SEIA - Global Industry Leaders Issue Report on Potential of Solar Energy to Quickly Deploy and Reduce Millions of Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions

The global solar power industry has come together as one unified voice to demonstrate that solar energy is a simple, practical solution that can quickly deploy for a reduced-carbon present and future.

·         Deploying solar energy presents a concrete measure nations can take to reduce carbon emissions now.

·         Nations have used a variety of policy measures to successfully stimulate the growth of solar energy markets.

·         Solar energy technologies are available now and ready to deliver energy with environmental and economic benefits.

·         Employing solar energy allows developing nations to leapfrog past traditional energy sources to clean, sustainable technology and reach underserved populations in rural locales.

Solar Energy Events at UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen

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What: Press conference (all media welcome): Solar Energy and COP15

When: December 14, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: International Press Center, Vestergade 2, 2nd Floor, DK-1456 Tel. +45 33 13 16 15,

Topic: Global solar industry leaders highlight the significant impact solar energy technologies can have on combating climate change, review the policies that drive accelerated deployment of solar, and take questions from the media.

What: BINGO side event (COP15 accredited participants only): How U.S. Solar Can Help Combat Global Warming While Growing the Economy

When: December 15, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen

Topic: The U.S. solar energy market has expanded dramatically and is poised to become the largest in the world. With the right policies, solar energy technologies can satisfy 12 percent of America’s electricity needs by 2020 and displace more than 350 megatons of carbon dioxide, while creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Industry leaders review the Solar Bill of Rights - the basic reforms needed to deploy more solar sooner, reducing energy costs and harmful pollution.

What: Press briefing (COP15 accredited media only): Photovoltaics: potential to become a mainstream energy provider in Europe, developing countries and beyond

When: December 15, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room: Asger Jorn, Hall H of the Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen

Topic: Photovoltaics can become a mainstream electricity source in Europe by 2020, representing up to 12% of electricity demand by 2020 if certain conditions are met. This way, Europe would save more than 200 million tons of CO2/year. The impact could be even bigger with a global commitment to this target. Senior representatives of the European photovoltaics industry will present new figures, analysis and business scenarios on the role that this booming renewable technology can, and will, play in the future of combating climate change, not only in Europe but also within developing countries and beyond.

What: Press briefing (COP15 accredited media only): Expanding Solar Energy in the United States

When: December 16, 2009, 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Room Asger Jorn, Hall H of the Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen

Topic: U.S. Solar industry leaders discuss the domestic 2020 target for solar energy capacity and its impact on combating climate change, creating jobs and driving economic growth.  Representatives will review the role of key policy articulated by the Solar Bill of Rights in reaching this target and will take questions from the media.

What: Side event (COP15 accredited participants only): Seizing Solar Power: Key to Reducing CO2 Emissions Now

When: December 16, 2009, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Room Niels Bohr, Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen

Topic: Solar industry organizations from around the world present new global figures, analyses and business scenarios on the role that currently available solar energy technology can, and will, play in combating climate change. They also review the critical policies that drive accelerated deployment of solar energy.

You can also speak to experts at the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s booth in Hall H at the Bella Centre from Saturday 12 December to Friday 18 December.


There is growing recognition around the world of solar power’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing climate catastrophe. It’s not just the industry pushing solar power. Scientists and other leading energy experts agree that solar energy has the potential to meet the world’s growing energy needs and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time. For example, California scientific experts Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi believe that 100 percent of the world’s energy can be supplied by clean renewable energy sources as early as 2030, with solar power playing a crucial role in a “smart mix.” We agree that the obstacles are “primarily political, not technical.”

Beyond the developed world, there are 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. Many of them live in areas ideally situated to benefit from cost-effective, reliable solar power. Solar provides the opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog traditional fossil fuel dependency and meet their needs with clean, efficient solar power.

Solar energy is not only the single cleanest form of energy generation, the technology is ready now to provide energy at any scale, from a kilowatt to megawatts. Solar power creates jobs and instantly lifts the economic condition in developing countries by providing access to electricity. These technologies can be deployed faster, with local labor, at comparable cost to traditional fuel sources.

About SolarCOP15:

This initiative has been endorsed by more than 40 of the major trade associations from around the globe that represent the various types of solar power technologies. A full list of members can be found on our website. The activities of SolarCOP15 are managed and implemented by the European Photovoltaic Industry (EPIA) and the US-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). and

About EPIA:

With over 200 members active along the whole value chain, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world’s largest industry association devoted to the solar photovoltaic electricity market. www.epia.orgA study on photovoltaics conducted by EPIA with the strategic management consultancy A.T. Kearney, SET For 2020, outlines how photovoltaics can become a mainstream energy supplier in Europe by 2020.

About SEIA:

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of U.S. solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar 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.