SEIA - Phila. to Host PV America Conf., June 2009

Industry leaders select emerging solar market to showcase technology, business opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The city of Philadelphia will host PV AMERICA, the nation’s premier conference for the solar photovoltaic industry, June 8-10, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"Solar photovoltaics will play a vital role in securing America’s energy independence, and PV America will showcase the fast-growing PV sector in the city of American independence," said Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). "The conference will bring together leaders from the technology, research, finance and business development communities to share the latest trends for photovoltaics, complementing the annual Solar Power conference that we co-host in October."

Organizers of the PV America 2009 program include SEIA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Mid-Atlantic chapter of SEIA (MSEIA). IEEE will present its Photovoltaic Specialists Conference June 7 - 11, 2009, to coincide with PV America at the same location.

"We’re building a clean energy economy here in Pennsylvania," said Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. "We’re opening new markets for solar energy and other renewable sources, we’re making strategic investments to attract some of the world’s leading solar developers and create jobs in this rapidly growing field, and we’re pushing to generate even more development in this industry. Hosting PV America 2009 is a great opportunity for us to showcase our accomplishments while also helping to shape the future of this industry and create an energy independent America."

Many industry observers feel Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland will rival California as the prime U.S. market for solar energy for the coming decade. With strong state policies and incentives in place, the region’s leaders have established a climate to attract PV companies, installations and jobs.

Dr. Tim Anderson, Chairman of IEEE’s Photovoltaic Specialists Conference committee, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming conference.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for the advancement of solar energy," said Anderson, who is also Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of Florida. "Experts from across industry, academia and government will gather in Philadelphia to explore emerging technologies, reach out to policymakers from the region and across the nation, and educate the public about the enormous potential of solar energy."

The conference will include a technical review of PV cell design and manufacturing practices, as well as updates and insights on state, regional and national market and policy issues that impact the industry. Unlike other PV conferences, all proceeds go toward advocacy work in advancing policy and business strategies to expand the U.S. solar energy market.

"Next year’s presence of the premier PV America 2009 trade show in Pennsylvania is a strong sign that the solar industry is ready to ramp up," said Ron Celentano, vice president for Pennsylvania of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA), a supporting organization of PV America. " Solar creates more jobs than any form of electricity generation. And with Pennsylvania’s 860 megawatts of solar requirement to be met over fifteen years, Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic states are positioned to benefit for all solar has to offer."

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