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For readers who want to delve deeper into geothermal energy or solar, here are 4 upcoming conferences (or conference series) you might want to check out:


Geothermal Energy Finance Forum — January 18, San Francisco

On January 18, the Geothermal Energy Association will convene the financial community at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis for GEA Geothermal Energy Finance Forum 2012. After three years in New York City, GEA’s leading financial renewable program moves for the first time to the Bay Area, home of the world’s top technology leaders and venture capitalists. The event will create a networking dialogue between the finance and investment communities of the East and West Coasts, and offer a tutorial on geothermal energy investment with top experts and major players in geothermal development and finance. Event partners for the event are American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) as well as sponsors GeothermEx and Pratt & Whitney Power Systems.

“California is hands down the world leader in geothermal, boasting more than 40 percent of the renewable energy mix in the state, making San Francisco the ideal setting for this important meeting that will take this industry to the next level of development,” said GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell. “The geothermal industry has the ability to provide a significant portion of baseload energy to U.S. households. Megawatt for megawatt, geothermal employs four times as many Americans as natural gas, and the industry is creating thousands of jobs.”

The program will feature discussions with geothermal leaders including Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Dan Nastou, Power and Infrastructure, John Hancock Financial Services; John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Rick Rodgers, Managing Director and CEO, Montgomery Street Financial; Mark Taylor, Lead Analyst, CCS & Geothermal, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Shinji Yamamoto, Chief Investment Officer, IFC; CJ Arrigo, Advisor, Glacier; David Watson, Hudson Ranch I, EnergySource; Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affaris, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company; Kent Burton, National Environmental Strategies; Jonathan Zurkoff, VP of Finance, U.S. Geothermal; Louis Capuano Jr, Chairman of the Board, ThermaSource; Subir Sanyal, President and Manager of Reservoir Engineering, GeothermEx; Anders Kruss, Alterra Power Corp.; Craig Mataczynski, CEO, Gradient Resources; Lenny Hochschild, Managing Director, Evolution Markets, Inc.; and more.

The United States is the world leader in geothermal generation, with approximately 3,100 MW online. A new map from Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Lab, created with help from a grant from Google’s philanthropic arm, estimates the U.S. could potentially generate nearly three million megawatts using the Earth’s heat, or about ten times the installed capacity of coal power. Since 2005, geothermal power projects have expanded from four states into 15 states from the Pacific to the Gulf Coast. While the number of states with geothermal installed capacity and projects in development is significant, the reach of the geothermal industry is even more extensive. A total of 43 states have companies involved in geothermal development operations.

In addition to its large potential capacity, geothermal energy offers advantages over other forms of energy. It is ideally suited to provide baseload power that intermittent resources cannot provide. Additionally, when compared to other forms of baseload thermal generation, geothermal offers major advantages in fuel price stability, since it does not require a fuel supply, significantly reduced air emissions, and a smaller land-use footprint per installed MW.

To register for the event, please visit: Discounted registration is available through December 23rd. Significant discounts for GEA Members and Students are available.


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Solar Power Generation USA 2012 — January 31 – February 2, Las Vegas

Now widely acknowledged as being one of the most crucial events of the US utility scale solar power generation calendar, the award winning Solar Power Generation Conference and Exhibition will bring together the key players for large scale solar power generation in the US.

With more in depth and focussed streams, a day dedicated to structured networking and roundtable discussions to meet key players face to face, the return of the charity golf tournament and the introduction of the Solar Power Generation awards, it will be an action packed week in Las Vegas!

    • 350+ attendees in 2011, over 60% director+ level. 2012 is set to be even bigger and better!  
    • Over 60 expert speakers in new dedicated CSP, PV and CPV streams, drilling down into technologies and projects in more detail.
    • The best networking opportunities New roundtable sessions and online networking will connect you face to face with the key people you want to meet.
    • Utility lead: Meet more utilities that at any other solar conference.
    • Sold out exhibition halls in 2010 and 2011. 

