French Renewable Energy Trade Association

The leading voice of the RE sectors

The French Renewable Energy Trade Association (SER) was established in 1993 to promote the interests of industrials and professionals in the sector to public authorities, parliament and all bodies in charge of energy, industry, employment, the environment and research. It groups directly and indirectly thousands of industrials, companies, R&D centers from all of the renewable energy channels: biofuels, biomass, wood, biogas, renewable marine power, wind power, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, heat pumps, solar photovoltaics, thermal and concentrated solar power.

Key figures

 

<span class="number">1993</span> SER established
1993 SER established
<span class="number">20</span> employees
20 employees
<span class="number">400</span> members
400 members
<span class="number">2/3</span> of its members are SMES & Mid Cap compagnies
2/3 of its members are SMES & Mid Cap compagnies
<span class="number">15</span> billion euros turnover
15 billion euros turnover
<span class="number">150 000</span> jobs
150 000 jobs

7 international cooperation agreements

AB SOLAR and AB EOLICA (Brazil)
ACER and SERs (Cameroon)
EDAMA (Jordan)
AMISOL (Marocco)
Renewable UK (United Kingdom)

15 memberships of the SER in external associations

among them Wind Europe, Solar Power Europe, Bioenergy Europe, Ocean Energy Europe

Founding member of

  • The International Committee of private players of the International Solar Alliance
  • Global Solar Council

 

Our calling

 

  • Promote the interests of the industrial and professional figures of the renewable energy industry to public authorities, Parliament, and all entities in charge of energy, industry, employment, and research in France and abroad.
  • Meet with and advise the ministers and their cabinets, representatives of the administration, decentralized services of the State, parliamentarians, regional presidents, mayors, and the media. SER is also highly active in following the preparation of legislative and regulatory texts.
  • Support its members in priority international markets by implementing a privileged relationship with French and international institutional bodies, government, IFI’s.
  • Promote the French know-how by facilitating bilateral partnerships and investments.
  • Catalyze cooperation with other Renewable energy trade association throughout the world.
  • Produce analyses, propositions, and studies to assist governments, regions, financing institutions in the development of Renewable Energy.
  • Develop, with bilateral and multilateral institutions, training program to help least developed countries in the deployment of renewable energy and its integration into the grid.
  • Work with public partners on the structuring of the French energy access sector, such as ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency).

 

 

Primary missions of the SER

Develop the share of renewable energy in France’s energy production and to promote the interests of the French private sector.

Actively participate in the creation and implementation of legislative and regulatory framework. In constant contact with political authorities, ministerial cabinets, and the administration, the SER follows, from day-to-day, the discussions and work of the Assemblée Nationale (National Assembly) and the Sénat (Senate) and informs its members.

Represent the French private sectors in the discussion with international and national financial institutions, foreign authorities or international organizations (European Commission, IRENA, International Solar Alliance, IEA,..)

Support its members and facilitate their development in France and abroad. Through the organization of collective missions, country information meetings, BtoB meetings, conferences, seminars, and forums in partnership with local authorities, the SER also boasts its experience of implementing development policy for renewable energy projects.

Assist SER’s counterparts in least developed countries in their maturation, position papers elaboration, key founding events organization, knowledge sharing in order to ease and speed local energy transition through renewables.

French know how abroad in RE

In collaboration with ADEME, the SER has developed an internet platform identifying the realizations of French companies in several RE sectors throughout the world. More than 200 RE realizations are gathered in this internet website which is updated regularly.

> French renewable energy website

SER events

Among its communication actions, SER is organizing several key events ranging for collective missions abroad to nation wide sectorial events :

  • The annual conference of the SER at the UNESCO House (Paris) bringing more than a thousand high level participants and journalists > Watch the teaser video
  • National Biomass conference
  • National Renewable Marine Energy conference
  • National PV conference
    and others.

Majors speakers in these events are ministers, high level representatives of the administration, regional elected officials, CEO’s of utilities and key RE companies, European Commission officials, among others.

 

Board members

> See boards members as of January 2020