David Wedepohl, Managing Director International Affairs David Wedepohl is a radio journalist by training who studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience included working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a senior press and public diplomacy officer. He first came in touch with the solar industry while working for an American consulting company before taking up his job as director communications and markets at the German Solar Association, also serving as the organization's spokesperson. He now holds the position of managing director international affairs and is responsible for the association's international activities. Among those are projects in North, West and Southern Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the US.
09:35 am - 09:55 am
After a spell of stagnation, the European PV market is back! Currently in a growth phase expected to continue beyond 2020, the market's recovery is due in no small part to the EU's Clean Energy Package. However, marked cost improvements, the emergence of corporate renewable PPAs, and new innovations and applications have also helped to revitalize the market. This session will explore how the European solar PV market is expected to evolve in the years ahead, considering among other aspects the emergence of merchant solar, innovative business models, and the need to tackle climate change.