GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL

NEWS AND VIEWS

November 2016

GSC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & 2017 OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS


On October 18th, the GSC held its Annual Membership and Board of Directors meeting in Beijing. Special thanks to Co-Chairman Jifan Gao, the China PV Industry Association and Dr. Mengyuan Li for helping make the event a success. The meeting was well-attended by both association and corporate members.

GSC Chairman Bruce Douglas opened the discussions with a “Year in Review” presentation, which we have included here. As you can see, our achievements to date are both remarkable and directly attributable to member support.

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors also elected 2017 GSC Officers. Bruce Douglas was re-elected Chairman representing SolarPower Europe and Gong Shan Zhu was elected Chairman-Elect representing the Asian PV Industry Association. In 2018, Gong Shan Zhu will automatically become Chairman of the organization and Bruce Douglas will become Immediate Past Chairman. All other current Officers were unanimously re-elected as follows:

  • José Donoso, Co-Chair, on behalf of UNEF
  • Jifan Gao, Co-Chair, on behalf of the China PV Industry Association
  • Pranav Mehta, Co-Chair, on behalf of the National Solar Energy Federation of India
  • Gianni Chianetta, Co-Chair, on behalf of ITALIA SOLARE
  • Eitan Parnass, Secretary, on behalf of the Green Energy Association of Israel
  • Bryan Ekus, Treasurer, on behalf of SolarUnited


GSC TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FORUM SET FOR LAUNCH ON NOVEMBER 29

The GSC Technology & Innovation Forum will officially launch on November 29th, 2016, at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable and Clean Energy Conference in Dan Eilat, Israel. Special thanks to Eitan Parnass for taking the lead on organizing this event. The launch will include opening remarks, a high-level panel discussion on “Solar Energy – Obstacles for innovation" and joint networking reception sponsored by Eilat-Eilot Energy, the Green Energy Association of Israel and the Global Solar Council.


WELCOME FOUNDING MEMBER JA SOLAR

We are pleased to welcome JA Solar as a Founding Member of the Global Solar Council.


PVCEC CONTINUES TO GROW ITS KEY ROLE IN CHINA'S PV MARKET

GSC Chairman Bruce Douglas (left) and Secretary-General John Smirnow present at PVCEC 2016

PVCEC 2016 closed successfully on October 21st at the China New International Exhibition Center in Beijing. More than 27,000 solar professionals attended, nearly doubling attendance from the previous year. Both GSC Chairman Bruce Douglas and Secretary-General John Smirnow presented at the conference.

The multi-day program was led by GSC Founding Member the China Photovoltaic Industry Association, and leading exhibitors such as Trina Solar, and focused on key issues facing the solar industry in China and globally. The next PVCEC will take place in October of 2017 at the same location in Beijing.

   

COP22: TIME FOR ACTION


On November 4th, the Paris Agreement entered into force as 55% of total global GHG emissions have been accounted for by more than 55 of the Parties that have ratified the Agreement. This paves the way for constructive discussions, cooperation and forward-looking policy-making at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. After the historic Agreement made in Paris last year, it is now time for action!

There is no doubt that the solar PV industry will play a central role in the future low-carbon economy. Solar PV is a low-cost, reliable and clean source of energy, which provides energy security and must be seen as an important tool in alleviating poverty in a sustainable and responsible manner. GSC Co-Chairman Pranav Mehta of the National Solar Energy Federation of India and Dr. Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia of the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association ABSOLAR will be representing the Council at COP22 this week.  We will have updates throughout the conference so be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

GSC PARTNERS WITH IRENA ON NOVEMBER 23 COSTING ALLIANCE WEBINAR

The Coalition for Action is launching a new series of webinars focusing on highly topical renewable energy trends in order to share IRENA and Coalition of Action members’ perspectives and analysis. The first webinar in this series will focus on the increasing competitiveness of renewable power generation. GSC Board Member Marcelo Alvarez and Secretary-General John Smirnow will present on behalf of the GSC.


The Costing Alliance has successfully developed a world-class database of more than 15,000 utility-scale renewable power generation projects. But much work remains to be done, as the coverage of the database by technology and country is not even. The proposed webinar will: (I) provide an overview of the IRENA Costing Alliance, including its goals and objectives, and (ii) encourage national, regional and international renewable energy associations to educate their individual company members on the Alliance. The associations will also be encouraged to work directly with IRENA to help grow Costing Alliance membership. 


Register for the webinar here.


The webinar will be held in English. A Spanish webinar on the same topic will follow. To access and register for the Spanish webinar, please click here:


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3526918119855647492.


Please join us on November 23rd to learn more about IRENA's Costing Alliance and how you can both contribute to and benefit from an essential tool for growing the solar industry worldwide. Learn more about the Alliance here.


TURKEY- BIDS FOR 1GW PV CAPACITY TO BE ACCEPTED IN DECEMBER 

Turkey currently has a nationwide PV capacity of 600MW, but will nearly triple this number  thanks to the new RERA (Renewable Energy Resources Area) Regulation. A 1000MW PPA will be awarded as a single license to the winner of the Karapinar RERA contest. 

Some local content requirements may apply, and 25% Turkish shareholding is required. With a price ceiling of 8 USD-cent/kWh, the five lowest offers from qualified applicants will merit their company's inclusion in a reverse auction, with the contract being awarded to the lowest bidder. The deadline for applications is December 12, 2016. A second contest for 500MW capacity is also planned as Turkey ramps up its support for renewable energy. More details can be found in this document.  Special thanks to Dr. Kemal Gani Bayraktar and Founding Member GÜNDER for providing this summary.


GSC TO LAUNCH STANDARDS & HARMONIZATION COMMITTEE

In the next few weeks, the GSC will launch a new Standards & Harmonization Committee, stay tuned for additional information.


GSC IN THE MEDIA
  • GSC Co-Chair Jose Donoso was interviewed by PV Tech for an article on Spain's controversial "Sun Tax" and how the country's recent political developments may have "finally" created an avenue for ending the tax. See his full comments here.
  • Solar PV.TV interviewed Hadi Tahboub, President of the Middle East Solar Industry Association, a GSC Founding Member, at Intersolar Middle East in Dubai to get his expert insight on the solar market in the region. Mr. Tahboub's full remarks are available here.

EVENTS

  • The Australian Solar Council Conference and Exhibition will be held in Melbourne from May 4-5, 2017. Registration will be required but is free of charge. More details here.

  • Save the Date: Both the ISES Solar World Congress 2017 and IEA Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry Conference 2017 will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from October 29-November 2, 2017. Learn more about these events here.

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