Banner New Government event STA 8 June 2015


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When: Monday 8 June 2015, 11:00 to 19:00 including networking lunch and drinks

Where: PwC, 1 Embankment Place, London WC2N 6RH

The new Conservative government elected in May 2015 has the opportunity to take solar to competitiveness with fossil fuels under the right policy framework. The event will include:

  • The Solar Independence Plan: the STA will be launching their new report, a blueprint for how the new Government can achieve subsidy-free solar.
  • Greg Barker, the former Conservative Energy and Climate Change Minister in the last government and current Chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, will be delivering the keynote address.
  • Government estate roll-out of solar PV: John Nangle, from the Cabinet Office, and James Owen from Public Power Solutions, will provide a briefing on the tendering process for the roll-out of solar on the Government estate. Public Power Solutions are offering a streamlined platform to manage the tendering process.
  • EU-China trade deal: EPIA, newly re-named Solar Power Europe, will update us on the latest on the Minimum Import Price and the European Commission’s interim review.
  • Storage and solar: Jelle Vastert from Tesla Motors will be presenting Tesla’s vision for solar, storage and electric vehicles.
  • Grid challenge: Andrew Burgess from Ofgem will present the next steps on the grid constraint problems for solar.

The event will provide ample opportunity to ask questions after every presentation, discuss the outlook for solar power at this time of change and network over lunch and evening drinks.

10.30 Registration and coffee

Chair: Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit and former BBC Environment Correspondent

11:00-12:30 The global context

11:00 John Dashwood, Director, PwC “The global solar opportunity and new survey on the state of the UK solar industry”

11:30 James Watson, CEO, EPIA “The solar industry’s EU policy priorities and the interim review of the China trade deal”

12:00 Jelle Vastert, Tesla Motors “Solar, storage and electric vehicles: the Tesla vision”


12:30-13:30 Networking lunch

13:30-15:30 The UK’s ambitions for solar

13:30 Keynote speaker: Greg Barker, Chair, London Sustainable Development Commission and former Minister “Solar power and London:  realising the potential”

14:00 Paul Barwell, CEO, Solar Trade Association “The Solar Independence Plan for Britain

14:30 James Owen, Public Power Solutions and John Nangle, Cabinet Office “The Cabinet Office PV Procurement Programme: explaining the tendering process.”

15:00 Toby Ferenczi, Hanergy “The IKEA Hanergy programme: 2 million solar homes?”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 The grid challenge

16:00 Andrew Burgess, Associate Partner, Transmission and Distribution Policy, Ofgem “Next steps for the grid”

16:30 Dr Matthew Lockwood, University of Exeter “The UK energy system: the challenge of institutional inertia”

17:00 Nicola Waters, Primrose Solar “Grid challenges for solar: an overview”

17:00-19:00 Networking drinks


This event will be £95 excl VAT per person for STA members, £295 excl VAT for non members. There are free tickets available for registered charities and NGOs.

This programme is currently provisional and the STA reserves the right to change the speaker list and order of presentations.