TOURING THE SOLAR WORLD: DELHI TO MUNICH TO SAN FRANCISCO TO BEIJING
A recent visit to from New Delhi to Intersolar Munich has shown that the solar world is still buzzing. The main threat to the industry is not the current mismatch of supply and demand and slowing growth rates, but a disturbing trend towards protectionism and provincialism that can be observed in all major markets. Changing our energy set-up has always been a global challenge and a global project. We have benefited tremendously from the internationalization of the PV industry. Costs have come down so rapidly that we are at the threshold of a world where solar can compete without subsidy. We need uninhibited competition and trade to now make it a reality.
The solar industry is more robust and more sober now than two years ago
There is a worrying trend towards local thinking – both, on the industry side and on the market side
The industry as a whole would benefit enormously from uninhibited trade.