The Global Solar Council (GSC), an international consortium of solar advocacy organizations, manufacturers and more founded in 2015, has introduced its first quarterly report. The report includes national and regional policy and market updates from across the world and focusses on efforts to speed and increase the adoption of solar power on a wide-scale.
“The Global Solar Council Quarterly Report is an important educational tool and will quickly become essential reading on solar energy policy, markets and technology,” explained Bruce Douglas, GSC chairman of SolarPower Europe.
“We’ll hear directly from solar associations around the world about key issues in their home markets,” added John Smirnow, GSC Secretary-General. “And we’re fortunate to also have the support of leading corporations who will provide content on technology trends and other important topics such as equipment quality and reliability.” These include partners like SolarWorld, Jinko Solar, DuPont and 8minutenergy, among others.
In the inaugural issue, the report discussed the recent UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakesh as well as the impact of SEIA’s efforts in the US, for instance. It discussed how the Mission Innovation platform was launched at the previous climate conference, COP 21, with the support of 23 member countries that pledged a combined annual investment of $30 billion per year through 2021, to innovate solar power and associated technologies like smart grids, energy storage and off-grid solar systems.
At the most recent event, COP22, 48 countries also committed to reach 100 percent domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible. Those countries created the effort as the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).
In the US, GSC highlighted the work of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “SEIA and its members will expand the already impressive growth of solar across the United States. Through the first three-quarters of 2016, the U.S. has already surpassed the total installed solar capacity in 2015, and is on track to grow nearly 90 percent year-over-year,” the report stated. “SEIA enters 2017 a year ahead of where it hoped to be. However, issues from land use designation to hardware margin compression still present challenges.”
GSC said it will publish the next version of the report in April. That report will focus on solar as one of the best tools to fight climate change. “It is increasingly recognized that solar is not only a reliable and clean source of energy, it is the world’s low-cost energy solution,” said Jörg Mayer, Chairman of the GSC Strategy Committee and Managing Director of the German Solar Association (BSW).Tweet