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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition

Plenary 1

The Role of Solar in Scotland’s Energy System
Join us in the opening session to hear from Scotland's Energy Minister and the visionary Managing Director of an exciting new company capitalising on the growing link between academia and industry.

Chair and Welcome
Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Keynote Speaker
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

​Stuart Speake, Managing Director, Soltropy

Q & A

10:30 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary 2

Securing a Route to Market
This session will examine alternative business models which could provide a viable route to a viable market.

Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence, Solar Media

Stuart Donnelly, Solutions Consultancy Director, Schneider Electric 
Matthew Grimwood, Partner, TLT LLP
Andrew Bright, Director, ITPEnergised 

Q & A

12:20 ​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, which will be on display in the networking area for the duration of the conference.
12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary 3

Accessing the Network
As our energy system develops to become more flexible this session will consider developments in access to, and management of, the grid network.

Michael Rieley, Head of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Gerard Boyd, Commercial and Innovation Manager, SP Energy Networks
Chris Clark, Director, Emtec Energy
Laura Kane, Senior Consultant, Smarter Grid Solutions
Alan Mason, Sector Lead for Scotland, TNEI 

​Q & A

14:45 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary 4

Decarbonisation and Sustainable Communities
This session will explore the role of solar in decarbonising our energy supply and creating sustainable communities. Hear about the opportunities for shared ownership, the creation of sustainable buildings and emerging innovations in the sector.

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive Officer, Community Energy Scotland

Laura Nicolson, Shared Ownership Development Manager, Local Energy Scotland
Gordon Cowton, Smart Fintry Project Director, Fintry Development Trust
Josh King, Operations Manager, AES Solar Ltd 

​Q & A

16:30 Event Close