After holding out for long, the organising committee of the SNEC (Smart Energy Event and Conference), Shanghai, which is by far the biggest trade show for the solar sector, has announced the postponement of this years event. The 2020 edition would have been the 14th edition of the expo.
The conference+ exhibition was originally scheduled for May 24-27. The SNEC show was hit by both the Corona outbreak in China first, and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world. Thus, even as the China situation has improved, fears of a second wave of infections in the country, plus the ongoing hit in key markets like Europe, the US and India ensured that the May dates became impossible to stick to, if the event was to retain its global character.
As we had reported yesterday, even as Intersolar Europe has chosen to cancel this year’s event, SNEC Shanghai hasn’t made that call, preferring instead to wait a little more before announcing a new date if possible.
With a lot of effort and resources already invested into the event, the delayed decision is understandable, even as the organisers have placed the health and safety of their international visitors, as well as local advisories, in mind.
In a situation as fluid as the present one, we believe hazarding a guess will be impossible on likely resumption of large scale events. At this moment, all events up till June end look at risk, if not beyond.
With cancellations across the spectrum, be it the Olympics, other live sports and more, there was every probability that the event would take a hit.