Leading solar companies join force to expand deployment

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Leading solar companies including First Solar and Suntech are joining forces to found the Global Solar Council to expand the deployment of solar power.

The Global Solar Council, which aims to bring together representatives from manufacturers, project developers and financiers, will lobby policymakers around the world to adopt solar power more widely as an affordable, sustainable and cost-competitive energy supply.

Other founding members include semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials, Dow Corning, DuPont, Lanco Solar and Phoenix Solar.
Roland-Jan Meijer, who has been appointed executive director of the new organisation, commented:
“The Global Solar Council is an important and timely industry initiative. It demonstrates a strong commitment by key players in the sector to work together to continue to make solar energy a global success.”

The Council says it will take on a complementary role to regional trade organisations like the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), supporting their efforts globally.

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