Calgary, June 22, 2018 – The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc., would like to thank all exhibitors and attendees of Solar Canada 2018 Conference and Exposition for making it a successful event. The event attracted close to 1800 registrants primarily from western Canada demonstrating the keen interest in solar and its growth. With 90 exhibitors, a PV installation competition, and education on the show floor, the exhibit hall was bustling with great energy and new faces.
“This year’s conference in Calgary, Alberta brought new life to the show with an energized crowd of attendees, speakers and sponsors. We are excited to see how the show will help strengthen the solar industry in another major Canadian market ready to support the future of solar on all levels, both on the residential and commercial channels. The quality connections made at the show will create valuable working relationships for Panasonic.” – Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada
New Solar Opportunities in Western Canada
Solar Canada 2018 marks the first time that the Solar Canada Conference and Exposition has been hosted in Western Canada. This is fitting, as the region, especially Alberta, is home to the country’s fastest-growing market for new renewable energy generation, including solar energy.
As reported by the CBC: “The Solar Canada conference is being held outside of Ontario for the first time ever, after running for more than 20 years in the eastern province. Industry momentum toward Alberta is one part of why the conference moved to Calgary for 2018 and 2019, according to John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association”. Other event coverage included Global News, National Post, National Observer and CTV News,
Canada is a global leader in renewable energy and solar is playing an increasing role with utilities, corporations and consumers thanks to its declining cost, scalability and ease of installation.
Solar Canada 2018 focused on the issues and trends driving the growth of solar energy and offered educational opportunities for insight into the solar policy frameworks of Canada’s provinces. High-profile speakers at this year’s event included The Honourable Sandra Jansen, Minister of Infrastructure for the Government of Alberta; The Honourable Iain Rankin, Minister of Environment for the Government of Nova Scotia; His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, City of Calgary; Monica Curtis, CEO of Energy Efficiency Alberta; Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar & Storage Association; and Tim Eckel, Vice-President of Asset Management, Planning & Sustainability at Saskpower.
Keynote Speaker Quotes:
“Now is not the time to pull back from solar energy. In fact, I think now is the time to double- down” – The Honourable Sandra Jansen, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary North-West
“The future for solar in Nova Scotia will be bright. Solar energy will contribute to our province’s future clean and affordable energy-mix” – The Honourable Iain Rankin, Minister of Environment for the Government of Nova Scotia
Exhibitor and Attendee Testimonials
“It is always a pleasure to participate at the annual Solar Canada conference hosted by the CanSIA and Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc. teams. This year’s conference in Calgary Alberta brought new life to the show with an energized crowd of attendees, speakers and sponsors. We are excited to see how the show will help strengthen the solar industry in another major Canadian market ready to support the future of solar on all levels, both on the residential and commercial channels. The quality connections made at the show will create valuable working relationships for Panasonic.” – Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada
“Solar Canada in Calgary was a tremendous success. There was a spirit of energy and enthusiasm for solar balanced with a pragmatic determination to make solar a significant contributor to the Alberta electricity mix. The networking and solar events combined business and pleasure, making it easy to meet new contacts and further existing relationships.” – Tom Jackman, Researcher, Green Building Technologies & Applied Research and Innovation Services, The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
“Solar Canada has been great! I have made excellent connections. I was here to meet people and see what new products are out there and I accomplished both objectives.” – Ken Donaghy. Sunline Energy
Solar Canada Will Return to Calgary in 2019
Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc. and CanSIA have announced Solar Canada will be returning to Calgary next year, May 8-9, 2019. “With so much possibility for solar energy in Western Canada from forward-looking government policy, increased solar energy-related investment into the Alberta market and a strong national focus on carbon emission reductions, we are proud to announce a return this amazing city in 2019,” says Larry Turner, President and CEO of Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc.
Solar Canada Conference 2018 Gallery
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Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. Learn more at www.cansia.ca.
About Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc.
Hannover Fairs (Canada) is a subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of industrial technology events. Hannover Fairs helps companies expand domestically and internationally through exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at Deutsche Messe’s worldwide portfolio of events, including Energy at HANNOVER MESSE and Canada’s premier wind energy event, CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Visit http://www.hfcanada.ca for more information.