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Solar energy plays a key role in many industries, from architecture and manufacturing to transport and agriculture. No matter what sector you work in, it’s vital that you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the photovoltaic market.

One of the best ways to get involved is by attending some of the many solar energy events that take place both in the UK and all over the world. These can range from industry trade shows and fairs, where companies get together to showcase the latest PV technology, to conferences and seminars, where the current and future challenges the field faces are discussed and debated.

With so many events to choose from, it can be challenging to decide where your time would be best spent. To make life easier, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best events in the UK and around the world in this solar energy events calendar.


Solar Middle East

When: 14–16 February 2017

Where: DubaiWorldTrade Centre, UAE

What: Solar Middle East is the biggest trade event for the Middle Eastern and North African market, and is run in partnership with the Government of Dubai. You will be able to learn about the latest developments in the industry and see new technology in action at this event that attracts over 3,500 attendees. It provides the perfect opportunity for networking and starting discussions with people involved in the region’s solar market, as well as key policy- and decision-makers.

More information here.


Africa Energy Indaba

When: 21–22 February 2017

Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

What: The ninth annual Africa Energy Indaba will take place in Sandton, where ministers and other key industry figures will congregate to discuss the latest energy issues facing the continent and how new technology can assist in overcoming them. The Indaba will host in-depth workshops, panel discussions, and leader dialogues throughout its duration, which will spark much debate about the future of African solar energy and a chance to learn more about the market.

More information here.


Energy Storage Summit

When: 28 February – 1 March 2017

Where: Victoria Park Plaza, London, UK

What: The Energy Storage Summit hopes to tackle three of the foremost issues facing the UK energy market: the security of supply, keeping costs low for consumers, and decarbonising. Because energy storage plays such an important role in the effectiveness of solar PV, attending this conference is a must for anyone wanting to remain ahead of the game with British energy storage solutions. The 2017 Summit will focus on a range of issues, offering the perfect opportunity to contribute to the discussion and partake in some valuable networking with fellow attendees.

More information here.



PV Expo & PV System Expo 2017

When: 1–3 March 2017

Where: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

What: The 10th annual PV Expo and 8th annual PV System Expo will be held simultaneously at the Big Sight in Tokyo. These two exhibitions are essential events for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Japanese and Asian-Pacific solar PV markets.

The PV Expo is Japan’s biggest B2B trade show for the solar industry, showcasing the latest products, materials, and manufacturing technologies from around the world.

The PV System Expo is an event that is concerned with the integration and installation of solar systems, and has a focus on the design, construction, surveillance, and maintenance of PV technology.

More information for PV Expo here and PV System Expo here.


SolarPower Summit

When: 7–8 March 2017

Where: Thon Hotel EU, Brussels, Belgium

What: SolarPower Summit is recognised as one of the most important events in the global solar industry’s calendar, and presents a unique opportunity to participate in discussions about policy, business, and new technology. This is a great event that will give you an insight into trends within the solar PV sector, as well as a chance to network with leading analysts, experts, and stakeholders.

More information here.


PVCellTech 2017

When: 14–15 March 2017

Where: G Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

What: If you’re interested in what the future holds for the Southeast Asian solar PV market, PVCellTech 2017 will give you a complete overview of the current outlook, as well as a glimpse into what the next few years have in store. The event will be attended by many of the region’s top CTOs and R&D heads, who will present the route that solar cell manufacturing will take in the next few years.

More information here.


The Solar Show Africa 2017

When: 28–29 March 2017

Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

What: The Solar Show Africa is the largest solar energy exhibition on the continent, and also its longest running at 19 consecutive years. The event is incredibly influential, helping to shape the regional market by sharing industry knowledge, providing educational talks and seminars, and hosting many important meetings. It also offers plenty of time to make valuable connections by networking with like-minded attendees.

More information here.


International Green Energy Expo & Conference 2017

When: 5–7 April 2017

Where: EXCO, Daegu, South Korea

What: One of the most prominent solar events in Asia, the International Green Energy Expo and Conference brings together 250 companies from 26 countries who host 35,000 trade visitors. It is truly an international event, with 40% of exhibitors hailing from countries around the world, and it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the Korean, Asian, and global photovoltaic markets. Attendees will get the chance to see the newest technology on the market and learn how brand new materials and manufacturing technologies are changing the industry.

