Large Scale Solar UK COnference

Solar Business Programme

Location Tuesday 2nd October Wednesday 3rd October Thursday 4th October
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  

Seminar 1SB – Tuesday 2 October (AM)

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

Discover how the solar thermal sector will work within the remit of the RHI, as well as other grants and incentives, including the Green Deal in this dedicated solar thermal session. Hear first hand from leading solar thermal installers who have been through the non-domestic test phase of the RHI and learn what role these initiatives will play in developing the sector.

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

Large-scale solar PV is undergoing a renewed surge in interest due to ROCs and the long term ROI they provide for investors. This seminar will cater to those wanting to learn more about the investment opportunities within the UK market. If you are a landowner, farmer, developer, fund manager, or investment enterprise; discover what need to know to get started and be successful in this sector. From site selection, finance, planning and legal issues, to the final deployment of a solar park this is a seminar is not to be missed.

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

This seminar will provide the insight and know how on how the solar industry, public sector and communities across the country can achieve substantial returns and higher standards of living for sections of the electorate struggling to keep ahead of rising energy costs. If you are a local authority, housing association, or community project group wanting to learn more on project funding options, procuring solar components or an installer looking to move into this sector through tendering and build strategic partnerships with those in the public sector, this session is not to be missed.

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

Understand the various complexities and techniques needed to make a utility size solar park a reality. Industry experts will lead you through the key elements of getting your project off the ground – from planning regulations and their inherent obstacles, to engaging with the community, preserving biodiversity, working with the grid and best project management. Ensure the products and installation techniques you use provide the best yield and return by attending this seminar.

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

Incorporating PV into your built environment is not just a way to increase energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. By locking in your energy costs today, you will save on your business fixed costs tomorrow. This session will help businesses quantify with hard data how incorporating PV into their energy mix will help them lock down those costs. This session will also interest installers and solar manufacturers wanting to focus their businesses on commercial markets. Free to attend for all visitors of Solar Power UK - with limited seating available make sure you book today.

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

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