Large Scale Solar UK COnference

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Bringing together all segments of the UK solar industry, Solar Power UK’s exclusive seminar series will cover all you need to know about PV, solar thermal, large-scale deployment, energy management, the Green Deal and the wider UK (and global) solar industry.

Have you booked your tickets yet? All tickets purchased onsite will cost you £60 + VAT. With all promotional discounts valid for pre-registrations only, book today and save!

Location Tuesday 2nd October Wednesday 3rd October Thursday 4th October
PV Hall (AM) UK State of Play - What's driving your business? Ahead of the curve - business models, marketing and selling solar Making bigger better - your guide to the latest products, technology and innovation for large-scale solar
PV Hall (PM) Your products, your skills - how to max your yield Critical components - Technology and innovation what you need to know when it comes to domestic PV  
Solar Business Hall (AM) The heat is on - what next for solar thermal and the RHI? PV in the Public Realm - How to profit AND provide Energy Matters - Cutting costs today, future proofing your business tomorrow
Solar Business Hall (PM) Unleashing large-scale: Investment opportunities and returns Getting it off the ground - Large-scale development, design and deployment in the UK  
Green Solutions Hall (AM)   Renewing the interest in renewables - Best practise and making the Green Deal work for you - SOLD OUT! Thinking outside the bank! - Green Finance options
Green Solutions Hall (PM) Green Deal - What's the deal? Plans and the reality for the UK installer market - SOLD OUT! The Perfect Match - Integrating solar into whole house energy solutions  

Who is it for?

Whether you are an established solar industry player or someone thinking of breaking into this market; a local authority or housing association managing large-scale solar projects or someone thinking about getting involved in the Green Deal this event is for you.

How can I book my place?

Tickets are just £50 + VAT. Simply follow the registration process and select which sessions suit your business the best.

New speakers will be announced daily. Make sure you visit the site regularly to keep up to date on everything that is happening at the show.

Seminar 1PV – Tuesday 2 October (AM)

UK State of Play - What's driving your business?

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Time Title Speakers
09:45 - 10:00 Welcome and Intro David Owen, CEO & Founder of Solar Media Ltd., Solar Media Ltd.
10:00 - 10:25 Has the degression model worked in the UK and what lies ahead from Government for PV policy? Alasdair Grainger, Head of Feed in Tariff , DECC
10:25 - 10:50 A UK market wrap up - what we have learnt and where we will be in 2020? Colin McNaught, Knowledge Leader , AEA Technology
10:50 - 11:15 Standing tall - moving towards an unsubsidised UK PV market Ray Noble, PV Specialist, Solar Trade Association
11:15 - 11:25 Break
11:25 - 11:50 Market matters: how does the UK solar market fit into the global solar picture? Finlay Colville, Vice President, SolarBuzz
11:50 - 12:15 Warranty, insurance and monitoring in a volatile market place Richard Bell, Senior Engineering Underwriter, Aviva UK
12:15 - 12:30 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 2PV – Tuesday 2 October (PM)

Your products, your skills - how to max your yield

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Time Title Speakers
14:30 - 14:55 Getting the most out of your installation - module efficiency Brian Goss MSc, Research Engineer - Photovoltaic Systems , CREST, Loughborough University
14:55 - 15:20 Anticipating shading risk and accurate yield management Chris Laughton, Managing Director , The Solar Design Company
15:20 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 15:55 Making your customers happy – the importance of quality control for PV customer relations Virginia Graham, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd
15:55 - 16:20 The PV Guide Uncovered – taking a look at the new DTI Guide Griff Thomas, Microgeneration and Renewables Technical Manager, ECA Certification Ltd
16:20 - 16:45 A long term partnership? Understanding due diligence and resolving problems in the years to come Jerry Hamilton, Director for Renewables , Rexel Renewable Energy
16:45 - 17:00 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 3PV – Wednesday 3 October (AM)

Ahead of the curve - business models, marketing and selling solar

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Time Title Speakers
10:15 - 10:40 Confidence for the consumer: best practice model for solar PV businesses Dr Sylvia Baron, Principal Researcher - Home, Health and Environment Group , Which?
10:40 - 11:05 Getting them back on board – loyalty schemes and how to get consumers and investors back into solar PV Reza Shaybani, Chairman , British Photovoltaic Association
11:05 - 11:30 Understanding customer needs: Up-selling and up-marketing to gain the competitive edge Cathy Debenham, Founder Director, YouGen
11:30 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 12:05 A kink in the chain managing your business and supply chain in a volatile market place Jerry Hamilton, Director for Renewables , Rexel Renewable Energy
12:05 - 12:30 Business models for domestic installations – the here and now Toby Ferenczi, Chief Operating Officer, Engensa
12:30 - 12:45 Q & A discussion

Seminar 4PV – Wednesday 3 October (PM)

Critical components - Technology and innovation what you need to know when it comes to domestic PV

