Last month Birmingham hosted the UK’s largest solar industry event, which achieved new records for both exhibitor and visitor numbers.
Following provisional analysis of the numbers performed on the final day, the figures for the exhibition and conference are now in. This year a total of 130 companies exhibited as oppose to just 14 last year, with more than 3,600 attendees visiting the stands over the three days. Meanwhile, the Solar Power UK Conference and its side events, including PV School and the Master classes, which ran in parallel to the exhibition, attracted more than 2,500 attendees.
Conference delegate numbers also increased from 462 in 2010 to 1,300 in 2015, which represents an increase of 181 per cent. The entire solar industry value chain was represented at Solar Power UK 2015, with exhibitors from the module, inverter, storage, transmission and monitoring sectors and conference delegates representing solar installers, financiers and manufactures right through to policy makers and researchers.
The large increase in visitor numbers is reflective of the change of location, but also corrosponds with the growth of the industry which has come to the fore of late