Day: 13th September, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Solar energy technologies (solar photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) continue to show strong global growth in sales and implementation. The most remarkable growth continues to be with solar PV, where global capacity exceeded 300 GW by the end of 2016. This growth is a result of falling prices, favorable policies, access to capital, and continuously improving system reliability. The LCOE for solar PV has dropped so dramatically that by the end of 2016 this technology is becoming competitive with most fossil and nuclear power generation technologies, and is approaching on-shore wind. In many regions PV is now the cheapest power source, which further accelerates its capacity growth. Recently, market growth for CSP and SHC technologies has slowed due to a variety of factors. For example, economic conditions in China have slowed its solar thermal market, which has traditionally been the strongest market for solar heating technologies. Nevertheless, by the end of 2016 CSP installations exceeded 5 GW, and SHC technologies approach 400 GWth.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
Mind the gap: how can solar power rapidly bend the emissions curve closing the gap between the Paris 2oC target and the Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs)?
Show me the money: What are the principle barriers to scaling investment in solar to the required trillion dollar level?
Get connected: How can large quantities of VRE be effectively and economically integrated into the electricity system, especially in emerging markets?
Off-grid energy access: How can solar best meet the needs of the 1.2 billion people who do not currently have access to reliable electricity services?
How low can we go?: Where is solar LCOE headed and what are consequence of near zero cost electricity?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. Cédric Philibert, Energy and Climate Change Analyst, IEA
Other Panelists TBC