Alexis Thompson, Carly Rixham, Alex Thompson, and Paulette Middleton networking at the ASES/ISES/NorCal Solar Booth of the Intersolar North America Exhibition. ups have displayed the technologies that promise to continue to reduce the cost of solar and storage solutions. Once again, the Powerhouse Pavilion, hosted by Powerhouse, the world’s only incubator and accelerator dedicated to solar that collects the most ingenious intelligent energy startups and entrepre-neurial ventures, was in the spotlight. This year, 12 companies participated in the Pavilion, including UtilityAPI. Elena Lucas, co-founder and board director at UtilityAPI, also spoke alongside leading renewable energy leaders and policymakers during the Opening Ceremony’s keynote session, where she provided an entrepreneur’s perspective on the industry. During her remarks, she stressed the importance of networking events and seizing opportunities only Intersolar/ees North America can present. “Intersolar is the place to be,” Lucas said during her keynote session. “This is where you can network and meet the people who are ready to take action to reduce the soft costs of solar.” Intersolar and ees North America organizers are dedicated to offering innovative events and networking opportunities year after year. The 2017 events were no exception, connecting exhibitors and leading industry organizations in unique special events. In particular, the WRISE and Shine! networking breakfast, organized by the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustain-able Energy (WRISE), was a well-received and bustling event advocating gender equality in the solar and energy storage industries. “We were thrilled to see so much support and interest,” said Kristen Graf, executive director of WRISE. “The informal network-ing breakfast at Intersolar offered a great opportunity to build 30 FALL 2017 SOLAR TODAY on the enthusiasm around our broader scope and new brand. With such a great response we are already looking forward to growing relationships and having an even larger presence at Intersolar in coming years.” Section 201 Hot Policy Discussions Both Intersolar and ees North America are known for cover-ing the latest technological and political developments affect-ing the solar and energy storage industries. This year was no exception with the Section 201 trade petition hovering as the “elephant in the room.” This was a leading topic among conver-sations and conference sessions, with a lively debate surround-ing expected outcomes and impacts of the decision, especially during the four-part Intersolar Finance Symposium, new to this year’s event. More than 220 speakers participated Intersolar/ees North America conference sessions, which covered a variety of topics ranging from energy storage technologies, applications and project case studies; PV plant design and monitoring; smart renewable energy; and financing solutions for solar and energy storage projects. The 2018 Intersolar and ees North America exhibitions and conferences will take place in San Francisco on July 9-12, 2018. Exhibitors interested in having a footprint at next year’s events can contact Jim Callihan at email@example.com. For more information on Intersolar and ees North America please visit www.intersolar.us or www.ees-northamerica.com Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.