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September 10-13, 2017 Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Sponsorship Opportunities

Solar Power International is the largest solar trade show in North America—occupying a central position in an industry that’s booming. With over 18,000 attendees and 600 companies coming together to interact at the event, this is your opportunity to generate more business, learn from the extensive education sessions and tracks, and get ahead on the latest news, trends and products in the solar industry.

Tap into a diverse and powerful audience.

Chances are, SPI has your target—and ideal—audience. Nearly a third of SPI 2015 attendees held executive or VP-level management positions, with direct influence over buying decisions across the global solar industry.

SPI is the annual meeting location for solar energy, drawing every segment of the industry.

Take a look at this dynamic solar energy ecosystem, with all segments represented. That’s SPI. SPI features a targeted exhibit floor so you can easily get in front of the company type you want. You’ll maximize your impressions – to the right audience – on the show floor and at the various networking and educational events throughout the week.

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Plug your goals into our sponsorship system. Design a potent package made for you.

No matter what your goal, our team can help you put together a package that packs a punch. It’s a simple two-step process that let let’s you match strategy and goals to SPI opportunities.

STEP 1: DETERMINE YOUR GOALS AND SPONSORSHIP LEVEL

As you build your sponsorship package, your total overall sponsorship investment will provide additional benefits (identified as Terawatt, Gigawatt, Megawatt, Kilowatt, and Watt) as you tap into the most powerful levels of the program.

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Establish your company as a thought leader

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Build your company's network

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Increase your brand awareness

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Promote a positive attendee experience

Watt - $10,000

  • 1 VIP Full Conference passes (includes access to the VIP Lounge and VIP Reception)
  • 10,000 priority points for SPI 2017 booth selection
  • Fifth-level logo placement (tiered by sponsorship level) online, in the onsite guide, and on conference signage

Kilowatt - $25,000

  • 2 VIP Full Conference passes (includes access to the VIP Lounge and VIP Reception)
  • 25,000 priority points for SPI 2017 booth selection
  • Fourth-level logo placement (tiered by sponsorship level) online, in the onsite guide, and on conference signage

Megawatt - $50,000

  • 5 VIP Full Conference passes (includes access to the VIP Lounge and VIP Reception)
  • 50,000 priority points for SPI 2017 booth selection
  • Third-level logo placement (tiered by sponsorship level) online, in the onsite guide, and on conference signage

Gigawatt - $75,000

  • 8 VIP Full Conference passes (includes access to the VIP Lounge and VIP Reception)
  • 75,000 priority points for SPI 2017 booth selection
  • Half page ad in the printed SPI onsite guide
  • Second-level logo placement (tiered by sponsorship level) online, in the onsite guide, and on conference signage

Terawatt - $100,000

  • 10 VIP Full Conference passes (includes access to the VIP Lounge and VIP Reception)
  • 100,000 priority points for SPI 2017 booth selection
  • Full page ad in the printed SPI onsite guide
  • Top-level logo placement (tiered by sponsorship level) online, in the onsite guide, and on conference signage

STEP 2: BUILD YOUR CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM

Now you know what you want to accomplish at SPI. With that knowledge in hand, simply pick from the menu of opportunities that will go to work for you. Choose opportunities that fall in the category you’ve chosen from above. Focus on one area, mix and match—do what works for your goals. You’re the designer.

Education2Associate your brand with the top-notch industry education at SPI. Link your name with industry thought leadership with your brand appearing on session signage and exclusive sponsor recognition slides shown during the sessions. Educational track sponsorship also gives you the opportunity to ensure session attendees receive your message through literature available right in the session room or promotional items delivered directly to attendees at their seats.

Session Tracks (Subject to Change):
Business & Market Trends
Customer Acquisition & Satisfaction and Consumer Protection
Finance
Policy & Regulation
Solar + Storage
Technology & Integration
Utility & Grid Integration

The greatest innovations can be a sweeping technology change, or they can involve a granular shift that turns out to be a game changer. Both are what the popular Poster Reception and area are all about. Sponsor the reception, where attendees meet with industry-leading presenters to discuss their research and innovations one-on-one. Educational Posters are located on the expo floor. Poster Reception sponsors will be front and center on signage and beverage napkins at the bar serving beer and wine, as well as in in the SPI Conference & Expo Guide.

