SPI Today - Monday, September 11, 2017

1 Solar Power InternationalToday • www.solarpowerinternational.com A pproximately 20,000 energy sector professionals will descend upon the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week for the big- gest combined solar plus energy storage plus microgrid plus hydrogen fuel cell trade show in the United States. Like the industry it represents, Solar Power International (SPI) is expanding its scope and reach to encompass the rapid and exciting growth of energy innovation across the country. Welcome to North America Smart Energy Week, where you will find, in addition to SPI, three other co-located events: Energy Storage International, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, and Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA. So why this expansion, and why now? The Department of Energy’s recent grid report— while limited in its view of energy reliability and resilience—provides some timely context. The cutting-edge technologies, businesses, and clean tech startups soon to fill the trade show exhibition hall constitute a virtual roadmap to the more likely future of reliable, resilient, clean electric power in the U.S. The demand for smart energy—a key driver in the energy transition—continues to grow, here and around the world. According to the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s (SEPA) annual Utility Solar Market Snapshot, utilities across the U.S. interconnected 9.4 gigawatts (GW AC) of solar between January 1 and December 31, 2016. This means that about 28 percent of the cumulative 33.6 GW of solar in the U.S. were installed last year alone. And here are some other equally impressive figures: year-over-year growth in the utility-scale solar market continues to outpace both the residential and non-residential sectors. Utility- supply capacity—which includes all projects a utility owns or has contracts for, as well as merchant plants—grew 84 percent from 2015 to 2016, while residential grew 11 percent and non- residential 20 percent. T he U.S. solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1’s total and represents an 8 percent year-over- year gain, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said in the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. “This report shows once again that solar is on the rise and will continue to add to its share of elec- tricity generation,” said SEIA Presi- dent and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Last year, solar companies added jobs 17 times faster than the rest of the economy and increased our GDP by billions of dollars. We are going to continue to fight for policies that allow the industry to continue this phenomenal growth.” All three U.S. solar market seg- ments—commercial, residential, and utility-scale—experienced quarter- over-quarter growth in Q2. The U.S. installed 2,044 MW of capacity in Q1. The non-residential and utility- scale market segments also posted Solar Power International Today is published three days annually by Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC, 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 680, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA, (703) 738-9460. © 2017 S olar Energy Trade Show s, LLC. All rights reserved for all articles contained herein except where otherwise noted. Printed in the USA. Las Vegas, Nevada September 11, 2017 MONDAY Continued on page 4 Continued on page 6 U.S. Solar Market Adds 2.4 GW inQ2, Largest SecondQuarter Ever ® POWERED BY Today SPI’s Smart EnergyWeek Charts the Future of Grid Resilience and Reliability By Mike Kruger