SPI ’12 speaker lineup to address solar energy industry’s most critical issues

Solar Power International 2012 (SPI ‘12), North America’s premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy, features experts analyzing the hottest issues, opportunities and challenges critical to the industry’s future success.


“With solar power being the fastest growing energy source, industry executives will be looking to utility leaders speaking at our concurrent sessions for guidance as they tackle such issues as transmission planning and distributed solar’s impact on the grid”


Taking place September 10 through 13 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, SPI ’12 is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). This international event is expected to attract attendees from more than 100 countries to its exhibits and extensive conference program where they’ll learn about new markets for solar, new products, and the issues and strategies that will guide the industry’s growing emergence as an energy solution.


This year’s education program is highlighted by two general sessions and 64 concurrent sessions, workshops and Solar Idea Swaps, covering topics within six tracks: finance, grid integration, in the field, markets, policy and technology. Speakers from the solar industry along with thought-leaders in finance, utilities, and manufacturing, will share their expertise and insights with attendees.


Among the industry leaders speaking at SPI ’12 are: Jose Renato Colaferro, Managing Partner/Director of Projects and Operations, Blue Sol Solar Energy; Michel Di Capua, Head of US Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Abraham Ellis, Technical Lead, PV Grid Integration, Sandia National Laboratories; Emily Felt,Director, Renewable Energy Strategy and Compliance,Duke Energy; Gary Gerber, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Light & Power; Rick Gilliam, Director, Research and Analysis, The Vote Solar Initiative; Holly Gordon, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Sunrun; Yuri Horwitz, Chief Executive Officer, Sol Systems; Eran Mahrer, Vice President, Utility Strategy, Solar Electric Power Association; Retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, President, American Council on Renewable Energy; John Smirnow, Vice President, Trade & Competitiveness, Solar Energy Industries Association; and, Tom Starrs, Vice President, Americas Market Development and Policy, SunPower.