Secretary General
Global Solar Council

10 Million Solar Jobs by 2030

Founded at COP21 in Paris, the Global Solar Council (GSC) is committed to ensuring the rapid and wide-scale adoption of solar energy through cooperation, education and training. In recognition of solar PV’s immense potential for job creation, poverty alleviation, and addressing climate change, the GSC has set a target of 10 million solar jobs by 2030.  This goal will result in trillions of dollars in long term, stable investments and multiple terawatts of PV generation. In pursuit of this target, the GSC will promote key policy positions and recommendations for action and implementation and work in close partnership with governmental organizations and other partners around the world.


John Smirnow is Secretary-General of the Global Solar Council. From 2011 to 2015, John served as Vice President for Trade & Competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in the United States.  During his tenure at SEIA, John led the organization’s work on conflict resolution and codes and standards and sustainability initiatives.  John also served as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee and Member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.