GSC VIRTUAL FORUM 2021
Powering a bright future
with Solar PV
No one left behind in the global race to decarbonize: a focus on Africa
The Global Solar Council Virtual Forum is a two-day online event showcasing the enormous potential of solar power to bring about a clean, fair and sustainable future and enable quality employment in all regions of the world, from cities to rural communities.
Through a series of thematic and matchmaking sessions, International institutions, industry associations and other stakeholders of the solar sector cooperate to analyze the integrated actions needed to take up solar PV’s unique opportunity to power a green recovery, accelerate decarbonization trajectories and enable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event has a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and the role solar power can play in addressing the issue of access to power, deploying clean energy at all scales, and providing a critical assist for more democratic development governance. This session is organised in cooperation with SolarPower Europe, and supported by GET.invest, a European programme which mobilises investments in decentralised renewable energy, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria.
Session 1: Powering a bright future: how solar PV is making a green recovery a reality and enabling opportunities for sustainable development
Solar PV offers us a unique opportunity to power a green recovery, accelerate decarbonization trajectories and enable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Locally and globally – from single households and small businesses all the way up to industrial sectors – investing in solar brings benefits for People, Prosperity and the Planet thanks to a “ripple effect” that fans out to employment, health, gender equality and poverty alleviation.
Session 2: Warp-speed solar: pricing, permitting and policies for a global decarbonization sprint.
If solar is the cleanest and cheapest source of energy available at scale on the Earth today, we need to unleash a transformational effort to increase large-scale installations. What will it take to achieve a level playing field with fossil fuels? What are the best practices in terms of financing mechanisms? What’s the role of auctions? How can we re-think permitting processes and how can digitalization help in that? And how to find win-win solutions between PV and agriculture?
Session 1: Policy development for solar PV deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa
The provision of higher energy independence and the possibility of implementing off-grid solutions are particularly relevant aspects in the sun-rich African context, where issues of access to power remain major challenges. Considering the large region’s potential, massive investments in solar energy are expected in the coming years and this makes for a unique opportunity for the deployment of clean energy at all scales in a cost-effective manner. Solar power can also provide a critical assist for a more democratic development governance. The Forum will take a close look at the state of solar PV in the Sub-Saharan Region – from policies to incentive schemes to multisectoral synergies -and its role in sustainable development.
Session 2: African country focus: regional cooperation and the role of a GSC Africa Task Force
The current state of the solar market in Sub-Saharan Africa will be explored, including the competitiveness with fossil fuels and the related policy framework, as well as the barriers that pose a challenge to its deployment drawing on the experience GSC has gained on the subject through its Africa Task Force. Numerous representatives of African associations, industries and institutions part of the GSC Africa Task Force will deep dive into the progress countries are making in deploying grid as well as off-grid PV solutions.
Networking and sponsorship opportunities
The event will be hosted within the B2match events platform.
See separate presentation for sponsorship opportunities.