Speaker programme for UK PV conference confirmed


Edwin Koot, CEO of Solarplaza, will open proceedings with an overview of photovoltaics (PV) markets worldwide. The following session will then focus on the new political framework for PV in the UK.

Philip Wolfe, managing director of Ownergy, will talk about the new FITs and how they work, whilst Stefanie Rief of the National Energy Foundation will discuss whether the Microgeneration Certification Scheme is a market entry barrier or a necessity for the UK market. Keith Duncan will go on to explain the role and position of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) in the UK PV market.??

Session II will look at solar PV development from the point of view of various stakeholders. Ray Noble, PV specialist at the Renewable Energy Association, will speak about the business opportunities available to the UK solar industry within the new framework and Clive Collison of system integrator South Facing will discuss his experience of solar PV projects.

Hermann Scheer, president of Eurosolar and member of the German parliament, will also offer his thoughts on the solar economy and explain why the UK should invest in PV.??

The third session will focus on business and market opportunities in the UK, whilst the final one will look at financing opportunities and experiences in the field.

“This is an outstanding line-up for a conference of this kind,” says organiser Edwin Koot. “Conference participants will leave with a good understanding of where the opportunities lie, and which segments of the market are most likely to benefit in the short term. They will learn what the conditions are like for the development of large-scale solar and residential projects in the UK, and they will gain insight into which business models are most likely to benefit from the improved framework conditions for solar energy in the UK.”

??The conference will take place on 22 June at Central Hall Westminster, and will bring together more than 150 industry experts from the business sector, the government and regulatory authorities.