May 24, 2019 (CALGARY, AB) – The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc., would like to thank all exhibitors and attendees of Solar Canada 2019 Conference and Exposition for making it another successful event. The event attracted 1253 registrants, primarily from Western Canada and Ontario. An impressive lineup of expert speakers highlighted the maturity of Canada’s solar market, its economic contribution to our communities and record-low prices that make solar a highly flexible and competitive source of clean energy. The expo hall featured 91 exhibitors representing the full solar industry supply chain.
Wesley Johnston, the newly appointed President and CEO of CanSIA, opened the conference highlighting the tremendous growth of solar in Alberta and its significant contribution to the economy.
“CanSIA looks forward to working collaboratively with the new provincial government to support a strong, growing economy,” said Johnston. “The solar industry has already created an estimated 2,000 jobs in the province and is projected to create almost 10,000 more over the next 10 years. As one of the fastest growing sectors in Alberta, our industry is adding new energy jobs and playing a vital part in growing Alberta’s economy.”
Canada Can Lead the Emerging Global Energy Transformation
A recurring theme throughout conference keynotes, panels and plenary sessions is Canada’s imminent opportunity to solidify itself as a renewable energy leader during what is now a large-scale global energy transformation. During his plenary address, Gurbuz Gonul, Director of Country Support & Partnerships Division at the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), explained that as a result of global decarbonization efforts and the declining costs of renewable energies, countries are shifting to smarter electricity systems and electrification of transportation and heating sectors. With a diverse and clean energy system that is approximately 80 per cent carbon-free, Gonul added that Canada’s electricity system is already the envy of the world.
As the cost of solar energy continues to fall, demand is surging for this highly competitive solution that boosts GDP and provides economy-wide employment growth.
The Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources also celebrated Canada’s status as a global energy leader with world-class assets and expertise. Sohi highlighted Canada’s investments in solar energy and recognized the role solar energy plays in the transformation to a clean energy future.
“Renewable energy is essential to the future of job creation and growth in the energy sector,” he said, adding that “solar is the fastest growing source of renewables.”
Solar Canada 2019 was co-organized by Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc., subsidiary of Deutsche Messe. Deutsche Messe is one of the world’s largest and most active event organizers, including the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition. “We host events around the world and lead conversations on the future of energy, including how energy is generated, managed, distributed and used. These shifts are creating jobs, driving innovation and generating powerful opportunities in leading economies around the world. We are proud to produce events that lay the groundwork to advance this inevitable transformation.” – Larry Turner, President and CEO, Hannover Fairs
“Solar Canada is a must-attend event. We have exhibited here for years and consider it to be the most important solar event of the year. It attracts all the key players and offers the best opportunities to meet with existing customers and also generate new, high-quality business leads.” – Danny Mueller, VP Sales and Marketing, Frankensolar Americas Inc.
“As a first-time exhibitor, we were thrilled with our experiences at Solar Canada. We received many high-quality leads that will more than cover our investment to attend. This is the place to be to grow our presence in the Solar Energy industry.” – John Thiessen Client Solutions & Sales, SECURE RITE Structures
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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 HANNOVER MESSE and Canada’s premier wind energy event, CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Visit http://www.hfcanada.ca for more information.