View the impressive 2012 agenda 

Award Winning

On the 17th June 2011, Solar Power Generation 2011 was awarded the honour of being named Best American Conference at the 2011 conference awards. We would like to thank all the speakers, sponsors and participants who helped make the event a great success!


Photon’s Solar Terawatt-hours Conference Series 2012 USA — February 1-2, San Francisco

• PHOTON’s 3rd PV SAFETY Conference – Feb. 1, 2012 
– How to install and operate safe and reliable PV systems 
As the number of technical PV safety solutions on offer is rapidly growing and standards organizations are working on improving guidelines for the safety of PV systems, PHOTON’s 3rd PV SAFETY Conference will provide an overview on the latest developments. At the event, experts from the PV industry, standards organizations, insurance companies and banks will discuss the achievements and further need to develop standards, procedures and technologies to make PV system operation safer – for reliable power generation, safe and accurate installation, with theft protection and products to switch off solar modules in the event of a fire. To view the PV SAFETY conference program, please click here.

• PHOTON’s 4th Thin Film Conference – Feb. 1, 2012 
– Business strategies of CIGS companies 
While Solyndra shut its module factory, CIGS technology market-leader Solar Frontier has started full production at its 900 MW fab, and many further start-ups are ramping to mass production as well. And while the market environment for thin-film solar is tough as crystalline silicon module prices continue to fall, new CIGS efficiency records provide hope for this promising thin-film technology. After PHOTON’s last thin-film conference successfully focused on CIGS, this event will once again be entirely devoted to the thin-film technology with the highest efficiencies, and will feature the leading stakeholders to discuss the status and future of CIGS technology. To view the Thin Film Conference program, please click here

• PHOTON’s 3rd PV Inverter Conference – Feb. 2, 2012 
– Entering the era of on-grid inverters with 99-percent efficiency 
As Western technology leaders have just pushed the efficiency of inverters to an impressive 99 percent, more and more Chinese products are flowing into the global solar market. Despite this new competition from Asia, prices for this grid-connection technology have not been under as much pressure as module prices this year. But that could change very quickly. PHOTON’s first US Inverter Conference will provide a comprehensive picture on the device needed for connecting PV systems to the grid – from technology, performance, reliability, and standards to supply, demand, and cost and price developments. To view the PV Inverter Conference program, please click here.

• PHOTON’s 7th Solar Electric Utility Conference – Feb. 2, 2012 
– Exploring the impact of California’s large-scale solar boom 
California is the epicenter of large-scale solar power development in the US, with about 600 MW of wholesale solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects currently on line, and more than 2.5 GW under construction. But that’s just the start: approximately 10 GW of big solar projects have requested permission to connect to the California Independent System Operator’s wholesale transmission grid in the coming years. On top of this, another 70 to 80 GW of projects are seeking interconnection to the lowervoltage networks operated by investor-owned utilities. Clearly, solar developers and equipment suppliers worldwide have heard the news about California’s solar gold rush. But just like in the days of the original gold rush, there will be winners and losers. PHOTON’s 7th Solar Electric Utility Conference in San Francisco will explore how to make the most out of the Golden State’s solar development opportunities. To view the Solar Electric Utility Conference program, please click here.

PHOTON’s Solar Terawatt-hours Conference Series is aimed at decision makers from the solar industry and the electric utility business, solar investors, regulators, and companies planning to move into this exciting and fast-growing technology. The event is organized by PHOTON, the world’s leading PV publisher, with the intention of providing a catalyst for in-depth discussions, analysis and action concerning PV technology on its way to reaching massive scale and impact in global power generation.



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Solar Maghreb 2012 — May 22-23, Casablanca, Morocco

The 3rd Annual Solar Maghreb congress returns to Casablanca for 2012. With lots having happened in the international solar markets and the regional political stage since the 2011 meeting, the 2012 congress has much to report.

