The largest energy event on the continent is heading to Salt Palace Convention Center in September 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anchored by Solar Power International (SPI) and Energy Storage International (ESI), this award-winning conference aims to take advantage of the burgeoning solar market in Utah. According to SEIA, Utah jumped into the top 10 U.S. solar states in 2018 with more than 300,000 homes powered by solar, 143 solar companies, over 33,300 installations (including from large retailers in the state like IKEA and Patagonia), and nearly 7% of the state’s electricity coming from solar power. On top of solar growth, adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), microgrids, and distributed energy resources (DERs) is a climbing. Utilities are also taking notice — a recent report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) dives into the growth potential for EV charging ports and opportunities over the next several years.
While SPI and ESI remain the pillars of North America Smart Energy Week, 2019 will see further expansion of the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells International, EV infrastructure, and DERs on the show floor. Last year, a handful of distributed wind and geothermal companies were on display, but in 2019, SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week will become the annual connection point for a greater assembly of businesses deploying DERs. In addition, with 20% of attendees interested in the EV market, SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week will be expanding the footprint of EV infrastructure developers in the exhibit hall and related education on the program agenda