The goal of the Global Solar Council is to champion the rapid and wide-scale adoption of solar energy through cooperation, education and training.
The principal members of the organization are national and regional solar associations from both established and emerging markets, including the world’s largest markets of Australia, China, Europe, India and other Asian countries, Middle East, South America and the United States.
Leading corporations across the solar supply chain also help lead the organization through the Global Solar Council Leadership Forum.
Approved by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA), Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) was registered on 16th January, 2009. As a non-profit social organization, it consists of PV enterprises, scientific institutions and other relevant organizations in Asian countries under the principle of voluntary enrollment. Business scope of the association covers: information and academic exchange, technical consultation, project demonstration, quality standards, market service, education and training.
British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The association was formed in April 2010 after the introduction of the FiT. Since then the BPVA has grown significantly and has become the most influential and trusted voice of the solar PV industry in the UK. We have created a strong platform for the UK solar PV industry to grow further in the coming years. We are achieving this by offering our members valuable support and benefits as well as activities which enables them to reach their targets. We are a fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association in the UK with 100% focus on solar PV.
Our mission is: “To ensure that solar photovoltaic energy is established as the leading renewable energy source in the UK”. We promote solar PV at national and international levels and assist our members in their business development in the UK and abroad. As the trusted voice of the industry, the BPVA is working hard to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.
Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) is an association of leading local and international organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) clean energy sector. As an umbrella organization, the CEBC offers businesses and the public sector an inclusive forum for idea sharing and best practice promotion in the area of clean energy. It plays an important role in assisting in deepening the sector’s maturity and in the development of government regulatory and policy frameworks.
Members are drawn from amongst the industry’s key players, including financiers, project developers and service providers. Amongst the most important of the CEBC’s objectives are to increase public awareness of clean energy and technology issues, address the availability and accessibility of region-wide data and nurture a dialogue between the private and public sectors.
Get involved with the Council’s country chapters across the region as well as Technical Sub-Committees looking a particular technology challenges. Be part of the Clean Energy Solution for MENA.
Dialogue with regional governments on clean energy policy and regulation, Clean Energy sector network, Promotion of the MENA Clean Energy industry.
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. It is one of the cornerstones of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).
EERA brings together more than 170 research centres and universities. Actively working together on 17 joint research programmes, they build on national research initiatives. In a Joint Programme a research organization join institutions in other European countries to work on shared priorities and research projects. The EERA Joint Programmes are aligned with the priorities for low carbon technologies defined in the SET-Plan.
EERA works together with industry stakeholders to align research and innovation priorities. This collaboration aims to foster world-class technology and innovation in Europe’s energy sector, and to reduce the time to market for technologies.
EERA Joint Programmes are important points of contact for collaboration outside Europe. EERA members regularly represent the European scientific community globally, collaborating with international partners worldwide.
EERA has fostered the creation of national energy research alliances in many countrie, including the UK, The Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. These national alliances help coordinating activities at national level and within EERA.
Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) is a non-profit, non-governmental association which aims to provide an all inclusive platform bringing together the stakeholders of the solar industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and across the Middle East. This is done through networking and educational events, special reports on solar technology or policy, and through assistance to members seeking to expand their solar operations in the Middle East.
ESIA was conceived in 2009 and has since witness its membership base grow to include companies from the private sector, research organizations, NGO’s, government entities, and advisory firms. Its monthly newsletter goes out to over 1,000 readers in the Middle East renewable energy space – the largest of its kind.
The European Technology & Innovation Platform PV (ETIP PV) is a continuation of the European PV Technology Platform (EU PVTP) and the Solar European Industry Initiative (SEII) in a single platform under the new SET Plan governance. The ETIP PV provides advice on photovoltaic solar energy policy and It is an independent body recognised by the European Commission and the SET Plan Steering Group as representative of the photovoltaic sector
Its mission is in line with the Energy Union and the SET Plan priorities with focus on “Renewable technologies at the heart of the new energy system” and Europe to become “number 1 in renewables”. ETIP PV gathers all the relevant stakeholders of the PV sector, with arrangements for cooperative discussions with member states (MS), associated countries (AC), and the Commission services. Its main role is to provide consensus-based strategic advice on all issues relevant to progressing research and innovation (R&I) efforts.nd innovation, market development including competitiveness, education and industrial policy.
The Association of European Renewable Energy research Centres (EUREC) is the leading association representing research centres and university departments active in the area of renewable energy. EUREC was founded in 1991 as European Economic Interest Grouping (E.E.I.G.) with the goal of improving the quality and scope of European research and development in renewable energy technologies. The purpose of the association is to promote and support the development of innovative technologies and human resources to enable a prompt transition to a sustainable energy system.
EUREC’s mission is to identify research needs and enable R&D for innovative and integrated renewable energy solutions; to promote sound policy making in renewable energy R&D; to enable innovation and technology transfer by connecting research and industry through project development; to promote the development of a highly qualified and trained workforce for the renewable energy sector and to support international R&D cooperation.
The International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA) supports and enables Solar and Electrical Energy Storage Professionals Worldwide.
IBESA’s common vision is:
“To promote a path of cooperation and mutual support in achieving proactive solutions between all sectors within the Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation, Battery Storage and the Smart Grid Technology value chain.”
IBESA members gain value from all directions, including invaluable contacts and budget savings worth many times their current membership investment. The more services that IBESA members use, the higher their return.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
With a mandate from countries around the world, IRENA encourages governments to adopt enabling policies for renewable energy investments, provides practical tools and policy advice to accelerate renewable energy deployment, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to provide clean, sustainable energy for the world’s growing population.
With more than 170 countries, and the European Union actively engaged, IRENA helps countries achieve their clean energy potential and promotes renewable resources and technologies as the key to a sustainable future.
The Saudi Arabia Industry Association aspires to publish white-papers and research reports that aim to assist policy-makers on matters related to solar policies, standards, and product certifications.
The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association aspires to assist international solar companies establishing or contemplating the establishment of a representative office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The MENA region includes many of the most energy-advantaged countries in the world. While each of these nations shares of vast potential for solar energy, each has its own unique solar business model and cultural identity.
The Solar GCC Alliance exists to encourage each of its affiliate countries to pursue independent solar development, while simultaneously providing an infrastructure for international collaboration. Visit the affiliate sites listed below to learn more about solar initiatives in each member nation.
SEAS aims to facilitate the business of its Member companies, and thus developing Singapore as the regional center for the promotion of Energy Efficiency Technologies and Services, showcasing of Renewable Energy Technologies, Carbon Asset Management and Trading as well as Clean Energy Finance.
The Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) represents more than 3,200 mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, making it the largest industry association in Europe. The association represents the shared financial, technical and scientific interests of the mechanical engineering industry, especially with respect to national and international authorities and business groups. For the purposes of safeguarding of their interests, members are entitled to instruction, advice and assistance.
VDMA’s membership covers the entire process chain – in the field of mechanical engineering including associated tools and components, of process, production, manufacturing, drive-train and automation engineering, office and information technology, software, and product-related services, i.e. from components to plants, from system suppliers and system integrators through to service providers. The association reflects the diverse customer-supplier relationships along the whole value chain and promotes sector-specific and overarching cooperation.
VDMA is divided into 37 trade associations and working groups, cross-sector departments, branch offices in Berlin and Brussels, liaison offices in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Japan, Russia and Austria, international committees and forums, six state associations and several service organisations.
The Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA) was founded by PV-related industry and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). The TPVIA is a non-profit organization, that members is composed of covering all sectors of production and research, including: materials, solar cells, modules, systems technology, the accessories materials, manufacturing equipment and other industrial chain of upstream, middlestream and downstream, providing a platform for members to communicate with each other. Collecting the entire industrial opinion and communicate effectively with the government, establishing cooperation mechanism among industry, government, academy and researching organizations. Expect to make an effort for the global environmental protection, change the people attitude towards the use of energy, make solar power more closer to the people living.