PV Power Plants - USA 2011
Welcome Words Congresswoman Gifford's Office
On behalf of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, I would like to welcome members of the global solar community to Arizona. I appreciate that many of you have traveled a great distance to be here. I also want to congratulate Solarpraxis on helping to highlight the varied solar development opportunities that Arizona offers.
This state is primed to become the American West’s powerhouse. We have the workforce, the research institutions, the land, and of course, the sun, but we need your help to get there. You are leading the way toward a game-changing shift in how we produce and distribute our electricity.
Please know that Congresswoman Giffords is committed to making this state a national leader in solar deployment, manufacturing and research. This office stands ready to assist companies that that seek to work in this state and participate in this exciting endeavor.
You are one of the most promising parts of our economy! As one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, you are a testament to ingenuity, technological innovation and economic potential.
At this conference, you have a first-rate business stage to recognize the past year’s developments and show how much more will be accomplished in the year to come.
I am proud of what we have achieved in Arizona to grow the state’s solar industry. Business leaders and policymakers have worked side-by-side to create a pro-solar business climate, and we are already seeing tangible results.
For example, one year ago Suntech opened a new photovoltaic panel manufacturing facility in Goodyear that created more than 100 jobs. Earlier this year, Amonix unveiled an innovative two megawatt concentrating photovoltaic facility at the University of Arizona’s Science and Technology Park, and First Solar, along with NRG Energy, is developing a generating station near Yuma that can be described as “truly large scale.” We continue to work together with our utilities, policy makers and companies in Southern Arizona to build on this track record of success.
The Congresswoman is a committed advocate for solar energy in the United States Congress. As a strong supporter of the solar investment tax credit and 1603 Treasury Grant Program, she knows that smart public policy creates jobs and grows industries. In her role on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, she introduced the Solar Technology Roadmap Act to guide long-term federal solar research & development, and it became the foundation for the Department of Energy’s new SunShot Initiative. You are competing in a dynamic global industry, and federal policy will be critical to ensure that you have the opportunity to succeed.
You will hear from panelists and speakers on the future of markets and policy. As you work to grow your businesses, recognize that we are building this industry together and that we are just getting started.
Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Giffords
The US market, contrary to the slowdown in major European markets (primarily Germany and Italy), is proving that PV manufacturers and developers are seeking opportunities in the United States. With the 887 megawatts of grid-connected PV in 2010, it is imperative that decision makers, project developers, utilities, EPC’s, investors and bankers come together to discuss the latest technology developments and market trends.
The third annual US Solarpraxis Conference, PV Power Plants, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona this year on November 30 and December 1, will provide just that: The perfect opportunity to meet with leading industry experts to discuss the industries innovative projects, technologies and opportunities - in the state with the largest contracted utility PV pipeline after California.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet the industry experts, mingle with fellow c-level participants and learn about the changing trends of the market!
The PV Power Plants conferences provide substantial content for
• Chief executives, product managers and project developers of module and cell manufacturers,
producers of inverters and power components, suppliers of foundations, substructures, cabling and other components
• Planners, contractors, installers, engineering and construction companies
• Utilities and manufacturing / service companies from the conventional power industry
• Sales managers responsible for large-scale systems
• Insurance companies, brokers and agencies
• Investment banks and investors
• Political representatives
• Energy agencies
• Attorneys involved in large-scale PV projects
• Journalists addressing economic, technological and energy issues