29 March 2010


UK solar market awaits major boost

On the UK PV Conference on solar energy, to be held on June 22nd in London, international solar experts Hermann Scheer and Jeremy Leggett will focus on possibilities and developments in this field in their keynote speeches. The conference will bring together more than 150 industry experts from the business sector, the government and regulatory authorities

De-carbonizing our economy and changing the way we use and produce energy is the name of the game in the new decade. 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 successful in Germany, the first country which introduced them, and later on in Spain, France and Italy, thus becoming leading solar markets in the world. ,,A growing solar industry can also lead to and enormous increase of jobs,” Koot states.

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

Jeremy Leggett is 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, has 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 Koot. The conference is scheduled for 22 June 2010 at Central Hall Westminster.

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