A Look Back at Past Shows
Below you'll find details on our past events. Check out our recap video and past schedules to help you plan for the upcoming show.
Smart Energy Week 2020
The COVID-19 crisis challenged many events to reimagine ways to bring together communities, and SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week was no different. In order to provide an opportunity for the industry to learn and network, the event went completely virtual this year with its six weeks of Virtual Education Microconferences, as well as the Virtual Tradeshow. This virtual experience drew 3,000+ attendees from over 75 countries and 200+ exhibitors to our online platforms. The weekly education series ran from September 14 through October 27, with the Virtual Tradeshow taking place Oct. 21-22. This exceptional series included content and exhibitors from across the renewable energy industry, including solar, energy storage, microgrids, hydrogen, wind energy, and electric vehicles. Each week also included an engaging weekly roundup presented by Suncast Media and special interviews from the SolarCoaster and PV Magazine.
North America Smart Energy Week 2019
This is the center of integration. 2019 marked another blockbuster year for SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week, which drew 19,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 23-26, 2019. This monumental week included Solar Power International (SPI), Energy Storage International (ESI), Smart Energy Marketplace + Microgrid, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells International, and the inaugural Wind Energy International. New initiatives launched in 2019 as well, included the Community Lounge, The Podcast Lounge presented by Suncast Media, and the interactive Microgrid Micropedia. This event has been named one of Trade Show Executive’s 100 largest trade shows, making it the largest energy event in North America and the only solar and energy storage event to receive such distinction.
North America Smart Energy Week 2018
In 2018, Solar Power International (SPI) and Energy Storage International (ESI) returned to the Anaheim Convention Center on September 24-27 for North American Smart Energy Week, which also included the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA, and The Technical Symposium. This 4-day experience drew 19,000 attendees and 700 exhibiting companies. On the agenda, the show floor, and the minds of attendees, energy storage had a larger role in 2018. Storage had a dedicated education track, over 250 exhibitors in the ESI section of the expo, and the clear attention from attendees—nearly 60% indicated they had an interest in this rapidly expanding industry.
Solar Power International and Energy Storage International 2017
For a consecutive year, Solar Power International opened their doors to a record-breaking crowd. The four-day event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV welcomed 20,000 attendees from September 10 to 13 and 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. More than 700 exhibitors filled the nearly 260,000 square feet of exhibit space.
SPI 2016 claimed the top spot as the largest solar trade show in North America for another year in a row! The event drew in 18,000 attendees (a 20% increase over 2015) and 650 companies on the expo floor in Las Vegas, NV, September 12-15. See what happened!
SPI 2015 claimed the top spot as the largest solar trade show in North America! With over 15,000 attendees and 600 companies on the expo floor in Anaheim, September 14-17, SPI was and is a can't-miss event. See what happened!
SPI 2014 experienced the only year-over-year growth of any major solar event, with upwards of 15,000 solar energy professionals and advocates converging in Las Vegas, October 20-23, to attend top-tier educational programming, network with industry peers, and do business on the expansive, 200,000-plus square-foot exhibition floor. See what happened!
Approximately 13,000 energized solar industry professionals and nearly 600 exhibiting companies packed McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, for Solar Power International 2013, October 21-24. The energy was palpable as the show welcomed significant crowds from the Midwest, the largest first-time attendance in years and record-breaking attendance in conference program sessions.