Global Solar Market Outlook Launch Conference Agenda


DAY 1 | Tuesday, June 16th

Time Session
08:00am-09:00am Participant login / registration
09:00am-09:05am Welcome: Markus Elsaesser – CEO Solar Promotion / Intersolar
09:05am-09:15am Welcome: Aristotelis Chantavas – President SolarPower Europe
09:15am-09:25am Keynote: Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
09:25am-09:30am Break

Launch: Global Market Outlook 2020-2024 – What to expect from solar as the lowest cost power generation technology at the start of the new decade?

SolarPower Europe’s latest Global Market Outlook provides details and a 5-year forecast on solar PV developments around the globe. This session includes a solar quiz, the presentation of the GMO’s key findings, followed by a Q&A.

Presentation: Michael Schmela – Executive Advisor at SolarPower Europe

10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break/Q&A GMO launch

GMO Panel debate – How to harvest enough solar power to meet the Paris Climate targets?

This session will shed light on the key global trends for the solar sector and reflect on the latest global and European developments as an increasing number of countries is striving for carbon neutrality to meet the Paris Climate targets. What role can solar play to deliver sustainable growth in EU and beyond to meet the Paris targets - and what is needed to get there? What are the lessons learnt from one continent to another?

  • Keynote speech: Ditte Juul Jørgensen – Director General DG ENER, European Commission
  • Moderator: Aurélie Beauvais – CEO ad Interim, SolarPower Europe
  • Panel:
    • Rana Adib, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
    • Mechthild Wörsdörfer – Director of Sustainability, Technology & Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA)
    • Gulnara Abdullina – General Manager, Middle East & Africa, Jinko Solar


12:30pm-02:00pm Lunch
02:00pm- 03:30pm

COVID-19 Session – What solar needs to leave the virus impacts quickly behind?

Like many other sectors, solar has been severely impacted by COVID-19. This session will discuss the impacts of the virus on the solar business around the world, from changing market perspectives to industry adaptations along the PV value chain.

Moderator: Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe
• Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO & Founder, EUPD Research – Presentation: The COVID-19 Solar & Storage Business Climate Index –Reliable Information on Market Developments During the Global Pandemic and Beyond
• Gianni Chianetta – Chairman, Global Solar Council – Presentation: Results of the GSC sector poll on impacts of COVID-19 on global solar markets
• Alessandro Boschi, Head of Renewable Energy Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)


03:30pm-04:00pm Virtual Drinks & Networking
04:00pm End Day 1


DAY 2 | Wednesday, June 17th

Time Session
09:00am-10:00am Participant login / registration

China – A next growth phase?

After Chinese solar demand has decreased over the last 2 years due to market restructuring, analysts expect a new growth phase in the world’s largest PV market as of 2020. The session will discuss solar’s role in China over the next 5 years.

Presentation: China Market Outlook (20 minutes)

Ru Jialin, Senior Researcher, Public Affairs Department, China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA)

Q&A (25 minutes)

10:45am-11:15am Coffee Break

India – Towards 100 GW in time?

India has an ambitious 100 GW solar target by FY 2022. While the solar market has grown fast and the country has emerged as one of the world’s top three markets in recent years, India has nearly two thirds of its solar way to go to meet its target. The session will look into what the country is likely to achieve under the current policy framework.

Presentation: Indian Market Outlook (20 minutes)

Subrahmanyam Pulipaka – CEO, National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI)

Q&A (25 minutes)

12:00pm-02:00pm Lunch Break

Brazil – How to continue solar growth despite COVID-19

Brazil has become a solid GW-scale solar market in recent years. With COVID-19 hitting hard Latin America’s largest country, this session will discuss what the near future holds for solar in Brazil.

Presentation: Brazil Market Outlook (20 minutes)

Rodrigo Sauaia – CEO, Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association – ABSOLAR

Q&A (25 minutes)

02:45pm-03:15pm Break

US – What’s the future drivers for growth?

Carried by an attractive investment tax credit and policy frameworks in various states, solar has been a success story in the US, the only two-digit GW annual market next to China in the last few years. With the ITC level now decreasing, the session will discuss further drivers to keep the solar momentum in the US.

Presentation: US Market Outlook (20 minutes)

Ravi Manghani, Head of Solar at Wood Mackenzie

Q&A (25 minutes)

04:00pm End Day 2


DAY 3 | Thursday, June 18th

Time Session
09:00am-10:00am Participant login/registration

Middle East Session – Solar growth at record low power levels

This session will discuss solar demand in a promising solar region where a number of auctions have led to world record low power purchase agreements for solar power.

Presentation: Middle East Market Outlook (20 minutes)

Gurmeet Kaur, Board member, Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA)

Q&A (25 minutes)

10:45am-11:15am Coffee Break

Europe Session – How to keep the general growth momentum post COVID-19

Solar in Europe has recently started a new strong growth phase that has been suddenly interrupted by COVID-19. This session has solar industry association representatives of Europe’s hottest
markets share their views on the key challenges and opportunities ahead.

Moderator: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor at SolarPower Europe

  • Short intro presentations & panel:
    • Jose Donoso – General Director, UNEF, Spain
    • Amelie Veenstra – Policy Director, Holland Solar, The Netherlands
    • Artem Semenyshyn – CEO, ASEU, Ukraine
    • Alexandre Roesch – CEO, SER, France


12:45pm-01:00pm Closing speech: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor at SolarPower Europe
01:00pm End Day 3