The Intersolar North America and ees North America exhibitions will take place together from July 12 through 14 at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco. Intersolar* is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply. It focuses on photovoltaics, energy storage systems, smart renewable energy, and solar heating and cooling technologies.
Ees North America offers a unique opportunity for investors to connect with companies involved in battery storage, a segment of the market that is experiencing dramatic growth to support the explosion of renewable energy installations around the world.
Having both Intersolar and ees North America in one place offers interested parties and stakeholders a unique opportunity to connect with representatives from every facet of the electrical energy spectrum. Combined, Intersolar and ees become the premier networking platform for the North American electrical energy industry. Last year’s event drew 521 exhibitors and almost 18,000 visitors.
This year, Powerhouse, the world’s first and only incubator and accelerator dedicated to solar energy, will participate in the Intersolar exhibit for the first time. The Powerhouse Pavilion will highlight solar software, finance, and storage startups. Part of its exhibit will feature the Powerhouse Circle. During this “speed-dating” event, 25 investors and executives will meet one on one with 25 entrepreneurs and startups.
“The best word to describe Powerhouse Circle is intense. Startup founders have 90 seconds to pitch and executives or investors have 90 seconds to respond. We put the ‘speed’ in speed dating,” said Emily Kirsh, Powerhouse co-founder and CEO. “This isn’t a five-minute pitch on stage at demo day. This is a true “elevator pitch.” Powerhouse Circle gives everyone what they want. Startups get to meet with potential customers and investors and industry leaders and investors get to see month’s worth of deal flow in a couple hours. Everybody wins.”
At the California Solar Energy Industries Association Pavilion, visitors to Intersolar North America will be able to connect with solar and energy storage companies based in California. They represent some of the most innovative technology companies in the industry.
“The companies exhibiting in the California Pavilion represent a cross section of CALSEIA’s member companies that are working together to ensure the continued growth of California’s solar industry,” said Kelsea Jones, membership and marketing director for CALSEIA. “From the diverse to the ingenious, and from the entrepreneurial to the enduring, California is the playing field where the new gets tested and the old gets perfected.”
The Solar Foundation will also participate in the Intersolar North America exhibition for the first time this year. Its representatives will discuss job creation within the solar industry and new programs to maintain, grow, develop, and train the solar workforce. The Solar Foundation will collaborate with Intersolar and CALSEIA to produce a white paper focused on the potential solar workforce opportunities and challenges that come with solar-plus-storage system configurations.
“America’s booming solar industry is now a major job creator and a key driver of economic growth,” said Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “We are excited to come to Intersolar and share our ongoing research on the rapid increase in solar jobs nationwide as well as our initiatives on workforce development and solar jobs training.”
If you have an interest in the commercial uses of solar energy and energy storage, you won’t want to miss the 2016 Intersolar North America exhibit. Registration for the exhibition and conference is available online. Early bird rates are available until June 3. For a full listing of exhibition events, visit the online schedule.
*This article was sponsored by InterSolar; images from Solar Promotion International GmbH (July 2015), used with permission.
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