President Bill Clinton to deliver keynote address at largest solar energy event in the Americas

The fast growing solar energy industry comes together September 10 – 13 when Solar Power International 2012 (SPI '12), convenes in Orlando Fla. Taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, SPI '12 is the premier business-to-business global solar conference and expo for professionals in solar energy and related fields. The convention center has a one-megawatt PV system that produces approximately 1,400 megawatt hours of electricity per year (enough to power 100 homes).

Presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ® and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), SPI '12 features over 1,200 international and U.S. exhibitors and is expected to bring more than 21,000 attendees from 125 countries.

President Bill Clinton will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, September 12. In addition, SPI '12 offers a comprehensive conference program with approximately 40 sessions in six tracks: Finance, Markets, Policy, Technology, Grid and Transmission Planning and In the Field. Topics include: new financing projects, policy initiative and changes that affect solar, avenues of opportunity in new markets, and technologies beyond PV and CSP, such as micro-inverters, central inverters and power optimizers.

SPI's pre-conference workshop program is scheduled for Sunday and Monday, while a post-conference workshop will be held on Friday, offering in-depth classes.

Back by popular demand, Solar Idea Swaps, one hour sessions facilitated by industry experts, return to SPI on Tuesday and Wednesday. These are excellent opportunities to engage in lively group discussions.

"SPI is the one week each year when people throughout the entire global solar value chain come together under one roof in the U.S., making it the only can't miss solar trade show in the country," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. "SPI provides its attendees with the best opportunity available to connect with current customers and suppliers and to meet new ones. And, with the addition of President Clinton to the agenda, SPI will be even more exciting than ever."

"The $8 billion solar industry more than doubled in 2011, making it the fastest growing sector in the United States today," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. "SPI has grown exponentially as well and we are extremely proud that the show continues to be the epicenter for all that is new in solar. It is the comprehensive place to be to promote, launch, sell and demonstrate products and services for the global solar industry and we expect another outstanding event in Orlando."

For program updates and to register: www.solarpowerinternational.com.