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Hermann Scheer and Jeremy Leggett speak at UK solar energy conference

Rotterdam and London – 3 March 2010 De-carbonizing our economy and changing the way we use and produce energy is the name of the game in the new decade. The details of the UK government's incentives were announced in early February, so the UK solar energy industry and market are finally set to grow from April onwards. At a conference to be held in London later this year, two of the major proponents of political change in this field, Hermann Scheer and Jeremy Leggett, will be making keynote speeches.

By Edwin Koot, Solarplaza

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Hermann Scheer and Jeremy Leggett speak at UK solar energy conference

International solar industry gurus support new UK incentive program

The government incentives for solar energy in the UK come in the form of guaranteed sales prices for electricity produced from solar energy. These incentives, also called feed-in tariffs, have been highly successful in kick-starting solar energy markets around the world. The first country to introduce feed-in tariffs as a strong market driver for renewable energy was Germany.

Hermann Scheer, considered by many to be the brains behind the first, and to date most successful, feed-in tariff support scheme, and therefore one of the world's leading experts, is coming to London. A long-standing prominent figure in the world of renewable energy, Scheer received the Alternative Nobel Prize in Stockholm for his worldwide commitment to renewable energy in 1999. A member of the German parliament for nearly three decades, he is also president of Eurosolar and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE).

The second keynote speech will come from Jeremy Leggett, a former Director of Greenpeace and adviser to the UK government on renewable energies. Leggett, who started his career as a researcher in the oil industry, went on to set up the London-based solar energy company Solarcentury. Since 1999, Leggett and Solarcentury have initiated numerous solar energy projects around the country and have helped to change public opinion on solar energy in the UK and beyond. Leggett, like Scheer, has authored numerous books on the subject of solar energy.

“Hermann Scheer and Jeremy Leggett are two of the most internationally recognized experts on solar energy. They understand the conditions required for this exciting industry to grow in the UK. We are delighted to have them both at our conference,” says Edwin Koot, CEO of SolarPlaza, and organizer of The UK PV Conference. The conference is scheduled for 22 June 2010 at Central Hall Westminster, and will bring together more than 150 industry experts from the business sector, the government and regulatory authorities.


For more information, please contact: E. Koot (e.koot@solarplaza.com ; www.ukpvconference.com ; +31 10 2809198)

 

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