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Ambitious Goals: Illinois to encourage more renewables in the future

(PresseBox) (Bonn, Germany / Chicago, Illinois, ) Joint Forces for Solar is once again to host the "12th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA" in Chicago. Although Illinois has so far been unable to establish a significant PV market, politicians are now hoping to produce around 25% of the state's electricity from renewables by 2025. On 24th October, the experts plan to discuss the potentials of the Great Lakes region.

This 12th event will close the Networking Initiative Joint Forces for Solar's series of events in the USA for this year. For the "12th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA", the initiators from EuPD Research and Intersolar will be visiting the "windy city" of Chicago for the first time. The aim of the event is to discuss the developments and chances of the local market with regional and national players, and examine the potentials of the Great Lakes region with market participants, experts and installers.

The event will be held as a "Breakfast Briefing" on 24th October at 7:30 in The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago.

Allan O'Shea, Vice President of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will be explaining the regional situation and potentials not only of the State of Illinois, but of the entire Great Lakes region. Afterward, Brendon Merkley, Chief Operating Officer of Vivint Solar will be discussing national and international market developments from the installer's perspective. Following this, the "Industry Round Table" panel discussion with the most influential branch representatives will give participants the opportunity to discuss ways in which photovoltaics could be encouraged in the region and its importance increased, using examples from other national markets.

New financial models and marketing strategies will also be up for discussion, as well as the important question as to the political support of renewable energies. Since with a total volume of just 50 MWp, the Illinois PV market is currently of little significance, those in power are still setting ambitious goals. 25% of electricity should derive from renewable sources by 2025. The market currently consists of around 60% large scale systems, and should be increased by a further 100 MWp within the next three years. In order to achieve these high aims by 2025, the state of Illinois will be implementing appropriate subsidization programs.

Information on Joint Forces for Solar

The Joint Forces for Solar "12th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA" is supported by ThomasLloyd Group and Schletter Inc. as Gold Sponsors and Enphase Energy as Gift Sponsor of the Lottery. Catering Sponsor is Canadian Solar. The media partners of Joint Forces for Solar in Europe are PV Magazin, PV-Tech.org, Sun & Wind Energy, Renewable Energy World and Solar PV TV.

EuPD Research

EuPD Research is an international service provider focusing on B2B market research with a highly specialized multilingual interview center. We provide our clients in Europe, Asia and the US with the entire range of qualitative and quantitative research services. With the help of in-depth market knowledge combined with methodological professionalism, we provide practical, future-oriented business solutions and ensure that our clients receive a return on their research investment. Our continuous research has enabled us to develop particular skills in the field of renewable energy sources, particularly in the field of solar energy.

About Intersolar

With around 3,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.

Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. It is co-located with SEMICON West and, since its founding, has become the international industry's meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

In total, 757 exhibitors and 17,823 trade visitors participated in 2012. The conference featured 30 sessions with 220 speakers and catered to about 1,500 conference attendees.Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans more than 20 years. Taking place in addition to Intersolar North America in San Francisco are Intersolar India in Mumbai, Intersolar China in Beijing, and Intersolar South America in São Paulo. The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry is Intersolar Europe in Munich.

For more information on Intersolar North America please visit: www.intersolar.us

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Joint Forces for Solar

Joint Forces for Solar is a global synergy of stakeholders along the solar value chain. It brings grass-roots knowledge and know-how to a global dimension. Focusing on a local goes global strategy, the scheme takes insider information gained by installers when dealing with customers on a daily basis and utilizes it to shape the future direction of the solar industry. In return, global goes local, installers benefit from access to information on the latest technological developments and changes in market trends giving them the competitive edge necessary for long-term success.

The initiative builds a bridge between the individual links of the value chain and offers a platform where opinions, ideas and expertise can be shared that ultimately strengthen the industry's growth.