Britain's 12 GW of solar power (3x the installed capacity of the giant Drax Power station) sits within a European solar market of more than 100 GW.
Initial developer warranties are ending on many new installations with 20-30 years of operational life ahead. Asset managers, owners and landowners all have a role to play in ensuring solar projects are working optimally, to reward investors and to meet Europe’s growing low-carbon electricity demands.
Managing European Solar Assets is a two-day conference in London towards the end of April, which will discuss best practices to measure asset performance, key performance indicators, advances in monitoring hardware and software, and other aspects of operations and maintenance.
NFU Chief Renewable Energy Adviser Dr Jonathan Scurlock will be speaking on Day 1 in a session on "Maintaining the land: measures to take for responsible land stewardship":
- Ground works and land maintenance: results of rushed projects, and rescuing distressed assets
- Opportunities for exporting UK good practice
- SPIES: A tool to help quantity and value the ecosystem services of current and planned parks
The Solar Trade Association will also give an update on best practice in solar farm management.
By special arrangement again with organisers Solar Media, the NFU has four 2-day tickets to give away (first come, first served! - contact am9uYXRoYW4uc2N1cmxvY2tAbmZ1Lm9yZy51aw==) and has also negotiated a 50% discount for NFU members on the regular conference delegate rates (use code ED50 and provide your NFU membership number with your details). Other farmers and landowners are eligible for a 15% discount (code ED15).
The Managing European Solar Assets conference takes place 24-25 April in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) building, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT (nearest Underground stations are Regents Park, Great Portland St or Oxford Circus).