Solar Power International’s 2009 conference marks the sixth time the business-to-business solar energy conference and exposition has broken attendance records.
Nine hundred and twenty nine companies were featured on the exhibit floor, encouraging the attendance of 24,000 industry professionals, some 6,500 more professionals than last year. In addition, at least 3,000 Southern Californians came to the conference’s annual Public Night.
With double the number of exhibitors of the previous year, leaders predict that the industry will continue to grow from here. Based on the positive reaction to the event, the Solar Electric Power Association and Solar Energy Industries Association will produce future events through a new entity – Solar Energy Trade Show LLC.
Julia Hamm, excutive director of the SEPA, spoke of Solar Power International’s success and future plans: “The 2009 event was our most diverse yet, with 27 percent attending from outside the U.S. As the U.S. solar market matures, it is our top priority to remain vital and accessible to industry veterans and newcomers alike. We are excited to continue our partnership with SEIA through the Solar Energy Trade Show LLC, producing not just Solar Power International but a series of business-to-business events for our growing customer base.”
Such events will include Solar Power International 2010 and PV America in April.
[Editor’s note: attendee numbers were erroneously reported; numbers have been changed to reflect actual attendee figures – Nov. 9th 2009]