How can community energy organisations diversify into new markets? This workshop will explore the technological and economic developments that are enabling community energy organisations to install, connect and monetise electric vehicle chargers and storage capabilities. Hear from community energy practitioners who have done just this, an expert installer of said technology and a leading think-tank exploring the latest business models and technological developments.

Dr Christian Jardine is a founder member of Joju Solar and has been involved with solar PV since 2001 when he ran Oxford University's research into solar energy and microgeneration. He is recognised as one of the UK's foremost experts in the performance of solar PV and is the author of prize-winning papers on the subject, as well as leading publications such as “PV in the UK” and “Power from the People”. Chris says: “Within Joju Solar I am responsible for ensuring the products we use are of the highest available quality, that we are always at the forefront of our industry, and that all staff are trained to deliver excellent quality installations.”

Olly manages a variety of projects and has developed specialisms in electric vehicles, community energy, domestic energy storage and microgeneration. He works across a large spectrum of technologies, provides policy updates for the industry and is involved in supporting the sector deliver a renewable revolution. In his spare time, he volunteers as a director for Totnes Renewable Energy Society and attempts to run up hills - ideally off-road.

  • Pete Capener - Co-Founder and Chair, Bath & West Community Energy

Peter is co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, a community enterprise that owns over 12MW of community solar PV and one small hydro scheme. He has over 30 years experience of working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes with a strong focus on community energy. Peter is chair of the BEIS Local Energy Contact Group and a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. He was awarded an MBE for services to sustainable energy in 2015 and has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.