GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL
NEWS AND VIEWS
GSC RELEASES INAUGURAL QUARTERLY REPORT
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