15 April 2017 2017 11:52 AM GMT

Intersolar North America In Its 10th Year: Blazing a Trail Where Others Follow

Celebrating its 10year anniversary, Intersolar North America will once again be the first major solar event of the year. It takes place July 11-13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and is co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West. These combined events bring together professionals from the solar, energy storage and semiconductor industries to share knowledge and innovation, network, and accelerate business goals. With its consistent growth to 18,000+ attendees in 2017, Intersolar North America is the most-attended solar event in North America.

This year Intersolar will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in conjunction with its long-time event partner California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), also celebrating an anniversary – its 40th year of service to the California solar community.  Intersolar, CALSEIA and SEMICON will party in grand style at the largest solar networking event ever at AT&T park, home of San Francisco’s world champion baseball team.  With the financial support it receives from Intersolar, this is CALSEIA’s largest fundraising event of the year.

Intersolar is the solar event most trusted for its intent to foster innovation and curate high-quality speakers, exhibits and connections. From the biggest names in solar to startups, nonprofits, students and under-represented members of the solar community, all participants add to the vibrancy and excitement of the event. Attendees meet face-to-face with the market leaders, funders, policymakers, and downstream professionals that matter to their business.

Intersolar North America has been located for 10 years in California, the epicentre of technology innovation and cutting-edge solar policy. Intersolar funds local market development through policy and industry-focused educational campaigns, fundraising activities with CALSEIA and in collaboration with other regional organisations. Due to the nature of its global solar platform operating on four continents, the event draws industry decision-makers from more than 80 countries around the world.

As the premier solar exhibition and conference, the event is known for delving into the hottest solar trends of the day, including smart renewable energy, the rise of project finance, the intersection of energy storage and electric vehicles, and local and national policy trends influencing the growth of the sector. In partnership with ees North America, Intersolar North America hosts off-site special events for attendees. The proceeds from the events go to a local solar advocacy group and longtime Intersolar partners, like CALSEIA, NorCal Solar, and others. In 2016, more than 550 exhibitors and more than 18,000 visitors participated in Intersolar North America and the conference and exhibition program featured 39 sessions with more than 260 speakers and 22 workshops.

January 10th 2018
US: Doubling Of Wind & Solar Capacity Possible By 2020 as Coal & Nuclear Drop

In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020 – effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.  The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of the coal and nuclear industries.

February 5th 2018
EV, Renewables See CO2 Emissions Plateau By 2030, But Far From 2 Degree Pathway

Major shifts in the global energy landscape, particularly related to electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources, mean that MEI expects global CO₂emissions to plateau by 2030. However, increased global energy demand means emissions will remain at more than double the level required for a 2 degrees Celsius warming pathway. Ole Rolser, Associate Partner and Solution Leader at MEI, comments: “Despite the significant momentum around EVs and renewable energy sources taking an increasing share of the power market, to realise the 2 degrees pathway scenario, we’d have to see much broader, much more disruptive change than what we’re seeing now.”

February 5th 2018
European Parliament Gives A Resounding Vote In Favour Of Clean Energy In Europe

European lawmakers have called for a renewable energy target of 35% for 2030 – rather than the 27% which the European Commission proposed in 2016. The MEPs have now backed measures substantially raising the European Union’s clean-energy ambitions. By 2030, more than one-third of energy consumed in the EU should be from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The measures are intended to help cut carbon dioxide emissions. The EU is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, releasing about 10% of global emissions. 

January 5th 2018
Hype Or The Future? Sectoral Coupling With Electricity-Based Fuels

Electricity-based fuels are at an early stage and deploying electricity from renewable energies to produce fuels such as hydrogen, synthetic liquid fuels or methane is crucial to avoid greenhouse gas emissions. There are significant reasons to boost this new and potentially massive sector. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is making around 130 million Euro available for creating incentives to utilise synergies for linking energy, transport and maritime industries. 

December 27th 2017
Rooftop PV Presents a $23 Billion Opportunity in India Over The Next 5 Years

India is accelerating development of renewable energy projects to provide cheap, reliable and clean power to its 1.3 billion people. The country’s per-capita on-grid electricity consumption has increased significantly over the four years; due to increased industrial activity, higher uptake of electrical appliances by residential electricity users and the addition of new consumers to the grid. During this period, the cost of electricity from rooftop PV has halved, due to fierce competition in the market and a drop in equipment prices. In contrast, average retail electricity rates have increased by 22% in the same period. This has made rooftop PV cheaper than commercial and industrial grid tariffs in all major states in India.


 

   

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