N America's largest solar show reflects continued growth of solar energy

09:41, October 13, 2010      

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Solar Power International 2010, the largest business-to-business solar conference and expo in North America, opened here Tuesday with over 1,100 exhibitors coming from many countries of the world, including China.

Presented by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Solar Power International 2010 will last till Oct. 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

As the premier U.S. event for the global solar energy market, the 2009 show broke all previous records and conference organizers expect the event this year to reflect the continued growth of the global solar energy market.

The U.S. solar market is exploding and is anticipated to become the largest market in the world. According to SEIA, the U.S. solar revenues grew 37 percent last year.

According to SEPA, market in the 10 utility service territories with the most solar grew by an astounding 66 percent. All signs indicate that 2010 will be another breakthrough year, creating a stronger solar market, tens of thousands of jobs and more clean, safe and reliable energy for the nation.

This year's agenda features dynamic keynotes, including an address by James Carville and Mary Matalin, the highly anticipated annual CEO Panel, and more than 35 breakout sessions covering the latest developments in policy, finance, markets and technology.

The exhibit floor encompasses the complete range of solar energy technologies: photovoltaics, concentrating photovoltaics, concentrating solar power (also referred to as solar thermal electric), solar water heating, and space heating and cooling.

Networking opportunities abound in the bustling exhibit hall, opening reception and ever-popular Solar Block Party, this year at LA Live. Unlike other solar conferences and expos in the U.S., typically presented by for-profit entities, the proceeds from Solar Power International are reinvested by non-profit organizers SEPA and SEIA back into policy, research and education activities that support accelerated growth of the U.S. solar market.

"The U.S. solar industry weathered the broad economic challenges of 2009, growing revenue by 36 percent, expanding utility-scale capacity by 37 percent, and attracting 1.4 billion dollars in venture capital in 2009," said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO.

by George Bao, Xinhua
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