What are the hot topics in the solar industry right now? Intersolar 2016 has answers

Intersolar North America is one of the top solar industry exhibition and conferences dedicated to the North American market, and 2016 will be no different. From July 11-13 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, a lineup of policymakers, industry executives and analysts will provide valuable insight on topics ranging from emerging solar markets to new financing models to policy debates to technology advances during the first major industry event of 2016 in North America.

Intersolar is currently accepting speaking abstracts, with the deadline of March 12. Abstracts can be submitted online.

IntersolarThe U.S. solar market will continue to grow at a record-breaking pace in 2016, and is expected to install 10 GW of solar photovoltaic this year, according to GTM Research. While utility and commercial-scale installations are expected to make up the majority of new solar, the residential market will also experience strong growth throughout the year due in part to the continued popularity of third-party financing programs. By 2020, GTM Research expects the U.S. industry to install solar at a rate of 20 GW annually, due in part to declining costs and favorable policies, notably the extension of the investment tax credit (ITC).

The ITC’s extension marked a major victory for the U.S. solar market, and demonstrated a commitment to developing a strong solar industry in the United States. Intersolar aided the efforts of its long-time partner the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), including a signature drive at last year’s Intersolar North America event, to extend the ITC. CALSEIA and other industry organizations and advocates also successfully promoted the continuation of net metering in California, which was recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). These victories generated new debates at the state and local level over net-metering and rate-design reform, which will make 2016 a critical year for state and local solar policy.

RELATED: Check out our #Intersolar coverage from last year

As the first major solar industry event in North America in 2016, Intersolar helps connect solar executives from around the world and across the solar supply chain. Intersolar is working with a number of partners to develop the conference program, which will feature expert insight on a variety of topics related to continuing the industry’s growth and development:

• PV: Technologies
• PV: Markets (North America, South America, Asia)
• Financing Models
• Electrical Energy Storage
• Smart Renewable Energy
• Installer Training Sessions and Workshops

“With the extension of the ITC, the implementation of creative financing models, and affordable energy storage options, the United States is making a strong case to be the world’s leading solar market in terms of capacity and innovation,” said Dr. Florian Wessendorf, managing director of Solar Promotion International GmbH, and Daniel Strowitzki, CEO of FMMI International, the organizers of Intersolar North America. “We’re working with our partners to develop a conference program that delivers attendees the information they need to know in order to navigate the changing marketplace and continue to grow the market. California has long lead the way for the U.S. solar industry, and we’re excited to hear from the individuals and companies leading the market. ”

Intersolar organizers hope to build on the success of last year’s program, with more than 200 speakers and 60 sessions and workshops.


Also, building on growing interest in the energy storage market, the co-located ees North America conference will offer a two-day track of panel discussions and educational sessions that will cover topics such as large-scale electricity storage; behind-the-meter storage; battery safety; cost-effective battery storage; business models for commercial and utility-scale storage; and electric transportation. The ees North America Conference runs July 11 to 12, and will take place at the InterContinental Hotel.

— Solar Builder magazine

[source: http://solarbuildermag.com/news/intersolar-2016-solar-industry-insight/]







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