Following two years of stellar growth, the UK’s solar PV industry is now among the largest solar markets in the world. Fierce competition, reducing subsidies and strong global market growth are driving the cost of solar down, while grid electricity becomes ever more expensive. We’re getting closer to the day when solar energy becomes cheaper than energy from fossil fuels.

The challenge facing the industry in 2012 is how to maintain a strong market in the face of declining subsidies.

The Solar Future, UK conference taking place on the 18th April at Central Hall, Westminster, London, brings together global experts in solar PV to discuss strategic issues facing the UK industry today including: How the UK solar industry will benefit  from new thinking by adopting business models that don’t depend on feed-in tariff subsidies.

It will also explore; which businesses are prepared for this? Which suppliers can offer products and services that are viable without subsidies? Will this be an opportunity for more experienced companies from outside of the UK to enter the market?

Large-scale PV projects will once again be viable, but when and how? What can the UK learn from countries like Germany, which is aiming to install 50GW of solar PV by 2020?

The Solar Future, UK conference, presents an ideal opportunity for decision makers within the solar industry to come together, to take stock of events and discuss the strategic measures needed to develop a sustainable future for solar energy in the UK.

Speakers at the conference include Edwin Koot (pictured), Chief Executive of Solarplaza, Ray Noble, Solar Trade Association, Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury and experts from Germany including Anton Milner, Managing Director at ib Vogt.

“It’s really important that the industry comes together at conferences like The Solar Future, UK, to put some perspective on the rapid growth of the UK’s solar industry,” said Ray Noble, Solar Trade Association Solar PV Specialist.

The Solar Future, UK, is the third annual conference organised by Solarplaza and is supported by the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA).

The Solar Future, UK