New Global Solar Industry Organization Formed

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There’s a new solar industry body in town, and it’s a big one. The Global Solar Council (GSC) is a new “CEO-level coalition of leading international companies in the photovoltaic solar value chain,” the GSC website state.

The GSC isn’t full of frills and games — it’s got the home page and “Members” page on the top menu bar. The home page, other than a short “About” section, includes recent press releases, white papers, some rotating photos, and the standard contact and legal information. In my opinion, it gives the impression of a focused and powerful body.

From the press release announcing the GSC: “Global Solar Council members will engage with policymakers worldwide to demonstrate the progress towards abundant, affordable and low emissions energy already made possible by the solar industry and to emphasize the importance of a supportive policy and trade environment, which will enable the ongoing development of competitively-priced solar energy, driving job creation and economic growth.

“Through its members, the Global Solar Council brings industry knowledge and insights from all sides of the solar photovoltaic value chain; from the supply of materials to product manufacturing and financing, policy, research and innovation, cross-border cooperation, and grid development and management.”

The GSC will work together with EPIA, APVIA, SEIA, and other such organizations to advance the solar industry worldwide.

From the home page: “The Council aims to expand the use of solar energy in the global energy mix by actively promoting the benefits of solar energy.”

The first inclination of many has been to assume that the GSC was set up in response to the global trade issues between the US and China. Speaking to the matter, GSC says: “Recent media claims that the Global Solar Council (GSC) was set up in response to current dumping claims proceeding through the US Commerce Department process are incorrect. The Global Solar Council is a CEO-led coalition of global companies working to promote a favorable political framework for solar power, unrelated to any active trade disputes, as was made clear by the Global Solar Council’s press release, White Paper and media responses.”

Images via GSC home page

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