International Solar Energy Society

The International Solar Energy Society ( ISES ) is a global organization for the development and use of renewable energy . ISES is a UN- accredited NGO headquartered in Freiburg im Breisgau , Germany . Dr. David S. Renné is the current president.

ISES was formed in 1954 as a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the use of solar energy . ISES is now active in over 110 countries worldwide. Its members include scientists and researchers, plus many others from industry, solar energy associations and other private and public organizations.

ISES ISES , a network of students and young ISES members connecting young solar professionals worldwide .


ISES aims to help its members to accelerate the transformation to 100% renewable energy. This is reflected in the society’s official vision statement:

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) envisions a world with 100% renewable energy for everyone used wisely and efficiently.

ISES aims to bring recent developments in solar energy, both in research and applications, to the attention of decision makers and the general public, in order to increase the understanding and use of this non-polluting resource in everyday life.

Through its events and publications, ISES promotes research, development, and use of technologies which are directly or indirectly fuelled by the sun. These technologies can provide sustainable solutions for the supply of energy in both industrialized and developing countries. In spite of a historic focus on direct solar energy, ISES today is involved in all renewable energy fields.


ISES is a member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance). Other members include the International Geothermal Association (IGA), the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) and the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).


ISES is the publisher of several publications including Renewable Energy Focus , the scientific journal Solar Energy and various white papers. ISES also operates an online bookshop which includes conference proceedings, pocket reference books and others.

National sections

The ISES Sections are organizations working at the national or regional level and represent the international organization at this level. Members are encouraged to be involved with Sections in their area.

List of ISES ‘Sections

See also

  • Energy & Environment
  • International Journal of Advanced Renewable Energy Research
  • Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • List of books about renewable energy

Further reading

  • Clean Tech Nation: How Can We Lead in the New Global Economy (2012) by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder
  • Deploying Renewables 2011 (2011) by the International Energy Agency
  • Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Era Energy (2011) by Amory Lovins
  • Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2011) by the IPCC
  • Solar Energy Perspectives (2011) by the International Energy Agency

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