2018 Solar Industry Conferences and Events: Page 2 of 5

Grid Evolution Summit

Where: Washington, DC When: July 9–12

Tired of “electricity of the future” conferences where all you do is sit back and listen to speakers? Event organizer Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) envisions the Grid Evolution Summit as a national town hall meeting in which attendees take an active role in round-table discussions on hot industry topics. What does the utility customer of the future look like? How can technology providers help facilitate grid modernization? What is the role of regulators in future grid scenarios? At Grid Evolution Summit, multiple stakeholder groups—utilities, independent system operators, technology providers, industry consultants, government entities and NGOs—will all come together to work through these important issues. Attendees can shape the conversation, broaden industry relationships, and connect with business leaders and policy makers. — sepapower.org/events

Intersolar North America

Where: San Francisco, CA When: July 10–12

With events on four continents, the Germany-based Intersolar has a legitimate claim to being the world’s leading solar exhibition and conference organization. Entering its 10th year, Intersolar North America is one of the top national conferences focused on the solar industry. According to organizers, the 2017 event, which is collocated with Electrical Energy Storage (EES) North America, drew more than 15,000 attendees and more than 500 exhibitors. Since roughly one-third of the exhibitors are cross-listed with EES, Intersolar has a noticeable energy storage emphasis, tracking global trends. Exhibitors include module companies, power electronics vendors, electrical suppliers, mounting system manufacturers, BOS companies, monitoring and software platforms, and energy storage providers. The event is collocated at the Moscone Center with SEMICON West. Highlights away from the exhibition hall include the legendary Solar Battle of the Bands and other events sponsored by CalSEIA, the state chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). — intersolar.us

NABCEP Continuing Education Conference

Where: Niagara Falls, NY When: March 19–22

The NABCEP Continuing Education Conference is primarily geared toward NABCEP-certified professionals who need continuing education credits to maintain their certification. All NABCEP certificants must complete at least 18 hours of relevant training every 3 years. While dozens of registered training providers offer continuing education opportunities throughout the year, NABCEP’s annual Continuing Education Conference can provide all 18 hours over a single 3-day period. Noncertified professionals, meanwhile, can earn up to 18 hours of education to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for a NABCEP exam. A typical conference schedule features more than 55 different 1.5- or 2-hour technical sessions, covering topics such as rapid-shutdown requirements, 1,500-volt system designs, PV systems and the NEC, lithium battery energy storage, Code-compliant interconnections and roof penetration water-proofing. During breaks, attendees can network with peers or explore the exhibit hall, which draws roughly 50 companies. This is a highly targeted event that often sells out in advance, with a maximum capacity of approximately 500 attendees. — nabcep.org

NREL PV Reliability Workshops

Where: Lakewood, CO When: February 27–March 1

The PV Reliability Workshop (PVRW) is so highly targeted and specialized that you must be a presenter to register for the event. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the event near its research campus in Lakewood, Colorado, and plans the agenda in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The focus of the event is on sharing information that can improve module reliability, which not only reduces the levelized cost of solar energy but also promotes investor confidence. All participating organizations must submit an abstract and contribute to the workshop. — pvrw.nrel.gov

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