Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most attended solar event and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. Co-located with SEMICON West, it takes place annually at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, the United States’ pioneering solar market. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the global solar industry. A total of 521 exhibitors and about 18,000 trade visitors participated in Intersolar North America in 2015. The conference featured 47 sessions and 25 workshops with more than 220 speakers.

From the very beginning, Intersolar’s founders have been guided by a vision of a solar future. To this end, they have cooperated closely with solar energy groups and associations since the exhibition’s early days – initially fighting for sufficient remuneration to cover the costs of generating solar energy, then working on the 100,000 Rooftops program and the German renewable energy act (EEG). This type of collaboration in part laid the groundwork for Intersolar’s success story. Intersolar is more than just an exhibition, it supports solar industry far beyond the scope of purely organizational or administrative activities.

Intersolar’s organizers are convinced that the global energy transition will be a success. They are certain that 100 percent renewables is achievable, with photovoltaics and wind energy serving as central pillars for a future-ready energy grid and effective climate protection. The aim of Intersolar is to safeguard solar energy supplies on a global scale. The steps that need to be taken to achieve this goal and the challenges this brings are very different depending on where you are in the world. In the meantime, Intersolar brings together people, markets, and technologies on four continents in a truly unique way – effectively, comprehensively, sustainably.

The overarching aim is to develop renewable energies, particularly solar energy. To this end, the themes covered by the exhibitions and conferences always address the particular focus, aims, and challenges of regional markets – for example, reducing emissions or supplying remote regions with affordable, clean energy. The aim of each event is to promote and support the local solar energy industry, so the events bring together the best minds and technologies from all over the world, uniting people who are familiar with the various regional challenges and thus, as we like to say, “Connecting Solar Business.”

Intersolar sees itself as a reliable partner to exhibitors and visitors, leveraging this role to further develop its international presence and comprehensive selection of premium services along the complete solar industry value chain. Intersolar provides a forum for the industry where experts can meet up – a place for showcasing best-practice solutions and promoting the international exchange of expertise.

Of course Intersolar has always been a trendsetter for industry developments – for example when it comes to energy storage systems. As early as 2010, the special PV Energy World exhibit allowed Intersolar’s organizers to provide storage systems with a special platform within the scope of Intersolar Europe and Intersolar North America. This stayed in place until 2013, and since 2014, energy storage systems have had a totally independent event under a new brand – ees (the electrical energy storage exhibition). This event is staged alongside all the other Intersolar exhibitions and conferences. So Intersolar is not only a driving force for global markets, it unites the entire global solar industry.