Russia and Bulgaria plan event to foster new partnerships



A B2B forum scheduled to run from October 12th to 14th has been arranged with the intention of creating some form of cooperation between solar ventures and plans in Russia and Bulgaria. The “Rising Opportunities – 1st Russian Bulgarian Solar Business Forum” will take place in the Palm Beach hotel in Golden Sands, Bulgaria, and all important actors in both the solar PV and solar thermal sectors are expected to attend.

Organised by SolarPVconsulting, Eco Power 2009 and with the support of the BPVA (Bulgarian Photovoltaic Industry Association) and Via Expo, the event aims to further publicise the potential of Bulgaria in particular as a future major player in the industry while also highlighting Russia’s strengths in the area.

“The forum will be held a few days after announcing the draft of New FiT law, which should introduce fixed rates of FiT and in the same time remove the biggest bottleneck in the development of the Bulgarian market – financial uncertainty” says Nikola Gazdov, chairman of BPVA and vice chairman of the forum.

The two-day forum will feature speakers and presentations from both Bulgarian and Russian industry players and investors at the Palm Beach hotel, which has been reserved wholly for the purposes of the forum. A networking area featuring booths of major solar actors and investors will be available, as will networking board and meeting rooms.

Following the two-day event, attendees will be invited to visit some solar parks and major Bulgarian industrial facilities.

“Major solar companies such as Kvant, Hevel Solar, Conti (Sun Wind) or Nitol have already confirmed their attendance,” commented Sergey I. Plekhanov, CEO of Kvant and Chairman of the Forum. “Russia and Bulgaria have a very good experience of working together in other industries, so everything predicts their bright future in the solar business.”

Tomasz Slusarz, CEO of SolarPVconsulting, added: “We also see real opportunities for joint venture manufacturing in the region and there is a need for reliable and credible factory builders and equipment suppliers. This is why one session will be solely devoted to this topic with participation of leading companies in the field.”

Further information on the event is available here.

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