Future of Distributed Solar, Solar Investment Tax Credit, Net Metering Among Hot Industry Topics at Solar Power International

Solar professionals will gather at largest solar energy show to address issues critical to industry's continued success and growth trajectory

Solar Power International 2013

ARLINGTON, Va.--Solar Power International 2013 (SPI 13), North America's premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy, will provide a platform for discussion of a wide variety of trends, new product introductions, and critical issues as the industry marks a record breaking quarter. The show takes place in Chicago from October 21 - 24 at McCormick Place and is expected to draw 12,000 of the industry's most influential professionals, policymakers, and organizations. Event details and attendee registration information is available at solarpowerinternational.com.

Poised to hit the 10 GW milestone in the U.S. before the end of 2013*, the solar industry is facing a variety of issues on multiple fronts. Key topics including State Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), passing "commence construction" language, net metering, the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), managing solar on the distribution grid, and much more will be addressed in SPI's general sessions and comprehensive conference program.

"Doom and gloom for the solar industry – absolutely not. Despite what may have been a rough start to the year, the U.S. industry is on track to have a record breaking year, with strong growth reported in Q2. However, there are still a number of very critical issues that need to be addressed by both policymakers and industry; therefore, this year's gathering of the who's who in solar couldn't come at a more important time," said Stephen Miner, CEO of SPI 13 organizer - Solar Energy Trade Shows. "We are looking forward to a fast-paced week of discussions about real solutions, product and partnership announcements, exciting new start-ups, and much more."

Highlighted sessions:

Tuesday, October 22

Politics of Power: Solar Energy Policy and Political Ideology, Educational Poster: Policy and Regulations Track, Educational Posters Booth #4806

Protecting Market Stability and Driving Down Costs: Massachusetts' System of Assurance of Net Metering Eligibility, Educational Poster: Integration with Utilities Track, Educational Posters Booth #4806

The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetrations on Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems: Customer Charges and Wholesale Price Caps, Educational Posters: Integration with Utilities Tracks, Educational Posters Booth #4806

Distribution Grid Support of PV and Storage Smart-Inverters, Concurrent Session, 2:30 PM -4:00 PM, Room # 404

Wednesday, October 23

Exploring Opportunities in Solar, General Session, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Room # S100 – Grand Ballroom

Thursday, October 24

The Future of Net Metering and Rate Design, Integration with Utilities Track, 9:00 AM -10:30 AM, Room 401A

Arizona, a Solar Industry on the Edge, QuickTalks, 11:35 AM-12:00 PM

SPI brings the full range of industry ideas, experts, professionals, and information together in one comprehensive event featuring keynote addresses, sessions and conference events as well as nearly 700 exhibitors occupying nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space. Through peer-led educational programming designed to exchange ideas and share lessons learned, SPI provides attendees best practices to expand and help grow their business. Throughout the week, SPI offers unique networking opportunities for attendees to connect with industry vendors and professionals from the U.S. and around the world. SPI 13 sponsors include: Megawatt – Kaco New Energy and Clean Power Finance.

For more news on SPI 13 before, during and after the show, visit www.solarpowerinternational.com or follow the show on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

* SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2013 report

About Solar Power International 2013 (SPI)

Presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), SPI 13 is designed to serve and advance the solar power industry and draws industry professionals representing more than 100 countries. SPI 13 takes place October 21 - 24 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Registration, sponsorship, exhibitor and program information can be found at: www.solarpowerinternational.com.

About SEIA®

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. www.seia.org

About SEPA

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. With more than 900 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to utility strategies, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit www.solarelectricpower.org.

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