With preparations well underway, the most established congress to focus exclusively on the North African solar markets will once again feature an unparalleled speaker line up of government representatives, investors, CEOs and Directors of the world’s top CSP, PV and CPV companies  as well as key regional industrial groups helping to advance the North African large scale solar markets.

Exciting Developments for 2012!

  • The results of MASEN’s first solar tender and the bidding process and players for the next phase
  • Project update on Desertec’s first reference project
  • Feedback from Hassi R’Mel & Kuraymat almost one year on from completion: What have governments and industry learnt?
  •  Restoration of investor confidence following the Arab Spring: who is willing to take part in the market?
  • Opportunities following the decline of Europe’s FiTs and the escalating debt crisis
  • The movement of regional firms into project development and construction
  • Burgeoning manufacturing capabilities following on from Cevital’s large scale production facilities

Early confirmed speakers include:

  • H.E Foaad EdweeriMinister of Energy, Mines & Mineral Resources, Morocco (invited)
  • Senior Representatives, MASEN, Morocco (to be announced)
  • Ali Fassi Fihri, Chief Executive Officer, Office National de l’Electricite, Morocco
  • Khaled Hassen, Managing Director, Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Affairs, Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, Egypt
  • Noura Laroussi, General Director, Agence Nationale pour la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ANME), Tunisia
  • Amin Chtioui, Project Manager, STEG Energies Renouvelables, Tunisia
  • Didier Houssin, Director of Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency, France
  • Michel Bouskila, Director, Sales et Development, Cegelec Maroc, Morocco
  • Dr. Kamel Esseghairi, Executive Manager, Tunisian Alliance for Renewable Energies, Tunisia
  • Nasser Saidi, Member, MENA Regional Advisory Group, IMF, UAE
  • Senior Representative, Enel Green Power, Italy
  • Kevin Sara, Managing Director, Nur Energie, UK (British Tunisian chamber of Commerce)
  • Senior Representative, Abengoa, Spain
  • Senior Representative, AcwaPower, Saudi Arabia
  • Andre Merlin, President, Medgrid, France
  • Akmal Zaghloul, Business Development – General Manager, TAQA, Egypt
  • Alan Drew, Solar Energy Development Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power, Ireland
  • Myriem Touhami, Programme Manager, UNEP, France
  • Samir Belrhandoria, Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Infrastructure Fund, Morocco
  • Silvia Pariente-David, Senior Energy Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank, Morocco

The most senior level congress in the region: 35% C-Level Attendance in 2011!

2011 represented an intense 3 days of networking, private meetings, panel sessions and workshops. With over a third of attendees being of C-Level, the congress established its place on the map as the most senior level business to business and government meeting in the region.

2011 Attendee Profile

“It’s been a great opportunity to introduce us in the MENA market! The quality of the attendees was very professional. We look forward to maximize the contacts we made in Solar Maghreb. Great organization. Congratulations to all who made the conference possible!”
– JHRoerden

Key government bodies, institutions and companies attending the 2011 meeting included:

Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, Office National de l’Electricite, Algerian Ministry of Environment, Agence Nationale pour la Maitrise de l’Energie, French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Territorial Development, The World Bank, Abener, Air Liquide, Ferostaal, Flabeg, BF Engineering, Abengoa, JH Roerden, Oerlikon Solar, SunPower, SunEdison, Solar Millennium, Solar Ventures, Tenesol, Desertec Industrial Initiative, HSBC, Societe Generale, La Caixa Maroc, Nur Energie, Silicon CPV, Standard Chartered, Bosch Solar Energy, Attijariwafa Bank, Centrotherm Photovoltaics, Hevel Solar, Grupo Clavijo, Honeywell, Infrainvest, Malakoff Corporation, NEDO, Roth & Rau, JICA, Photowatt, Taqa North Africa, Yingli Green Energy… and many more! 

The conference will be simultaneously translated in English and French
La conférence sera traduite simultanément en anglais et en français

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