On August 15, 2012 in São Paulo, international industry experts discuss trends and technologies from across the global solar industry, focusing chiefly on the development of the South American solar sector

São Paulo/Pforzheim/Freiburg, July 25, 2012 – On August 15, the Intersolar South America Summit is debuting in São Paulo, Brazil. By organizing this new event, Intersolar – the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry – is focusing for the first time on the South American solar industry, one of the most exciting future markets worldwide. The latest conditions and developments in international solar markets are discussed at the summit, with particular attention being given to the South American region. Here, solar power subsidies in Brazil, the role of Brazilian energy utilities, and the development opportunities for the Brazilian PV market occupy the spotlight. Presentations are showcasing a number of successfully completed PV projects to illustrate the enormous potential of the South American solar industry. The concluding panel discussion provides a forum to debate the specific measures that are necessary for realizing an efficient solar energy infrastructure in Brazil.

This year, the Intersolar South America Summit is taking place for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 15. The summit is a response from the organizers of Intersolar, the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry, to the increased importance of the South American solar market, which is fast becoming one of the most exciting future markets within the global solar sector. Divided into five different topic areas, the varied conference program provides a detailed insight into the solar industry's most important trends and topics – with Brazil in the limelight. The conference also offers the perfect platform to meet and discuss ideas with national and international representatives and to forge new contacts.

Growth markets, efficient energy supply and technologies of the future
Many key markets worldwide are now faced with the question of how politics and the economy will shape energy supply in the future. The conference's first topic area therefore focuses on the various political and economic conditions and requirements in different markets. The presentation series is introduced by Dr. Murray Cameron, Vice President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Solar AG, Sulzemoos, who provides an overview of international growth markets. Professor Volker Wittwer, advisor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, then speaks on solar energy's importance for future energy supply: This presentation focuses on topics including the latest technological developments in photovoltaics. In the following presentation, Thomas Maslin, Associate Director of IHS Emerging Energy Research, Cambridge, USA, analyzes the South American solar market and its further opportunities for growth.

Brazilian solar market shows enormous potential
Developments in the South American solar market, particularly in Brazil, are currently being observed with keen interest by companies in the international solar industry. Above all, the question of how signals from the Brazilian government will impact on the industry and the market's future potential are commanding the spotlight. For this reason, the second set of conference talks concentrates on subjects including the net metering remuneration system recently introduced by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency, the Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL). A further presentation entitled PV 3.0 – Self-Sustaining PV Markets: Brazil as an Example examines the development of photovoltaics into a self-supporting energy solution. The speaker is Prof. Stefan Krauter PHD, Professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Paderborn, as well as founder and CEO of Rio Solar Ltda., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The third section of the program presents new business sectors that are arising out of the enormous investment potential within photovoltaics (PV) in Brazil. Further talks showcase PV projects that have been successfully realized in Brazil as well as a possible roadmap for constructing large-scale PV plants in South America. The speakers include Louis Parous, Managing Director of Strategy for South America at centrotherm photovoltaics AG, Blaubeuren and Klaus Gehrlicher, founder and CEO of Gehrlicher Solar AG, Aschheim.

Open dialogue among participants finds a forum in the final part of the conference. Here, conference attendees gain the opportunity to ask questions concerning all the topics affecting the solar industry in South America. The South America Summit concludes with a panel discussion centering on the specific measures that must be taken in order for the Brazilian solar market to enjoy a successful future.

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About Intersolar
With over 3,500 exhibitors and 120,000+ visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry.
The Intersolar South America Summit is taking place for the first time in 2012 as a conference event in São Paulo, Brazil.

Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans more than 20 years. After Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany, Intersolar North America in San Francisco opened for the first time in 2008. This was followed by Intersolar India in 2009, which has been held in Mumbai since 2010, and Intersolar China in Beijing, which was launched in 2011.

The Intersolar South America Summit is organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI).

Organizer contact:
Solar Promotion International GmbH | P.O. Box 100 170 | 75101 Pforzheim, Germany
Tina Engelhard | Tel.: +49 7231 58598-0 | Fax: +49 7231 58598-28 |

Press contact:
fischerAppelt, relations | Infanteriestraße 11a | 80797 Munich, Germany
Robert Schwarzenböck | Tel. +49 89 747466-23 | Fax +49 89 747466-66 |

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