Adding to the high-profile line up at Solar Power UK 2011, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has confirmed he will deliver a keynote speech on the second day of the in-depth conference.

Concentrating on the International Climate Change Fund (ICF), which is an across-departmental fund established by the UK 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, Barker will outline what the future holds for solar power in the UK.

Following on from the Environmental Transformation Fund the ICF will account for 7.5% of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) by the end of the Spending Review period (2014-15). Barker will discuss the role this fund will play in relation to solar power, as well as discussing how the money will aid the development of the UK photovoltaics industry.

The Energy and Climate Change Minister will be joined by more than 50 leading industry specialists who will present over three days. Speakers include Alan Simpson at Friends of the Earth, John Costyn from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Jeremy Leggett from Solarcentury and Ranmali De Silva from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Environmental campaigner and comedy impressionist Alistair McGowan is also expected to make a big impression on the opening day of the event.

You can book your place on the Solar Power UK website.