SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Intersolar North America, the most well attended industry exhibition and conference in North America, announced the winners of the 2014 Intersolar AWARD for Solar Projects in North America during a special ceremony on the opening day of the exhibition. In addition to recognizing exemplary PV projects, the award ceremony also honored California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey with the first-ever Champion of Change AWARD, bestowed in conjunction with the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) to an individual who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting renewable energy at the national and international levels.
"For three years, the Intersolar AWARD program has singled out landmark projects in North America that represent major technological, economical and environmental achievements," said Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion International, an organizer of Intersolar North America. "This year's winners demonstrated how well designed systems that utilize the latest technologies to deliver cost-effective solar energy could benefit a variety of customer requirements. These projects, from off-grid applications to mid-sized systems to utility-scale installations, highlight solar energy's versatility and show that the industry is well on its way toward maturation."
Solar Projects in North America Winners Join Champion of Change On Stage
The Intersolar AWARD winners for Solar Projects in North America were judged on pioneering character, uniqueness, economic benefits, benefits for the environment and society, degree of technical innovation and proof of innovation. An independent committee of industry experts chose three AWARD winners: The Agua Caliente Solar Project by First Solar; the Whole Foods Solar Carport by Solaire Generation; and the Alcatraz Island Micro-Grid by Princeton Power Systems.
This year's winners joined the Intersolar Champion of Change AWARD winner Michael Peevey onstage to receive their honors in front of Intersolar North America exhibitors and attendees. Mr. Peevey has lead initiatives to maximize energy efficiency and integrate renewable energy while advocating for new technologies that can deliver high-quality energy services.
"By expanding our AWARD program to honor individuals alongside technologies and key projects, we are highlighting the people and the ideas that drive the industry," added Klaus Seilnacht, CEO of FMMI International GmbH, an organizer of Intersolar North America. "The solar industry needs advocates like Michael Peevey. We are excited to continue to recognize the people who have helped make North America one of the largest solar markets in the world."
The event capped off an eventful first day of the Intersolar North America exhibition, which will welcome approximately 18,000 attendees over three days to Moscone West in San Francisco. Nearly 550 exhibitors from 25 countries will showcase the latest technologies and services shaping the solar industry, including advances in photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar heating and cooling, energy storage and eMobility.
Exhibitor workshops and special programs will provide attendees with opportunities to learn how to design and build more cost-effective and reliable systems, and help expand the amount of solar online.
About Intersolar North America
With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.
Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most attended solar event and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. Co-located with SEMICON West, it takes place annually at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, the United States' pioneering solar market.
The event's exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.
A total of 576 exhibitors and 17,163 trade visitors participated in Intersolar North America in 2013. The conference featured more than 50 sessions with more than 200 speakers and approximately 1,600 attendees.
With more than 20 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world's most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo. Starting in 2014, these global events will be complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which will take place in emerging and growing markets worldwide.
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