Speaker Interview:

Amit Oza, Managing Director, BELECTRIC

“I challenge the industry to come together with the remaining pieces of the jigsaw to truly make battery storage mainstream.”

BELECTRIC is one of the most successful enterprises in the realization of utility scale solar power plants and energy storage systems. BELECTRIC was founded in 2001 and has been expanded by six shareholders to an international group since then. It has constructed over 300 solar PV power plants with over 2.0 GWp PV capacity so far. With so much buzz around battery storage as a flexibility solution, take a look at our exclusive interview with Amit Oza, Managing Director, BELECTRIC. He is sharing his thoughts ahead of speaking at Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019.

 

What is the biggest challenge you’re looking to fix or improve at Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019?

There is a lot of buzz around battery storage as a solution to grid constraints and intermittent renewable generation. While this is true technically, the industry still needs the right regulatory framework and supportive capital to realise the true potential of battery storage. Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019 will bring together the right people in the room. I challenge the industry to come together with the remaining pieces of the jigsaw to truly make battery storage mainstream.

 

Which story are you most excited to share?

At BELECTRIC, we have seen a huge drive amongst energy suppliers to bring distributed energy to their customers. Some combination of solar PV, battery storage, EV charging is now being offered across the country including via PPAs. As awareness among customers increases along with electricity price inflation, the benefits of on-site generation are now clear. I am looking forward to sharing the experiences and “lessons learned” we have had in this space across a variety of energy suppliers from the Big 6 to challenger brands.

 

Who are you looking forward to learning insights from at the event?

The rate of change of how customers interact with their electricity usage is increasing. As a company focused on building energy generation solutions at the utility and C&I scale, we need to respond to the change. Therefore, I’m excited to hear from those at the coal-face, with customers who see this change and are anticipating what their needs will look like 12-18 months out.  

 

Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019 takes place on 16 & 17 October in Central London. Take advantage of the dedicated networking time to trade strategies with the who’s who of the energy industry and learn from the best. Learn from Amit and the rest of our 70 key industry speakers so that you can have the best perspective to develop your business plan from.

Seb Fox

Sector Manager – Utilities

Seb Fox is the sector manager for our Future of Utilities portfolio. He keeps an eye on industry developments, hot topics, and puts together our conference agendas. He’s been with the company for just over two years, having graduated from Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

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