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Intersolar 2017 A trip to the past, a glimpse of the future


A trip down memory lane

I received a pass to Intersolar 2017, the Super Bowl of the solar industry, in San Francisco while attending a networking event.

I originally planned not to attend the trade show, but I changed my mind. My interest was based on getting a “feel” for where people’s minds were regarding solar specifically and alternative energy in general.

I remembered my time in the semiconductor industry, when I used to attend Semicon West at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco every year.

Anyone employed in the industry globally attended the trade show, which was held in the middle of July. Networking, meetings, and parties were all on the agenda. One of the few things that occurred was encountering prospects who would later become large customers. These were identified long before the opening plenary at Semicon West.

Back to the present – InterSolar 2017

The solar exposition comprised a small portion of the show when solar first exploded onto the scene. Fast forward 10 years later, and there are more solar and storage-related companies attending than the chip makers. Maybe I was not alone in making the transition from high-tech to clean tech.

The future

At the rate solar and most storage companies are growing, maybe the question will become where the semiconductor industry will relocate its exhibits. At the peak of high-tech and dot-com booms in the year 2000 when I moved to Silicon Valley, the idea would have been unthinkable. However, the Valley has always been about change. Sometimes change is a good thing. Here’s to changing toward a renewable and more sustainable future.