It’s incredibly hard to believe that in just 7 weeks, we’ll be at Intersolar North America! To put that into perspective, 7 weeks ago was the week after Easter (with snow still covering many parts of our stomping grounds in Vermont). It’s ridiculous how fast that time has flown by….Thankfully, summer-like weather is here (it’s supposed to hit 90° here today!), and gradually, as buds continue to bloom and gardens are planted (17 varieties of fruits & veggies went into the soil at my house this weekend), I am finally able to fully grasp that the days are longer….way longer…..and this also means that the solar tradeshow season is here. SO exciting!
Intersolar will again be held in San Francisco, also known as, “The City”. There are MANY reasons Intersolar is a must attend event for anyone in the solar industry (the educational aspect alone is worth its weight in gold). The top 5 reasons in my opinion?
- LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Like it says right on the Intersolar website, it’s the most-attended solar exhibition in the United States. And with California ranking #1 on SEIA’s “2014 Top 10 Solar States”, there’s no better state to hold the event, putting you right in the solar hotbed. Intersolar is THE place to be if you’re in any aspect of the solar industry. 1600+ companies like Sunrun, SunEdison, and SolarCity call the bay area their home, and since Governor Brown signed AB 2188, local CA governments are now mandated to adopt solar ordinances by the end of September, which will help reduce the overall costs of solar installs, while widening access to solar for more homeowners in the state (do the math: lower costs, more installs = more jobs).
- THE SHOW FLOOR(S)
The most international platform in the industry, and featuring 550 exhibitors, it’s easy to see why the show encompasses 3 floors, and will feature exhibitors from all corners of the industry. Manufacturers, Project Developers, Architects, Suppliers, Investors, Utilities, Analysts, Policy Makers, Government Officials, and more. With the areas of focus being on PV, Solar Heating & Cooling, and Energy Storage, you’re sure to see an astounding ROI from just attending the show.
- CONFERENCE SESSIONS
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Three full days (and I mean full) of conferences are scheduled for show-goers. Monday 7/13 – Wednesday 7/15 you can choose from conferences like The Solar Asset Symposium, where experts will discuss best practices. There are conferences on energy storage, working with different jurisdictions, regulations, market opportunities, and net metering. There will be many, many opportunities to learn and take away some extremely helpful information that will not only broaden your knowledge, but can also broaden your customer base. Take a look at the full program schedule and pick and choose which are best for you and your business.
- SPEAKERS GALORE
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Over 160 speakers will be there, running the gamut from individual companies all the way to the DOE. This is truly an event you don’t want to miss – where else will you get the opportunity to gain so much from just a few days?
With an expected turnout at over 27,000 people (!), the networking opportunities are many. It all kicks off with the Welcome Reception on Monday 7/13 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm. It’s a great way to either unwind, conduct business meetings, or both! And with so many special events to take advantage of, those opportunities grow exponentially. Take a San Francisco Bay Area sailing tour, and see The City like never before, along with 49 others in the industry. You can also embark on a SF tour of solar systems, tour solar wineries (ooh!), take a tour of the Tesla Fremont factory, and don’t forget Solar Summerfest, hosted by CALSEIA and Intersolar. Attended by over 2,000 people, this year’s theme is “Cirque Du Solar” – go and enjoy entertainment, networking, and cocktails all on a rooftop overlooking the city.
Add to this the installation workshops, special exhibits, advanced technical training, and the much-awaited award ceremony; Intersolar is a proven win/win for all involved. I mean really, you can think of it as a “one-stop-shop” for all things solar! So, if you go, take advantage of all it has to offer and gain as much insight and information as you can while you’re there. And then take it home with you and share it with your co-workers, your customers, your partners, your supporters and your friends. Share it with everyone!
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Early bird rates are only available until June 5th, though, so register soon.
EcoFasten Solar will be there! Come see us at booth #9738, say hi to the crew, and see what’s NEW!
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