Contributor Kevin Walsh is managing director of power and renewable energy at GE Energy Financial Services.
This week, I joined a few of my colleagues at the first annual “PV America” conference in Philadelphia, the premier photovoltaic-focused conference in the US. The term “photovoltaic” means to make electricity from light — the same thing that Ben Franklin accomplished with his infamous lightning and key experiment many years ago. It seems fitting then, that Philadelphia — the city that Ben Franklin called home — host a conference focused on the solar energy industry and how best to harness the electrical power of the sun’s light.
The solar energy industry is an exciting and increasingly critical place to be, especially as the American government continues to put legislative emphasis on renewable energy. At “PV America,” we were able to explore and plan new ways to deploy the next generation of solar energy technology with industry leaders, policy experts, financial consultants and other industry participants; creating new opportunities for growth and expanding customer relationships.