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September 11-14, 2023
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Interplay Learning wins Start-Up Alley Challenge at SPI 2015

Interplay Learning wins Start-Up Alley Challenge at SPI 2015

Alexandria, VA, September 28, 2015—Interplay Learning took top honors at the Start-Up Alley Challenge during Solar Power International (SPI) 2015. In partnership with Clean Energy Trust and ModSolar and sponsored by Southern California Edison and Morrison & Foerster LLP, Start-Up Alley is a program dedicated to increasing the visibility of early-stage solar companies in the industry.

Start-Up Alley echoes the mission of Solar Power International, which is to move the industry forward through innovation. Although it was a tough competition, it was Interplay Learning’s focus on innovation that made them stand apart from the other Start-Up Alley finalists. LightManufacturing LLC took second place honors. Other finalists included Anar Solar, LLC and Nevados Engineering, Inc. Interplay Learning was awarded a $5,000 cash prize and booth space at SPI 2016 to showcase their innovative training software.

The pitch competition, was held on Wednesday, September 15 and featured a distinguished panel of judges, including:

  • John Alvarado, Strategic Investments and M&A, Edison International
  • Dan Kennedy, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Sungevity
  • Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Jigar Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Jigar Shah Consulting

The exposure that Start-Up Alley provides these companies both supports their efforts at a crucial time in their emergence and fosters industry advancement. For more information on the Start-Up Alley Challenge, please visit


Solar Power International is presented by SEIA® and SEPA®, whose combined efforts have created world-class events. This event focuses solely on creating an environment that fosters the exchange of ideas, knowledge and expertise for furthering solar energy development in the United States. Unlike other solar industry events, all proceeds support the expansion of the U.S. solar energy market through SEIA’s® and SEPA’s® year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s® advocacy efforts.

About SEIA

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, SEIA® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA® works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at

About SEPA

SEPA® is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities deploy and integrate solar, distributed energy resources (DER), and related technologies. With 1,000 utility and industry members, SEPA® provides unbiased market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to advancing new business strategies, SEPA® helps utilities make smart solar and DER decisions. For more information, visit