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Net Zero Go Innovator Workshop

March 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to share knowledge, insight and experience from across the industry with a key focus on validating the business cases for various Solar project types and how these can be funded. We will also be sharing the work the catapult has been doing with GMCA in support of the ERDF funded Unlocking Clean Energy in Greater Manchester (UCEGM) programme. Providing the meeting attendees with an opportunity to learn how this work is developing robust Solar projects for the GMCA region which could be useful for other parts of the UK.

The workshop will be centred around the work Net Zero Go have been developing for Solar Business Model Templates to support UK Councils get these types of projects off the ground. It will finish with an overview of the ESC’s work on Local Area Energy Planning and how this helps councils look at potential solar projects across their region using a planned approach.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Innovator Workshop:

  • Keith Grimley from Gravesham Borough Council – who will provide an introduction to the Local Authority Solar Innovation Challenge.
  • Unlocking Clean Energy in Greater Manchester ESC Team – talking about lessons from their project with a dive into the business models of small scale solar.
  • James Screen from UKIB – presenting the UK Infrastructure Bank’s interests regarding solar project investment, particularly when considering a local authority business case. He will also be taking part in a roundtable responding to the Local Authority solar innovation challenge.
  • Steve Gummer from Sharpe Pritchard – responding to the roundtable and innovation challenge, applying skills, knowledge and expertise to respond to Local Authorities and provide guidance.

Huw Russell from Local Partnerships – providing an overview of the Five Case Model for developing business cases and engaging with the audience on their experiences.