AEE Solar celebrated a landmark occasion with the 10th Annual Dealer Conference January 17-19, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort in San Diego, California. Looking back to our very first Dealer Conference gives us the opportunity to reflect on how much the solar industry has changed since 2008.
In 2008 we hosted our first ever Dealer Conference in Mesa, Arizona. Approximately 150 AEE Solar dealers attended and a surprising number of these same dealers were in attendance this year! At this time, AEE Solar’s headquarters were in Redway, California and this was the same year AEE Solar became a part of Mainstream Energy. It was a different time for modules as well, as we were selling Mitsubishi, Sharp, and Sanyo modules at over $4/W!
Now back to 2018, we kicked off the 2018 Dealer Conference with a hosted Casino Night with open bar, professional card dealers, and a ton of great raffle prizes, provided by our sponsors. Two full days of NABCEP CE registered courses, solar industry guest speakers, manufacturer expo and fun networking events ensued, taking place in beautiful 65-70℉ weather. Sunrun Chief Policy Officer, Anne Hoskins, delivered the keynote address, speaking to current legislative trends in the solar market and shedding some light on the possible effects of the Federal Solar Trade Case.
AEE Solar welcomed over 20 manufacturers to exhibit at the event, including Platinum Sponsors OutBack Power, REC Group, and SnapNrack. Attendees had the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from these leading solar product manufacturers and hear first-hand about the new products being released in 2018.
Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Dates and location will soon be released for the 2019 Dealer Conference, so stay tuned for more information!