The combined conferences of Solar Power International, Energy Storage International and Smart Energy Week will change their names to the concise “RE+” beginning in 2022. The name change reflects years of on-going diversification of the original SPI, as the event shifted to accommodate emerging trends and complementary markets, including energy storage, microgrids, fuel cells and electric vehicles.
“We’re thrilled to announce this next step in recognition of our evolving and growing industry,” said Julia Hamm, president & CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “RE+ will broaden opportunities for all clean energy participants and accelerate our collective progress to a clean and modern energy future.”
Since its inception in 2004, SPI has provided an indispensable service to the solar industry, as a way for the industry to facilitate business, exchange ideas, discover new products, and secure the future of solar. Developed by the nation’s leading solar energy organizations, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and SEPA, to engage the business community, RE+ highlights an ongoing entrepreneurial approach to renew best practices across the clean energy landscape as the marketplace evolves. It provides an opportunity for American and international clean energy leaders to meet, network, and accelerate the growth of their businesses — from utility-scale executives to installation specialists and everyone in between.
As RE+ continues to be the home for the clean energy industry, SPI and ESI remain its backbone. As the industry responds to the global climate crisis, solar will become vital to RE+ as the place to engage with solar leaders on business development, new technologies, education, and more.
“As the solar industry grows and leads our clean energy transformation, our flagship tradeshow must also evolve,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “Solar Power International has always been a venue for our industry to gather, learn, and develop new business connections, and RE+ represents another opportunity to bring all of our Solar+ partners under one umbrella so we can continue to provide world class education for the entire clean energy sector.”
Solar Power Events is also changing its brand to “RE+ Events.” Regional events, such as RE+ Northeast and RE+ Southeast, will continue to dive deep into solar, storage, integration and transmission, providing leadership to both the installer industry and the utility sector.
SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week debuts as RE+ Sept. 19-22, 2022, in Anaheim, California. RE+ Northeast debuts in Boston, Feb. 23-24, 2022.
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