With more than 18,000 attendees and about 900 exhibitors in Anaheim,CA (right near Disneyland) – Solar Power International is the US’largest solar trade show. I’ll be posting as frequently as I can fromthe event.
Last night was the opening reception with nearby fireworks andthousands of people milling to the sounds of the cover band thatfollows me around from city to city. They played "Brown Eyed Girl" and"Play That Funky Music White Boy." It was not funky.
The solar industry has succeeded in moving through an entirebusiness cycle – from boom to bust to its current recovery. Tradeshows have their own phases and cycles and SPI is now in the swimsuitmodels and "spokes model" in hot pants phase.
I spoke with a few PV inverter companies and they have aninteresting problem – long lead times. There is a components shortageand certain large inverter companies are quoting a 5 month (!) leadtime.
I ran into Greg Kelly (Sr. VP of Bus Dev) and Mike Childers (ChiefCommercial Officer) of MiaSole. Interesting news from them: They haveachieved UL approval on their CIGS solar panels and are touting a 10.5%efficiency. They claim a 60MW capacity with 60MW to come and look fora capex of 50 cents per Watt.