SPI Today - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1 Solar Power InternationalToday • www.solarpowerinternational.com T he solar indus- try kicked off SPI 2016—North America’s largest solar event—yes- terday with thou- sands of solar professionals rolling into town, a full slate of workshops, a dynamic Opening General Session, the first-ever SPI Golf Tournament, and a Welcome Reception on the Westgate Hotel Pool Deck that buzzed with anticipation. Following a full day of workshops and other educational opportuni- ties, the industry marked the official start of SPI yesterday evening with the dynamic Welcome & Opening General Session. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed attendees to Las Vegas via video, and he celebrated the growth of solar nationwide and the passage of the Investment Tax Credit for renewables. Julia Hamm, President & CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and Tom Kimbis, Interim President of the Solar Energy Industries As- sociation, welcomed the audience to Solar Power International 2016. They were followed on stage by a high-level discussion on the solar energy industry, the positive and the negative. Jeffrey Ball, scholar- in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, moderated the conversation that featured David Crane, Senior Operating Execu- tive, Pegasus Capital Advisers; Nat Kreamer, President & CEO, Spruce Finance Inc.; and Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Today’s General Session, Solar Plus: How Solar Got Smart, contin- ues the high-level industry conversa- tion, as we hear from some of the companies leading the charge to think more holistically about the role G etting ready for Solar Power International the past few weeks, I have been so busy, I have barely had time to think about the event itself. This year marks my third SPI, and on a certain level, I was starting to feel a bit jaded. The people, the booths, the par- ties, Vegas. Been there, done that. Then I got here, and visiting the trade show floor Sunday afternoon, I watched a small army of workers assembling booths for solar compa- nies from around the world and felt myself becoming as wide-eyed and excited as I always am at SPI. Come Tuesday morning, I know I will want to be in the hall, looking for the next cool technology, the small business in a booth on the edge of the convention center that is bring- ing some new product or technology 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 Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC. All rights reserved for all articles contained herein except where otherwise noted. Printed in the USA. Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2016 TUESDAY Continued on page 4 Continued on page 6 Crowds Converge on Las Vegas for SPI 2016 Changing the Narrative at SPI: Solar Is About Finding New Solutions By K Kaufman INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION AT ITS CORE. POWERED BY Today Education underway, Exhibit Halls open this morning, featuring fantastic networking opportunities, interactive educational programming on the show floor, and the Smart Energy Microgrid Pavilion SEPA’s Julia Hamm and SEIA’s Tom Kimbis hear it from the crowd as they kick off yesterday evening’s Opening General Session.