Denver, Colorado [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference opened Sunday, July 9, with 1,700+ consumers attending the event. During the event’s “public day,” visitors toured the 96 exhibitor displays and participated in the public educational forums.The conference, titled “Renewable Energy: Key to Climate Recovery,” will feature exhibitors, policy advocates, and technologists highlighting the benefits of solar power and renewable energy throughout the week. Phil Von Hake of PvH Communications, who will contribute his view on the conference this week, had this perspective: *** Phil Von Hake posted Sunday, 8:00 AM CMT- “I couldn’t help but sense a palpable “buzz” permeating through the workshops and exhibit hall throughout the entire day. Start with the ‘problems’ traceable to climate change finally making it into the mainstream news media on a daily basis, then add the theme of this year’s ASES Conference “Renewable Energy: Key to Climate Recovery”), and I really get a feeling of being in the right place at the right time!” “1,700 people made their way through the exhibit hall and over 50 different workshops, all free & open to the public today. Another 1,800 people from all over the world are already registered for the conference, and still more are expected to walk up over the next few days. ASES said it hasn’t seen numbers like this in decades, if ever. I overheard one conversation of long-time ASES conference attendees: ‘I remember when this conference would be held at a Lucky 6 in Phoenix. If somebody submitted a paper to ASES for review, they’d rejoice that somebody wants to speak at the conference! Now we’re turning papers down, and the conference will still run from 8 am to 10 pm for four days straight!” *** Stephen Lacey, RenewableEnergyAccess, posted 4:00 PM CMT- With the second day of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference in full swing, the energy is high and the sun is finally shining. The exhibits are bustling and the forums are packed with people excited about finding a solution to the disturbing trends of global climate change. People from all over the world have gathered to share their ideas and technology that will be the answer to our environmental problems. The solution seems so close. After all, it does rise and set over our heads every day. And after two days of rain, the sun has graced us with its presence. What’s a solar conference without a little sun? The forums and plenaries have been great. Every topic imaginable has been covered, ranging from residential and commercial energy efficiency to the physics of photovoltaic cells. There’s a lot to learn here. The conference is open to the public, so education is the theme. There is only so much you can accomplish when the industry talks to itself. The folks at ASES have done a great job opening the vast and complicated world of solar energy to interested consumers. The best thing about the conference is the enthusiasm and passion that everyone here has about the technologies and their implications. Despite all the horrible environmental problems that we face, it’s hard not to feel good about the future when you hang around such positive people. The ASES trade show is taking place from Sunday, July 9 to Friday, July 14 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver, CO.