2018 Solar Industry Conferences and Events: Page 5 of 5

Oregon Solar Energy Conference

Where: Portland, OR When: May 1–3

The long-running Oregon Solar Energy Conference is one of the most robust of the regional conferences. Presented by OSEIA, the Oregon state SEIA chapter, the event draws more than 30 exhibitors and 450 attendees. Participants include local installers, government entities, major corporations and nonprofits. The conference features exhibitor-led technical presentations, with a heavy emphasis on utility-scale solar and energy storage systems. The Solar Contractor Day is one of the event highlights. Presented in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon, this 1-day event allows local contractors to invest in the technical and business skills they need to remain competitive. In 2017, the business development and technical training tracks covered topics such as effectively managing complexity and growth, National Electrical Code change and installation best practices. — oregonsolarenergyconference.com

Solar Goes Corporate

Where: Boston, MA When: April 27

SEIA’s Solar Goes Corporate event is a get-together for leaders of the corporate, finance, legal and solar sectors to share insights and best practices. The focus of the event is on how businesses, service providers and project developers can work together successfully when procuring, deploying and investing in solar. Topics of discussion include developments in corporate solar, policy changes and financial opportunities, and improving service provider partnerships with corporate end users. Panels will address the needs of small- and middle-market companies new to solar as well as those of experienced Fortune 500 companies. Early arrivers can attend the networking reception on the evening of April 26. Look for a second Solar Goes Corporate event on the West Coast later in the year. — events.solar

Solar Summit Mexico

Where: Mexico City When: February 13–14

Presented by GTM, Solar Summit Mexico is a 2-day event that will explore Latin America’s emergence as one of the leading regions for solar development in recent years. Mexico in particular has taken a leading role in the dynamic energy transition that is under way, setting the stage for unprecedented solar market growth. Thanks to abundant solar resources, high power prices, falling technology costs and a need for resource diversification, GTM Research expects Mexico to join the ranks of  global solar development leaders in coming years. The conference agenda includes topics such as the Mexican PV market on the global stage, large-scale solar development in Mexico, distributed generation opportunities in Mexico, financing solar in Mexico and the evolution of solar policy in Mexico. — greentechmedia.com/events

Solar Power Northeast

Where: Boston, MA When: February 5–6

Formerly known as PV America, Solar Power Northeast will bring 70 exhibitors and 1,500 solar and storage professionals together in Boston. The 2-day Solar Power Events–produced conference features multiple technical tracks such as energy storage, operations and maintenance, business and technology, policy and regulation, and more. Tickets for the networking reception are sold separately. — events.solar/northeast

Solar Power Southeast

Where: Atlanta, GA When: May 15–16

Also produced by Solar Power Events, Solar Power Southeast had a sold-out exhibit hall in 2017, pulling 40 exhibitors and more than 600 attendees. Attendance has grown every year since the inaugural event in 2015, paralleling the growth of the regional solar market. Like those of other regional events, the agenda is tailored to companies doing business in the area or those that would like to do so. The schedule covers everything from state policy and regional business opportunities to solar-plus-storage and electric vehicles. Previous years have featured a full-day preconference workshop as well as after-hours networking events. — events.solar/southeast

Solar Power Texas

Where: Austin, TX When: June 5–6

Another Solar Power Events–produced conference, Solar Power Texas serves the state of Texas, which famously operates its own independent electrical grid. In 2017, Solar Power Texas drew 400 attendees and had a sold-out exhibit hall. The program centers on trends and policies that impact the growing solar and storage markets in Texas. Proceeds from the event—and all others that Solar Power Events produces—benefit SEIA’s and SEPA’s year-round research, education, communications and outreach activities. Last year, Solar Power Texas featured a full-day preconference workshop as well as an after-hours networking event at Stubb’s Barbecue. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is the host site. — events.solar/texas


David Brearley / SolarPro / Ashland, OR / solarprofessional.com

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