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Joint Forces for Solar premiere in Great Britain

(PresseBox) (Bonn/ Birmingham, ) On October 27th 2011 the “UK PV Briefing & Networking Forum“ will take place during the Solar Power UK in Birmingham. At this event of the Joint Forces for Solar initiative, developments and possibilities of optimization in the British photovoltaic market will be discussed from a local and global perspective.

This year, Solar Power UK in Birmingham sets the stage for the first Joint Forces for Solar event in Great Britain. As part of the conference, experts from the solar industry will come together on October 27th 2011 from 9:30 am onwards. On the basis of the latest market intelligence and a subsequent panel discussion with representatives from industry, research, associations and media, the current developments on the British photovoltaic market will be discussed. The main focus of the event will be networking and knowledge exchange between the stakeholders from the different stages of the photovoltaic value chain.

Disillusion on the British photovoltaic market this year
Since spring 2010, the British photovoltaic market is considered as one of the hopes within the industry. On April 1st, 2010 the British government established a feed-in-tariff scheme for solar electricity generated by renewable energy sources. Photovoltaic plants got one of the most attractive schemes with regard to fees and duration of all energy sources. But on August 1st, 2011 the U-turn came, along with disillusion for many investors, as the government passed new regulations for large-scale solar plants. After more large scale solar plants were installed than expected, feed-in-tariffs were cut tremendously to reduce costs. However, the tariffs for small solar plants of less than 50 KW remained unchanged, and are likely to be focused on heavily in the course of future development.

124 MW of PV will have been installed altogether in Great Britain by the second quarter 2011. The leading service provider in the analysis and appraisal of solar markets and CleanTech applications, EuPD Research, expects moderate growth between now and 2016. According to EuPD Research, a total of around 500 MW will be installed by then in a pessimistic future scenario. In a more optimistic prognosis, market experts predict 2,000 MW in the same time period.

Future of the British photovoltaic market
The future of the British photovoltaic market will be addressed at the event “UK PV Briefing & Networking Forum” of the Joint Forces for Solar initiative, initiated by EuPD Research and Intersolar, in Birmingham, Great Britain. With the approach “local meets global” stakeholders from all along the photovoltaic value chain will come together at Solar Power UK on October 27th 2011. Here, market developments will be discussed with a local as well as global perspective. The basis builds a panel discussion with representatives from the industry, research, associations and the media, as well as a subsequent open exchange of ideas with the audience.

Particular thanks are expressed by the organizers to event sponsors: Latitude Solar, Siemens plc., Upsolar UK, GS Solar and to media partners and pv magazine as well as to conference partner Solar Power UK.

After a successful premiere of the initiative in Europe at Intersolar Europe 2011 in Munich, this is the first event that will be held in Great Britain. If you would like to take part or need more information, please contact Mr. Daniel Fuchs ( | +49 228 42966 45).

More information on the Joint Forces for Solar Initiative can be found on our Website:

Intersolar – The World’s Leading Exhibition Series for the Solar Industry
Intersolar abides by the guiding principle Connecting Solar Business. Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry. With 20 years of experience and over 3,400 exhibitors and 110,000 visitors in 2011 spanning three continents, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together the solar industry from the most influential markets around the world. Intersolar's global events take place in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai and Beijing.

The organizers of Intersolar Europe are Solar Promotion GmbH of Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG. Intersolar North America, Intersolar India and Intersolar China are organized by the international subsidiaries Solar Promotion International GmbH of Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH.

Joint Forces for Solar

Joint Forces for Solar is a global synergy of stakeholders along the solar value chain. It brings grass-roots knowledge and know-how to a global dimension. A local goes global strategy takes the first hand, insider information installers gain when dealing with customers on a daily basis and utilizes it to shape the future direction of the solar industry. In return, global goes local, installers benefit from access to information on the latest technological developments and changes in market trends giving them the competitive edge necessary for long-term success.

The initiative builds a bridge between the individual links of the value chain and offers a platform where opinions, ideas and expertise can be shared that ultimately strengthen the industry going forward.