SEIA - PV America Solar Conference and Expo Kicks Off

Philadelphia hosts first-ever conference focused solely on fastest growing segment of solar industry, the public invited to see solar technology on Tues., June 9

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter today spoke at the inaugural PV America Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to welcome small business owners, entrepreneurs, global corporate executives, and energy leaders from around the country to the first-ever conference focused solely on the fastest growing segment of the solar industry – photovoltaic solar (PV) or solar electricity. Nutter also accepted a Solar America City designation presented to the City of Philadelphia by Dr. JoAnn Milliken, Acting Solar Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.


PV America is presented by the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in partnership with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 34th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) and the local Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) to bring together solar PV manufacturers, developers, and installers to market directly to businesses and consumers. This first-ever meeting attracted more than 1,600 industry attendees and 138 exhibitors.


SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch spoke to the crowd of over 3,000 at the joint opening session for PV America and the PVSC with a State of the Industry address.He highlighted the PV industry’s recent record of strong growth and the opportunities available to expand businesses and create jobs in the industry, all due to increased demand for solar.According to SEIA’s U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review for 2008, grid-tied PV installations grew by 81 percent and PV manufacturing grew by 65 percent.


“We purposely chose Philadelphia because it sits in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, which is an emerging powerhouse in the PV market,” said Resch.“Government leaders from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. had the vision to enact the right policies to promote the solar industry over the last several years. And because of their vision, over the course of the next ten years, the Mid-Atlantic region will overtake California as the largest solar market in the United States.”


The public is welcome to the exposition to see PV technology and its applications for homes and businesses at no cost on Public Day, Tuesday, June 9 from 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m., where more than 135 companies will be represented in the expo hall.Admission for Public Day is free and no advance registration is required. The expo is in Halls A & B on the 2nd level of the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street in Philadelphia. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


MSEIA has organized Solar Tours on Thursday, June 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. departing from and returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center that will allow solar professionals and the public to see small- and large-scale solar installations in operation in urban and suburban settings in greater Philadelphia. All tours cost $40. Information is available at