The meeting point for installers, commercial and
public sector end users

15-17 March 2016
5-7 April 2016

Newcastle 16 March

Venue: Newcastle Racecourse

Confirmed Speakers:


08:30 Registration & coffee

08:50 Welcome from the Chair
Sharon Lashley of Enviro UK Consultants 



09:00 Opportunity to hear public sector  feedback about how they installed on-site renewables:

  • Overview of the installation: what technologies were selected and why?
  • What is the expected pay-back period?
  • How was it funded?
  • Who was involved in the decision-making process
  • What were the key drivers behind the decision

Jim Gillon, Energy Services Manager,Gateshead Council


09:15 Localised cost of energy and how it can affect you

  • How to make sure you are fully taking advantage of your space
  • The localised cost of energy in your region

Barrie Davies, Country Manager, Jinko Solar

09:30 Overview of an Installation: Northumbria University

  • Considerations for installing PV on the university's property portfolio
  • Case stude: Sport Central building
  • Taking advantage of your roof space

Keith Slater, Carbon Manager, Northumbria University


09:45 Conducting an energy audit

  • Why energy audits are vital for the future of the industry
  • Increase self-consumption for both residential and commercial clients
  • What part can an installer play in helping an organisation to conduct an energy audit?
  • The importance of “intelligent” energy use in making an installation profitable

Griff Thomas, Managing Director, GTEC


10:00 Doing Solar PV in the public sector

  • Is there still time to install domestic solar PV? 
  • Which properties are better suited?
  • Project deliver- what to look out for?

Mark Bramah, Director, Apse

 Localised cost of energy and how it can affect you

  • How to make sure you are fully taking advantage of your space
  • The localised cost of energy in your region

Barrie Davies, Country Manager, Jinko Solar

10:15 Overview of finance models available- how to make solar work for you

  • Adapting to the market changes to survive and grow
  • Importance of electricity load and tariff analysis 
  • innovative funding options for solar PV and integrated solutions

Andrew Padmore, CEO, Egnida


10:30 MCS12 code of conduct and what it means for installers

  • MCS12 checklist- are you prepared?
  • Setting quality standards and increasing market confidence
  • Clarifications of wind loading, weather tightness and fire proof regulations

Charlie Greenway, European Manager, Clenergy


10:45 How to select an installer

  • A selection of well-respected installers update the audience on what to expect from an installer.
  • What red flags should a buyer look for, where can you go for further information?

Jonathan Bates, Managing Director, Photon Energy
Andrew Padmore, CEO, Egnida

Buyers’ Q&A session: feedback from the audience


11:10 Networking break and tyre-kicker session

This session will allow you to look at a selection of different technologies or visit sponsors and network with installers for advice:

  • Panels
  • Inverters
  • Storage
  • Financing a project



11:50 Heat storage focus session

  • How to pick up the right heat storage for your property
  • Calculating saving by heat storage
  • Other technologies that compliment heat storage.

Joan Pisanek, Manager, Sunamp

12:05 Storage: the game-changer?

  • What are your options: batteries, heat, electric vehicles
  • What impact would storage have on demand charges for a business?
  • The path towards  commercial viability for storage
  • Storage code of conduct

Lauren Cook, Policy Analyst, REA
Martin Cotterel, Applications Engineer,Tesla Energy



12:35 Regulation changes: What it means for commercial users and installers

  • Overview of what happened last year
  • ​Focus on FiT changes and impacts
  • Do the new tariffs stack up?
  • How can we make them work?
  • What is on the horizon for 2016?

David Pickup, Business Analyst, STA

12:50  Networking lunch 


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