Even without the vast amounts of sun and space that are available in the southwest, the east coast of the U.S. has become a hotspot for solar over the past few years. This is at least partly driven by solar-friendly policy that has made adoption more financially feasible. As a result of this, the Mid-Atlantic region not only features two of the top ten solar states but is even home to two of the five states that we should be watching for growth.
To encourage continued growth in this region, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) have announced the launch of Solar Power Mid-Atlantic, a multifaceted conference focused on policy, regulatory, and technical topics facing the solar industry in the region. The new event, set for Sept. 9 – 10 in Atlantic City, will offer a full schedule of education sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities aimed at all stakeholders in the area’s growing solar market.
The two-day conference will feature more than seven hours of educational programs, covering a broad range of topics – from the solar policy landscape and innovative program and business models to the latest technology for integrating solar power onto the grid. Additionally, more than 25 exhibitors will showcase their products and services.
Solar Power Mid-Atlantic is a part of an initiative led by SEIA and SEPA – already co-sponsors of Solar Power International and PV America – to create smaller, more tightly focused events to foster in-depth discussions on emerging challenges and opportunities for the solar industry in key regions. With more than 1.5 GW already online, and capacity expected to double in the next two to three years, the Mid-Atlantic region is worth watching closely.
“We are thrilled to support conversations about solar power adoption on a regional level. In fact, our utility and solar industry members are very engaged in collaborating on the implementation of solar programs in communities across the country and are interested in building a dialogue that clears the path for renewables,” said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. “The Mid-Atlantic region excels on a national level in terms of solar, and we hope to help shape its future through this conference.”