The industrial sector of photovoltaic energy in the Asia-Pacific have announced May 7, 2010 creating a new organization to coordinate their efforts. Its first meeting was held in Shanghai the next day.

Asian countries have intensified efforts in recent years to develop renewable energy including solar photovoltaics. If Japan had long held the world’s leading producer, countries like China, Taiwan or Korea has developed an industry increasingly powerful in the industry. The industry associations from six countries have decided to associate to enhance their ties.

The new Asian-Pacific PV Industry Council (APPIC) will consolidate seven groups of industrial sector Photovoltaic: Photovoltaic Association Australia (APVA), the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREI), the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), the Korea New & Renewable Energy Association (KNREA), Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA), the Shanghai New Energy Industry Association ( SNEIA) and the Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA).

The APPIC has no permanent office. The Chair will be rotated every two years by the associations that comprise it. The first president was Japanese. Members will meet regularly every year to discuss ways to promote photovoltaic systems in the Asian-Pacific. They will be based on joint data on production and markets of different countries that each member should compile.

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