The strong U.S. market and strong growth in battery applications has seen Intersolar North America post modest growth in visitor numbers. While the number of visitors has decreased from 530 in 2014 to 521 this year, the event attracted around 18,000 visitors from 80 countries across three days last week in San Francisco.
The result sees Intersolar North America maintain its mantle as the most-attended solar event in North America to date, with the larger Solar Power International (SPI) show attracting fewer visitors in 2014 with 15,000, although more exhibitors with 583. The SPI will return to its Californian roots this year, when it will be held in Anaheim.
"Intersolar returns to California each year because it is the heart of the U.S. market, and as the year’s first major solar event to view solar innovations that will drive the industry forward," said Markus Elsaesser, CEO of Solar Promotion GmbH, an Intersolar North America organizer.
As it is in Europe, Intersolar is co-hosted with the battery storage ees North America show, which continues to grow. In 2015 the floorspace occupied by the ees increased 88% on the previous year. Storage sessions at the Intersolar North America, hosted at San Franciscos Intercontinental Hotel, were also well attended.
200 speakers presented at this years Intersolar North America conference, across 47 sessions. Financing models was another major theme at the event, particularly in light of the scheduled step down of the solar Investment Tax Credit currently supporting the industry.
Solar Promotion predicts that the U.S. market will total 8.5 GW of installations in 2015.