Bringing Utility Scale Solar Project Development Into Focus

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Solar Power Generation USA, the award-winning conference focused on the development of centralized and distributed solar generation facilities across the US, announces its 2013 lineup of industry leading speakers.

The winner of “American Conference of the Year,” Solar Power Generation USA (SPG) will feature more than 100 expert speakers covering dedicated tracks on Solar and the Grid, Distributed PV power generation, plant design and operation, as well as a finance and investment stream.

Moving to California for 2013, the conference has already garnered the support of CPUC President Michael Peevey and CEC Chair, Robert Weisenmiller who will be scheduled to give their thoughts on how the state’s solar industry can continue to grow and the role for utilities within that market.

More than 500 experts in project development, solar technologies, project finance, policy, and grid connection will meet at SPG from January 15th to 16th in Newport Beach, California.

Laura Dinnewell, who has been Director of Solar Power Generation USA for the past 3 years, commented, “With networking being the number one reason the vast majority of our delegates and sponsors attend , one of things we have really worked hard on this year is creating a whole range of clever new formats that enable people to get the one-to-one face time with the people they’re looking to meet.”

Dinnewell continues, “Utilities are often top of people’s wish list so to cater for that we’ve got a breakfast meeting packed full of utility attendees including heavy weights James Avery (SDG&E), Fong Wan (PG&E), and Stu Hemphill (SCE), as well as General Managers of key municipal utilities.”

In this economy, it can be difficult to find investors willing to back newer technologies. Solar Power Generation USA will address that need. Dinnewell explains, “Investment is also going to be tougher in 2013 than ever before so we’ve stepped things up in this area too. Not only will there be a full track packed with panels of new investors on the Tuesday but Wednesday will also see roundtables running which are designed to connect investors and developers looking at the same project types and sizes.”

Add to this, rapid fire speed networking sessions, a cocktail reception and awards evening, and the return of the ever popular golf tournament, and it is evident the event is will be an exciting and action packed week, as well as a productive business opportunity.

With solar CEOs confirming their places on the speaking faculty alongside utilities, investors, and other experts, the conference has already started to attract considerable interest from not only the U.S. but further afield.

More information on the SPG conference agenda and registration is available at, and by following Solar Power Generation USA on Twitter (@SolarPowerGenUS) or by joining the LinkedIn Solar Power Generation USA group.

Solar Power Generation USA is produced by Green Power Conferences the market leader in renewable energy conferences. Since 2003, over 15,000 delegates have attended more than 300 conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and training courses providing strategic business intelligence to the renewable energy and sustainability industries. Green Power’s expertise lies in producing high quality, interactive events that provide ample networking opportunities for delegates, sponsors, and partners.

To find information and links to this and dozens of other renewable energy events, visit Energy Insight’s Conferences and Expos page.

For in-depth information on renewable energy policies and related financial structures, read “Federal and State Structures to Support Financing Utility-Scale Solar Projects and the Business Models Designed to Utilize Them” by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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