The City of Light is working its eternal romantic magic on industry, it seems, with “hundreds of governments, businesses, and cities” forming new relationships and conceiving offspring groups committed to creating global networks in support of renewable energy, particularly in solar and geothermal.
One such new group, is the Global Solar Council (GSC), Jocelyn Timperly reports in Business Green. It gathers regional and national solar associations worldwide to share expertise, best practices, and accelerate development of the global solar market. That group’s new secretary-general John Smirnow said its hopes to see solar’s contribution to world primary energy grow from one percent today to 10% by 2030.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) also announced a Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) “to address investment challenges and create enabling conditions” for geothermal energy. That group aims to increase globally installed geothermal electricity generation by 500% and triple geothermal heating by 2030. “The world contains vast geothermal energy potential,” says IRENA. “But almost 90% remains untapped.”