Solar Power International kicked off on Monday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The trade show is known as the largest solar gathering in the U.S., with over 17,000 people in attendance plus more on the sidelines. Managing editor Olivia Feld attended the conference.

- The official opening night reception was held poolside at the Westgate Las Vegas at sunset. Hotel staff offered guests a towel on arrival. At press time, PFR was not aware of anyone who had taken them up on the offer.

- A solar industry recruiter told PFR that former SunEdison staff were giving keeping her busy. On the first evening of the conference former and some current SunEdison staff gathered for an informal and unofficial reception at a bar away from the strip.

- The line up of speakers at the convention center drew large crowds, including a veteran project finance attorney, who, despite having attended SPI for many years, said this was the first year she was attending multiple panel discussions.

- On the floor of the exhibition hall, attendees were spotted wheeling around waist-high cardboard containers. The boxes, sponsored by inverter provider SolarEdge, were serving as storage for show floor swag.