SAN FRANCISCO (ots) – Intersolar North America, the most diverse

global business-to-business exhibition in the United States dedicated

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to the transformation of the solar marketplace, today announced that

growing demand in booth sales has prompted organizers to open another

floor, tripling the size of last year’s exhibition and bringing the

2009 total floor space to approximately 120,000 net square feet.

Intersolar North America 2009 now expects to accommodate around 500

exhibitors. Currently more than 370 exhibitors from 20 countries

worldwide are confirmed to exhibit with 15,000 expected attendees

anticipated at this year’s event, co-located with SEMICON West, in San

Francisco on July 14-16.

“Solar is a complex global market with

a wide variety of participants – from banks and governments, to

manufactures and distributors. As evidenced by the massive increase in

size of Intersolar North America 2009, this is an event that brings

together the entire solar value chain to connect, develop partnerships

and help define the vision for solar’s future,” said Markus Elsaesser,

CEO of Solar Promotion International GmbH, organizer of Intersolar

North America. “With the massive infusion of public and private capital

over the last year, there has never been a bigger opportunity for

solar’s growth – despite the economy. Intersolar North America 2009

will help our industry seize every advantage to advance solar as a

ubiquitous energy source,” Elsaesser said.

For a diverse global

industry including photovoltaics and solar thermal for both residential

and commercial markets, the challenge of patchwork of regulations,

incentives and quality standards can hinder market success. Intersolar

North America’s exhibition will help both domestic and international

solar businesses connect with other businesses to strengthen their

positions and further the industry. Exhibitors from around the world,

such as Solar World (Germany), LDK Solar (China), Nexolon (Korea),

Schüco (Germany), Applied Materials (U.S.A.), Canadian Solar (Canada)

and Acciona Solar Power (U.S.A), will be among the 500 companies

featured at the 2009 expo, designed to create access for attendees to

the entire value chain of companies that make up the $50 billion

international solar industry.

“Intersolar’ drastic expansion,

not just in Europe but especially in North America, shows just how

dynamic and influential the international solar industry has become,”

said Klaus W. Seilnacht, CEO of Freiburg Management and Marketing

International GmbH, the other organizer of Intersolar North America.

“Intersolar North America’s growth even further integrates solar

companies from around the world to best service the thriving U.S.

Market.

Intersolar North America 2009’s exhibition programs are

also expanding to accommodate the growing needs of the solar industry

this year, including the expansion of the Innovation Exchange and the

addition of the Job and Career Forum. The Innovation Exchange, which

showcases innovative and new products or services in 25 minute

presentations, will feature double the amount of planned presentations

by exhibitors.

To help the industry fill the potential 5

million green jobs needed by the renewable energy industry over the

next 15 years, according to The RAND Corporation, the Job and Career

Forum, powered by Solarjobs.com, will host a variety of presentations

on available training programs, the solar job market and details on

future career opportunities within the solar industry. To connect

attendees seeking solar jobs and companies looking to fill positions,

the Job and Career Forum will provide free job search computer

terminals, and will feature Solarjobsplus – Executive Search and Talent

Management, a dedicated program to address the recruitment needs of

senior and specialist candidates.

“Intersolar North America is

the premier exposition, attracting the top suppliers, buyers and

technologists who are leading the charge toward the greening of

America,” said Dan Martin, executive vice president of the SEMI PV

Group. “Visitors will gain keen insight into the North American and

global solar industries by taking part in the vast array of educational

programs and discussions offered to create strong global relationships

for those within the industry.” The Team of Intersolar North America

invites interested visitors and exhibitors to visit the U.S. Market

Pavilion in Hall B3, Stand B3.440 at Intersolar Munich. The organizers

of Intersolar in Munich and North America have developed this pavilion

to provide vital information about the United States’ solar market and

Intersolar North America 2009. The U.S. Market Pavilion will feature

the American Solar Energy Society, Greentech Media Inc., Solar Industry

Magazine, the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, the U.S

Department of Commerce and Underwriters Laboratories. The U.S. Market

pavilion provides the perfect medium to increase your knowledge about

the American solar market.

About Intersolar North America

Intersolar

North America is the most diverse international business-to-business

trade show in the United States for the global solar industry. As the

only solar trade show in North America dedicated to recruiting

companies across the solar supply chain from around the world,

Intersolar helps the industry improve global supply, distribution,

training, regulation and business issues in order to accelerate market

transformation and advance solar as a significant part of the global

energy supply. Intersolar North America 2009 features an expected 500

exhibitors and 15,000 trade visitors in San Francisco’s Moscone Center

West on July 14-16. Intersolar North America was created in 2008 as a

sister event to Intersolar in Munich, the world’s largest and

longest-running solar technology trade show. http://www.intersolar.us/.

Media Contact:

Cate Powers for Intersolar North America
Bite Communications
310-601-7118
Cate.hanley@bitepr.com

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