North America Smart Energy Week


September 11-14, 2023
The Venetian Convention and Expo Center Las Vegas, NV


Start-Up Alley Returns to Solar Power International (SPI) for a Second Year

Start-Up Alley Returns to Solar Power International (SPI) for a Second Year

Washington, DC, July 10, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Solar Power International (SPI) is partnering with Clean Energy Trust (CET) to invite emerging companies with innovative solar solutions and products to participate in Start-Up Alley. SPI will be held in Las Vegas, October 20-23, 2014, and will house a special spot on the Expo floor for these companies to display their work and explain their business proposals to attendees.

Start-Up Alley debuted at SPI 2013 with great success. Nineteen companies were chosen as semi-finalists in the inaugural event, giving them space on the Expo floor to showcase their business plans and goals to attendees. Of those, ten companies were selected as finalists and had the opportunity to present their proposals to an esteemed panel of judges comprised of industry leaders.

“Start-Up Alley was an extremely valuable opportunity for SolarCast to gauge the market potential of our Mobile Power Platform both domestically and internationally,” says Eric Castel, President of SolarCast, LLC and Start-Up Alley 2013 Finalist. “We truly have more leads to follow up on than we can get through by the end of the year.  We also established relationships with potential partners in five international markets with opportunities to market hundreds of units abroad.”

Applications are now being accepted for SPI 14’s Start-Up Alley Challenge. You can find eligibility requirements, deadlines, and more online at




About SPI 2014

Solar Power International is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and Solar Electric Power Association (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®

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

About SEPA

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. With more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to utility strategies, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit