International Solar Energy Society June Newsletter – The Global Voice for Renewable Energy

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Sunburst Column

A column by Dr. Dave Renné, ISES President


UN Climate Change Conference Delegates Urge Faster and More Ambitious Action on Clean Energy


Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend three days of the Bonn Intersessional Climate Change Conference, known as SB50, organized by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference. These conferences, held every year in June, and always in Bonn, are intended to provide the climate negotiators from national governments and civil society with an opportunity to work on interim steps that lead up to the more comprehensive negotiations that take place at the end of every year at what are known as the Conferences of the Parties (COPs).


This year ISES was involved in a very special event that was held on the Saturday (22 June) that falls between the two-week conference: the first World REnew Day, organized by our REN-Alliance partner, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), and the GO100%Renewable Energy Platform.

The first World REnew Day was structured as an outdoor festival of free music and speeches at an outdoor setting in front on the UN Buildings where SB50 was being held. Stefan Gsänger, the Executive Director of the WEEA, and Rian van Staden, the Executive Director of the Platform, handled all of the organization logistics. ISES was an official supporter of the event, and I was one of the speakers. The plan is for World RENew Day to become an annual global event that falls on the first Saturday after the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice. (…)

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Society News

News from the ISES Solar World Congress

Registration is now open for the ISES Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Hotel information and registration for the technical tour is also available.


Congress registration is now open, and the discounted Early-bird rate is available until 31 August 2019. ISES members can also take advantage of a special member discount of over US $120 off the regular registration rate. Discount codes for ISES members were sent via an exclusive members mailing. Should you have questions about your membership discount, please send an email to [email protected].


– Registration for the SWC 2019 technical tour is also open. The one-day trip to the Chilean Atacama Desert will take the participants to three solar sites, the Atacama Desert Solar Platform, Cerro Dominador and the Minera Centinela. Spaces are limited.


– For your stay in Santiago, two exclusive congress hotels with a limited number of discounted rooms for participants of the Solar World Congress have been secured. Participants can book rooms at discounted rates at either the Regal Pacific or the ICON Hotel. Remember to book early. Instructions on how to book your discounted room at the congress hotels are now available on the Solar World Congress homepage.


Exciting sponsorship opportunities for your company or institution are also available here – join the Solar World Congress and its unique global solar audience and benefit from this great event.