James Greenberger, Executive Director of NAATBatt International, explains the top trends he’s watching in the energy storage industry—from the plummeting cost of lithium-ion batteries to the realities of solar-plus-storage development.
Intersolar North America sat down with Kristen Graf, Executive Director at Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), to discuss diversity in today’s renewable energy industry. Though there hasn’t yet been a dramatic increase in women in the workforce, Kristen explains how the current shift in conversation around diversity has made her more optimistic now than ever.
Originally Published on Solar Power World | 10/07/2019
The solar industry is growing up — especially here in North America. The United States has now achieved more than two million solar installations, and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables projects that number will double by 2023. As the solar and energy storage markets continue to mature, it’s important for the industry’s top events to follow key trends and grow with it.
In March of this year, Diversified Communications, a global producer of major business-to-business trade shows, acquired Intersolar North America (ISNA) to enter the ever-growing solar and energy storage markets. ISNA’s strong reputation and commitment to renewable energy was a natural fit with Diversified Communications’ enthusiasm for solar (demonstrated by its 1.5-MW solar farm in Brunswick, Maine).
After eight fast years managing top industry events in automation software and renewables, I’ve observed several key patterns of maturing industries and how their top events keep up. These trends have a lot to tell us about the trajectory of the solar and energy storage industries, as well as the increasingly integrated e-mobility technologies — such as electric vehicles, hydrogen and more — that intersect them.