The energy and climate change minister Greg Barker will open this year’s Solar Energy UK event at the NEC Birmingham on 8-10 October.

“Solar Energy UK 2013 is the UK’s largest solar energy event, attracting companies from all the around the world. It offers companies the opportunity to showcase innovative products and services, do business and learn about market trends to help stay ahead in the global race,” said Barker.

The minister’s comments ahead of the exhibition come after the UK market reached 1GW annual demand for the first time in its history, marking it out as one of the top six global PV markets. Barker has continually reiterated his desire for the UK to install 20GW of solar by 2020.

Outlining the potential of solar in the UK, the minister added: “Solar power is an exciting and dynamic technology, with costs continuing to fall. It has a key part to play in the UK’s energy mix. The Coalition is firmly committed to working with industry to drive forward investment in this high growth green sector. I wish everyone a productive and fruitful event.”

The minister will address delegates on the first morning of Solar Energy UK as well as tour the show floor. Those wishing to attend Solar Energy UK can register for free here.