Bringing in more than 21,000 professionals from countries all over the planet, Solar Power International is the known to be the
solar conference to attend in the solar industry today. This event, which will be held on September 12 in Orlando, Florida, offers a series of workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities for renewable energy enthusiasts and experts everywhere. Solar Power International will feature over 1,200 companies on an expansive trade show floor, making for an exciting networking event. Manufacturers, distributers, contractors, engineers, investors, and policy-makers are just some of the professionals who will be in Orlando come September. This eclectic group of solar aficionados will be amassed at the Orange County Convention Center for this massive business-to-business event.
Put on by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), all the proceeds of Solar Power International go towards advancement of U.S. solar markets through education and market-building initiatives.
And there is no doubt that U.S. solar markets are already growing rapidly. According to Scott Sklar, the United States has witnessed the start of more than 100 new renewable energy and energy efficiency manufacturing plants in the last 36 months alone. With technological advancements and declining costs every year, solar energy markets are expected to continue to grow. This year’s Solar Power International will kick off with a keynote address from a man whose vision taps into this bright future of solar energy.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, will be giving the keynote speech at this solar convention. Clinton is the most recognized speaker Solar Power International has had and will surely garner much publicity for the event. Not only is Clinton well known, but he also has the ability to articulate his understanding of our planet’s current state and what the direction we need to move in to solve our energy problems at home and abroad.
In the last decade, Clinton has devoted his valuable time and resources to promoting the use of clean energy such as solar. Solar energy has also been an integral part of Clinton’s efforts to help Haitians recover in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. President Clinton has long been forthright in his criticisms of those who deny the causal relationship between human behavior and global climate change. Clinton has been and will continue to be a powerful advocate for industries in renewable energy.
Julia Hamm, CEO of SEPA, expressed the shared excitement about Clinton’s participation in Solar Power International 2012:
“President Clinton’s global perspective and stature are sure to motivate and inspire our exhibitors and attendees. We are honored to present the former President as our keynote speaker and believe that his understanding of the need to explore alternative energy will be a message that resonates with all.”
If you live in Florida or you’re planning to visit this September, be sure to check out Solar Power International 2012 and listen to Clinton’s keynote speech.