Solar Power International (SPI) is the largest solar tradeshow in North America, attended by nearly 20,000 solar professionals over the course of the four-day event. The 2019 event was held on September 23–26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
Described by a Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) attendee as the solar industry’s Super Bowl, the SRE and SOLV® teams used the event as an opportunity to meet with clients, vendors, and other partners all in one place. In addition to a full schedule of meetings, the SRE team kicked off the tradeshow by hosting over 300 clients at an evening reception at a local event space, Church & State.
Located inside a former church, a large stained-glass window provided a focal point as guests networked over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. A jazz trio provided the soundtrack for the speakeasy-themed evening, while attendees gathered around a whiskey tasting station from local distillery, High West, and snuck candy cigarettes from the vintage candy attendant.
In addition to the party, SRE also had a presence on the showroom floor where attendees could take a break or leave a message using a custom-designed contact app. The space also served as a convenient meeting location for the SRE team. This year’s booth received an award for best design by the show’s organizers.