Project duration: January 2019 to July 2019

Regen has run the Solar Commission, a project that has been set up as part of the UKERC Whole Systems Network Fund.

Innovation and falling costs are leading to solar power playing an increasing role in the energy system. The UK has considerable scientific, technical and business experience in solar power and including technology, power storage, control systems, financing, and power purchase arrangements.

The role of the Commission has been to stimulate new thinking and encourage collaboration between academics, industry and system operators on the role of solar power in the energy system. The Commission examined areas where the UK could use its scientific and technical capabilities to play a leading role in innovation and industrial strategy opportunities in solar power.

The Commission was formed of industry leaders, academics and others and the Commissioners were responsible for investigating the future role of solar power in the energy system, considering the UK’s areas of strength in research and innovation in solar.

The findings will be used to inform and influence decision makers and leading players in the UK energy system and have been published in a non technical briefing at the House of Lords on 9 July 2019. The project engaged new voices and maximise female representation through collaboration with Regen’s Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables initiative.

View the final publication here and below:

View blog – Why do we need more research into solar energy conversion?  

By Dr. Phillip Dale, University of Luxembourg

View blog Revenue opportunities for solar farms from system services

Dr. Biljana Stojkovska, National Grid ESO


Solar Commission - Members of the Commission include:

Name Organisation Logo
Professor Alison WalkerUniversity of Bath Bath
Professor Neil RobertsonUniversity of EdinburghUniversity Of Edinburgh Logo
Professor Neil GreenhamUniversity of CambridgeLogo
Professor Mike WallsLoughborough UniversityDownload (1)
Robyn LucasOpen EnergiOpen Energi
Aleksandra KlassenSolar Trade Association STA Logo CMYK
Dr KT TanViridian SolarDownload
Christine CoonickBRE National Solar Centre0
Dr Phillip Dale University of LuxembourgUnilu
Paul WarrenNSG2819035 NSG Group Logo
Imran AghaSiemensSiemens Logo
Sonya BedfordStephens ScownStephens Scown


If you are interested in finding out more about the Solar Commission please contact Kerry Hayes at


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