Intersolar, the first U.S. version of a grandaddy European solar convention, officially kicked off this week in downtown San Francisco. We’ll be covering the event closely, including the bit of news that came out of yesterday from the conference pre-events (GreenVolts raising sizable funding).
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon Intersolar’s organizers said that the European conference landed stateside, particularly in San Francisco, because of the city’s progressive environmental history and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s work on renewable energy. The Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy, Eicke Weber said the convention will help bring the solar revolution that has happened in Germany in the last 3 to 5 years to the U.S.
The Mayor of German city Freiburg, Dieter Salomon explained that the first European Intersolar convention was launched 8 years ago in Freiburg, and subsequently moved to Munich, as over the years, the convention grew 30 to 50 percent per year. Markus Elsasser, the CEO of events company Solar Promotion International said the San Francisco conference has 12,000 registered attendees. The solar event is being held in conjunction with the semiconductor conference SemiCon West 2008. Keep coming back for our news on the solar show this week!