PV Business Tour Germany "Focus on Investments"

Photovoltaic solar energy, or PV, is one of the most promising sustainable energy sources currently available. SolarPlaza is organising a Business Tour to Germany for those who want to stay ahead of the game. Germany is the global leader in terms of new PV installations.

Rotterdam, 8 september 2006 -- Photovoltaic solar energy, or PV, is one of the most promising sustainable energy sources currently available. The market share of this form of energy is still relatively small when expressed in percentages but the investments made are not to be sneezed at. Countries such as Germany, Japan, Spain and the USA are investing more and more in this form of energy; large solar energy plants are shooting up everywhere and companies are floating their shares. Basically, an industry is in the making.


SolarPlaza is organising a Business Tour to Germany for those who want to stay ahead of the game. Germany is the global leader in terms of new PV installations.
The tour will be held from 29 October to 2 November. Participants of the tour will be given the opportunity to visit quoted companies such as Ersol, Q-cells, Aleo Solar and SolarWorld, to learn from these companies and to explore new ideas with German industry leaders. Some of the companies we are going to visit such as SolarWorld have doubled (!) their share price within a year while others such as Aleo Solar only went public a few weeks ago. Furthermore, visits to large successful projects such as large-scale solar farms are part of the business tour.

The German market
In terms of installed solar power per year, Germany is the biggest market in the world. This year, Germany will beat Japan as the world leader in total installed solar power. The total installed solar power doubled in 2005! The market size is now estimated at 4 billion euros.

Most of the solar power is generated by smaller systems (<50kWp) but the last years very large-scale projects have been developed and built. Most of the world's largest solar farms (>1 MW) are located in Germany. During the SolarPlaza tour we will visit two of these solar farms.

Several German companies in the PV industry went public in 2005; both manufactures and system integrators. SolarPlaza will give the participants of the Germany tour the opportunity to visit the largest players of the world's leading quoted PV manufacturers and meet their executives.

The programme
The programme is fully organised and includes presentations introducing the German PV market and several visits to the world's silicon, cell and module manufacturers. A special symposium dedicated to investments in solar energy has been organised for the tour.

There are many options when it comes to financing large-scale solar farms. These options range from large institutional investors to special Solar Funds involving private investors.

The symposium will be followed by visits to large-scale solar farms. Participants will have the opportunity to extend their network further within Germany during a "meet and greet" session with several German PV companies and, during the tour, with the other international delegates. Berlin will be the base of the tour where we will be staying at 4 star hotels.

Business executives, new market entrants, investors interested in the opportunities offered by a very fast growing and dynamic market and executives interested in developing partnership networks and market opportunities are very welcome to join the trade mission. For details see: http://www.solarplaza.com/content/pagina/PV Business Tour Germany/43733

About SolarPlaza
SolarPlaza is responsible for the organisation. The all-inclusive fee for the tour is € 3,450. All persons interested in experiencing and exploring the biggest solar market in the world can register. SolarPlaza members will be given priority. The details of the complete programme for this international trade mission and a registration form are available on our website: www.solarplaza.com, the global solar PV marketplace for trade and information.

Following the success of the previous business tour to China, which was fully booked, companies interested are advised to register quickly. The number of delegates will be limited.

Contact:
Frits Verhoef
SOLARPLAZA
P.O. Box 2299
3000 CG Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 10 280 9198
Fax: +31 10 280 7265
Website: www.solarplaza.com
E-mail: f.verhoef@solarplaza.com



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