More information here.



When: 11–12 April 2017

Where: Maristella Marine Residence, Odessa, Ukraine

What: CISOLAR 2017 is a conference and exhibition dedicated to the emerging Central and Eastern European solar markets. It also looks forward to what role the technology will play in the future of the region. There are a number of topics that will be explored, such as state policies, regional investment, and the trends within the sector that are shaping the future. There will also be a chance to see the latest developments in solar PV systems and manufacturing in action.

More information here.


SNEC 2017 International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition

When: Conference — 17–20 April, Exhibition — 19–21 April 2017

Where: Conference — Kerry Hotel Pudong, Exhibition — Shanghai New International Expo Center

What: SNEC 2017 will be a truly international exhibition and conference, with over 1500 companies exhibiting from over 90 different nations. It is one of the biggest solar PV events in China, with an influence that stretches across the globe. The exhibition will showcase the newest technology, materials, manufacturing techniques and systems, covering almost every aspect of the industry. The conference will host valuable programmes and discussions about topics like market trends, PV finance and investment, and global policy. It will also give attendees the chance to network with peers.

More information here.


Clean Energy Summit

When: 24–26 April 2017

Where: The RIBA Building, London, UK

What: The Clean Energy Summit is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the UK’s solar sector. It will focus on how large energy users are going about reducing electricity costs and their carbon footprint. It also offers the chance for attendees to learn about how public and corporate sectors are moving towards using totally clean energy, as well as get up to speed with the Government’s plans for a new, flexible energy network. A full programme of speakers is scheduled for an informative event.

More information here.


Photovoltaic Technical Conference

When: 26–28 April 2017

Where: International Center of Villa Méditerranée, Marseille, France

What: This event focuses on the latest scientific and technical advances in the solar PV field, and brings together an international audience of academic and industrial attendees from more than 20 countries. The objective of the conference is to provide a global insight into the direction that the sector is heading, achieved through healthy debate about potential issues.

More information here.


All Energy Exhibition & Conference

When: 10–11 May 2017

Where: SECC Glasgow, UK

What: The All Energy Exhibition & Conference is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to renewables, providing suppliers, firms, and experts with a chance to engage and connect with others in the industry. The conference portion will see presentations, seminars, and talks from some of the most influential voices in the sector, which is ideal for staying up-to-date with the latest issues in the field of renewable energy.

More information here.


Intersolar Europe 2017

When:  30 May – 2 June 2017

Where: Messe München, Munich, Germany

What: This annual exhibition was founded 25 years ago, and has become a key event in the calendars of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners within the solar industry. There is both an exhibition and conference, giving visitors a chance to mingle and see the technology in action, as well as get up-to-date information about the latest developments in the solar PV sector. Whether you are an architect, project developer, policy maker or government official, there is much of interest at Intersolar Europe.

More information here.


Europe Energy Storage 2017

When: 30 May – 2 June 2017

Where: Messe München, Munich, Germany

What: Organised in conjunction with Intersolar 2017, Europe Energy Storage 2017 is an event focused on batteries and energy storage systems — it is also the continent’s largest event for this sector. Suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and users of electrical energy storage solutions will all find something of great value at this exhibition and conference, with a full programme of talks and discussions scheduled on new technologies, manufacturing techniques, and much more. There is also the chance to network with like-minded attendees.

More information here.


India Solar Week 2017

When: 21–22 June 2017

Where: Holiday Inn, New Dehli Airport

What: India Solar Week is a conference that is firmly focused on all parts of the solar industry, from technology and project construction to engineering and business. This event will examine new trends in these areas and explore how they are pushing the industry forward. India Solar Week 2017’s agenda will be designed with maximising learning and knowledge sharing in mind, with interactive seminars, Q&A forums, and networking sessions all intended to facilitate the exchange of information and discussion.

More information here.



Intersolar North America

When: 10–13 July 2017

Where: Exhibition —Moscone Center West Hall, San Francisco, Convention — InterContinental Hotel San Francisco

What: Intersolar North America is the most attended solar event in North America, and part of the global family of Intersolar events. The 2017 edition will be hosted in San Francisco, where both an exhibition and conference will be held, focusing on the latest technologies, production methods, materials, and smart renewable energy. The event is an important one for anyone involved in the solar industry — you can stay updated on the latest advancements, as well as make important contacts with other attendees.

More information here.


Intersolar South America

When: 22–24 August 2017

Where: Expo Centre Norte, São Paulo, Brazil

What: Intersolar South America is the continent’s largest solar power conference and exhibition, with more than 11,000 visitors and 180 exhibitors from all over the world. Part of the wider Intersolar exhibition series, the event provides a valuable platform for the showcasing of new technology and discussions about the challenges facing the industry in the region. Intersolar offers a great opportunity to learn more about the South American market and make some great contacts with like-minded attendees.

More information here.


Solar Power International

When: 10–13 September 2017

Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

What: Solar Power International is the fastest growing solar show in North America, and offers a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved in the sector to come together and discuss current and future issues for the field. The event sees a vast number of experts in attendance, ready to share their knowledge and experience with their fellow delegates. There are also plenty of networking opportunities and of ways for you to engage in the dialogue about solar PV.

More details here.


Intersolar Middle East

When: 25–27 September 2017

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

What: The Middle East and North Africa is a growing market for solar power, and Intersolar Middle East is one of the key events in the industry’s calendar. The event attracts more than 120 exhibitors from all over the globe who will be showcasing the very latest in solar PV technology, giving the 4,000 attendees a chance to learn about the cutting-edge innovations shaping the future of the sector. The exhibition will be supported by the Global Solar Leaders’ Summit and Intersolar Middle East programme, which offers a full schedule of talks and discussion sessions for you to participate in.

More information here.



When: 25–29 September 2017

Where: RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam

What: EU PVSEC is the biggest conference for those involved in photovoltaic research, technologies, and applications, where the latest developments and innovations in the industry are discussed by an audience of international attendees. The focus of the event is both science-to-science and science-to-industry, and it is the only global-level conference that works in this way. The programme of events includes presentations and discussions that consider new concepts, trends, and developments in the sector, encouraging a worldwide dialogue and information exchange.

More information here.


Clean Energy Live 2017

When: 3–5 October 2017

Where: The NEC, Birmingham, UK

What: Clean Energy Live 2017 is the new format of Solar Energy UK, now incorporating other green power sectors. It will be the largest solar and storage exhibition in the country, and a must-attend for anyone looking to take advantage of clean energy solutions in the near future. Attendees will be able to see new smart technologies in action and talk to experts about what the future is likely to have in store. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and a full programme of seminars and discussions to engage in.

More information here.


Solar Power Portal Awards

When: 4 October 2017

Where: The Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, UK

What: The Solar Power Portal Awards are when the UK solar industry comes together to celebrate the innovation and achievements of companies and individuals within the sector. A presentation ceremony and gala dinner mark the occasion, with recognition being given in categories such as ‘international solar project’, ‘clean transport scheme’, and ‘product innovation’. As well as awarding the efforts of those raising the bar for the UK’s solar field, the evening is a great opportunity to make connections with fellow guests.

More information here.


Intersolar India

When: 5–7 December 2017

Where: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India

What: Intersolar India is the biggest exhibition and conference for solar energy in India, and attracts over 200 international exhibitors and more than 12,000 visitors. The event has a focus on solar PV, production technologies, energy storage systems, and solar thermal systems. There will also be a full programme of events at the accompanying conference, with more than 100 speakers discussing the issues facing the industry and how they will be overcome. Intersolar India is the perfect place to learn about the market for solar power in the region, as well as make key contacts through networking.

More information here.


Here at Romag, we manufacture innovative solar PV solutions that can be specialised for a variety of different industries, such as housebuilding, transport, and commercial developments. You can view the diverse work that we’ve done in partnership with a range of clients on our projects page. If you think we can assist with your own project, feel free to get in touch with us or call our team on +44 (0)1207 500000.

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