Solar Energy UK 2015 starts today at Birmingham’s NEC, and the government’s clean energy cuts – or more importantly how best to challenge them – is taking centre stage.

The show is now in its sixth year and more than 5,000 attendees are expected to pour through the gates on opening day. Today’s keynote brings together the likes of Lightsource CEO Nick Boyle, British Solar Renewables chief executive Angus MacDonald and Belectric UK’s Toddington Harper to discuss what’s next for the British solar industry.

This year’s exhibition will also address opportunities that lie outside of the solar landscape, including potential diversification into energy efficiency technologies at the energy+ stage.

Tim Mann, managing director at Solar Media, revealed that a record number of total registrations had been recorded for SEUK 2015, defying policy uncertainty.

“We also have more exhibitors than ever from complementary technologies such as storage attending to show what’s coming for 2016. Tuesday night’s Solar Power Portal Awards will sell out by tomorrow as market participants want the opportunity to meet and update, in more informal surroundings, on the direction others are taking.

“We have remained focused on encouraging all of you who are involved, to support UK solar by making the trip to Birmingham and engaging with the thousands within the industry who are focused on doing business. We applaud the resilience and creativity of those supporting the industry with their attendance and contributions this week,” he added.

REA solar, storage and EV advisor Ray Noble said the event was a “must” for the industry to establish where their priorities lay in the near future.

The show runs from 13 – 15 October at hall three of Birmingham’s NEC and is free to attend. Further details here.