Washington, D.C., United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Solar Power International announced that the event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, October 27-29, 2009 to accommodate the event’s rapid growth. Attendance at what was already the industry’s largest solar conference and expo in North America jumped from 12,500 in 2007 to 23,200 in 2008, according to the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the show organizers.
The trade groups originally planned to hold the 6th annual event in San Jose, California. However, due to the unprecedented growth and anticipated increase in demand due to the extension of the federal investment tax credit in the U.S., a larger venue was required to meet the needs of the event exhibitors and attendees in the upcoming year. The exhibit floor is expected to sell out quickly as between 650 and 800 companies from around the world gather to showcase their technology. Overall attendance is expected to top 27,000 in 2009.
“Solar Power International is the definitive event for global solar companies doing business in North America. It is our top priority to provide a comprehensive yet accessible program, which serves the needs of an increasingly diverse audience,” said Julia Hamm, conference chair and executive director of SEPA. “As always, proceeds from Solar Power International are used by SEPA and SEIA to support their year round activities to strengthen the U.S. solar market, differentiating it further from many other events.”