I haven’t seen too many famous folks in person, unless you count concerts like Joan Jett or The Beach Boys, or comedians like Bob Saget. I suppose I was on a plane with Josh Cribbs once, but didn’t know it until my neighbor pointed it out (I’m not really up on sports). But I can say I’ve never seen anyone of significant political importance in person, which is why I have been looking forward to hearing Bill Clinton speak at Solar Power International for months. Unfortunately, the crowd is more regulated than expected. It’s dissapointing for those who didn’t make it in but the good news is SPW Editorial Director Frank Andorka did, so it will be up to him to fill us in. Keep an eye out for his coverage.
In all I’d say day two was a good one on the SPI show floor. I checked out the first Tüv-certified smart solar module at Upsolar’s booth (which includes Tigo’s power optimizer), learned how Stahlin’s enclosures housed batteries in solar cars at the University of Michigan, saw my first insertion-rail mounting system at Creotecc and acknowledged the advantages of aluminum vs steel at Hydro Aluminum.
One thing I found especially interesting was meeting with the Global Solar Alliance. The alliance was formed in 2012 with Solarexpo, SNEC and Solar Power International. It aims to create a global network of trade events and conferences for the worldwide development and advocacy of solar. The alliance also strives to help develop emerging solar markets.
During a press conference, the alliance announced two initiatives:
1. The start of the annual Global Solar Summit, the first of which will be held in May 2013 in Milan, Italy, then most likely in Las Vegas in 2014 and Shanghai in 2015.
2. Membership opportunities for all segments of the solar industry
It’s great to see solar professionals coming together from around the globe to further the worldwide market. This is the kind of initiative I like to see and kudos to all founding members for being a part of it. I’m excited to see how this alliance will lead solar development in the next few years.
Listen to clips from the press conference to find out more about the Global Solar Alliance and its initiatives. Speakers feature SEPA President Julia Hamm, SEIA Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs Tom Kimbis and Chief Business Development Officer of Solarexpo Massimiliano Cecchin: Listen Here