Solar Power International announced that a solar conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, October 27-29, 2009 to accommodate the event’s rapid growth. Attendance at what was already the industry’s largest solar conference and expo in North America jumped from 12,500 in 2007 to 23,200 in 2008, according to the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the show organizers. The new location will be able to meet the increased demand for hotel accommodations, exhibition and meeting space, and will allow the event to deliver a positive experience for all participants while maintaining its reputation for excellence within the industry.
The trade groups originally planned to hold the 6th annual event in San Jose, California. However, due to the unprecedented growth and anticipated increase in demand due to the extension of the federal investment tax credit in the U.S., a larger venue was required to meet the needs of the event exhibitors and attendees in the upcoming year. The exhibit floor is expected to sell out quickly as between 650 and 800 companies from around the world gather to showcase their technology. Overall attendance is expected to top 27,000 in 2009.