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Time Title Speakers
14:30 - 14:55 Matching components - making your system work Ray Noble, PV Specialist, Solar Trade Association
14:55 - 15:20 What to install - the BIPV options for domestic installations David Papworth, Sales Director, Romag
15:20 - 15:45 Mounting systems and your roof top Michael Middlemast, UK Sales Manager , Clenergy Europe Ltd
15:45 - 15:55 Break
15:55 - 16:20 Thin film modules are they right for you? installation Hannes Schneider, Technical Sales Engineer, Solar Frontier
16:20 - 16:45 Inverters for the domestic roof - from string to micro inverters and what is best for your rooftop installation? David Smith, Technical Sales Manager , Power-One
16:45 - 17:00 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 5PV – Thursday 4 October (AM)

Making bigger better - your guide to the latest products, technology and innovation for large-scale solar

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Time Title Speakers
09:45 - 10:10 Ground mounted systems - key developments and innovations Will Clemson, Technical Manager , Rexel Renewable Energy
10:10 - 10:35 Inverters for large scale - products and possibilities Tommaso Landi, Business Development Manager , Power-One
11:00 - 11:25 Matching components - making it work on a grand scale John Mustarde, MD, Oskomera Solar Power Solutions UK Ltd
11:25 - 11:35 Break
11:35 - 12:00 Large-scale operations, maintenance and security for your investment Dan Miller, Senior Security Adviser , Westronics
12:00 - 12:15 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 1SB – Tuesday 2 October (AM)

The heat is on - what next for solar thermal and the RHI?

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Time Title Speakers
10:00 - 10:25 What is happening with the RHI and how will this change the solar thermal market outlook? Patrick Allcorn, Head of Scheme Design - Domestic RHI, DECC , DECC
10:25 - 10:50 Grants, incentives and Deals - The outlook for solar thermal in the UK Stuart Elmes, Chair of Solar Thermal Committee and CEO , STA and Viridian Solar
10:50 - 11:15 Solar thermal products and technology developments - what, how and when to use it for maximal results Jan Stasik, Technical Manager , Wagner Solar
11:15 - 11:25 Break
11:25 - 11:50 Solar thermal - your essential best practice guide Roy Oxley, Training Manager , Waxman Training Academy
11:50 - 12:15 Case Study - Preparing for the future – business models, marketing and selling solar thermal Adrian Taffinder, Managing Director , Solahart UK
12:15 - 12:30 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 2SB – Tuesday 2 October (PM)

Unleashing large-scale: Investment opportunities and returns

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Time Title Speakers
14:00 - 14:25 Large-scale - which way now for the UK Ray Noble, PV Specialist, Solar Trade Association
14:25 - 14:50 Government plans for the future - ROC and FiT schemes and what it means for your large scale investment Alasdair Grainger, Head of Feed in Tariff , DECC
14:50 - 15:15 The legal in and outs of large-scale Jean Pascal Boutin, Partner, Eversheds
15:15 - 15:25 Break
15:25 - 15:50 Developing for the future – 100 MW worth of experience and beyond Nick Boyle, Chief Executive Officer , Lightsource
15:50 - 16:15 Project finance and returns for your development and investment Giovanni Terranova, Partner, Bluefield Partners LLP
James Armstrong, Partner, Bluefield Partners LLP
16:15 - 16:40 A case study - Making your investment a reality - solar, finance and deployment Ben Cosh, Managing Director , TGC Renewables
16:40 - 16:55 Q & A/Discussion

Seminar 3SB – Wednesday 3 October (AM)

PV in the Public Realm - How to profit AND provide

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Time Title Speakers
10:00 - 10:25 Public Sector tendering exercises – how to set one up and how to apply Stephen Cirell, Author and Consultant on Low Carbon and Renewable Energy , Stephen Cirell Consultancy Ltd
10:25 - 10:50 Making a community PV scheme work - the bricks and mortar of what you need to know Paul Mountain, Partner - Construction , SGH Martineau LLP
10:50 - 11:15 Why there has to be a future for social PV - how solar plays a key role in securing energy prices and reducing fuel poverty John Perry, Policy Adviser , Chartered Institute of Housing
11:15 - 11:25 Break
11:25 - 11:50 Procurement and getting the best price for your solar components and installations - The voice of experience Derek Watters, Sustainable Development Manager , Places for People
11:50 - 12:15 The zero carbon homes policy - an opportunity for PV and its practical implications Mike Landy, Senior Policy Analyst, Head of Onsite Renewables , REA
12:15 - 12:40 How we made it happen: An installers story of tendering and pitching the public sector - a case study Jonathan Edwards, Service Development Manager , Wrexham Country Borough Council
Mark Cutler, Director of Frameworks , Forrest
12:40 - 12:55 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 4SB – Wednesday 3 October (PM)

Getting it off the ground - Large-scale development, design and deployment in the UK

