Video: Day One at Solar Power International

The excitement among attendees on the first day of this year’s Solar Power International conference was palpable — and was there to capture the mood in its Internet Video Broadcast.

The conference began with plenary addresses given by industry leaders hailing the 8-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

Rhone Resch, President of of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), started off by congratulating everyone in the industry for their work in getting the ITC extended earlier this month. Julia Hamm, Chair of Solar Power International spoke about further investments that many utilities are making in solar. While progress has been made in getting utilities interested in solar, Hamm encouraged all attendees to contact their local power providers and help them understand the value of solar energy.

While the extension of the ITC has fired up the industry, the global credit crunch could potentially put a partial damper on growth. John Jacob, Executive Vice President of Nasdaq reassured companies that the solar industry will be able to weather the ongoing financial storm. 

Finally, General Wesley Clark reminded audience members that renewable energy is a matter of national security. was on the scene conducting video interviews and digging into the latest trends in the industry.

Graham Jesmer focused on new solar modules and saw the latest releases from SCHOTT Solar and REC Group.  

Stephen Lacey spoke with Reese Tisdale from Emerging Energy Research about the industry’s ability to reach grid parity with fossil energies. He also spoke with Rhone Resch of SEIA about the chaotic year on Capitol Hill and the next steps for solar policy in the U.S. as the industry looks beyond the ITC.

And your host, Jennifer Runyon, sat down with General Clark to hear more about his thoughts on the renewable energy market. In additiion, she caught up with Adam Browning of Vote Solar to discuss his thoughts on the evolution of solar promotion policies in California and beyond.

All of these interviews will be available in full in the coming weeks on To see clips from them now, watch the Internet Video Broadcast of Solar Power International.


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