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Solar Innovations hub returns to the Installer Show 

Solar Energy UK 
04 June 2024

Solar Energy UK and MCS will again be running the Solar Innovations zone this June at the Installer Show, where 20,000 installers, specifiers and decision-makers from across the energy, water, air and heat sectors gather.[1] 

Sponsored by City Plumbing, the Solar Innovations zone will feature expert talks on the MCS certification process, PV module technology, mounting systems, battery storage, how heat pumps and solar power can work together and much, much more.  

The number of new MCS-certified contractors has grown rapidly in recent years, rising to 1,880 in 2023 – was double the 930 seen in 2022, which itself was double the 478 that qualified in 2021. Alongside a burgeoning rooftop market, which hit more than 1.5m MCS certified smaller-scale installations in May, installers and specifiers have never been hungrier for advice and support.[2] 

With capacity on rooftops and on the ground now estimated to be more than 18 gigawatts, solar is also playing an increasingly important role in decarbonisation and bolstering energy security, meeting around 4.7% of the UK’s electricity demand last year. But delivering the government objective of 70GW by 2035 means greatly expanding the skilled workforce. 

The zone will: 

  • Provide MCS-accredited installers with information about new products and ideas, to make their working lives easier. 
  • Develop installer’s knowledge and skills. 
  • Help specification professionals working on domestic, commercial and infrastructure products how to make the most of funding, legislation and new technology. 

“Solar Energy UK is proud to support the Solar Innovation’s feature at InstallerSHOW 2024. As the UK accelerates its journey to net zero, a skilled and vibrant installer community is essential. This event provides a crucial platform for showcasing the latest solar technologies and fostering connections that will drive the industry forward. We’re confident that the huge growth in solar will be on full display, equipping installers with the knowledge and tools they need to be a part of the UK’s clean energy future”, said Veronica Magoja, Head of Communications and Marketing at Solar Energy UK. 

Among the many presentations given at the zone and across the show, Solar Energy UK Policy Analyst Daroon Ramadani will be discussing how installers from other industries can diversify into the solar and storage, offering an overview of the skills needed and the career paths available at all scales. 

The Installer Show will be held over 25-27 June at the NEC, Birmingham. Get your free ticket today

[1] Solar Innovations Installer Hub at the Installer Show 

[2] UK reaches 1.5m small-scale solar installations 

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