SPI Today - Thursday, September 15, 2016

1 Solar Power InternationalToday • www.solarpowerinternational.com N evada’s junior U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) opened the Wednesday morning General Session with a pre-recorded mes- sage offering encourage- ment to the solar industry. Citing his own state’s recent backtracking on the issue, he recognized how contradictory legislation about incentives and subsidies can impede growth of the industry by saying, “I know how important it is to you.” Thomas Kimbis, Interim President of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), moderated the following discussion and acknowledged that concern by asking the panelists about the “items keeping you up at night.” Michael Maulick, President & Chief Executive Officer of SunLink, said he thinks about how the goal should be to take solar energy to the next level. Guy Sella, Chief Executive Officer of So- larEdge, thinks about the day when “everybody will be able to produce their own power.” He also thinks electric vehicles will be a natural part of the mix due to the fact that EV motors are so much more efficient at converting energy to mechanical power than internal combustion engines. As a homebuilder, David Kaiserman, Presi- dent, Lennar Ventures, has embraced solar because it “resounds with the homeowner. We appeal to the innate understanding people have Y esterday we offered a brief look back at mi- crogrids in the United States as an almost forgotten part of our energy history. SPI attendees have had an opportunity to see the future of microgrids in the Smart Energy Microgrid Pavilion presented by EMerge Alliance featuring a variety of vendors and their technologies. Emerge Alliance is dedicated to pro- moting standards for direct current technology. It works with industry, government, and academic organi- zations developing standards that work for hybrid AC/DC microgrids. It promotes energy efficiency, safety, and sustainability. The traditional grid—the one we all grew up with—is associated with generation, usually in the form of coal, gas, or hydro distribution and transmission. Each is a potential point of failure. The infrastructure Solar Power International Today is published three days annually by Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC, 1737 King St., Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA, (703) 738-9460. © 2016 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 15, 2016 THURSDAY Continued on page 7 Continued on page 6 The View from Here: the Future of the Solar Industry Microgrids, Macro Opportunities INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION AT ITS CORE. POWERED BY Today Panelists at Wednesday’s General Session urge the audience“to overcome earlier limitations from when we were a smaller industry.”