UK can learn from Europe’s solar example

Energy experts from across Europe will meet at Staffordshire University next week to hear about the investment potential of solar energy. In the first in a series of seminars, the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy experts from across Europe will meet at Staffordshire University next week to hear about the investment potential of solar energy.

In the first in a series of seminars, the Renewable Energies Transfer System conference will look at the example of Germany’s solar efforts, and closer to home, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s installation of solar panels on 1000 council homes.

Organisers hope the conference will influence key policy makers into taking further advantage of green energy sources.

Jon Fairburn, chairing the conference, said: “The key aim of the conference is to provide advice and guidance for policymakers to better deploy solar power in the region.”

Local MP Joan Walley said she was keen for the conference to spark change in the area: “I would like to see growth of the whole supply chain for renewable energy in the region including training for installers, market research to help our businesses grow as well as export to new markets.”

The RETS conference is supported by the EU funding body INTERREG IVC and takes place on February 22-25 at Staffordshire University.