Spanish Renewable Energy trade mission to the USA
During a business breakfast organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain last week, the US Ambassador, Eduardo Aguirre, announced a trade mission of Spanish companies in the field of renewable energies, with the objective of attracting investments to the USA.
The Spanish delegation, comprising about a dozen wind and solar companies and top Spanish Government officials is visiting Feb. 12 through 14. They will fly to Washington to meet their American counterparts. Then, they will go on to Colorado, where executives from Iberdola and Abengoa Solar (among others) will visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden and meet American companies and State officials in Denver.
Mr. Aguirre, who mentioned companies such as Iberdrola, Acciona o Gamesa as leaders at the forefront of the clean energy revolution that is sweeping the planet, said that the support of renewable energies will be a ¨strategic priority¨ for the U.S. Mission in Spain.
He brought up the International Conference on Renewable Energy (WIREC 2008) that the American Government is sponsoring next March in Washington as a good opportunity to share ideas for the development of this industry.
He added that the United States attracted last year $10,000 million dollars in investment projects in the field of renewable energy, as a sign of the vitality of this market.
Spanish companies plan to spend $7 billion to $10 billion in the United States on renewable-energy projects over the next few years, has said Paul Bergman, of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Denver.
Abengoa Solar, one of the members of the delegation, already has offices in Lakewood, Colorado (and San Francisco). The company plans to triple its size in the state by hiring more employees next year as it begins to work on utility-scale solar projects in Colorado and nationwide.
Incidentally, the U.S. Department of Energy recently selected three projects proposed by Abengoa Solar (formerly known as Solucar) to increase the efficiency of CSP technologies.
This website from the U.S. Commercial Service includes a fully detailed description of the mission participants.