SPI: 600 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors expected

With less than one week before the largest North America solar trade show, SPI, kicks off in Las Vegas, visitors are being advised to expect to spend their day on their feet. With the two South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center being consumed by the exhibition, organizers say that attendees can expect to take many more than 10,000 steps a day.

Unique booth designs and companies going “all out” are to be expected at SPI this year, according to organizers with Hanwha Q CELLS taking out the largest booth space. 25% of the exhibitors are from outside of the U.S., with 23 countries being represented. Chinese, Germany and Spanish country pavilions will also occupy large sections of the trade show floor.

Of the U.S. exhibitors, Californian companies represent the largest group, making up 31%. The state is followed by Texas, Colorado and Ohio – with each of these states comprising 5% of the total number of exhibitors.

The SPI team has advised participants attend some key events. On the opening night, Tuesday October 21, a networking “happy hour” will be held on the trade show floor. For younger industry members, a “Young Professional in Solar” reception will await them on the same night at the Solar Central Booth.

For the technically minded, the Poster Reception will be held on Wednesday October 22, between 4:30pm and 6:00pm, where attendees can inspect and ask questions of the poster authors.

Another feature SEPA and SEIA is keen to emphasize is the free educational program running throughout the event. Regular educational sessions will be held at the Industry Trend Booth, #3909 and further training events held at various locations at the event.

Show details were announced, for the first time this year, last night in a free webinar entitled: "Insider Info: This Isn’t Your Average Expo hall." An SPI App is available for free to participants from iTunes and Google Play.

SPI 2014 kicks off in an opening event on Monday October 20. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will provide the keynote address of the general session of the SPI conference, on Wednesday Oct 22.

700 exhibitors participated in SPI last year in Chicago.