Solar Media, the publisher of Solar Power Portal and Solar Business Focus UK, has rebranded the Large-Scale Solar UK conference as the Clean Energy Summit for 2016.

The Summit programme will build on the success of our Large-Scale Solar UK conference, and will bring the solar industry into the mainstream with perspectives from property, infrastructure, transport, public sector, finance and corporate energy users.

The industry landscape may have changed as a result of policy upheaval however business opportunities have continued to present themselves, with major energy users and public sector bodies pushing forward with PV pipelines. The Clean Energy Summit identifies this new demand, creating a platform on which the solar industry can network and do business.

Speakers and delegates confirmed include resilient solar developers, corporate energy users, local authorities, housing associations, building contractors, project financiers, and major utilities.

The Clean Energy Summit will incorporate four specific streams, namely the Solar Summit, the Energy Storage Summit, and the Corporate Energy and Distributed Generation Forums.

London’s Twickenham Stadium will host the event, sponsored by Huawei, which takes place between 26 and 28 April 2016.

“The new branding, content and format of the Clean Energy Summit [from Large-Scale Solar UK] is hugely exciting and greatly reflects the changing needs of the UK solar industry as we move to a low subsidy environment. We’re gearing up now and very much looking forward to a great event,” Rosie Riley, analyst at Solar Media, said.

The Solar Summit will take place over two days and feature sessions on how to access energy users be they corporate, industrial or local authority, successful strategies in a low-subsidy environment, secondary market opportunities, the future of commercial rooftop PV and international markets.

A diverse group of speakers from the solar industry will also be present, including the likes of Lightsource chief executive Nick Boyle, Solarcentury chief Frans van den Heuvel, Primrose Solar’s Giles Clark as well as industry stalwart – and Solar Power Portal Awards 2015 lifetime achievement recipient – Jeremy Leggett.

“Seen from both a global and national perspective, the past five years of large-scale solar development in the UK has built up market-leading expertise within the industry. This is now getting deployed in a number of productive directions: consolidation of operating-phase services in the UK, expansion into development of other low-carbon infrastructure in the UK market, specialisation in higher-complexity projects like private wire or on-site generation, and international expansion in other markets,” Tess Sundelin, Green Hedge managing director and Clean Energy Summit speaker, said.

And Lewis Lee, UK general manager at solar manufacturer Sungrow, said that his company was too looking forward to the event. “[We] feel that although the UK Solar industry will have challenges over the 18 months, the challenges are surmountable. For Sungrow, it is about being able to offer customers even more value for money, by making products increasingly power-dense, at a lower price, whilst maintaining high quality standards. New ranges of high-power equipment are available from Sungrow throughout 2016,” he said.

Further information regarding the summit can be found here, and earlybird ticket options are still available.