Education means ideas, and your company has them—so get recognized as the thought leader you are. Companies sponsoring a Thought Leadership session create and deliver the content. The trainings, which take place Thursday, September 15, run concurrently with post-conference workshops and concurrent sessions. Rooms are available in two time blocks: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Companies have the option to host a two-hour training ($7,500), a four-hour training ($10,000), or (2) two-hour trainings ($10,000) that provide either two different sets of content or repeated content (your choice).

Innovation TheaterThe Innovation Pavilion will feature companies presenting products and services representing the total energy solution from production to energy management and automation. This will include energy storage, smart home and smart building products, home automation, and other innovative offerings from startup companies in these industries. The sponsor of the Innovation Stage will be recognized throughout the year on a variety of touch points with attendees.

industry-trendsOne defining characteristic of thought leaders is that they know where the industry is going, so put yourself at the center of the SP trends discussion. The Industry Trends stage hosts various sessions on emerging trends and hot topics. Over 750 attendees participated in these sessions last year. Support the education of the industry and connect with potential customers through this unique sponsorship opportunity.

PV-techAnother great opportunity to reach a targeted audience at a popular venue. Last year over 500 attended sessions at the PV Tech stage, which sits right on the expo hall floor and hosts a number of technical sessions that are favorites of installers. A big draw is that many of the sessions are NABCEP certified and provide CEU credits for the installers. Support this valuable benefit to installer attendees and connect with them in a unique way.

Make sure you’re connecting with the right audience, right from the home base of your booth. Let us design your experience so that you’re speaking to a specific and targeted market. In a brand-new and innovative offering, SPI is partnering with key organizations to bring in new and targeted audiences to SPI. Utility representatives, commercial property owners, residential customers, international delegations, you name it—we can partner with you to bring these audiences to SPI. SPI will work with you to ensure you’re meeting with qualified potential customers at your booth. Contact Wes Sutler for additional details.

Golf TournamentA fabulous chance to get in on a new offering that likely will become an SPI tradition. The first annual SPI Golf Tournament takes place at Angel Park Golf Club, just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

This event offers a range of sponsorship opportunities for any budget:
Tournament naming rights: $25,000
Tournament breakfast sponsorship: $2,500
Tournament lunch sponsorship: $2,500
Hole-in-one car giveaway: $10,000
Closest to the hole award: $2,500
Longest drive award: $2,500

Introduced at SPI 2016, the pathways program helps different industry sectors make the most of their time at the event. Each pathway will highlight can't-miss education and exhibitors. Pathway track sponsors will be featured on signage, in print materials, and on the web for the specific pathway. Sponsors also have the opportunity to brand the reception tied to a particular pathway.

SPI has hosted the popular Professional Women in Solar networking luncheon each year for the last ten years. Show your support for the advancement of women and diversity in the solar industry by partnering with us to create a unique experience at SPI.

Block Party - dancing sunAn SPI tradition that exemplifies how the best networking happens when people are having fun. This year the Block Party will take place at the Mandalay Resort Beach Club. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for this event at a range of prices. Adding further value, all Block Party sponsorships include 50 Block Party tickets.

Branding and sponsorships include:
Branded napkins and cups for bar and food stations
Branded static clings for glass rails around outside perimeter of the beach

Contact the sales team for additional details regarding Block Party sponsorships at exhibit@sets.solar.

Build relationships and make connections with professionals from around the world by hosting delegates from the International Buyer’s Program for a reception and being a visible sponsor at the event. In 2016, the IBP program brought more than 600 new international delegations to SPI.

Opening ReceptionGet in front of the collective SPI audience just as the week’s famous energy hits full tilt.  Monday evening after the Opening General Session (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm) provides the first networking opportunity attendees will have with colleagues in Las Vegas before the SPI exhibition opens Tuesday morning. Be a major presence at the event in which attendees grab a drink and some refreshments, see new faces, and reconnect with colleagues they haven’t seen in possibly a year. The Welcome Networking Event will be held on the pool deck at the Westgate hotel.

