Solar power may be the gift that lasts forever (in human scale, anyway), but states wanting to attract solar manufacturers have just five years.
That’s what Peter Green, CEO of Advent Solar, told a gathering of industry leaders today in Phoenix.
Not everyone agrees.
“I think it’s more like three years,” said SolarCity chief Lyndon Rive.
Talking with some of the other participants during a break, I didn’t find anyone disagreeing with the premise. “It’s a matter of when [the window closes],” said one exec., “not if.”
I’ll have video from the conference up tomorrow, but for now, here’s a short (and somewhat random) summary.
Surviving the Shakeout
According to host Greentech Media, the two-day event was sold-out — even though registration cost close to $1,000. That should underscore both the concern and the excitement in the solar industry — sentiments shared by Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes.
“My vision for Arizona,” she said, “is that when you fly into Sky Harbor airport, you’ll see as many solar panels on rooftops as you do swimming pools in people’s backyards.”
But for that to become reality, Mayes points out, the Grand Canyon state is going to have to change how it looks at this emerging mega-market.
David Arfin shares this perspective. As VP of customer financing for SolarCity, Arfin is hoping that the AZ legislature adopts changes that will allow solar manufacturing to blossom in the desert.
“Markets move in particular ways,” Arfin said, “and you need to have a responsive legislative body.”
More on Greentech Media’s solar industry summit, tomorrow, featuring an interview with Advent’s Peter Green (who swears he didn’t adopt his last name as a marketing gimmick).