The conference and exhibition, to be split over two days from the 18-19 October, follows the theme, ‘Enabling the UK solar market for 2011.’
Focusing on challenges of supply, cost and the rapid growth in demand for solar in the UK, the conference will be divided into seven sessions over the two days. Solar Power UK 2010 will be the first step in ensuring that all the major players in the UK market can come together as one industry to ensure that the 250MW target, as predicted by solar industry professionals, is achievable.
Monday the 18th will begin with an opening keynote address and welcome from Photovoltaics International’s CEO and Member of the Solar Power Group steering committee, David Owen. This will then be followed by the first keynote speech, “The UK Vision for Solar Power Generation, What Happens Next?”, which will be presented by Ray Noble, PV Specialist Consultant for REA Solar Power Group and advisor to DECC and the MCS steering committee.
Session one will focus on policy, looking at the current political attitude to the solar incentive schemes, how the UK fits into the wider EU and international targets and the likelihood of a reduction in the feed-in tariff for microgeneration. This session will include the presentation, “Key Engagement with UK Parliament on Solar” from Alan Whithead MP, PRASEG.
Sessions two, four and seven will concentrate on projects, looking at installations within local authorities across the UK, large-scale developments and planned schemes. Presentations include “25% of All Council Energy to Come from Solar – An Ambitious Plan for Cornwall Council” from Tim German, Cornwall Council; “Large-Scale System Design to Maximise Returns” by IBC Solar; “A Consultative Approach to Planning for Renewables in Cornwall: Results from the first UK Public Consultation Revealed” from Adrian Lea, Renewables Planning Consultant, Cornwall Council; and “Empowering Schools with PV Energy and Education”, which will be presented by British Gas.
The last slot on day one (session three) will look at enabling PV, announcing for the first time the new MCS code for BIPV products and installations in the UK. This section will also include a presentation from Nigel Fox at the National Grid looking at “Operating the Power System with Renewables.”
Day two will involve a session on the supply chain (session five), which includes an exclusive announcement from Martin Cotterell, Member of the MCS Steering Group on “New Guidelines for Transformer-Less Inverters.” There will also be talks on the topic of residential installations (session six), with presentations on real-life experiences and a run-down of case studies from current UK solar installations, as well as the closing session on project schemes (session seven) across the UK.
Conference delegates can also take advantage of the fantastic networking opportunities during gourmet refreshment breaks, as well as the chance to explore a mini expo where attendees can find the solutions to make their solar project or business a solar success. The conference and mini expo will be held at London’s prestigious Savoy Place and will be followed by a Gala Networking Dinner held at the Silver Sturgeon after the first conference day.
Interested parties are urged to book now to avoid disappointment, as the event is already proving hugely popular. With such a prestigious roll-call of speakers and contributors, the conference looks set to open a new UK chapter in the ever-expanding uptake of photovoltaics as a viable energy source.
About Solar Power Group
The Solar Power UK Conference 2010 is organized by the Solar Power Group, an initiative of the REA, in association with Solar Media Ltd., which is responsible for publications such as Photovoltaics International and its online counterpart PV-Tech.org; the Solar Power Portal and Design-BuildSolar. Combined, these resources reach out to over 110,000 professionals in the solar photovoltaics industry worldwide. For more information on the conference visit the website solarpowerportal.co.uk/spuk10 and enter the following code: “RESONATE483”.
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world's largest industry association devoted to the solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity market. The association aims to promote PV at national, European and worldwide levels and to assist its members in their business development in both the European Union and export markets.
The Micropower Council represents companies and organisations active in the microgeneration sector and campaigns on behalf of its members for a genuine mass market for small scale, low and zero carbon electricity and heat generating technologies.
Micropower Council members include manufacturers and installers of microgeneration technologies as well as energy suppliers and other trade associations active in the sector.
The Renewable Energy Association was established in 2001 to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of sustainable energy in the UK. The REA was called the Renewable Power Association until October 2005.
The REA represents a wide variety of organisations, including generators, project developers, fuel and power suppliers, equipment producers and service providers. Members range in size from major multinationals to sole traders. The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK.