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Solar Power International honored as Gold 100 Grand Awards Recipient for ‘Best Use of Technology’

Gregory Brey
Digital Marketing Manager

Solar Power International honored as Gold 100 Grand Awards Recipient for ‘Best Use of Technology’
SPI jumps to No. 74 in Trade Show Executive’s top-100 list

Alexandria, VA, October 10, 2017 – Solar Power International (SPI) was recognized as the Gold 100 Grand Awards recipient for “Best Use of Technology” at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit in Half Moon Bay, CA on September 28. The Grand Award comes alongside the Gold 100 honor for the 2016 show, the eight-consecutive year SPI made it on the top-100 list. SPI is the only solar show to make the list.

The Best Use of Technology Grand Award was earned for SPI’s Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, which was unveiled last year. This year’s microgrid, presented by EMerge Alliance, featured an even bigger and better display right on the show floor.

“We’re honored to have been recognized by Trade Show Executive and be in the company of the best trade shows in the country,” said Gary Thuro, Vice President, Marketing, Business Development & Sales of Solar Energy Trade Shows, organizers of SPI. “This award demonstrates all the hard work our entire team does throughout the year and this year’s SPI showcased that work even more.”

SPI’s latest accolade comes after another record-breaking year, as this year’s show welcomed 20,000 attendees to Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas last month. SPI showcased an expanded show floor and an even more robust educational program, bolstered by the co-location of Energy Storage International (ESI), Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, and The Technical Symposium.

Over 1,000 international attendees from 80 different delegations were also in attendance through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer’s program (IBP), which marks the largest recorded registration through the program. SPI, which is the only solar and storage show that is part of the program, will continue to participate and grow international attendance through the program again for 2018.

SPI and ESI, powered by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is the only industry trade show where every dollar of revenue goes back to supporting solar growth through SEPA’s and SEIA’s research and education, as well as SEIA’s advocacy efforts.

Next year’s SPI and ESI returns to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on September 24-27 and will once again connect all cross-sections of the global solar industry. You can learn more about SPI at


About Solar Power International
Solar Power International (SPI) is powered by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), whose combined efforts have created world-class events. This event generates success for solar energy professionals and the global solar industry. SPI sets the standard for solar events as the fastest growing and largest solar show in North America as recognized by Trade Show Executive and Trade Show News Network. With its breadth of industry experts sharing their knowledge and exhibitions from the industry’s pacemakers, SPI is the leader among solar trade shows. Unlike other solar industry events, all proceeds support the expansion of the U.S. solar market through SEIA and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s advocacy efforts.

About Energy Storage International
Energy Storage International, co-located Solar Power International paves the way for synergy between energy storage and solar markets. As energy storage increases the power of solar by storing and releasing energy on-demand where it is needed on the grid, both utilities and others can take advantage of increased revenue and customer satisfaction. With over 160 exhibiting companies, ESI is the largest energy storage exhibition in North America.

About SEIA
Celebrating its 43rd anniversary in 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.
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About SEPA
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with electric power stakeholders through the most pressing issues affecting the growth and utilization of smart energy. We are a trusted platform for education, research, standards, and collaboration to help utilities, customers, and other players deploy and integrate solar, storage, demand response and other distributed energy resources. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer opportunities and advisory services, SEPA engages interested parties in facilitating necessary information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest amount of value for our membership and partner organizations.
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