Talking point

Zenex Solar’s managing director Liz macFarlane
Zenex Solar’s managing director Liz macFarlane
Liz MacFarlane looks back at an eventful SEUK 2014 for Zenex Solar

The pink shoes are packed away until Ecobuild 2015 and team Zenex is now just about recovered from the phenomena that was Solar Energy UK 2014.

Now in its fifth year, this exhibition was the best yet, with 2629 visitors on the second day alone, outnumbering a total footfall of 2,432 across the entire three days in 2013.

Our own Zenex innovations such as the 700W Solis mini-inverter, the SolarEdge embedded JA Solar PV module, our Renusol East/West mounting system and the 50kW Delta inverter all attracted much attention.

We greeted customers and suppliers new and old to our stand and I didn’t get much chance to escape, but when I did I was interested to find some great new products, developments in battery storage, plus new ways of working within the industry.

In particular, the Lightsource Installer Workshop grabbed my attention and attracted over 70 installers who were all keen to find out how they can work with the developer to bring dormant mid-scale commercial projects to fruition, supported by a simple and attractive PPA contract. There are some really innovative ideas out there to help the industry continue to flourish.

I was flattered to discover that I have a readership of more than ten, most of who share my opinions (Thank you for coming to say hello) and I also had the opportunity of meeting one of my fellow REI columnists Steve Pester, BRE, to hear about the good work at the National Solar Centre.

However, my lasting memory of SEUK 2014 will be of those who should probably remain nameless, wearing silly German hats, sharing best practise over a stein or two of ale in a muddy field courtesy of the SolarEdge Oktoberfest. If you were there you’ll know exactly what I’m saying and you’ll probably share my hope that all photographic evidence has been destroyed.