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growth was a theme that set the tone
for SPI ‘12 that attendees heard from
start to finish,” said Julia Hamm, presi-
dent and CEO of SEPA. “The CEO
panel at our opening session focused
on how industry-wide cooperation—
with the goal of achieving success for
all—is critical to establishing a level
playing field where solar can compete
with all other sources of energy. Presi-
dent Clinton’s inspirational address
reiterated that objective and then chal-
lenged the industry to fight for itself
and take the necessary risks to achieve
Exhibitors report that SPI ‘12
delivered results. Microinverter tech-
nology company Enphase Energy, a
five-year SPI exhibitor and three-year
event sponsor, “looks forward to SPI
every year to connect with our entire
industry—from installers and integra-
tors, to financers, policymakers and
partners,” according to Marketing
Director Heather Kernahan. “We gain
significant return on investment from
the time spent and relationships made
there,” she added.
Florida-based solar photovol-
taic (PV) products and distribution
services company Advanced Green
Technologies reports “an overall great
experience at this year’s SPI,” citing a
increase in booth traffic due to its
inaugural AGT Solar Scavenger hunt
for installers and contractors. Market
Manager Bill Arseneau explained that
SPI is an “incredibly crucial market-
ing tool for AGT,” which exhibited at
SPI for a fourth year. “It is a great way
for us to develop relationships with
key vendors and customers, as well as
develop new business. In addition, as
our industry fluctuates, it is important
for everyone to collaborate as a whole,
and SPI is a great place to come togeth-
er and share ideas,” he said.
Misty Benham, Operations and
Marketing Manager, Americas, Renew-
able Energy Corporation said, “since
when REC entered the North
American market, we have attended
and exhibited at SPI to present our
products and company to the indus-
try. We consider SPI to be a premier
platform to generate attention for new
REC products and services, and an
impactful place to present our brand in
the market. It has continuously proven
to be a wonderful place for REC to
meet new partners and foster existing
partnerships, and we look forward to
participating again next year!”
To view the webcasts of the CEO panel
and Resch and Hamm presentations,
SPI 2012 was sponsored by Terrawatt
Sponsor - SMA; Gigawatt Sponsor -
Hanwha Solar; Megawatt Sponsors
Bechtel and Clean Power Finance;
and Kilowatt Sponsors - ReneSola and
Upcoming Solar Power International
2013 –
October 21-24 – Chicago
2014 –
October 7-9 – Las Vegas
About Solar Power International 2012
Presented by the Solar Energy Indus-
tries Association (SEIA) and the Solar
Electric Power Association (SEPA),
SPI’12 is designed to serve and ad-
vance the solar power industry and
draws industry professionals repre-
senting more than 100 countries. SPI
takes place September 10 – 13 at the
Orange County Convention Center,
Orlando, Florida.  Registration, spon-
sorship, exhibitor and program infor-
mation can be found
About SEIA® 
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy
Industries Association is the national
trade association of the U.S. solar en-
ergy industry. Through advocacy and
education, SEIA and its 1,100 mem-
ber companies are building a strong
solar industry to power America. As
the voice of the industry, SEIAworks
to make solar a mainstream and sig-
nificant energy source by expanding
markets, removing market barriers,
strengthening the industry and educat-
ing the public on the benefits of solar
About SEPA 
The Solar Electric Power Association
SEPA) is an educational non-profit
dedicated to helping utilities integrate
solar power into their energy port-
folios for the benefit of the utility, its
customers and the public good. With
more than 1,000 utility and solar in-
dustry members, SEPA provides unbi-
ased utility solar market intelligence,
up-to-date information about technolo-
gies and business models, and peer-to-
peer interaction. From hosting national
events to utility strategies, SEPA helps
utilities make smart solar decisions.
For more information, visit
By: BSW-Solar
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in Doha for greater utilization of solar
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As a result of the rapid market
growth of recent years, the global
level of installed solar power capacity
is about to surpass the 100–gigawatt