Even as other events in India and elsewhere have been postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Intersolar Europe has opted to bow before the inevitable. The event organisers have decided to cancel the event altogether, as it has become apparent that the scale of the damage in Europe has crossed all acceptable levels.
Solar Promotion GmbH and FWTM GmbH organise the key show every year.
The event had been scheduled to take place on 17 – 19 June 2020. In a statement emailed to exhibitors and co-signed by Solar Promotion and FWTM chief executives Markus Elsässer and Daniel Strowitzki confirmed the cancellation, explaining that the health of exhibitors, visitors, employees and the wider population was the driving factor behind it.
“Under the prevailing circumstances, it would be impossible to organize and host such an international exhibition without critical complications.
“On account of the major impact anticipated across all industries and the uncertainties in planning even for the second half of the year, we have decided to cancel the 2020 event and wait until June 2021 to hold it again. This decision has been made in agreement with the international industry associations as well as the exhibitors,” the statement reads.
The Intersolar cancellation comes even as RenewX, the next major event on the Indian calendar, is still postponed to June 16-17, in Hyderabad. It was earlier scheduled for April 24-25 in the same city.
The status of the biggest show of them all, SNEC Shanghai, remains on schedule so far, with the organisers repeatedly confirming that the show will be held on May 25-27, as planned. That date is looking under increasing threat, considering the scale of the disruptions seen to the global aviation and hospitality sectors so far. Global commercial aviation is virtually at a standstill for now, with the best hopes of partial resumption, followed by a staggered return to normalcy over a period of time.
Whether international visitors will still be keen to visit the journey to China, where the virus originated, is a moot question, considering the projections that the world will definitely still be contending with the pandemic all through May too.