18 June 2017 2017 09:45 AM GMT

Intersolar North America Focuses on Solar Finance And Smart Renewable Energy

Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America, will feature new, in-depth conference tracks on solar finance, smart renewable energy and cutting-edge PV and energy storage technologies at its 10th annual event in San Francisco July 10 to 12. High-level conference speakers will discuss key themes, technologies and advancements in the solar and energy storage industries, as well as financial tools and legislative actions currently shaping the North American market. The Intersolar and ees North America conferences will take place at the InterContinental Hotel, and information on the full program and registration is available online.

This year, Intersolar and ees North America will offer 41 conference sessions and 20 workshops. Visitors will have a myriad of opportunities to learn about exciting industry topics including technological advancements, financing projects, smart renewable energy (SRE) and more. Drawing on the input from Intersolar and ees’ roster of conference partners, the two co-located events will feature a dynamic collection of sessions this year focused on trends currently impacting the solar industry.

Key discussion themes at the conferences include:

·       Unique Finance Tools: A new day-long Intersolar Finance Symposium, as well as sessions such as “Financing Energy Storage Projects,” “PV Plants: System Configuration,” “Energy Storage in the Golden State” and the Intersolar Asset Management Summit, this year’s event will provide more coverage of solar financing methods than previous years.

·       Emerging Technologies: At discussions like “Net Metering and Potential Future Alternatives” and “The Future of PV” panels, industry experts will dive into the latest PV and energy storage technologies pushing the boundaries of efficiency and reliability.

·       Smart Renewable Energy: With sessions such as “SRE: Digitalization/Energy Clouds/Big Data” and “Using Storage to Enable Vehicle Charging,” attendees will gain an inside look at how data and connected systems could boost solar’s reach into many aspects of daily life. The “Digitalization/Energy Clouds/Big Data” session looks towards the future, assessing the role of digitalization in an increasingly intelligent energy ecosystem.

·       Industry Opportunities and Challenges: The policy landscape is constantly changing, and several conference sessions will provide updates on current legislation. For example, the “Net Metering and the Potential Future Alternatives” panel responds to the critical role of net metering thus far in solar development and considers alternative options in the face increasingly restrictive state tariffs.

The selection of conference tracks, workshops and panels this year reflect the current challenges and opportunities facing the solar and storage industries and will discuss the strides these markets have made.

Additionally, this year’s conference also features two one-day, multi-part summits organised in collaboration with the SunSpec Alliance. The four-part Intersolar Finance Symposium will break down the economic benefits of moving to solar-plus-storage and discusses financially profitable approaches that take into account new revenue streams for grid support and upcoming regulatory shifts. The Intersolar Asset Management Summit, also featuring four sessions, will examine the evolution of asset management, and equip attendees with valuable insight into how to secure investment capital and achieve profitability.

Networking Opportunities Connect Solar and Storage Industries

In response to popular demand, Intersolar North America increased the number of off-site events and tours this year. These events give attendees the chance to see unique solar installations in action and provide valuable networking opportunities. Intersolar North America attendees can visit some of the largest and most unique microgrids and PV installations in the United States on day trips to Napa Valley and Alcatraz or register for a tour of Tesla’s Silicon Valley factory. They can also sign up for the German-American Green Business Breakfast or the Solar Summerfest, a unique networking event and party benefitting the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). Additional information, including event details and registration, is available online.

The current solar landscape is focused heavily on integrating solar and storage in order to increase solar power capacity. Because of this, the partnership between Intersolar North America and ees North America has never been more important. The two stand-alone events bring solar and energy storage professionals together and further advance solar-plus-storage. With the full conference pass, attendees gain access to both the Intersolar and ees conference sessions and proceedings, as well as admission to Solar Summerfest.

All Intersolar North America and ees North America attendees are invited to attend the opening ceremony and reception at 5:30pm on July 10 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

December 13th 2017
EDF Commissions 179 MW At Two Solar Power Plants In Nevada

Policy makers led by US Senator Harry Reid were present at a celebration formally recognising Switch Stations 1 and 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, as fully commissioned and in commercial operation. Senator Reid stated “Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfil the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development. A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying construction jobs here.”

December 12th 2017
Renewable Future Challenges UK And Germany To Build Flexibility In Power Systems

A new economic study highlights that future energy systems in the UK and Germany, with very high levels of variable renewable generation, must be complemented by flexible resources, including energy storage. The study was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “This study highlights a seismic shift in how power systems will operate in the future. As wind and solar become the cheapest options for power generation, the race is on to develop and deploy the flexible resources that will complement them,” said Albert Cheung, head of global analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

December 8th 2017
Tata Power Solar Commissions India’s First Rooftop Solar Carport In Delhi

Tata Power Solar set another landmark by commissioning an unprecedented rooftop solar project in India – a solar carport on the rooftop of the sprawling 70,000 sq.m Unity One mall, in Rohini, Delhi. The unique rooftop carport is estimated to set off 438 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The company won the bid in an open tender process fielded by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for multi-level car parking. The project enables the mall to earn on the unused and excess solar electricity produced. It also cuts down the need to install a second meter or an expensive battery storage system as it is directly connected to the local power grid.

December 8th 2017
India: Increased Commitment By Government Drives Demand For Solar Inverters

SMA has announced that it sold more than 1GW of solar inverters into all market segments in India in 2017. SMA inverter sales in the commercial sector have doubled compared to last year, corresponding to a market share of 30%. In total, the installed SMA inverter base in India exceeds 3 gigawatts. “India is one of the key markets for SMA in the Asia Pacific region. In the last 3 years, we have seen strong commitment from the Indian government driving growing market demand in the solar sector”.


 

   

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