The Omni Hotel in San Francisco was home to the first ever Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association (SEMA) meeting, held on the last day of Intersolar North America. A selection of solar professionals from around the world gathered to establish the mission statement, goals and basic structure of the association.
Matthew Holzmann of Christopher Associateswas confirmed as president and Jasbir Bath as vice president of the association; additional vice presidents and directors of SEMA will be confirmed shortly for the first year and elections will be held for the following years. Committee members were also confirmed for the formation and steering committee, technical committee and website development committee.
“On the basis of a very successful first meeting, we are now inviting all stakeholders in the industry to participate and help establish SEMA as a member-driven professional organization that will help propel solar energy into the forefront. We want SEMA to be regarded as an indispensible resource for professionals around the world, including key stakeholders in research, manufacturing, academia and government,” said Holzmann.
SEMA is an international, member-driven organization that will create a forum for industry professionals to network, debate and exchange technical information for the advancement of solar technology. The association will host an annual conference as well as chapter-based meetings and seminars.