The Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) and the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) have formed a partnership to promote solar energy and promote the interests of the solar sector in Spain and India. The presidents of both organizations signed a collaboration agreement committing them to the solar cause on November, 20, 2017.
Specifically, the collaboration agreement calls for cooperation in commercial missions, the exchange of good practices, as well as the sharing of technical and regulatory information.
According to UNEF President Jorge Barredo, “In India photovoltaics is cheaper than coal and India is one of the countries with the greatest potential in the development of solar energy, with the forecast of reaching 100 GW in 2022.”
UNEF is the sectorial association of photovoltaic solar energy in Spain. Formed by more than 250 companies, entities, and groups of the entire technology value chain, UNEF represents more than 85 percent of the activity of the sector in Spain and brings together almost everything: producers, installers, engineers, raw material manufacturers, modules and components, distributors, and consultants.
NSEFI represents solar energy companies throughout the entire photovoltaic value chain. The organization is committed to promoting solar energy by promoting favorable policies and raising awareness of the advantages of solar energy.
The collaboration is good news for the Indian solar sector. The standards used in Spain are the same as those used elsewhere in the European Union. The collaboration allows for the exchange of good practices and technical information. Indian manufacturers and the entire supply chain can utilize the vital information that will be exchanged by UNEF.
This collaboration may in the future lead to creation of a market for Indian photovoltaic exports to Spain as Indian manufacturers implement the best practices and scale up with standard equipment and manufacturing processes.
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Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.