Chicago Will Host Solar Power International Conference in 2013

The Pullman solar power plant relies on panels such as these (found at the Chicago Center for Green Technology.)

Recently, the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau announced that McCormick Place will host Solar Power International (the largest business-to-business solar energy conference and expo in North America) in 2013. Among the reasons Chicago was selected for the event was the development of the world’s largest urban solar farm in Pullman.

“Chicago’s convention facilities were always ideal, but the reforms enacted this past Spring were a game changer and a key factor in our decision to choose the city,” Brian Tully, executive director of Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC, said in a statement. “Chicago has been a world leader in sustainable practices and is now becoming a leader in renewable energy generation. Chicago is leading the way and helping to power a green, job-creating economy. Those benefits are available to our community in such a favorable environment for our exhibitors and attendees.”

Solar Energy Trade Shows is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Solar Electric Power Association and Solar Energy Industries Association, which sponsor the convention.

“I’m very pleased Solar Power International selected Chicago for its 2013 conference and expo, and I’m especially proud that our environmental and sustainability initiatives were a deciding factor in bringing this important international event to our great city,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring exhibitors and visitors alike from all over the globe benefit from conducting business in our environmentally friendly city.”

Roosevelt students have already investigated urban solar energy development in SUST 210 The Sustainable Future (next taught in two sections this spring, one at the downtown campus Thursday evenings, and one at the Schaumburg campus Thursday evenings; the photograph in this post came from a SUST 210 field trip to the Chicago Center for Green Technology) and will get opportunities to examine the issue in depth in future offerings of SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change. For more information on these or any other of our courses, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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