Speakers

Nick Boyle
CEO, Lightsource Renewable Energy

Speaker Bio

A dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Nick Boyle is founder and CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s largest solar PV developer, owner and operator. He is well known in the industry for his success in marrying retail financial products to low-risk, predictable investment revenue, generated by utility-scale solar PV plants.

Since the inception of Lightsource, Nick’s drive and vision has seen the company enjoy tremendous success over a short period of time - growing from start-up business to Europe’s number one solar PV portfolio holder in just over four years.

Lightsource have more than 1GW of operational assets with a very significant pipeline currently under construction, these achievements are a testament to Nick’s innate ability to identify opportunities and build on them. Prior to his current role, Nick sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies.

Louise Shaw
Assistant Directory Lead Advisory
Environmental Finance, EY

Speaker Bio
Louise is an Assistant Director in the Environmental Finance team at EY. She has 10 years corporate finance experience and since 2008 has specialised in the renewable energy sector with a particular focus on the solar sector. Louise has advised a wide range of private and public sector clients on finance raising, M&A, strategy and policy. Government clients have included the UK DECC and Ministries across Europe and Africa as well as on Local Authority schemes such as Bristol City Council. She has also advised a wide range of large corporates, specialist developers and financial institutions on infrastructure and corporate transactions including Eaga's landmark £300m project financing and Trina's UK project development.

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Julia Groves
CEO, Trillion Fund

Speaker Bio
Since co-founding britishairways.com in 1994, Julia has led a series of start-ups in the digital and environmental sectors, and invested a combination of her time and money in a portfolio of sustainable businesses, including Loco2, and most recently Trillion Fund, the UK's leading social crowdfunding platform where she is now CEO.

Julia co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, and has successfully campaigned to make finance more democratic and accessible to regular investors, under the banner #wealthisnotaskillset. She is a member of Innovate 50 in the UK, CF 50 in the States, recently completed a two year Non Executive Director role at Move Your Money and is a fellow of the RSA.

Karim Asali
Technical Director for Europe, First Solar

Speaker Bio
As Technical Director Europe, Karim Asali is responsible for supporting Business Development activities and driving First Solar’s growth strategy in Europe.

Karim first joined First Solar in February 2008 – 2012, focusing on Technical Development and Business Development in the Middle East. Before re-joining First Solar in January 2015, he was Director Project Enabling at Dii GmbH for two years. He brings almost three decades of experience in renewable energy, conventional energy and power industries to his new position.

Karim started his solar career in 1986 in the Solar Thermal Power business. He worked for 10 years at ABB in different positions in the Oil&Gas and Power business and has been in the Photovoltaic business since 2000. He was managing Solar Off-grid business for Kyocera Fineceramics for Africa and Middles East and structured and supported solar activities at Sharp European Headquarters in Hamburg.

Karim holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe University in Germany and an MBA from Heriot Watt/Edinburgh Business School, UK.

Neil Budd
Director of Renewable Energy, Shakespeare Martineau

The introduction of contracts-for-differences as part of the Government's electricity market reform programme is intended to provide clear, stable and predictable revenue streams for investors in low-carbon electricity generation. Given the upheavals in UK solar over the last few years and current uncertainties as a result of the forthcoming review of ROCs, this would be very welcome. This presentation will give an overview of how CfDs will work, explain the allocation process for solar projects and examine key issues for investors in solar projects.

Speaker Bio
Neil is a senior lawyer in the energy team at UK law firm, SGH Martineau, based in the firm's London office. Neil has been practising as a solicitor since 1988. Neil has worked as an energy lawyer since 1999 and has been involved in renewable energy projects since 2005. Neil has been involved in solar PV in the UK since 2010, when the feed-in tariffs were introduced, and has acted on a significant number of projects for developers, funders and EPC contractors.

Reza Shaybani
Chairman of the Board of Directors of BPVA

Speaker Bio
Reza Shaybani has been managing private and public technology focused companies in the optical disc manufacturing equipment, semiconductor and solar PV industries for the past 22 years. Since 2006 he has played an active role in the solar PV industry globally as founder and investor in a number of leading companies. Reza is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of British Photovoltaic Association, the National Trade Association of the UK solar PV industry, Chair of the UK Solar Finance and Bankability Group at the UK Department for Energy & Clime Change, CEO & Founder of Rated Solar Installer.com and Director of Special Projects at Meyer Burger Global AG. In a joint venture with Haymarket Media Group, Reza has just launched the first consumer focused solar & energy storage magazine, "Make Solar Sense".

Jonny Williams
Director, BRE National Solar Centre and BRE South West

The BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) is an independent voice for the UK solar industry. Our focus is on driving innovation and best practice, generating knowledge, increasing marketplace confidence and helping the industry capitalise on a wealth of commercial and sustainability opportunities. Centred on open collaboration, our activities range from research-led information to due diligence technical services and from developing large systems standards to helping integrate solar PV into construction. We represent and support all companies in the solar PV supply chain as well as organisations and stakeholders across the board. Through our three core functions – a knowledge hub, technical consultancy and support, and training and best practice guidance - we are working to create industry cohesion, promote growth and fuel continuous improvement in product quality.

