The urgency to reduce rising greenhouse gas emissions, address climate change, and transition to a global, low-carbon energy system has never been greater. Once an expensive technology, solar photovoltaic (PV) prices have dropped substantially, become technologically mature, and is recognised as key energy option in recent years. Such rapid changes had led to an upsurge of policy interest and deployment in major global cities such as New York City, London, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul, where they have introduced major solar initiatives, plans and targets. As an international financial hub and one of the world’s densest cities, Hong Kong also has an enormous role to play in addressing the aforementioned concerns, and great potential to harness solar energy to sustainably power the city. However, Hong Kong’s policy options and potential future for large-scale solar PV development remains an open question.
The aim of this deliberative workshop is threefold:
1) To provide a timely platform for meaningful stakeholder dialogue on Hong Kong’s prospects for solar PV;
2) To facilitate Hong Kongers to understand, get informed, and debate solar policies in the light of possible policy changes and the willingness to adopt solar as an energy option in Hong Kong; and
3) To understand the considered support and opposition to policy changes for solar PV in Hong Kong.
This workshop will focus on key themes that are vital to large-scale uptake of solar PV in Hong Kong: