A new trade group: SOLARUNITED — formally known as the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association — was formed in September 2014. IPVEA was established in May 2008 and is an independent, non-profit organization focused on manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic cells used for solar energy. As the solar market has since matured into a significant contributor to meeting the world’s energy needs, a broader opportunity has presented itself to promoting a path of cooperation and mutual support in achieving proactive solutions among all sectors within the solar power generation and energy storage technology value chain. Hence, SOLARUNITED!
“The concept behind IPVEA expanding its mission and the new SOLARUNITED name is that we want to unite through a collaborative approach the whole solar industry value chain as well as associated industries, such as energy storage, utilities and grid operators,” says SOLARUNITED president Eric Ast, who is also senior manager of global business development at Multi-Contact.
SOLARUNITED managing director Bryan Ekus says: “This idea wasn’t something that just came overnight. It was something that we have been working on for a long time in discussion with our members.”
International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA)
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.
British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA)
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.
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Joint Forces for Solar Global
Joint Forces for Solar is a global synergy of stakeholders along the solar value chain. The initiative builds a bridge between the individual links of the value chain and offers a platform where opinions, ideas and expertise can be shared that ultimately strengthen the industry going forward.
Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association
The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) is a non profit, non governmental association which aims to promote solar power in the Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East. Members of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association are drawn from all sectors of the solar industry, including photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar thermal. Membership is also offered to suppliers to the solar industry such as glass, steel and engineering companies.
DCTI – The German CleanTech Institute
The DCTI offers consulting and analysis services which together with an array of publications generate knowledge vital for the CleanTech branch. The independent economic research institute facilitates interaction and networking among CleanTech stakeholders from industry, politics, business, science and the media in Germany, Europe and worldwide.