SPI 2016 - ROTH Capital Partners to Host Solar & Storage Symposium at Solar Power International

Leading Solar Power, Storage, and Clean Technology Companies to Conduct Investor Meetings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ROTH Capital Partners (ROTH), www.roth.com, a full service investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors, today announced that it will host its 4th Annual Solar & Storage Symposium and Oktoberfest on September 13, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the Solar Power International Conference and Expo (SPI 16), the largest annual solar conference/expo in the U.S.

"We are excited to once again support SEIA and co-host this event at SPI."
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This event, co-located with SPI 16, will provide an opportunity for solar power industry executives, policy makers, and key institutional investors to meet and exchange ideas about issues and trends in the solar and related industries. The event, which will be hosted by Jesse Pichel, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Cleantech & Industrial Growth, and Philip Shen and Craig Irwin, Senior Research Analysts, Cleantech, will include (1) 1-on-1/small group meetings with ~20 companies and solar experts, (2) a Keynote luncheon presentation by Tom Kimbis, Interim President of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), who will address key issues affecting solar policy in key states, and (3) an Oktoberfest networking reception that will have more than 100 leading solar company executives.

According to Mr. Pichel, "Upstream solar is on the brink of another round of industry consolidation as global capacity additions outstrip demand growth, likely through much of 2017. Through this downturn, we believe the winners will be determined by (1) balance sheet management; (2) best-in-class cost structures; and (3) technology offerings that include higher efficiency products at meaningful volume. Downstream solar has also not been immune to its own set of challenges. Despite these near-term issues, we remain in the early stages of global solar adoption and continue to see many years of growth ahead as markets steadily transition from policy dependence to grid parity. This transition will be, in part, enabled by storage technologies that permit grid operators and homeowners to transform renewable intermittency to base-load power. We believe the cost curve of these storage/battery technologies is steep and similar to that of solar in the 2004-2008 period as the industry reached scale. For the first time at our symposium we are offering investors an opportunity to meet with some of the leading storage companies."

Mr. Shen stated, "The down cycle ahead, in our view, presents an attractive set of opportunities for investors. We believe our symposium will enable investors to deeply explore the key issues facing the market today, including (1) demand trends across all solar segments abroad and in the U.S., especially in 2017 and beyond; (2) regulatory changes that key states may face; (3) capacity utilization and pricing throughout the value chain; and (4) the outlook for the latest inverter technology for each segment—residential, C&I, and utility scale."

This event is designed to allow participants to efficiently meet companies throughout the entire solar value chain—polysilicon, wafer, cell, module, downstream developers as well as private companies and industry experts—in one of the most important solar markets in the world.

Participating Companies at the time of this release include:
Aquion Energy PRIVATE
Canadian Solar Inc. CSIQ
Daqo New Energy Corp. DQ
Electrovaya TSX:EFL
Enphase Energy, Inc. ENPH
First Solar, Inc. FSLR
Fluidic Energy PRIVATE
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. HASI
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. HQCL
Ideal Power IPWR
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. JASO
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. JKS
Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions LECN
Maxwell Technologies, Inc. MXWL
Octillion PRIVATE
Primus Power PRIVATE
Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited SEHK:1165
Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. SKYS
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. SEDG
Sunworks, Inc. SUNW
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. YGE

(As of 08/31/2016 - subject to change)

"This event represents yet another example of ROTHs consistent leadership in supporting both public and private solar companies from capital transactions and advisory services as well as equity research," said Byron Roth, CEO of ROTH. "We are excited to once again support SEIA and co-host this event at SPI."

Since 2012, ROTH has assisted its Cleantech clients in raising over $2.6 billion in over 70 transactions. (Source - ROTH Capital - 08/31/2016)

ROTH is a founding member of CleanTech OC, a trade association that seeks to promote economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry as well as a member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

ROTH is also hosting an evening Oktoberfest networking event for registered guests and attendees.

Business Wire, Equisolve, Lowenstein Sandler, The Blueshirt Group and SEIA are event sponsors.

The event is for institutional clients of ROTH and is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their ROTH sales representative at (949) 720-5700 or e-mail: conference@roth.com

Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Isabel Pain at 949-720-7117 or imattson-pain@roth.com. To learn more or register for SPI, please visit the event web site at - http://www.solarpowerinternational.com/

About Roth Capital Partners, LLC:

ROTH Capital Partners, LLC (ROTH), is a relationship-driven investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors. As a full-service investment bank, ROTH provides capital raising, M&A advisory, analytical research, trading, market-making services and corporate access.

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., ROTH is privately-held and owned by its employees, and maintains offices throughout the U.S. and Hong Kong. For more information on ROTH, please visit www.roth.com.

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