For a consecutive year, Solar Power International opened their doors to a record-breaking crowd. The four-day event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV welcomed 20,000 attendees from September 10 to 13 and showcased an expanded show floor and an even more robust educational program, bolstered by the co-location of Energy Storage International (ESI), Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, and The Technical Symposium.
“This year’s event was a true testament to the growth and strength of this industry,” said Stephen Miner, President and CEO of Solar Energy Trade Shows, organizers of SPI and ESI. “A record-crowd of 20,000 attendees saw an even bigger and better show that included ESI, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, and the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace – a complete integration of these renewable technologies all in one place. We’re excited to continue the expansion and integration of these components in Anaheim for SPI and ESI 2018!”
Under the umbrella of North America Smart Energy Week, SPI expanded its scope to reflect the growth of energy innovation through the addition of ESI, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, and the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace. ESI came into its own as the largest energy storage conference in North America, featuring over 160 energy storage exhibitors on the show floor, dedicated full conference education, show floor education in Storage Central and an exclusive storage networking event.
Also new this year was The Technical Symposium, which featured an agenda of late-breaking, technical and scientific content headlined by keynote speaker, Azeez Mohammad, president and CEO of GE Power Conversion. You can view the full schedule of SPI, ESI and Technical Symposium programming here: www.eventscribe.com/2017/SPI/
Over 1,000 international attendees from 80 different delegations were also in attendance through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), which marks the largest recorded registration through the program. The IBP benefits U.S.-based exhibitors by bringing in overseas delegations to meet with U.S. exhibitors to make connections that lead to export sales and export partnerships. SPI, which is the only solar and storage show that is part of the program, will continue to participate and grow international attendance through the program again for 2018.
SPI and ESI, powered by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is the only industry trade show where every dollar of revenue goes back to supporting solar growth through SEPA’s and SEIA’s research and education, as well as SEIA’s advocacy efforts.
Earlier this year, SPI was named one of Trade Show Executive’s 100 largest trade shows for the eighth year in a row after a successful 2016. SPI will be honored by Trade Show Executive at the Gold 100 Awards & Summit on September 27-29 at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Next year’s SPI and ESI returns to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on September 24-27 and will once again connect all cross-sections of the global solar industry. You can learn more about SPI at www.solarpowerinternational.com
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