SPI Slideshow Day One: Batteries, Policy, Awards, Oh My!

The Renewable Energy World team is at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada gathering news, networking and taking in the show, which began with a flurry of excitement.

Click through the slideshow to see what some of the buzz was about including some exciting industry announcements and fun booth attractions from all sides of the industry.

Find slideshows for Day Two here and Day Three here.

The bustling registration area at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, NV.


Rhone Resch warns solar stakeholders to “fight for your industry” much like the Koch brothers fight for coal.  Resch stopped by Solar Central for an interview with Jennifer Runyon. Read more about SEIA’s new campaign to fight for an extension of the solar investment tax credit here.


New energy storage initiatives were announced.

Inverter manufacturer Enphase unveiled a new energy management system with battery energy storage. The system, which will be available on a rolling basis beginning in the third quarter of 2015, will include 1.2 kWh of energy storage and 275W/550W power-output, with a control system that monitors into full revenue grade metering of solar production, metering of home consumption, and storage management. 

In addition, Kyocera Solar announced that it was partnering with Stem, a technology company to offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.


SEPA announced its 2014 Utility Award Winners.

Clean Power Research‘s Jeff Ressler, President, Software Services discussed his company with Meg Cichon in Solar Central.  Clean Power Research won a SEPA Utility Award in the Innovative Solar Partner category. Other winners are listed below:

  • Investor Owned Utility of the Year: Paul Bowers, President, CEO, and Chairman, Georgia Power 
  • Public Power Utility of the Year: Lindsay Joye, Marketing Engineer, City of Palo Alto
  • Cooperative Utility of the Year: Sonja Cox, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
  • Utility CEO of the Year: Warren McKenna, CEO/General Manager, Farmers Electric Cooperative (IA)


Swiss inverter manufacturer, SolarMax brought a little international flair to the show floor.


REC Solar invited show attendees to relax for a few minutes, offering chair massages to weary show walkers.


SEPA put a little Las Vegas-spin in its booth, asking visitors to select a color to win a “solar-related” prize. SEPA also announced the 51st State Initiative, a new program in which it is asking the public to design an electricity market to meet customer desires for solar and other clean energy resources while ensuring the grid stays robust and reliable. Julia Hamm will explain more about the initiative in Solar Central on Wednesday, October 22.

Check RenewableEnergyWorld.com tomorrow to read more about Solar Power International 2014. Are you already at the show? Visit us in Solar Central (Booth 4920). Check out the Solar Central Presentation and Interview Schedule here.

Find slideshows for Day Two here and Day Three here.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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