GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL

NEWS AND VIEWS

January 2017

GSC RELEASES INAUGURAL QUARTERLY REPORT


On December 31, 2016, the GSC launched its inaugural Quarterly Report. This publication will serve as an important educational tool and quickly become essential reading on solar energy policy, markets and technology. Each issue will include national and regional policy and market updates--we will hear directly from solar associations about key issues in their home markets. GSC corporate members will also contribute content on technology trends and other key issues facing the industry, such as PV module quality and reliability. The report will include industry best practices and other educational tools.

This report is a testament to the power of international cooperation and the GSC's immense potential to advance solar energy. We greatly appreciate member support in helping to advance the international energy discussion and look forward to building on our combined successes in subsequent volumes.  Download the report directly from our website.

2017 ACTION PLAN


GSC Secretary-General John Smirnow speaking at PVCEC in Beijing in October 2016

The GSC had a breakout year in 2016--attracting leading associations and companies to its member base, building partnerships, publishing white papers and reports and delivering keynote addresses at important events around the world. 

We are poised for an even more productive year in 2017 as we solidify our reputation as the global voice of solar PV. This year we will focus on enhancing opportunities for member collaboration, improving strategic communications capabilities and building out educational tools. Read our plans in detail: GSC 2017 Action Plan.

MEMBER HELP REQUESTED - GLOBAL MARKET OUTLOOK

As indicated previously, the GSC is collaborating with SolarPower Europe on the Global Market Outlook. We are asking all members to consider providing market data in support of the initiative. Michael Schmela is leading the project on behalf of SolarPower Europe and will follow-up with GSC members directly to request market data. We encourage you to work with Michael in support of this effort.

Our collaboration with SolarPower Europe on the Global Market Outlook is focused on GSC members voluntarily providing market data. In contrast, the GSC Quarterly Report and GSC website will serve as the principal vehicles for sharing national and regional policy information on behalf of GSC members.

RECORD PV PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN PERU

Further indicating the market potential in South America, Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP) has started construction of Rubi, Peru's largest PV plant, in the Monquegua District of Mariscal Province. 

Once complete in 2018, it will have a capacity of 180MW, enough electrcity generation for over 350,000 Peruvian households. Enel is investing $170 million in the project and has entered into a 20-year PPA with Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines. More details: Peru PV Tender Record .docx

GSC CHAIRMAN TO HEADLINE IRENA EVENT


On January 17, GSC Chairman Bruce Douglas will kick off "Letting in the Light: Unlocking the Potential of Solar Energy" in Abu Dhabi as part of an IRENA event at the World Future Energy Summit. The day-long event will focus on how best to unlock further cost reductions in solar energy technologies, covering topics from infrastructure to PV end-of-life management to policy best practices. Learn More: Letting in the Light.pdf

NEW TENDERING PROCESS IN SPAIN

The outlook for PV in the Spanish market is getting brighter, as new tendering guidelines are more inclusive of solar than they have been in previous years. Lobbying efforts to end the solar self-consumption "sun tax" also continue in a dynamic political climate. 

Spain's commitment to the 2020 EU 10% renewable energy supply objective will continue to drive policy forward in a positive way for the PV industry. Read more: GSC NL_annual message UNEF.pdf


GSC IN THE MEDIA

UPCOMING EVENTS
  • KOREA EVENT: GPVC 2017 Global Photovoltaic Conference 2017 will be held at Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea during March 15-17, 2017.
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