Signify champions innovative technologies at first World Solar Technology Summit


    November 3, 2020


    Signify CEO Eric Rondolat spoke at the Global CEO Session about the ways that solar power technologies can help meet an increasing global demand for energy


    September 8 this year was noteworthy for two reasons:

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    International Solar Alliance


    The World Solar Technology Summit was a virtual opportunity for renewable energy stakeholders to connect on innovations in solar technology and build momentum for the shift toward more sustainable growth.

    The Global CEOs session was moderated by Jeanette Rodriques, from Bloomberg News, and included six CEOs from the lighting, engineering, and banking sectors.


    The topic was “How an innovation ecosystem could be promoted to expand the solar energy landscape worldwide.” The different CEOs shared their vision and challenges on scaling solar and other renewable energy and storage to reach a sustainable energy scenario.


    Our CEO Eric Rondolat took the opportunity to show the role solar lighting can play.

    Solar lighting reduces light poverty


    When Eric joined Signify in 2012 there were around 1.1 billion people in the world living without electricity. Today the figure is around 840 million. Access provided by the Indian government has helped facilitate this reduction, but more work remains to be done.


    In India, Signify solar lighting can be found in more than 30,000 villages. That’s good news, but there’s more work to be done; there are 629,000 villages in India alone. To achieve lighting in these villages requires both:

    • Centralized solar systems – power from solar parks fed into the grid.
    • Distributed solar power – solar power from panels on rooftops and street lighting poles as well as solar lanterns.


    Access to financing and newer business models can transform communities and secure significant socio-economic results. As Eric said, “This is an investment of $1 billion a year for universal access by 2030. That should be our goal.”

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    Why solar power

    The development of solar power technologies is one of many ways to help meet an increasing global demand for energy. Since the Paris Agreement was signed, wind and solar have doubled their share of global electricity generation.


    Sustained action is still necessary to meet climate targets. Even with a rapid drop in solar technology costs in recent years, the overall costs remain high. Incentives and subsidies, are critical for the expansion of the solar energy market. However to cut the overall burden the solar energy market need solutions in innovative approaches.

    Since the Paris Agreement was signed, wind and solar have doubled their share of global electricity generation"

    In total, 26,000 people participated in this summit, which was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. It was a welcome industry-wide coming together, showing that solar technologies have a big role to play in meeting the growing global demand for energy.

    About the author:

    Imaan Faruqui

    Imaan Faruqui


    Global Integrated Communications

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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2022, we had sales of EUR 7.5 billion, approximately 35,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for six consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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