The Photovoltaic Solar Energy Cluster in Castilla y León, CYLSOLAR, is looking towards South American markets in an attempt to become more international. This has been the most significant action approved by members at the latest meeting. The cluster will initiate a project aimed at becoming more international by presenting business opportunities for the photovoltaic solar market in Chile and Peru to member companies.
The activities to increase international presence, coordinated by the Investment and Services Agency of Castilla y León and with the support of the Economic and Employment Council of Castilla y León, are included in the Annual Action Plan for 2011 which has been approved by the cluster.
On this occasion, the general meeting was held in the Pevafersa company plant, one of the cluster members located in Toro (Zamora), and included a guided tour. Subsequent meetings will take place in the head offices of other cluster companies to foster good relations within the cluster.
At this first encounter, all cluster members enjoyed the opportunity to share experiences and progress with new joint projects within the field of photovoltaic solar energy.
The meeting informed participants of projects within the cluster and of advances in other fields, such as R&D, in which work completed by universities and technological centres is coming together with company research.
The Photovoltaic Solar Energy Cluster in Castilla y León was established in April 2010 and brings together companies belonging to the sector (manufacturers, installation companies, engineers), as well as research centres and groups, technological centres, universities and technology transfer platforms.
The cluster is promoted by the Regional Government of Castilla y León through the Investment and Services Agency (ADE), Directorate General of Industry, Regional Energy Council of Castilla y León (EREN) and the universities of Castilla y León.
The photovoltaic sector is significantly active within Castilla y León, with approximately 70 companies working in the sector as well as six technology centres and four universities.
These companies generate almost Euros 500 million of business and employ 1,300 staff. The photovoltaic cluster in Castilla y León includes all manufacturers of photovoltaic technology in the region, and this autonomous region has the highest number of manufacturers in comparison with the other regions in Spain even when added together.