Getting ready for Solar Power International

With less than three weeks to go before Solar Power International in Dallas, we’re busy finalizing our in-progress list of who we’ll meet and what sessions we’ll be attending.

September 29, 2011 – With less than three weeks to go before Solar Power International (Oct. 17-20 in Dallas), we’re busy finalizing our plans for the show. Here’s our in-progress list of who we’ll meet and what sessions we’ll be attending; drop us a line if you want to chat and/or share your own news from the show!

Video interviews: So far we’ve lined up execs and industry watchers spanning the gamut of the industry: analysts (Navigant Consulting), organizations (Solar Alliance), suppliers (Kyocera, SolFocus, and TSMC Solar), and project consultants (AWS Truepower). We’re still making appointments and eager to talk to more people on-camera!

Executive roundtable: A Wednesday morning (Oct. 19) panel of thought-leaders from investor-owned and municipal utility sectors will hash out unique business opportunities and the challenges that utilities face (technical, regulatory, business) in increasing their portfolio of solar-energy generation. Slated panelists come from CPS Energy, PSEG, Florida Power & Light, American Electric Power, Duke Energy, and Austin Energy.

Energy storage: There’s a session on energy storage on Tuesday morning (10/18), covering the latest policy and market developments in the emerging US grid-connected energy storage market, including state and federal incentives.

Commercialization: Navigant Consulting’s Paula Mints (and a frequent PVWorld contributor) will moderate a technology panel on taking R&D innovations to market, covering issues from how to establish “bankability” to patent law to start-up manufacturing strategies.

Dinner discussions: The SEIA and SEPA will host “an intimate dinner” for media and execs on Weds. night, which promises to be full of lively discussion of solar industry trends. Senior execs in attendance: US Bancorp, Dow Solar, Suntech, PG&E, San Diego G&E, Austin Energy, Salt River Project, PSEG, and GE Energy Financial Services.


Of course we’ll be scanning the newswires for any and all announcements coming from this year’s SPI.

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