French Solar Energy Experts on U.S Tour from Sept 26-30
This week, a group of 10 French experts working in the field of solar energy will be in Washington DC, Denver and San Francisco to meet with their American counterparts to exchange on the topic of photovoltaic systems, one of the four sources of solar energy. Through exchanges with renowned American scientists, entrepreneurs and American officials, this group hopes to learn from American scientific research to foster innovation at home and promote American and foreign partnership opportunities. While in the Silicon Valley area, the group will have the opportunity to meet with the business community and exchange best practices to help the growth of the photovoltaic industry in France.
According to a 2010 joint report by the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry and the French Ministry of Environment, photovoltaic energy is a source with great potential but its usage remains limited because of high production cost, representing only 0.4 % of the 23% objective of energy produced by renewable energy in 2020.
However, the development of new energy sources has been shown to have a positive impact on job creation. According to a new report [Fr] from ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency), 90,000 jobs have been created in green sectors in France between 2006 and 2008.
These jobs have been created mostly in the fields of energy conservation and the development of renewable energy.
Overall, the French green sectors now employ over 294,000 jobs. The ADEME is optimistic that this trend will continue and believes an additional 200,000 jobs could be created by 2012.
The energy conservation and renewable energy sectors grew by 28 percent and represent a market worth €50 billion ($75 billion). They could grow to up to €90 billion ($135 billion) by 2012.