GSC Event

Empowering People with Solar PV

An official New York Climate Week Event

19 September 2023

10:30-12:00 EST

The Nest Climate Campus at the Javits Centre, Room 407

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Distributed solar PV is uniquely positioned to empower people, communities, and countries to take the energy transition into their own hands and become more resilient. Not only this, the technology can be an important driver of new jobs, economic opportunities, energy access, and sustainable development. However, despite distributed solar PV’s massive potential, legislative and regulatory bottlenecks remain an obstacle for many countries to realize its benefits.

This high-level event will bring together policymakers, industry, activists, and community leaders to discuss how to realize the immense potential of distributed solar. From exploring the real-world impacts of existing projects, to discussing key tools to scale-up deployment – this event will be an important platform to bring together all the stakeholders needed to catalyze the distributed solar revolution.

This event is organized by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Global Solar Council with funding from the European Union (EU) and supported by the Global Renewables Alliance (GRA).

The event will be followed by exclusive guided tours of the Javits Centre’s rooftop solar installation, places limited.

Confirmed Speakers

Ditte Juul Jørgensen

Director General, Energy, European Commission

Shishir Seth

Chief – Governance and Partnerships, International Solar Alliance (ISA)

Anna Shpitsberg

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources

Eric Quiring

Director Global Public Affairs, SMA Solar

Gianni Chianetta

CEO, Global Solar Council

Máté Heisz

Chair, Global Solar Council and Director of Global Affairs, SolarPower Europe

Alvin Jose

Program Manager, Energy Transition Planning & Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Energy for All


Pradeep Kakkattil

CEO, Health Innovation Exchange

David Sandbank

Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources, NYSERDA

Yevgen Variagin

CEO of Solar Chernobyl and RODINA



Scaling-up distributed solar generation

This new report is an important tool for policymakers to accelerate the energy transition in their country, and includes:

  • New analysis on authorization procedures and distributed PV capacity potential
  • Best practices and recommendations on how to streamline the permitting and grid connection process
  • Deep dive into the state-of-play for distributed solar PV in 12 countries, including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, and Ukraine
Download the report

For any questions about the launch event and media enquiries on the report, get in touch with our Communications Manager Alyssa Pek at

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