, whose combined efforts have created a world-class, regionally focused and vertically integrated event that engages a wide spectrum of industry professionals.

Established in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA works to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA cooperates 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.

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.

"We've drawn some of the most experienced thinkers and strategists in the PV business," says Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. "The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region represents one of the strongest U.S. markets for current PV installations and one of the most promising for projected growth. This conference is designed to move regional businesses forward, giving company owners, managers and consultants the tools and strategies they need to make the most of this high-growth opportunity."

“The current utility PV market in the U.S., valued at $1 billion per year, has the potential to reach $8 billion by 2015 and the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region is a major player in this expansive growth,” says Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA.

“The conference sessions provide excellent insights on important issues like overcoming interconnection challenges, working more productively with utilities, and how to best leverage SREC subsidies.” PV America sessions offer expert advice on the latest trends, issues, and legislation in the PV industry in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region.

PV America 2011 offers two general sessions. On Monday, April 4, the Leadership Perspectives session features Rhone Resch, president and CEO, SEIA, and Bob Gibson, vice president, Market Intelligence, SEPA. Resch presents analysis of some of the latest industry growth figures for the region and nation, along with inside tips for regional companies already in or looking to enter the solar business. Gibson highlights how utilities in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast play leading roles in expanding the deployment of PV.

In a presentation, “Beyond the Point of No Return,” Erik R. Peterson, director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council and a senior adviser at CSIS, a Washington-based nonprofit think tank, discusses some of the most challenging global issues of our times.

On Tuesday, April 5, the second general session, entitled “Financing Solar Projects” features a panel of key players in the banking and financial services industries discussing and debating the state of financing in the solar industry. The session covers tax equity, debt, loan guarantees and other structured financing options. A series of 25 educational sessions cover topics in four tracks: Finance; Local, State and Federal Policies; Project, Market and Business Development; and Training the Workforce.

For registration information and fees visit PV America 2011.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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1 comment:

Solar Panels For Schools said...

It's great to see effort going in to spreading the word about solar power - people like this who can provide knowledgeable advice and information about the solar industry and can help guide people into using renewable energies are making a real difference in the battle against climate change. I hope the conferences over the last few days have been fruitful.