I have a feeling I’m going to shock a lot of people: I have not watched a single moment of either the Republican or Democratic National Conventions in the past two weeks. It’s not that I’m not interested or that I’m no longer obsessed with national, state and local politics, especially as they relate to my beloved solar industry. But there’s been an event looming in front of me that has absorbed all my attention and will for at least the next week.
And that event is the industry’s largest conference and trade show: Solar Power International.
Last year, Solar Power World came to SPI with a new magazine that the industry had never seen before. Heck, the presses had barely cooled on the print issue before we showed up in Dallas, fresh-faced babes in a world of solar experts. Thankfully, the industry loved our magazine, and as you have probably figured out over the past year, we love it back.
This year, we come prepared to kick butt and take names. Whether it’s the videos shot by our incomparable videographer Jessica East, the word from inside (and more importantly, in the hallways) of the conference rooms written by our Assistant Editor Steven Bushong, Associate Editor Kathie Zipp and, well, me) or visiting us at our booth (No. 1789, by the way — please make a point of stopping by and saying hello), we’re ready to go. We have the strongest editorial team in the business (no, really, even our peers think so), and this year we’re a full media partner of the show, and we plan on delivering you the best coverage of the show in the industry.
Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for our e-newsletter (because we’ll be doing daily blasts from the show, and our e-newsletter is getting something of a makeover that I believe will be ready next week — you don’t want to miss that. It’s gorgeous.) and listen to our podcasts. If you can’t be there, you’ll almost feel the Florida sunshine on your face pay attention to Solar Power World over the next week (and I’m dying to find out what “famous Floridian cuisine” is. I’m a regular visitor (once a year for most of the past 17 years) to the Sunshine State, and I can’t remember eating anything, other than breaded aligator, that stands out to me as uniquely Floridian. Don’t worry, my friends, as soon as I know, I’ll let you know).
All of our friends will be there, too: SMA, Westinghouse Solar, SolarBridge Technologies, GPtech, Hydro Aluminum, Advanced Solar Photonics, ESA Renewables, ABB, Growatt, SOLON and REC Group. Make sure you stop by and see them — and tell them Solar Power World sent you.
We look forward to seeing you again next week and don’t worry — we are just getting started.