10 January 2012
Solar Power Generation USA, a conference on large-scale utility solar, today announced that domestic utilities, investors and project developers across the industry will meet in Las Vegas, 31 January through 2 February, to share forecasts and insights and to discuss the steps required for the US to lead the global solar market.
The 2012 conference comes on the heels of the recent expiration of the nation’s renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) cash grant, and the conference aims to answer if—and how—the US solar industry can maintain record growth as federal support wanes.
Solar Power Generation USA will feature more than 60 subject-matter experts speaking on: concentrated solar power, photovoltaic, concentrated photovoltaic, and operation and maintenance. Veteran executives from Brightsource Energy, Duke Energy, First Solar, Sempra Generation, Southern California Edison, Tucson/UniSource Energy, and dozens more are planning to attend and speak.
The Solar Energy Industries Association credits the current 30% tax credit or cash grant with enabling more than 1,100 solar installations in 42 states and creating a 100% growth in US-based solar investments in 2010. The Section 1603 Treasury Program, which expired 31 December 2011, was developed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.