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The Global Solar Council is international non-profit association of the national, regional and international associations in solar energy and the world‘s leading corporations. Founded in 2015, we offer programs in regulatory policy, trade policy, new market opening and jobs & skills training.  We aim to enable solar energy to deliver on the promise of clean & distributed power, economic development and access to opportunity.

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    IV Solar Forum

    When: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 09:00 AM through November 22, 2017
    Where: Silken Puerta America Hotel in Madrid, Spain

    The 4th edition of the Solar Forum, the key event of the Spanish solar industry, will be held on November 21st and 22nd, in Madrid by the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF). 

    The event, that will focus on the theme “Tenders for solar projects: what’s next for the PV sector?”, will see the participation of renowned national and international industry experts, who will discuss key topics such as the current international framework of PV development, the strategies that PV companies should adopt to be competitive in the market, the opportunities and challenges of the Asian market and the most interesting niches for self-consumption.

    The program will also include a session on R&D, organised in collaboration with FOTOPLAT, the Spanish Photovoltaic Technology Platform, in which the latest developments and prospects of development of PV technology will be presented.

    The UK Solar Coaster: 5 Years of Policy in Review

    When: Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    The UK’s installed solar PV capacity grew from 12MW in 2006 to over 12,000 MW in 2016. Nearly a million individual installations have been made – with 20% on residential rooftops. This 1 hour webinar featuring experts from the Solar Trade Association of the UK showcases the policies that drove utility scale, commercial and residential solar markets  - and the factors that led to today’s market.

    Key Discussion Points:

    • What were the policies that drove the key developments in the UK Market to multi Gigawatt installations over the past 5 years?
    • How did Feed-in-Tariffs, Renewable Obligation Certificates, Business Rates and Contracts for Difference incentivise or hinder the market?
    • What is the outlook for the UK in the next 5 years, following a market shift to commercial and residential solar use?


    Paul Barwell, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Trade Association
    Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs, Solar Trade Association
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    The Global Solar Council held its Annual General Meeting and Board Elections on the 12th of September, 2017 in Las Vegas, with over 75% of member associations & companies in attendance. At the Annual General Meeting & Board Meeting, the Strategic Goals for 2017-2022 were approved including: 1. Growing awareness of solar’s contribution to sustainable employment of the future and access to skills training. 2. Support the creation of strong institutions enabling policy for solar powered economic development  3. Shape new markets for solar and distributed energy solutions 4. Accelerate free & fair international solar trade in goods and services The Election of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors took place, with a international and diverse group of leaders recommitting themselves to the Global Solar Council's mission of enabling solar energy to deliver clean & distributed power, economic development and access to opportunity in support of the Sustainable Development Goals around the world. The Directors serving in 2018-2019 are:
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