Additions to the Energy Outfitters Technical Conference and RE Expo, December 4-6 in Las Vegas, will give RE dealer/installers even more opportunities for technical training and the latest information on how the Energy Bill, should it pass, will effect RE businesses.Grants Pass, Oregon – November 21, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Two inverter manufacturers, SMA America and Xantrex, have been added to Saturday’s technical training and certification sessions. SMA’s full day technical training will include information on the new SunnyBeam wireless communication system, an enhanced string sizing program, installation, troubleshooting and dealer support program. “Both new and experienced installers who work with SMA’s products will benefit from this detailed technical training. Each installer who completes the course will become an authorized SMA installer.” said Sam Vanderhoof SMA’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Xantrex training will focus on the successful PV Series Grid-tie inverter line, which is particularly important in light of the growth of the PV commercial market segment. The North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) will be on hand. Each session offers NABCEP candidates continuing education credit. Ezra Auerbach Chairman of NAPCEP and industry veteran will be in attendance. Glenn Hamer, the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), will address several hundred conference attendees concerning the impact of the impending Energy Bill on the dealer/installer businesses. “All of our participating manufacturers have prepared excellent technical workshops,” said Glenn Harris, Energy Outfitters General Manager. “Both the workshops and Saturday’s certification programs are proving to be very popular, and we encourage all dealers and installers to sign up now.” A full program of events is available in the links below. “The dealer/installer will see many new products that will open new market opportunities,” said Harris. “We view the dealer/installer as the backbone of our industry and are creating this event so they learn what’s new and have fun doing it.” More than 20 industry-leading suppliers, including the recent additions of African Wind Power and grid-tie inverter manufacturer PV Powered, will share more than 7,500 sq. ft. of Expo exhibit area in this first ever event targeted specifically for the renewable energy dealer/installer. Each manufacturer will have their products on display in an Expo-style environment where dealer/installers will have the opportunity to meet with leading manufacturers. Harris said he expects several hundred attendees from around the U.S. and Canada to participate.