The VIP Reception is where influencers gather. Get in front of this guest list, which will include executives from SPI’s largest supporters and most important delegates. Sponsors will be recognized at the reception, and they’ll also receive 25 tickets to attend.

Gen Session - WedGeneral Sessions are emblematic of solar coming together as an industry to discuss the biggest issues of the day. They draw over a thousand solar professionals looking to hear from industry thought leaders about the outlook for the industry.

General Sessions sponsors are featured and highly visible through session signage, slides displayed before the start of the session and throughout the event and the event website, on the page where the general sessions are promoted.

In addition, General Session sponsors will be able to show a 1-2 minute promotional video that session attendees will view before the start of the session, giving your message and brand first-impression positioning.

Choose from these General Session Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sunday General Session Sponsorship – Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: $25,000
Monday General Session Sponsorship – Tuesday, 8:00 am - 9:00 am: $25,000
Tuesday General Session Sponsorship – Wednesday, 8:00 am - 9:00 am: $25,000

Give yourself the opportunity to invite targeted guests for some socializing and relationship building through one of SPI’s Exhibitor After-Hours Parties. Sponsorship includes use of space for reception and promotional support from SPI. Sponsor responsible for any catering or audio visual equipment.

Sponsor a young professionals event that combines networking and education, both of which complement one another. A reception for networking and socializing will follow the education presentation, which promises to be relevant to the industry’s young professionals. Sponsors will be recognized as supporters of this initiative and the industry’s rising talent, and will also have the opportunity to address the attendees.

Attendees love to cap their busy day with a beverage and socializing, making this sponsorship opportunity a high-visibility offering—especially since all attendees have access. Your company is able to brand the bars—hubs of activity—for the event.

Strengthen your green branding. Sponsor the purchase of solar RECs to offset SPI’s electricity usage. The sponsor of this initiative will be recognized as the sponsor of “Solar Powered SPI.”

sponsor-bannersbanner-clingsAs attendees walk through SPI, you will be visible to them, associated with the industry’s premier event of the year. Attendees will see your company’s advertisement in a highly visible area on the exterior of the convention center, inside the lobby, or inside the exhibit hall. Banner sponsorship includes production, installation, and dismantling. Artwork must be submitted and approved by SPI show management by August 15, 2016.

 
 

digital-signageGet your name in digital color in front of the SPI crowds. Our digital signs allow you to reserve 8-second blocks for your ads, which will run throughout the show. Artwork must be submitted and approved by SPI show management by August 15, 2016.

 

 

escalator-graphicThe escalator hand rail graphic gives you a captive SPI audience. One escalator equals two handrails.

 

 
 

Brand the hotel keycards that attendees will be using countless times to exit and enter their rooms. Get placement right in their hands, from the time they check in to when they leave Vegas.

Attendees will “take you with them” when you brand items included in the attendee swag bag (distributed to the first 1,000 full conference attendees). Options include: phone charging battery, sunglasses, sunblock, reusable water bottles, t-shirts, screen cleaning cloth, flashlight, multimeter, fuse puller, magnetic wristband, etc.

The SPI mobile app allows attendees to navigate the expo floor, connect with other attendees, view the schedule, and learn about education opportunities. Sponsorship of the SPI mobile app will include the company logo on splash and menu pages, a promoted post and welcome message for attendees, and one (1) app notification to be written by the sponsor, approved and scheduled by show management.

Conference attendees love a complimentary cup of coffee between sessions! This sponsorship includes napkins branded with your company logo (one color), recognition on signs at the coffee stations, and overall sponsorship recognition.

Provide attendees with a relaxing break from the busy show. Sponsor the massage stations and be recognized as a stress solution provider for the industry.

Provide attendees with a complimentary new professional photograph for LinkedIn and other social media outlets. Sponsor the headshot station and be recognized as a business solution provider for the industry.

People are always searching for outlets these days for their devices. Sponsor the charging stations and provide attendees with a convenient place to power up their devices. The large screens built into the charging stations allow you to advertise to a captive audience.


Gain visibility by becoming a sponsor!

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Bridget Forier is available to help you get the most out of your sponsorship.

 
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