SEIA - Solar Events at COP16

 

U.S. and Global Solar Industry Present Accelerated Solar Solution at U.N. Climate Talks
Global solar industry shows capacity to create more jobs, produce clean energy and fight climate change worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), along with more than 40 leading solar industry organizations from around the world, highlight solar energy's potential for job growth, increased clean energy capacity and pollution reduction with a new report and at a series of events at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico on Monday, December 6, 2010.

The group produced a report showing that by 2020, combined world solar deployment could reach a level that reduces carbon pollution by 570 megatonnes, an amount equivalent to taking 110 million cars off the road or shutting down 100 large coal plants*.

Together the U.S. and European Union alone are projected to create more than 1.8 million solar jobs and to reach 700 gigawatts of solar electric capacity and 280 gigawatts-thermal of solar thermal capacity by 2020. The United States is projected to create nearly 700,000 jobs and reduce 117 megatonnes of carbon emissions by 2020.

In addition to SEIA's official events below, the association presents an exhibit booth at Cancun Messe from Monday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 10, and displays an installation of solar photovoltaic powered 'dancing' flower sculptures at the Moon Palace Hotel where delegates are meeting. The solar flowers are part of a global petition effort to encourage world leaders to enact policies that accelerate solar deployment. Solar flowers will be delivered to political leaders around the world following the event and donations will be used to fund solar projects in developing countries.

Also, a new solar energy system now powers the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, owned by Palace Resorts and host site for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The 130-kilowatt project was led by Enel Green Power, with support from the Italian Ministry of the Environment and SEMARNAT, the Mexican Environment Ministry. The thin-film, lightweight solar photovoltaic panels were produced by SEIA member United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENER).

SEIA NEWS CONFERENCE
Official UNFCCC News Conference

WHAT:

News conference describing the U.S.'s potential to become the world's largest solar market within five years and related job creation. With anticipated growth of 10,000 megawatts annually, the industry can displace 10 coal plants per year and power 2 million households. Smart policies such as the U.S. Treasury Grant program have already helped grow solar by 40 percent annually over the last decade. Currently, solar employs 93,000 Americans in all 50 states. With the right policies in place, solar energy can support 440,000 jobs in five years.

WHO:

 

Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Martha Duggan, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs,
ECD/United Solar
John Stanton, Vice President, Government Affairs, SolarCity
WHEN: Monday, December 6, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Press Conference Room 2, Moon Palace

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SOLAR POWERING THE PLANET: FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CREATING JOBS TODAY
Official UNFCC Side Event

WHAT: Event highlighting a comprehensive report by solar industry organizations from around the world, showing the industry's ability to create jobs, deliver clean energy and combat climate change.
WHO:

Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (U.S.A.)
Ingmar Wilhelm, President, European Photovoltaic Industry Association
Simon Rolland, Policy and Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification
WHEN: Monday, December 6, 2010, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: Room 4 (Room Aguila), Cancún Messe

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SOLAR RECEPTION
Official event at the U.S. Center

WHAT:
Solar industry leaders from around the world host a reception to highlight the solar industry's role as a solution technology in combating climate change.
WHO:
Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (U.S.A.)
Ingmar Wilhelm, President, European Photovoltaic Industry Association
WHEN: Monday, December 6, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (CST)
WHERE: U.S. Center, Cancún Messe

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Background Materials
SEIA® policy overview of Treasury Grant Program: Policy
SEIA® and GTM Research U.S. Solar Market InsightTM
www.SolarCOP16.org
Electronic copy of the "Seizing the Solar Solution" report: http://www.seia.org/galleries/pdf/SEIA-COP16_LR.pdf

Photo of solar on Moon Palace Hotel, site of the U.N. delegate climate talks:
http://www.seia.org/galleries/default-image/MoonPalace_Uni-solar_array.jpg