7 May 2012 – Representatives of international companies in the solar photovoltaic industry announced in early May the founding of the Global Solar Council, a CEO level industry coalition whose aim is to expand the global deployment of solar energy in a sustainable and cost competitive way.

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. They will emphasise 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 Global Solar Council’s role is complementary to regional trade associations and other stakeholders. Members will work in concert with organisations such as EPIA, APVIA, and SEIA to support their efforts on a global level.