Intersolar North America: Read This to Get Ready!

Intersolar North America, the most well attended North American event for the solar industry, kicks off next week right in Eastwick’s own backyard at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s going to be a busy week for the solar industry as leading companies showcase new technologies, debate regulations and forecast the future of solar adoption. If you’re still wondering if you should spend the $150 fee to attend, see below for a our list of the top five reasons to check out the show, according to your friends at Eastwick:

  1. Explore a Packed Expo Hall

From our point of view, it’s great to see that there will be roughly 550 vendors at the Expo Hall at this year’s event. The solar industry is growing and the Expo is best way to see what’s new — both from a technology side and a policy angle — about what’s to come.

2) Hear What the Industry is Saying About Changes to the Solar ITC

The federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is currently scheduled to decrease from 30 percent to 10 percent in 2017. We’re curious to hear what the solar industry thinks about this; could the ITC be extended? If not, will it result in a boom in solar development in 2016 or a drop in solar development in 2017? Or has solar reached a price-point where the credit’s expiration or extension will have little overall impact on the global solar industry growth either way?

3) See How the California Drought is Impacting Solar

One of the biggest problems facing California is the drought. At the show, we’ll be on the lookout for how the drought is impacting the solar industry — from solar technologies that reduce water evaporation, to boosting the energy output of existing solar systems.

4) View the Latest Innovations in Energy Storage

Energy storage is taking off fast, and with ees™ North America co-located with Intersolar, there’s a good opportunity to get up to speed on the latest in battery technology, energy storage management software and all the other new technological innovations that are helping propel energy storage’s dramatic growth around the world.

5) Network with Others in the Solar Industry

Let’s face it: we go to these big events to meet new people, make connections and learn as much as we can in a few short days. We’re planning to make the most of our time checking out networking opportunities at and outside of the conference. Here’s a couple of choice ones we’re planning to attend:
i. Women in Cleantech & Sustainability — Monday evening at 111 Minna — Free event!
ii. Intersolar Summerfest — Tuesday evening at the AMC Metreon Rooftop, with over 2,000 attendees

These are the events/topics most interesting to us, but I’m sure we’ll be in awe and discover new things at this year’s event. Leave a comment if you think we’re missing out on something fun at the event next week and please connect with us on social as well to continue the conversation:

Twitter: @sgkays / @brownmjason / @eastwickcom
LinkedIn: Stephanie Kays / Jason Brown

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