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Time Title Speakers
14:00 - 14:25 Planning regulations considered - what you need to know to get your project off the ground Adrian Lea, Planning Delivery Manager , Cornwall Council
14:25 - 14:50 Project bids and Public Engagement - Avoiding NIMBYISM and making your solar big a success in the community Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change , National Farmers Union
15:15 - 15:25 Break
15:25 - 15:50 Design and installation - the key product innovations and lessons in large scale deployment Abraham Gonzalez, Senior Technical Consultant, Danfoss Solar Inverters A/S
15:50 - 16:15 Working with the grid – the DNO’s view: Options, connections and working with current incentives Philip Bale, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer, Western Power
16:15 - 16:40 Case Study - Just-in-time Management, beating the degression and streamlining project delivery Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director , Lark Energy
17:05 - 17:15 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 5SB - FREE – Thursday 4 October (AM)

Energy Matters - Cutting costs today, future proofing your business tomorrow

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Time Title Speakers
10:00 - 10:25 Solar PV - how to get your business costs down and keep them down John Gilbert, Head of Energy and Carbon, Thames Water
10:25 - 10:50 Getting connected - Power Purchase Agreements a new revenue stream for your business? Mike Cave, Business Development Manager , Smartest Energy
10:50 - 11:15 Looking good, doing good - BIPV for your business and integrating PV into workplace aesthetics Steve Pester, Principal Consultant , BRE
11:15 - 11:25 Break
11:25 - 11:50 The other side of solar - commercial investor models and what solar thermal can bring to your business Adrian Taffinder, Managing Director , Solahart UK
11:50 - 12:15 IKEA and their solar story - Sustainability, CSR and greening the brand, why solar means more than just cutting your energy bill Charlie Browne, Sustainable Development Manager UK and IE , IKEA
12:15 - 12:30 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 1GS – Tuesday 2 October (PM)

Green Deal - What's the deal? Plans and the reality for the UK installer market - SOLD OUT!

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Time Title Speakers
14:15 - 14:40 The Green Deal - from policy to the future of the market: What it means for your business Richard Gould, Director of Inspection Services , NAPIT
14:40 - 15:05 The role of the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body Anthony Campion, Consultant, Gemserv
15:05 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 15:40 The Green Deal - renewable finance explained Adam Hewson, Director , ReEnergise Ltd
16:05 - 16:30 Why SMES are essential to the Green Deal Richard Griffiths, , Parity Projects and The Green Deal Conduit Scheme
16:30 - 16:45 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 2GS – Wednesday 3 October (AM)

Renewing the interest in renewables - Best practise and making the Green Deal work for you - SOLD OUT!

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Time Title Speakers
09:45 - 10:10 Inspiration and Investment – Making the Green Deal Happen Dave Allport, Project Manager, Birmingham Energy Savers
10:10 - 10:35 Key stages of the Green Deal: A practical focus for your business Andrew Padmore, Chief Executive , Egnida
10:35 - 11:00 EPC Assessors and the role they will play in your business model Martin Russell-Croucher, Director of Sustainability and Special Projects, RICS
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:35 Do you qualify? Accreditation and training requirements for becoming a Green Deal installer Ian Halton, Business Relationship Director , NAPIT
11:35 - 12:00 Getting to know your Green Deal providers - how we plan to work with you Paul Roche, Director of Sustainability and Renewables , The Grafton Group
12:00 - 12:25 Adapting your business model for the Green Deal - best practice marketing and selling for your business Cathy Debenham, Founder Director, YouGen
12:25 - 12:50 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 3GS – Wednesday 3 October (PM)

The Perfect Match - Integrating solar into whole house energy solutions

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Time Title Speakers
14:15 - 14:40 Getting it together: Energy management solutions and solar - how best to partner renewable technology for the ultimate whole house effect Jerry Hamilton, Director for Renewables , Rexel Renewable Energy
14:40 - 15:05 Getting ready for 2019 - how will smart metering work with solar? Chris Welby, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director , Good Energy Group Plc
15:05 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 15:40 Optimizing PV grid compatibility & self-consumption through intelligent home energy management Stefan Tait, International Product Manager, SMA
15:40 - 16:05 E.ON – Thinking Energy Project The role of HEMS in visualising generation and consumption Delphine Wolfe, Consultant, National Energy Foundation
16:05 - 16:20 Q & A/discussion

Seminar 4GS – Thursday 4 October (AM)

Thinking outside the bank! - Green Finance options

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Time Title Speakers
09:45 - 10:10 Crowd sourcing and renewables - making a community project a reality Bruce Davis, Managing Director , Abundance Generation
10:10 - 10:35 Options and opportunities - Funding public sector green programmes Stephen Cirell, Author and Consultant on Low Carbon and Renewable Energy , Stephen Cirell Consultancy Ltd
10:35 - 11:00 Is solar worth financing in the UK and beyond subsidies? Ranmali De Silva, Analyst - Solar Insight , Bloomberg New Energy Finance
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:35 Looking beyond Central Government – the possibilities for public sector and community Nick Bolton, Project Manager , Corby CIC
11:35 - 12:00 Financing the Local Low Carbon Economy - local authorities, the GIB and the private sector Christoph Harwood, Partner , Marksman Consulting
12:00 - 12:15 Q & A/discussion

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