Using renewable energy as a tool for economic development and job creation was the theme of the national SOLAR 2007 conference hosted by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Green Energy Ohio at the Cleveland Convention Center in July 2007. After submitting the winning bid in 2004, GEO staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors spent over two years planning the successful event, showcasing the Green City on the Blue Lake and visiting some of its iconic landmarks such as the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and Jacobs Field.
SOLAR 2007 was the 36 th Annual National Solar Energy Conference, an annual gathering of sustainable energy professionals, including business leaders, scientists, engineers, architects, policymakers, educators, and utility representatives. The agenda included a technical panels, dealer & installer training sessions, workshops, tours of renewable energy sites, consumer-oriented presentations, job-recruitment opportunities, and a Renewable Products and Services Exhibit Hall with over 160 exhibitors. Presenters from national nonprofit organizations, federal and state government, the business community, academia, and renowned research institutions addressed accomplishments and challenges in their efforts to advance the industry sector and ensure economic benefits.