Solar Power International 2009, held last week in Anaheim, Calif., broke attendance records for the sixth year in a row, according to conference organizers.
The 2009 conference drew more than 24,000 industry professionals – an increase from 17,500 last year. Attendees originated from 99 countries and a broad cross-section of solar and related industries, including electric utilities, construction and investment banking.
The exhibit floor more than doubled in size from last year, featuring 929 companies from every part of the solar value chain. Industry leaders predicted growth in 2010 due to pent-up demand in emerging markets, the falling cost of solar electric power generation, the increased involvement of electric utility sector, and the confluence of business innovation and progressive energy policy.
Growing attendance prompted the co-presenters of the conference, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), to create a new entity, Solar Energy Trade Show LLC. This entity will produce future events, such as Solar Power International 2010 (Oct. 12-14, 2010, in Los Angeles) and PV America 2010 (April 8-10, 2010, in Washington, D.C.).