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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:30

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

Speaker
​Stuart Speake, Managing Director, Soltropy

Q & A

10:30 Networking Break & Exhibition
11:15

Plenary 2

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

Chair
Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence, Solar Media

Speakers
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
13:30

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.

Chair
Michael Rieley, Head of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
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
15:30

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.

Chair
Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive Officer, Community Energy Scotland

Speakers
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

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