The week of the Intersolar trade show kicked off yesterday (June 8) with the conference, ‘Doing Solar Business in the UK,’ organized by Photovoltaics International. The conference, which was held at the Charles Hotel in Munich, drew in over 130 delegates from all over the world.
Photovoltaics International invited 18 key speakers, who spoke on varying aspects of the upcoming UK market, including the impact of the newly announced feed-in tariff, comparisons of the different installation opportunities, and the possibility of manufacturing solar products in the UK.
The daylong conference was split into four sessions, with an open question and answer at the close of the day. Opening the first session, Photovoltaics International managing director David Owen welcomed all of the delegates and introduced Ray Noble, PV specialist consultant at the Renewable Energy Association, who would be leading the conference with a keynote speech and chairing two panel sessions.
The event was sold out and at full capacity by the end of registration, indicating the expectations for the UK market.
“It is great to see how many people across the industry are interested in doing solar business in the UK. Since the introduction of the feed-in tariff in April, we have had high hopes for the market, yet to see this much interest and having to actually turn people away due to lack of room was overwhelming,” said Owen.
Photovoltaics International collected feedback from all of the delegates at the end of the day, with the result that almost all of the attendees would now be considering doing solar business in the UK, if they weren’t already. “The fantastic feedback we have received today has instilled in us assurance that the UK market has the potential to be a huge success, and we intend to do what we can to be a part of this,” continued Owen.
Operations manager Joy-Fleur Brettschneider said, “I am pleased that the conference was a great success on both sides. We were all offered an insight into what others’ plans were for the UK, while the delegates also benefitted from a fantastic networking opportunity.”
Due to the success of this conference in Germany, Photovoltaics International will hold a larger version in October in London, provisionally scheduled for Oct. 18-19.