Conergy UK has said it remains strongly committed to the UK solar market despite the government’s green policy reset, but stressed there is no longer a “one size fits all” product for it.

Paul Weaver, announced as one of two joint-successors for the departed Robert Goss last week, spoke to Solar Power Portal at the ongoing Solar Energy UK conference at Birmingham’s NEC and said Conergy UK fully intended to be in the UK “for the long haul”.

Conergy had previously spoken out against the Conservative government's recent attacks on renewable energy subsidies and Weaver added that cuts to support frameworks would “undoubtedly affect” deployment levels and would ultimately result in the market having to shift its approach.

Weaver said that the onus was now on installers and developers to get a deeper understanding of their customers and deliver a “more complete” offering to them, building in more energy-saving products.

His sentiments echo those made by Rexel’s Jerry Hamilton and other panellists on a debate at the show earlier this week, which called on installers to consider themselves more as “smart contractors” and “outsourced energy managers” to drive future business.

Former Balfour Beatty man Weaver joined Conergy in February this year with a specific remit to lead its commercial rooftop charge. He said that the firm’s current business plan would remain in place for the coming months, but that additional plans had already been drawn up for 2016 and beyond. Those plans have been concluded without any feed-in tariff revenue, so Weaver added that any possible movement from the government on its FiT proposals following the consultation would “only be a bonus”.

Weaver did however admit that his firm was in a more advantageous position than other installers in the country and would look to leverage its position and standing in the global solar industry. “Not many companies have the kind of buying power that we do, so that’s a big plus for us,” he said.

Conergy UK’s stance – that the UK remains a viable market despite the government’s policy cuts – has proven to be a central theme to this year’s SEUK with the majority of visitors remaining confident that they will continue to trade into next year. Visitor numbers to the show over the first two days are up more than 7% on last year.