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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
Plenary One
Securing a Solar Future: the Role of Solar in Our Future Energy System 
Join us in this opening session to hear from industry leaders on the opportunities and challenges for solar in our future energy system.
Welcome & Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
James King, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust  
Rob Forrest, CEO, GreenPower
Christos Markides, Professor of Clean Energy Technologies, Imperial College London
10:45 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary Two
Delivering a Route to Market

Are merchant projects the new reality for solar PV or are alternative business models what’s required to deliver the volumes of solar projects we need? And what lies beyond the Renewable Heat Incentive for solar thermal?

Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

John Barclay, Associate Director, ITPEnergised 
Ronan Lambe, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP 
Josh King, Operations Manager, AES Solar


12:35 ​Hear from research students developing new solutions to the key challenges facing solar. Quick-fire presentations will be followed by an opportunity for all delegates to view posters summarising each project. These will be on display in the networking area for the duration of the conference.
12:45 Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary Three
Accessing the Network
This session will consider developments in access to, and management of, the grid network as our energy system becomes more flexible.

Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Marc Smeed, Principal Consultant, Xero Energy 
Alistair Menzies, Head of Planning & Design, SP Energy Networks

Cameron Welsh, Senior Business Development Manager, Flexitricity


14:45 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary Four
Planning for Sustainable Communities 

In this final session we will explore how changes in planning policy could impact further solar development and the role that solar energy can play in building thriving communities across Scotland. 

Peter Speirs, Public Affairs Manager, Scottish Renewables

Lisa Peebles, Operations Officer, South Seeds
Nicholas Gubbins, CEO,  Community Energy Scotland 
Martin Valenti, Strategic Director, Scottish Land Commission 


Closing remarks
Joe Mitchell, Policy Officer, Scottish Renewables

16:30 Event Close