Semicon and InterSolar opened Tuesday, July 13, and ran through Thursday, July 15. Semicon, in the South Hall of the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, was noticeably smaller than in previous years. InterSolar, on the other hand, was much larger. A Freeman employee commented that the amount of inbound freight weight substantiated my observations.
InterSolar filled the new Moscone West Convention Center with big, beautiful booths. Some exhibitors were a bit frustrated with freight delays during move-in. The three-level convention center uses elevators for moving freight between the dock and various floors. This created a bottle neck for Freeman’s teamsters. In the end, all the booths were set and ready for show time.
Companies from all over the world, especially Asia and Germany, were there showing off their newest solar solutions and looking to tap into the U.S. market with strategic partners. One exhibitor speculated that this much competition will eventually drive down solar installation prices until it is easily affordable for most home owners. The energy and excitement on the show floor at InterSolar is a sign of an industry with high expectations!