GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL

NEWS AND VIEWS

December 2016

GSC LAUNCHES TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FORUM

Roundtable discussion moderated by Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Technology & Innovation Centre

On November 29th, the Global Solar Council (GSC) launched the GSC Technology & Innovation Forum at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable and Clean Energy Conference in Dan Eilat, Israel. The event featured a high-level panel session Solar PV Energy –Innovation for the Next Stage of Expansion and joint networking reception sponsored by the GSC, the Green Energy Association of Israel and Eilat-Eilot Energy. The forum was conducted in participation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Participants included multilateral organizations, private industry, governments and NGOs.

Thanks to Eitan Parnass, GSC Secretary and Director General of the Green Energy Association of Israel, for coordinating the day's activities. This annual event will serve as the principal international forum for public-private collaboration on accelerating solar technologies. The full press release is available here: GSC Technology Innovation Forum Press Release (November 29 2016).pdf.


PRANAV MEHTA REPRESENTS GSC AT SOLAR@COP22


From left to right, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, Engie and Chairperson, Terrawatt Initiative; Pranav Mehta, GSC Co-Chairman and Chairman, NSEFI; Henning Wuester, Director, IRENA Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center; and Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General, Terrawatt Initiative 

During the recent COP22 climate negotiations in Marrakesh, Morocco, GSC Co-Chairman and Chairman of the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) Pranav Mehta represented the GSC at several important events, including SOLAR@COP22. This high-level panel session was the first annual COP side event dedicated to solar energy and gathered global leaders from the political, industrial, financial, academic and civil society horizons. SOLAR@COP was conceived of and organized by GSC partner the Terrawatt Initiative.

The GSC was also represented at COP22 by Board Member Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, Co-founder and CEO at the Brazilian PV Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR), and Kane Thorton, Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council.


GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL AND SOLARPOWER EUROPE TO COOPERATE ON GLOBAL MARKET OUTLOOK 2017-2021


The Global Solar Council (GSC) and SolarPower Europe are happy to announce their collaboration on the Global Market Outlook 2017-2021, which will be launched at Intersolar Europe in Munich in May of 2017. The Global Market Outlook (GMO) is SolarPower Europe’s long-established flagship publication and unique among PV market reports as it provides yearly updates on global solar demand from the industry while offering policy recommendations to overcome obstacles impeding solar power's growth. The 2016 GMO has been downloaded over 15,000 times and over 150 media articles have referenced its findings.

The GSC is looking forward to providing input for the Global Market Outlook and, in turn, helping to advance the GSC's mission to encourage the rapid and wide-scale adoption of solar energy through cooperation, education and training. By increasing collaboration among GSC member associations, the industry will be able to better track developments in emerging solar markets.


SOLAR SELF-CONSUMPTION: A RIGHT FOR EVERYONE

Solar self-consumption offers the possibility of a new model to governments worldwide in their battle to be free of fossil fuels and fight climate change, says José Donoso of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF).  As technology and markets continue to develop at a rapid pace, so too must regulation evolve to take advantage of new realities. Portugal's ability to meet its entire electricity needs with 100% renewable power for four days this year demonstrates that goals previously thought impossible are now within reach. Read José's full comments here: Self-consumption_UNEF.pdf.


RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIES UNITE AT COP22


Organizers for the COP22 event "Renewables Working Together: Rural, City, National, Regional and Island Approaches," third from left, David Renne, GSC Board Member and ISES President

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES), in partnership with international associations for geothermal, wind, hydropower and bioenergy joined forces to host a successful REN Alliance side event at COP22 in Marrakech. Participants (i) analyzed key challenges and prospects at five levels of renewable energy deployment, and (ii) highlighted case studies and best practices for optimizing the ability of different energy sources to work together.


The event was recorded and is available for viewing here. More information can be found in this article.


AUSTRALIA UPDATE


Concluding an investigation that has lasted over two years, Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commissioner rejected a petition to impose anti-dumping duties on solar PV panels from China. Australia has also taken measures to enhance consumer protection by enforcing higher product standards through independent testing on those products eligible for government support. While these consumer protection measures have sent a temporary shockwave through the industry, the Australian market will emerge stronger overall, says Darren Gladman, Director, Smart Energy at the Clean Energy Council. Darren's full comments are available here: Australia Reaffirms Support For Free Trade.pdf


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