If you work in the solar industry and are having some difficulty reaching your colleagues, it's probably because a good portion of them are here in Phoenix at GTM's Solar Summit, taking in the sun as well as the deep flow of information at this event.

Each year, Shayle Kann, SVP of Research at GTM, provides the solar industry equivalent of Mary Meeker's internet trends slide deck -- providing some context for the industry and illuminating the not-so-obvious changes. This year's presentation is called "The Evolution of Solar" -- and we were able to obtain some pre-release pirated copies.

Here's a glimpse of today's action.

Kann will discuss the "first wave" of U.S. solar growth that saw the solar industry grow fifteen-fold in five years.

What's the next wave? Tune in to the livecast.

As for the combination of solar and storage, we are seeing partnerships being made and territories being claimed.

Most of these solar companies and many of these storage companies are attending today's Solar Summit.

The combination of solar and energy storage can improve system economics as incentives and net energy metering policies recede.

If you're in the area, there might be a few open seats. Otherwise, tune in to our live feed.

Previous presentations from Kann:

Solar Disrupting Wholesale Energy Markets in Germany and the U.S.

How to Really Disrupt the Retail Energy Market With Solar

10 Slides That Show the Complex Future and ‘Tipping Point' of U.S. Solar