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

15-17 March 2016
5-7 April 2016

Nottingham 5 April

Venue: Nottingham Racecourse

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Alan Clark, Councillor, Nottingham City Council
  • Griff Thomas, Managing Director, GTEC
  • Jerry Hammilton, Director, Tesla Energy
  • Chris Jardine, Technical Director, Joju Solar
  • Jonathan Bates, Managing Director, Photon Energy
  • Ray Noble, Co-Chair, Solar Strategy, DECC, and Associate Renewable Energy Association
  • Charlie Greenway, European Manager, Clenergy
  • Paul Chandler, Development Director, T4 Sustainability
  • David Pickup, Business Analyst, STA


08:30 Registration & coffee

09:00 Welcome from the chair

09:10 Opportunity to hear public sector 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

Alan Clark, Councillor, Nottingham City Council


9:25 Community solar

  • The dynamics of community solar
  • Community energy and storage
  • Advice on how to start your own community energy project
  • Community energy ownership models

 Paul Chandler, Development Director, T4 Sustainability


09:40 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


09:55  On-site renewables – does it make sense for you?

  • Post FiT, what is the driver for a PV installation
  • What other technologies could you be looking at?
  • Case study from a recently installed integrated system: meet the buyer and the installer

Chris Jardine, Technical Director, Joju Solar

10:10 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


10:25 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

10:40 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?

Buyers’ Q&A session: feedback from the audience

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

11:05 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
  • Legal
  • Financing a project
  • Electric vehicle charging stations


11:45 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

12:00 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

Jerry Hammilton, Director, Tesla Energy
Lauren Cook,
Analyst, REA


12:30 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

12:45 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


13:00 Networking lunch



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