2018 Solar Industry Conferences and Events: Page 3 of 5

PVPMC and Systems Symposium Workshop

Where: Albuquerque, NM When: May 1–3

The PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) and Systems Symposium Workshop focuses on the three M’s of PV modules and systems: measurement, modeling and monitoring. Sandia National Laboratories organizes this event together with CFV Solar Laboratory. The specialized nature of the workshop draws experts from around the world who share research on a variety of topics and discuss the implications of these findings. The previous program, from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, included roughly 60 presentations of 20 minutes each, covering topics such as solar resource data and forecasting, modeling software updates, modeling methods and case studies, monitoring for degradation and soiling studies. The Electric Power Research Institute is dedicating a third day to grid integration and grid modeling topics, a new event. Other highlights include a workshop dinner in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town and tours of the CFV Solar Laboratory. Look for a dedicated website to go live in January with a call for abstracts. — pvpmc.sandia.gov

Solar Asset Management North America

Where: San Francisco, CA When: March 13–14

Solar Asset Management focuses on the operational phase of solar power plants and portfolios. Netherlands-based Solarplaza organizes the event, which is now in its 5th year. The annual conference draws more than 40 sponsors, 90 speakers and 500 attendees from leading solar services providers, asset and portfolio managers, independent power producers, utilities and investors active in the North American market. The agenda covers a variety of technical and financial topics, ranging from performance optimization to secondary markets and refinancing. If your company specializes in asset management, this is an excellent event to attend in terms of content and networking opportunities. Other program highlights include off-site PV power plant visits to gain hands-on knowledge and insights. — solarassetmanagement.us

Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 

Where: San Diego, CA When: March 20–22

The Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit is a gathering place for industry deal makers, permitting senior-level solar and financial executives to mingle in an intimate setting. According to event organizer Infocast, the summit provides deal makers with an opportunity to meet, share plans for the upcoming year and capitalize on prospects that may lead to successful deals. Attendees can stay abreast of the solar financing landscape and gain insights into industry developments, strategic opportunities and efforts to overcome challenges. The agenda includes a 2-day multitrack summit preceded by either a presummit solar-plus-storage workshop or an executive briefing. Panel discussions cover topics such as tax equity trends, financing outlook, risk management, and sourcing sponsor equity and development capital. The summit venue is the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. — infocastinc.com/event

Solar Power International

Where: Anaheim, CA When: September 24–27

Solar Power International (SPI) is the largest solar trade show in North America. Solar Power Events, a partnership between SEIA and SEPA, presents the 4-day event, which is now in its 15th year. According to the event presenter, SPI 2017 drew upward of 20,000 industry professionals and 750 exhibitors, including manufacturers, service providers and other vendors. Though solar remains the focus, the event is collocated with Energy Storage International, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America and the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace. In addition to offering an expansive exhibition hall, the event features multitrack educational sessions, a technical symposium, trainings, poster sessions and pre- and postconference workshops. Other highlights include networking receptions, a block party and several special events, such as the Run with the Sun 5K. Be sure to sign up early for the Professional Women in Solar Lunch, as this sells out every year. — solarpowerinternational.com

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