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Make a Difference: Attend PV America East, Philadelphia, PA - February 5-7, 2013

Posted by: chris
December 20, 2012

I have been thinking a lot about ambition lately. Ambition specifically in regards to our world’s energy future, and climate and social justice. We live in such an exciting moment of discovery and innovation, where we get to be designers of our collective future. UN climate negotiations wrapped up recently in Doha, Qatar, where the world came together on a climate deal for our future. NGOs, civil society, and renewable energy industries continue to put forth ambitious statements and agendas for a resilient energy future. Being part of the renewable energy industry is an exciting opportunity in time.

I also have been thinking about the unique leadership that will be required to move the world in the right direction. Leadership comes in all forms and levels: public, private, and governmental. I am proud to be a part of a diverse and abundant collection of leaders working at the grass roots level when it comes to energy justice. Yet, we are all connected and need to be in order to set the course for the future.

If we look at the United States, there have been some promising indicators. According to the National Jobs Census 2012 report over the past 12 months, the U.S. Solar Industry grew at a rate of 13.2 percent. Employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent during the same period, signifying that 1 in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year were created in the solar industry (The Solar Foundation). During the same period, the fossil fuel electric generation industry shed 3,857 jobs, a decline of 3.77 percent.

I think this data points to a strong case for optimism and ambition for a solar future. As Solar Energy International (SEI) looks to its future, we continue to build bridges and strong partnerships with leaders in the solar movement. One such partnership is with the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association, who annually host the PV America and Solar Power International tradeshows under the banner of Solar Energy Tradeshows.

Building on the success of Solar Power International 2012, SEI and Solar Energy Tradeshows are collaborating once again, along with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), at PV America 2013 East in Philadelphia, PA, February 5th to 7th. Together we’ll be offering 3 days of free PV Technical Trainings. This fantastic opportunity open to all “Full Conference” and “Expo Hall Only” registrants will provide PV Technical Training and resources for installers, salespeople, and other solar energy professionals.

Located at booth #1101 on the Exhibit Floor these 45- to 90-minute sessions taught by experienced SEI and NABCEP experts will be the hub of information on grid-tied systems (residential, commercial, and utility), grid-tied with battery back-up systems, and stand-alone systems. This is sure to be an enriching opportunity for those attending the trade show looking to broaden their understanding of the many aspects of the solar industry. Check out the PV Technical Training schedule online at the PV America 2013 East website.

PV America 2013 East, in Philadelphia, PA, is the place to be this February 5 th to 7th for professionals in solar energy and related fields. Join over 4,000 of the most progressive folks in the industry, experience a dynamic exhibition with over 150 booths, and a timely conference program organized along six tracks.

If you are planning on attending, take advantage of an exclusive offer to receive 15% off the non-member rate for all conference badge types. Use the promo code SEI when registering at the PV America 2013 East website and save on your conference registration.

In addition, do not forget to stop by the SEI booth #1209 and show your support for renewable energy education and a way forward towards an ambitious and solar future.

For a brighter energy future,

Matthew Harris
Solar Energy International

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