Our Events

Our events are a hub for doing business in the UK solar industry, building the relationships and helping you seal the deals to make your company grow. STA paid events bring together influencers and opinion shapers form the industry, government and other bodies. At our members only meetings and working groups, key decisions are made on the position that STA takes on important issues while allowing members to network with others in the industry. Our list of carefully selected partner events provide a pre-screened list of interesting and relevant events to attend. Click on the event categories or view the list below to learn more about upcoming events.

Past Events

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G99 & G100: Grid Connection and Export Limitation

  • March 27th - 12:30-17:30
  • Venue: Solar Trade Association

This 1-day course covers the connection of large scale embedded generators to the distribution network. It is suitable for contractors installing solar PV systems, wind turbines and batteries up to around 50MW. Where candidates are going on to complete G99 applications on behalf of a client, Narec DE can provide follow-on consultancy to assist with securing grid connections

Staying positive – The Smart Export Guarantee and negative electricity prices in GB

  • March 29th - 14:00-15:00
  • Venue: Webinar Insights

As the Feed-in Tariff draws to a close at the end of this month, Government has put forward a “Smart Export Guarantee” (SEG) for households and businesses with on-site renewable generation.

This proposed price floor of zero would supposedly protect prosumers from the risk of negative electricity prices – But how significant a risk is this?

What does the evidence from other jurisdictions tell us?

And how can we ensure that all renewable electricity receives a fair market price?

 

Join the STA policy team for an in-depth look at the SEG, and what a future of increasingly volatile wholesale power prices could mean for the rooftop solar industry going forward.

Registration now open!

 

Smart Energy Northern Ireland

  • April 10th - 08:45-13:30
  • Venue: Metropolitan Arts Centre

Following on from the inaugural successful Smart Energy conference in 2018, NIRIG will host Smart Energy 2019 on 10 April at the MAC Belfast. As the key renewables event in Northern Ireland it brings together practitioners, industry representatives and policy-makers to engage on current issues of interest to the sector and respond to the new challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry.

O&M Working Group

  • April 10th - 11:00-14:00
  • Venue: Bird & Bird

This Working Group is focused on establishing and advancing O&M standards and best practices across the ground-mount and large-scale rooftop PV industries. Key priorities include operational health and safety; performance optimisation; data management, monitoring and communication; and environmental stewardship.

Large-Scale PV Working Group

  • April 10th - 13:00-16:00
  • Venue: Bird & Bird

The STA Large-Scale PV working group leads on building a more favourable regulatory environment for existing assets, improving market conditions for new solar farm development, and maximising value from large-scale PV through innovative approaches to asset management. A key recent focus has been our work with Distribution Network Operators on mitigation of network outages during peak production periods.

Solar World Congress 2019

  • April 11th- July 11th
  • Venue: Santiago, Chile

As in 2017 ISES is pleased to be holding the Solar World Congress 2019 together with the lEA SHC International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling 2019. Chile, with a growing renewable energy industry, committed research community and strong renewable policies, is the perfect location for the SWC 2019 and SHC 2019 which will cover the full spectrum of topics shaping the renewable energy transformation, from technologies, to policies, finance and education.

New Build Working Group

  • April 16th - 10:00-12:00
  • Venue: Watson Farley & Williams

The STA New Build Working Group leads on increasing deployment of solar PV and solar thermal on new build domestic and commercial buildings. We work with the government, the construction industry and the public to make sure that solar is they key solution to sustainable buildings.

PV Rooftop Working Group

  • April 16th - 12:45-14:45
  • Venue: Watson Farley & Williams

The STA PV Rooftop and Storage Working Group leads on the domestic and commercial rooftop market. It discusses cost reductions, stakeholder engagement, impacts of Feed-in Tariff and Renewables Obligation policy and produces guides to help installers. The group also discusses technical issues surrounding G83, G59, MCS standards and fire safety standards.

Residential Energy Storage Working Group

  • April 16th - 15:00-16:45
  • Venue: Watson Farley & Williams

The STA Residential Energy Storage working group aims to responsibly and sustainably grow the residential and commercial storage market by supporting different business models and increasing connections with the broader smart power industry, such as EVs and smart home appliances. Regulatory clarity, including the VAT and business rates treatment of storage features heavily in the sessions. The group also discusses design and installation standards, grid-related issues including charging and metering, aggregation services and the development of new storage-enabling tariffs.

STA Scotland Working Group

  • April 25th (All Day)
  • Venue: Anderson Strathern

STA Scotland, a sub-committee of the STA Board of Directors, coordinates the work of the STA in Scotland. The branch is helping to shape policy decisions that will enable Scotland to fully realise its potential for solar and storage applications within the electricity, heat and transport sectors. The working group focuses on removing barriers such as business rates, grid constraints, building standards, and planning frameworks and has a track record of delivering material outcomes to industry.

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