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Intersolar North America Expands 2013 Conference and Exhibition Due to demand, organizers add energy storage exhibition segment and introduce new Intersolar AWARD project categories

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Intersolar North America, the premier solar industry exhibition and conference in North America for solar professionals to exchange information and develop business opportunities in the U.S. solar market, today announced two exciting additions to its 2013
exhibition and conference: the introduction of an energy storage exhibition segment, and the
expansion of the Intersolar AWARD competition for solar projects. The new developments underscore Intersolar's commitment to highlighting the entire system of solar technologies, as well as the practical applications of new technologies that will further solar market growth.

Energy Storage Key to Boosting Solar Capacity
Building off of strong industry demand for commercialized storage technologies and the success of this year's PV ENERGY WORLD special exhibit, the new exhibition segment will feature the latest technologies from energy storage companies. It will also host state-of-the-art presentations and panel discussions on the PV ENERGY WORLD stage that will provide attendees with information about the newest products and market developments in the storage industry. Energy Storage will join five other market segments on the show floor, including PV Cells and Modules; PV Manufacturing Technologies; Components, Mounting and Tracking Systems; Balance of Systems and Solar Heating and Cooling Technologies.

Currently, about two-thirds of the total exhibition space is already booked for next year's show in San Francisco. Approximately 43 percent of exhibitors returned to the show for the third, fourth and fifth time, and noted their satisfaction with the quality of the exhibition in terms of lead generation and brand building as reasons for their return to the show. For more information about exhibition at Intersolar North America, visit Intersolar's Exhibitor Services webpage online.

Intersolar AWARD Competition Adds Solar Heating and Cooling Category for projects in North America
All exhibitors of Intersolar's global event series are eligible to participate in the Intersolar AWARD competition, which organizers will expand next year to include separate categories for solar power projects and solar heating and cooling installations due to strong demand. As a result, there will be three additional Intersolar AWARD winners named during the 2013 event series.

The award recognizes landmark projects that utilize advance technology, incorporate aesthetic and architectural concepts, and exemplify outstanding services and products. Three winners were announced during a special awards ceremony at Intersolar North America 2012, including Enerworks Inc.

"Enerworks was very pleased to have been awarded the Intersolar North America project award for the Oxford Gardens Cooling project," said Suni Ball, general manager of Enerworks. "The award has already provided new opportunities within existing companies and introduced us to a completely new group of potential customers that were unaware of Enerworks and its capabilities before the award.  It has also opened doors for collaboration and partnerships with manufacturers already supplying the solar thermal industry in North America."

The online submission process will open in October 2012 and additional information is available at www.intersolar.us (Exhibitor Service). All Intersolar AWARD finalists are offered additional marketing and promotional opportunities during the exhibition and conference.

About Intersolar
With over 3,500 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry. Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America. Intersolar North America focuses on photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies and is co-located with SEMICON West. It has quickly established itself among manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and service providers as an international industry meeting point.

In total, 757 exhibitors and 17,823 trade visitors participated in 2012. The conference featured 30 sessions with 220 speakers and catered to about 1,500 conference attendees.

Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans more than 20 years. Taking place in addition to Intersolar North America are Intersolar India in Mumbai, and Intersolar China in Beijing and Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo which was launched in August 2012. The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry is Intersolar Europe in Munich.

Intersolar North America is organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI).

For more information on Intersolar North America please visit: http://www.intersolar.us/

SOURCE Intersolar North America



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