Hear cutting-edge insights on what’s coming next for the solar industry, and how to capitalise on the current opportunity in the Solar Virtual Conference, 26 January. Participate in this high-level virtual conference, hosted by two leading brands at the forefront of the global energy industry, Intersolar and Middle East Energy.

This one day conference will explore the latest trends and challenges around power generation using solar energy, tariffs, financing and leasing of projects, energy storage options and future projects discussions. Become a delegate and connect with likeminded individuals at the largest solar virtual networking platform.

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Programme outline


Opening Session: Progress and opportunities in the solar sector

Moderator :
Gareth Rapley
, Group Director – Energy and Utilities EMEA, Informa Markets
Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH

12:15 - 12:45

Progress and Opportunities in the Rapidly Expanding Solar PV Market

Prof. Eicke R. Weber
Chair, European Solar Manufacturing Council ESMC
Senator, Bundesverband der Mittelständischen Wirtschaft BVMW
Former Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

12:45 - 13:15

Global Market Outlook for Solar PV & the impact of COVID-19

Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe.

13:45 – 14:30

Panel Discussion: Financing and Resourcing of Solar Projects

  • Role of private sector in supporting the development of solar energy
  • Investor appetite for utility-scale and distributed solar projects
  • Analysing the purchase agreements and leasing models on financing of solar projects
  • Options for solar financing in residential and commercial projects
  • Role of green finance and green bonds in delivering solar projects
  • The development of floating solar technologies
  • Investment opportunities in solar for green-powered hydrogen

Cornelius Matthes, CEO, Dii Desert Energy


  • Jing Liu, Sector Lead – Power, Utilities, Metals & Mining Global Structured Finance, EMEA,
    SMBC Bank International plc
  • Aftab Raza, Head of Sector Financial Management, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi
  • Hassan Ebrahim, VP – Finance and Investments, Yellow Door Energy
  • Hyerin Park, Head of PPP, ENGIE - KSA

14:45 – 15:30

Panel Discussion: Energy storage as the game changer for solar energy

  • How energy storage will change the playing field for solar in the energy market
  • The latest developments for energy storage in the solar sector
  • Importance of fitting energy storage into your solar energy portfolio
  • Opportunities for behind-the-meter solar storage solutions
  • Trends and best practice in energy storage

Moderator: Mohammed Atif, Area Manager, Energy, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy 


  • Brittney Elzarei, Policy Manager, The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE)
  • Hamzeh Buqaei, Business Development Manager, SMA Middle East limited
  • Erik Stokes, Chief of the Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office, California Energy Commission
  • Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies, CEO & Co-Founder, ACCURE Battery Intelligence

15:45 – 16:30

Panel Discussion: Facilitating the switch to solar energy

  • Approaches for developing utility-scale solar projects
  • Mechanisms for developing distributed and rooftop solar capacity
  • Infrastructure and grid investments required to facilitate the development of solar energy
  • The role of regulation in the development of solar energy
  • Long term initiatives to reach the net-zero targets through solar powered energy generation

Andrew Roscoe,
Editor – Energy and Utilities, Informa Markets


  • Laurent Longuet, CEO, SirajPower
  • Ahmed S. Nada, Head of Operations and Maintenance, MASDAR | President, MESIA
  • Hans-Josef Fell, President, the Energy Watch Group
  • Mohamed Attari, Senior Manager – Business Development, ACWA Power

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