WHO: Two summit programs will bring together leading experts in the solar power industry and representatives of businesses that design and install solar power systems, distribute equipment, and manufacture solar systems.
WHAT: Experts will present analyses about the direction of the solar power market in view of: its exponential growth, alternative energy becoming more mainstream, the flux of industry players, government initiatives promoting solar power, new regulatory requirements, and new technologies. The purpose will be to gain insight into how solar power market trends may affect businesses that install solar systems as well as their customers and communities.
WHEN / WHERE - East Coast: Monday, March 19, 2007, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Somerset Ramada, 60 Cottontail Land, Somerset, NJ
WHEN / WHERE - West Coast: Thursday, March 22, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hilton Concord Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, CA
VISUALS: Photos may be taken before and after each session. Head shots and technical images are available.
-- Featured speakers at the East Coast summit will include: Dr. Steven Letendre, Director of Research, Prometheus Institute ("The Competitive Landscape"); Dr. David Hill, Senior Project Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and John Hoffner, Chief Inspector ("New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Pitfalls and Opportunities"); Pete Sheehan, Director, National Association of Board Certified Energy Practitioners ("Best Practices for Solar Installations - Update on NABCEP"); and Luc Collin, SunWize Technologies ("Solar Farming - The New Crop").
-- Featured speakers at the West Coast summit will include: Jan E. McFarland, Executive Director, Americans for Solar Power ("Looking Into The Solar Crystal Ball - The Competitive Landscape"); Arthur Rudin, Director of Engineering, Sharp Solar Systems Division ("Prognosis For PV Module Supply"); John Suppes, President, Clarum Homes ("What New Home Builders Look For In Choosing Installers"); Mark Stout, Major Accounts, Unlimited Energy ("Solar Farming - California's New Crop"); Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering ("CSI - Pitfalls And Opportunities 2007")
-- Both summits will feature Pierre-Pascal Urbon, President, SMA America (Host, Opening Remarks) and Bill Reaugh, Director of Technical Services, SMA America ("Responding to the Changing Landscape"). Of particular interest in his remarks: upcoming changes in Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification.
-- SMA America is a subsidiary of SMA Technologies AG, established in 1981, now the world's largest manufacturer of solar power inverters, the electrical devices at the heart of photovoltaic solar systems. The award-winning company is known internationally for its remarkably reliable and innovative solar technology. SMA's goal is to replace fossil fuels with solar systems for power generation worldwide. See www.sma-america.com.
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