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Solar Lighting Out of the Shadows at LightFair International

Posted by SEPCO

5/2/13 9:30 AM

Solar Lighting LightFair InternationalThis year’s LightFair International conference in Philadelphia was proof that solar lighting is becoming more and more mainstream. My colleague Stephanie Holloran and I attended the conference April 21 through the 24th. According to its website LFI “is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.” The conference consists of numerous lighting industry related classes, informational seminars, and a huge tradeshow.  Solar Lighting technologies were at the forefront considerably more than in years past.

While walking through the tradeshow, I observed frequent examples of solar lighting. Several of the major players in lighting manufacturing were exhibiting solar paired with their light fixtures, including Hubbell Lighting with SEPCO’s solar power assemblies. One or two booths exhibiting only solar lighting were also present. All of the solar lighting systems I saw included LED fixtures.  This demonstrates how much LED fixtures have permeated the solar lighting industry and is a testament to the cohesiveness of the two technologies.

Tuesday afternoon, Stephanie and I attended a seminar titled The Art and Science of Solar Lighting.  This seminar was mainly an introduction to the solar lighting industry for people who were either not familiar or had limited knowledge of solar lighting. Stephanie and I were able to share our input and knowledge of the industry when needed or requested. The seminar ended with the introduction of the Consortium for Solar Lighting (CSL), an organization working to develop industry-wide standards and guidelines for solar lighting. The implementation of defined standards will benefit the solar lighting industry by weeding out certain deceptive and cost-cutting practices in the industry that have the ultimate effect of degrading performance and reliability.  The existence of this organization is another example of how the industry is emerging from the shadows to become more mainstream. 

I am excited to see solar lighting becoming a larger part of the lighting industry as a whole.  For next year’s LightFair, I hope to see solar lighting having an even bigger presence.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Energy Show

GovEnergy 2012 St. Louis Cancelled

Posted by SEPCO

7/17/12 9:30 AM

Sales professionals know and understand that part of their job includes traveling to conferences and shows. We usually look at the calendar and plan our life, families, and vacations, around these conferences. We have come to see them as a necessary evil in order to promote products for small business, to have brand awareness, and get demonstrations of new products in front of the customers. 

I looked at the calendar and had seen that the next conference coming up is GovEnergy in St. Louis, MO.  My first thought quickly thinks of the lost times I will share with my kids, the date falls right on the first week of kindergarten for my son.  I think of the sadness I will feel not being here for him, but the optimist that I am, I know he will do fine for a couple of days without mommy. 

My joy then turns to think of all of the opportunities that will arise at the conference.  A dinner meeting with our partner company to kick off GovEnergy at one of my favorite local Irish Restaurants and Pubs called Mc Gurks in St. Louis.  I envision the city skyline, the Mighty Mississippi River and the Famous Arch.  I review in my head a list of existing government customers I would like to make sure to meet with.  I look over the great technical symposium that they have put together for this year.  I start to think about all of the great opportunities to market and sell products that I love, and that at the same time help my family survive while also helping the economy and the federal government and the environment to lower the energy consumption from foreign oils, etc.  This brings me great joy and I love my profession.  It would have been my 10 year anniversary attending the GovEnergy Conference.  I look forward to it every year.

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This morning I get into my office and start to look through my emails that I let build up over the weekend while spending quality time with my children.  I see a note from an existing customer—“GovEnergy is Cancelled” with the typical connotation of a frownL in text.  I quickly replied, what do you mean, your agency is not attending? Do they not have the budget for the show?  While I was awaiting a reply another co-worker forwarded an email from a GSA staff member stating that official letters have not yet been released but that GovEnergy is indeed “postponed”.   It must be true, I called MC2 and they confirmed that it is true.  Sadness filled my body and I started to think of the lost opportunities this offers my family, my business, many other businesses, and the local economy of St. Louis.

I am not sure that I have come to terms with it as I sit here and write about it.  A conference that has been such a staple in my career has been canceled.  As much as I try again to reverse my mood and be optimistic and think of being here for my son on his first week of Kindergarten, I can’t seem to kick the disappointment.  I would like to know if you have attended GovEnergy in the past and what is it about the conference this year that you will miss. 

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Topics: Energy Show

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