Ian Swindell
Account Development Manager, Siemens

Speaker Bio
Ian joined Siemens in June of 2014, to further the growth of Energy Efficiency Financing across the midlands region by continuing to support both customers and suppliers. Ian has a strong background within financial services having previously worked for Lombard and BNP Paribas.

Ilias Vazaios
Partner, Ecuity

Speaker Bio
Ilias is a Partner at Ecuity that provides policy and strategic advice to energy suppliers, manufacturers, industry consortia and start-ups. Ilias has led several successful advocacy projects in the UK and Brussels to drive lasting regulatory changes to kick-start low carbon markets and provided expert advice to industry players on the commercialisation of novel green solutions.

Ilias has previously worked as a business consultant for Cemex, as a policy advisor for the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC and as energy policy consultant for the Bellona Foundation and Edelman in Brussels.


David Hunt
Hyperion Executive Search, Managing Partner

As the solar industry reshapes itself for a post subsidy UK, it becomes ever more important to have the best team at your side. Like a solar panel a company is only as strong as its weakest cell. To compete and prosper you'll need to attract and retain the best talent who will drive your company to solar success. I'll be speaking at #Solar UK on how to prepare your company for the task ahead.

Speaker Bio
David Hunt is Managing Partner of a specialist Search and Selection business operating in the renewables and cleantech sector. David is also Chair of the Onsite Renewables Sector Group of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and sits on their policy board. He is also a board member of for Employment & skills for the Liverpool City Region LEP and is a director of a Community Energy Coop, developing 1MW of solar projects.

David currently works in the UK and globally in the solar sector; clients are primarily product manufacturers and EPC/Developers.

David has over 17 years’ experience recruiting core talent, having recruited roles from Finance Director in the Falklands, to Telecoms engineers in Central Europe, to a VP of sales and marketing for a property developer in Qatar. He has also recruited extensively throughout the UK.

Between 2007 and 2013 David became an expert in renewable technology and sustainable business. Starting and growing a renewable energy installation business from scratch to £6.4m turnover, winning many awards along the way. He was also Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Association trade body (REA) and a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable And Sustainable Energy Group) at that time. He also sat on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City Region LEP


Steve Gladman
Business Development Principal at Sliverstone Green Energy


Mike Staplehurst
CEO, The Solar Cloth Company


WonJu Sul
Associate Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Speaker bio
WonJu Sul is a capital markets lawyer specializing in securitization and structured finance with experience in both U.S. and international CMBS, CLO and ABS transactions. WonJu received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School, M.A. from Columbia University and B.A. cum laude from University of California-Berkeley. She is admitted to practice in New York.


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2015 Solar Industry Awards Winners

2014 Delegates Include

2F Capital, 3E, abakus solar AG, Alpin Sun, Belectric Solar Ltd, Bloomberg, BNRG Renewables, BPVA, BRE National Solar Centre, British Solar Renewables, Capita plc Carbon Alliance, Centrica Energy, Chubb Insurance Company, CIM, Cobalt Engineering, Conergy UK, CREST, DB Schenker, Delta Energy, Dragon Infrastructure Solutions, Ecopower, Ecotricity, Ecuity, EDF Energy, EIM Energy, Elan Global Renewables Ltd, Energy Circle, Enphase Energy, ET Solutions, Evogreen, EY, Flogas Renewables, Futura Holding Ltd, Gamesa Electric, GDF SUEZ, Greencoat Capital LLP, Grupotec, Hanwha SolarOne GmbH, IEWC UK & Ireland, Imperial College London, Infrata Limited, IPSol Energy Limited, JA Solar, Krannich Solar Ltd Lark Energy Ltd, Lightsource Renewable Energy, Liverpool University, Loughborough University, Mastervolt UK Ltd, Neas Energy Ltd, NPD Solarbuzz, Oxford University, Physis Energy Ltd, PV Labs, Red Triangle Energy Ltd, Recharge, Regen SW, ReneSola MPRG International, Renewable Solution, SavewithSolar, Saving Energy Renewables North East, Schletter, Seraphin SGH Martineau, Shakespeares Legal LLP, Sheffield University, Silverstone Green Energy, SMA, Solar Advanced Systems, Solar BIPV Ltd, Solar Energy Partners Ltd, Solar Securities, Solarcentury, Solaredge Technologies, Sun Future Energy, Sungrow Power UK Limited, Sun & Wind, Sun Premier UK, The Mail on Sunday, The Solar Cloth Company, University of Bath, vyzVoice SA, WinPower, SA Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Yingli Green Energy

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