SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week Heads Outdoors to Las Vegas this October with New Format, New Offerings
SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week is the largest business-to-business platform for the renewable energy industry. To facilitate an experience that is safe for all stakeholders, the event has moved outdoors to the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot. The event will be held on October 21-22, 2020 and will offer virtual options for attendees who cannot safely travel or attend the event in person.
The move to an outdoor venue is in alignment with WHO guidelines that encourages gatherings and events to be held outdoors. COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor gatherings have already been established, and the opening of outdoor areas like parks, select restaurants, and recreational facilities has been underway for a few weeks. The CDC has identified that health concerns from COVID-19 are reduced significantly by being outdoors and in an environment that allows for greater air flow.
“We’re excited to bring this new format to Las Vegas and leverage the open space and open sky for a unique industry event,” said Stephen Miner, CEO & President, Solar Energy Trade Shows. “This could be the only opportunity for the entire renewable energy industry to collaborate and grow business in 2020. Our main priority is the health and safety of everyone involved and this re-imagining of our show provides a much safer environment than being indoors.”
Attendees who travel to Las Vegas will be able to experience the outdoor exhibit hall, along with select education sessions, and networking opportunities. In person attendees can also enjoy a hybrid approach by walking the exhibit floor virtually and engaging in the virtual components from their hotel room – including live-streamed sessions, exhibitor interviews, and virtual pathways by our featured Industry Hosts and Track Ambassadors.
The premier education content that SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week has become known for will be available via a series of weekly virtual events starting September 14. Virtually, participants can build their custom program over the course of six weeks by choosing from the full selection of online educational sessions that cover everything from energy storage and regulation to innovation and electric vehicles.
The move to Las Vegas is spearheaded by the new “Safely Connecting Initiative” that event organizers will be implementing. This initiative includes social distancing guidelines and precautions, as outlined by the CDC. This includes measures like discouraging giveaways or paper collateral and placing touch-free sanitizing stations throughout the event.
“We appreciate the creative thinking of Solar Power Events to keep this important industry event going. It is always a crucial time to assess the past year and discuss opportunities moving forward,” said Jeff Juger, Director of Business Development, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “As one of the largest and most innovative module manufacturers in the world, Jinko has many relevant thoughts to contribute to the national solar conversation. We look forward to seeing our customers and partners.”
Registration for the new format will be available beginning June 22.
SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week will take place October 21-22, 2020 outdoors at the Las Vegas Convention Center-Bronze Lot in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week and the Safely Connecting Initiative, please visit www.smartenergyweek.com.