2013 PV America Show Attendees Urged to Work Together to Drive Solar Energy Growth

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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Industry Comes Together to Gain Insights and Share Ideas at PV America East presented by SEIA and SEPA

PV America East 2013, which concluded on February 7, provided the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry with the opportunity to see the products and services that will help drive business forward in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The show also offered an extensive conference program highlighted by the inaugural interactive PV Power Sessions that focused on business growth. PV America East took place in Philadelphia and was presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

Glenn Thayer moderated a wide ranging discussion about the challenges facing the PV industry with Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA and Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA covering topics including industry consolidation, policy and marketing. Hamm encouraged the industry to work closely with utilities to find ways to collectively look for win-win policy solutions for utilities, manufacturers and consumers and to understand the perspectives of the utilities. “Look past the challenges and see if you can bring policy solutions together and this will move the needle faster,” she stated.

“In the coming years, we think solar will be the largest source of new electricity in the US and by 2015 or 2016 we will have 10 gigawatts installed,” Resch remarked. “There is long-term sustainable growth and you should position your company to take advantage.” Resch also urged the audience to be knowledgeable about policy and stressed that it is an important part of their business models.

In the two other power sessions, Brian F. Keane, president, SmartPower and author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy shared his viewpoints on business growth and development, while Scott Klososky, CEO, Future Point of View, discussed how to leverage disruptive innovation for business success.

Companies exhibited at PV America to showcase new products, generate new business leads, and meet with customers and colleagues. The feedback for the three-day event was extremely positive.

For ReneSolar, PV America’s Terrawatt sponsor, the show was a great venue to do business. “PV America East was a very good show for ReneSola America. We met with several key accounts and the show setting was intimate, making for a much more productive environment. ReneSola believes strongly in the efforts and initiatives set forth by SEIA and SEPA, which is a big reason why we chose to serve as the show's Terawatt Sponsor. We believe their work will be key in growing the domestic solar PV industry and better familiarizing installers and developers with ReneSola's full line of high efficiency modules and microinverters," said Brian Armentrout, director of marketing .

A solar mount supplier, Unirac exhibited at PV America to meet with colleagues in the industry. “PV America East offered Unirac the opportunity to connect with energy leaders from across the country in the dynamic Mid-Atlantic region. Offering valuable insight to the marketplace, the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region represents one of the biggest opportunities in the country with more than 3GW of new PV by 2015. At this year’s event Unirac was pleased with the high quality booth traffic and new business leads,” stated Peter Lorenz, president and CEO.

PanelClaw, which introduced a new solar racking and mounting product at PV America, said “PanelClaw was pleased by the turnout this year at PV America East. The show was well attended and provided an excellent opportunity for networking. It was an excellent venue to showcase our new product offerings for our East Coast partners,” said Daniel G. Day, marketing associate.

According to Michael Orantes, Northeast regional sales manager for ET Solar, “PV America allowed the ET Solar Team an excellent opportunity to meet with existing and potential customers. It also provided us a chance to gather key market and competitive information. Overall PV America was a success and should help to add to our pipeline in 2013.”

“PV America 2013 in Philadelphia was well organized and the staff very accommodating,” said John Markiewicz, Marketing Manager, DPW Solar. “We were pleased with the quality of attendees and leads generated by exhibiting at this show.“

The third Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Awards were presented during PV America by SEIA and SEPA, to celebrate major achievements of companies, individuals, and projects in the U.S. solar energy market. The winners were Generating Clean Horizons Solar Project (Emmitsburg, MD), Keystone Solar (Lancaster County, PA) and the Union County (NJ) Solar Initiative. For the first time, nine additional projects were awarded honorable mentions in recognition of their impressive accomplishments.

Elite PV America East 2013 sponsors include: ReneSola, Canadian Solar and Suntech.
Photos from PV America can be found here.

Upcoming PV America East
PV America East 2014 – June 23-25, Boston, MA

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About PV America East 2013
PV America East 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 for installers, designers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) technology and services. Unlike other PV conferences, all proceeds support the expansion of the U.S. solar energy market through SEIA’s and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s® advocacy efforts.

About SEIA®
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 and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works 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. http://www.seia.org

About SEPA
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. With more than 1,000 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 utility strategies, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org.

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