Solar Power International

Solar Power International
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Solar Power International (SPI) is an annual conference dedicated to solar power (the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity). One of the largest solar power conferences in North America, it attracts thousands of industry professionals from all over the United States and abroad.

Solar Power International was founded in 2004 as Solar Power Conference and Expo. Its co-founders are the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), two American trade associations of the solar-energy industry that joined together to organize an annual event aimed to bring together people, products, and professional development opportunities of the solar industry.

According to the organizers, Solar Power International has four main goals:

  1. To create an environment where industry professionals can exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise for furthering solar energy development.
  2. To provide networking opportunities, helping attendees foster new professional connections and strengthen old ones.
  3. To showcase the latest products and services offered by leading American manufacturers to a wide audience.
  4. To help American companies enter foreign markets and introduce foreign companies to local market.

Solar Power International consists of two main parts: an exhibition where companies promote their products and services, and conference sessions where industry professionals can share ideas, knowledge and success stories during panels and other events. Since 2013, SPI has hosted a special section focused on start-ups. The Start-Up Alley is specifically designed to promote up-and-coming companies. 18 early-stage companies in the solar industry are given a chance to present their business proposals and pitch them to a panel of industry leaders and investors.

Solar Power International attracts over 18,000 solar industry professionals from more then 75 countries. They include builders, distributors, installers, project developers, engineering companies, service providers, investors, equipment manufacturers, and more. About 600 leading manufacturers, installers and distributors participate in the conference as exhibitors. SPI takes place in a new city each year, past host cities have included San Francisco, Washington, San Jose, Long Beach, San Diego, Anaheim, Dallas, Las Vegas, and others.

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