BriteStreet and SOMO – The Solar Mounting Training Conference 2017

BriteStreet Energy Group had the pleasure to sponsor and attend the Solar Mounting Training Conference (SOMO™)held February 1 – 3 in Anaheim, California. The 2017 SOMO is the second gathering of the industry’s most leading solar mounting manufacturers, managers, and installers. Hosted by S-5!, SEIA, OSEIA, CALSEIA, and NABCEP, this three-day event was the preeminent opportunity for individuals and companies to meet, share and understand the best in solar mounting practices. SOMO offered workshops and training courses focused solely on solar mounting. Unlike other solar trade shows, this interactive conference was perfect for installers at all levels, along with developers, and EPC staff seeking the best mounting solutions in the marketplace.

BriteStreet’s VP of Supply Chain, Benjer Petersen, delivered "The Importance of Partnership with Equipment Distributors" highlighting added value for both Installers and Manufacturers. In the ever-advancing market of Solar PV Materials and, in particular, Solar PV racking, it is key to develop a partnership with your materials Distributor. Gone are the days of Distributors playing a simple “middle-man” role between the manufacturers and installers. Moving beyond the traditional distribution value proposition, BriteStreet has implemented a new reality of advanced services including: industry training, best practices, complete project level materials logistics, design and engineering services, construction services, approved vendor lists, consumer financing, and asset ownership. Now, more than ever, partnership with your Distributor is key to power your business to a successful and profitable future.

SOMO’s keynote address "The State of the State of Solar" was delivered by Bernadette Del Chiaro, CALSEIA Executive Director. 2016 was a banner year for solar with installations growing and pricing dropping, however there remains uncertainty ahead. The "Trump Effect" may offer both positive and negative scenarios that only time will tell. Although Trump digs coal, he still supports populist ideas, American jobs, and building smart grid infrastructure. Concerns remain around the Clean Power Plan under attack, tax reform devaluing the ITC, fracking cheap natural gas, and potential import tariffs on cheap solar modules. Market drivers that show signs of continued growth include: module price decline, energy storage, zero energy building mandates, more/better financing, streamlined permitting, and increased consumer awareness. Even if there is a bumpy road ahead, getting involved, staying informed and connected will help minimize potential challenges.

BriteStreet remains optimistic for a BriteFutureahead! It is up to all stakeholders to continue building on past accomplishments to create momentum as an industry in 2017 and beyond. Industry events like SOMO help generate collective energy to focus and align our goals to best serve our customers and marketplace.