Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association (KOPIA)

Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association (KOPIA)

Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association (KOPIA) is a national PV industry association consisting of 100 members which are the major PV companies Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association is the only government approved national PV association dedicated to the photovoltaic industry with 90 members representing all facets of the photovoltaic value chain in Korea.

Company details

6F Taeyang 21 B/D, 832-21 Yeoksam-dong , Seoul , Gangnam-gu 135080 South Korea

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Energy - Solar Power
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:
2008

KOPIA(Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association) is a non-profit organization authorized by the Ministry of Knowledge and the Economy   
KOPIA is a national PV association dedicated to the photovoltaic industry and represents all facets of the PV value chain in Korea at national and international level. It was established in 2008 in order to promote the Korean PV industry.

Our objectives are to establish the best legal framework to boost the Korean PV industry, facilitate PV business opportunities through market research and support,

stimulate interest in cutting-edge PV technologies & application, and raise the public awareness of PV by providing the best information and knowledge possible.

Korea aims to become one of the top five global PV nations in 2015.

To this end, Korea is concentrating its efforts on strategic R&D, industrialization and industry promotion;
market creation, export increase, and the improvement of long-term business growth infrastructure. In order to fulfill this goal efficiently, KOPIA is committed to reform regulation, assist in technology R&D, expand domestic market foundation as well as support domestic PV players to expand their business on a global scale.

There are about ninety company members ranging from those who produce polysilicon, cell, and module products to those who are system integrators. Some of the large companies include Hyundai Heavy Industries, OCI, Shinsung Solar Energy, LG Electronics, Hanwha Chemicals, and Samsung SDI. All ninety members play a crucial role in the PV industry.

The Korean government has been pushing “low carbon, green growth” as a major agenda, holding campaigns to reduce Asia's fourth-largest economy's dependence on oil and gas imports and tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Also the government mapped out a plan to raise its renewable energy sector as a key exporting industry, boosting its competitiveness in renewable energy, aiming to join the world's top five countries in the sector.

Policy Development

  • Securing the best legislative and regulatory framework for the expansion of the PV industry
  • Removing market barriers and extending R&D tax credit
  • Advising local authorities how to accelerate the deployment of solar energy
  • Providing information on legislation that will have impact on the PV sector
  • Doing research on policy and market potential
  • ex. domestic deployment potential, Korean PV industry competitiveness, global market outlook. etc

PV Promotion

  • Expediting the expansion of PV business activity in Korea
  • Consulting for joint projects with domestic and foreign stakeholders
  • Developing and implementing R&D activities via working groups to build the best strategies
  • Stimulating and encouraging member companies with regard to their export business

Information

  • Representing the solar industry through media relations in both domestic and international society
  • Forecasting market potential and capacity by collecting statistics and other critical information
  • Providing members with the latest legislative and technical information through daily global news alerts and
  • a weekly e-newsletter
  • Publishing quarterly magazines with analysis and reporting on Korean and global PV market activity

Networking

  • Facilitating business-to-business contacts to provide members an optimum level of support and the ability to cooperate
  • Hosting annual meetings, product quality conferences, various seminars, and golf tournaments
  • Providing members with PV business opportunities to enlarge their business
  • Maximizing our connection as an associate member of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association
  • Participating in Asia Solar Energy Initiative thru the Asia Solar Energy Forum
  • Coordinating international activity as a committee of the Asia Pacific Photovoltaic Industry Council