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Solar Power 2008 Announces CEO Panel Participants

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the two non-profit organizers of the Solar Power Conference & Expo, announced this years’ participants of the annual CEO Panel, a gathering of visionaries from the power, energy and related sectors to discuss issues of top concern to the solar industry. The CEO panel, which takes place during the Solar Power conference, will be in two segments: one on market development and the other on driving down costs. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 15, from 8 – 10 a.m.

The CEOs that will focus on market development are Lyndon Rive of SolarCity, Jim Rogers of Duke Energy, Mike Ahearn of First Solar and Santiago Seage of Abengoa Solar. Focusing on driving down costs are Martin Heming of SCHOTT Solar, Erik Thorsen of REC Solar, Jeannine Sargent of Oerlikon, and Anton Milner of Q-Cells.

“In the past year the American solar industry has pressed forward with landmark technology innovation and capital expansion, from materials and process breakthroughs to major power plant and factory construction,” said Rhone Resch, president of SEIA. “Increasingly the U.S. government has understood the value the solar industry brings to this country, in terms of job creation, investment dollars and environmental benefits. We look forward to hearing this year’s CEO Panelists recount lessons learned in the past year, both from here in the U.S. and abroad. Their stories underscore the solar industry’s pivotal role in the future of the energy industry, and that the right Federal legislation will guarantee that the future of energy takes root right here in America.”

Typically among the most well attended segments of the Solar Power Conference, the CEO Panel is expected to attract an audience of 3,000 registered conference attendees.

In addition to the CEO Panel, Solar Power 2008 will feature opening and closing keynote sessions, more than 60 breakout conference sessions, 400 exhibitors and industry networking opportunities. Solar Power 2008 covers the complete range of solar energy technologies, including photovoltaics, concentrating photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, solar hot water, and space heating and cooling.

The Solar Power Conference & Expo is the largest solar industry event in the Americas, expected to attract more than 12,000 professional attendees from 70 countries. It runs from October 13-16 in San Diego, California.