21 - 22 March 2023, Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

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2023 Agenda

Interested in speaking? Reach out to Conference Producer Tom Doyle to learn more. tdoyle@solarmedia.co.uk

08:30
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09:00
Networking
09:00
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09:05
Presentation
09:05
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09:20
Keynote Presentation

Portugal is already one of Europe’s leading market for solar power, with the aim for 9GW of solar power capacity by 2030 and an 80% share of renewables power by 2026. Understand the future of the Portuguese market, how such expansion will be overseen and how you can best position yourself to be a part of it.

09:20
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10:00
Keynote Panel

Solar projects cannot be developed until they have secured a grid connection. However, there are huge delays in this process for a number of reasons:

  • Lack of resource (capital and human) at the local governmental level to process grid connection requests
  • Lack of grid modernisation

Speakers

Managing Partner,
Wattcrop
Director - Electricity Markets,
EDP
10:00
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10:20
Presentation

This session is reserved for our host sponsor - Smartenergy

10:20
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11:00
Panel Discussion

The Solar PV supply chain is 90% dominated by Chinese-based manufacturers. This has, largely, caused few problems for the European solar industry with many quality Tier-1 suppliers supporting the industry for many years.

However, questions remain about over-reliance on supply from one country, as if there are changes to international relations, or trade agreements, many projects will be put on indefinite hold as they wait for panels to arrive.

The REPowerEU plan promises €1bn of “de-risking” funding to establish an internal European silicon solar manufacturing chain, but are such measures feasible, or even necessary?

11:00
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11:30
Networking

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STREAM TWO

11:30
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12:10
Panel Discussion

Energy storage allows for solar power to be stored and then released onto the grid consistently throughout the day, rather than just the ~8 hours a day the power is produced. Storage can also be used for rooftop solar and projects with direct connection to their offtaker. However, some countries don’t have specific policy or opportunity to make money from storage – find out which countries make money and which don’t.

11:30
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12:10
Panel Discussion

Portugal is already one of Europe’s leading market for solar power, with the aim for 9GW of solar power capacity by 2030 and an 80% share of renewables power by 2026. Understand the future of the Portuguese market, how such expansion will be overseen and how you can best position yourself to be a part of it.

Speakers

Country Head, Portugal,
Lightsource bp
Chief Technology Officer and Portugal Country Manager,
Voltalia
12:10
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12:30
Presentation

Data streams and analytics are different from module to module, project to project, and company to company dependent on the software and models used. This can make it difficult for asset owners and O&M providers to make qualified decisions based on existing data as much of the information is not comparable. Data aggregators exist, but as they aggregate the data in different ways, the data produced are still difficult to compare.

For the benefit of the industry, standardisation of some simple data points would provide the opportunity to make informed decisions based on being able to simply compare and contrast existing projects. Learn how everyone can benefit by adopting certain standards.

12:10
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12:30
Presentation

Germany can no longer rely on Russian gas pipelines to provide their energy supply.

The German government have announced a series of measures for how they plan to become energy independent by fulfilling all their electricity needs from renewables sources by 2035. Learn how you can be part of such expansion that will solidify Germany as the largest solar power producing country in Europe.

12:30
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13:10
Panel Discussion

Grid connections and land permits are hard to come by, with projects facing years of delays in attaining them. Therefore, where geographically feasible, adding wind or solar capacity to existing assets can help to boost productivity and profitability.

Speakers

Managing Director Southern Europe,
Eurowind Energy
CEO Portugal,
ACCIONA
12:30
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13:10
Panel Discussion

Boasting some of the best weather conditions in Europe, Spain has established itself as one of the largest solar markets. However, questions remain about modernisation of the grid and effective battery storage regulations. Learn about the biggest issues and opportunities in the Spanish market for how to best position yourself as a part of it.

13:10
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14:40
Networking

STREAM ONE

STREAM TWO

14:40
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15:00
Presentation

Opportunity for an innovative sponsor(s) to promote themselves, and their product, and why the audience should work with them.

Contact Paul Collinson for more information pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk

14:40
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15:20
Panel Discussion

Nordic countries have been instrumental in the development of wind power, yet remain largely unexplored for solar power. The potential of hybridisation is a large attraction for making the most of existing grid connections by adding solar to them.

Finland has seen interest in renewables development from “traditionalist” politicians who want to become energy independent from Russia.

There is a lot of interest in Sweden as a market due to an abundance of available marsh/bog land that has not yet been taken advantage of. However, Sweden’s newly elected government have recently abolished their Environment ministry, it remains to be seen what the impact on the renewable power industry will be from such wholesale changes.

Norway’s government have not set a specific solar capacity target (as of April 2022), but it is understood that capacity could reach 10TWh of annual solar power production by 2030.

Denmark have targeted 3.4GW of solar capacity by 2030, having already exceeded 2020 capacity targets.

Speakers

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer,
Better Energy
CEO,
Alight
15:00
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15:40
Panel Discussion

Although still nascent, green hydrogen opportunities excite the sector both with the potential to decarbonise different processes across a myriad of industries. If able to be produced and used at scale, green hydrogen has the potential to be one of the largest markets in the renewables sector, with Goldman Sachs predicting the market could be as large as €10tn by 2050.

 

 

15:20
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16:00
Panel Discussion

Balkan countries like Croatia and Albania have some of the best weather conditions for solar power production in Europe. However, questions remain about political stability and grid capability.

If such issues and risks can be overcome, establishing your position within this new market early has the potential for enormous returns.

Speakers

Managing Director,
Claritas Investments
15:40
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16:00
Presentation

NIMBYs can cause many roadblocks in the development of Large Scale Solar projects across Europe, with legal objections and blockades causing years of delays for projects’ development. One way of attaining support from local populations is by developing projects in conjunction with energy communities.

The REPowerEU plan includes a commitment to establish an energy community for every municipality of 10,000 residents or more. This session will explore how this plan will be rolled out and the benefits developers could gain from being a part of it.

 

16:00
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16:30
Networking
16:30
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16:50
Presentation

The EU announced the REPowerEU plan in April, with increased renewables targets intended to reduce reliance on oil & gas – particularly from Russia.

With targets including reaching 600GW of European solar capacity by 2050, doubling the sectors’ job opportunities from current level of 357,000 and establishing an energy community for every municipality of over 10,000 inhabitants by 2025 – find out how the EU will support the industry to achieve these targets.

16:50
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17:30
Panel Discussion

Across Europe, and the world, inflation and interest rates are rising at rates that haven’t been seen for many years. This will greatly impact how projects are lent money as the rates at which loans are repaid increase. Find out how you can position yourself to ensure your projects can remain profitable as margins are squeezed further.

Speakers

CEO,
BNRG
17:30
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19:30
Networking
08:30
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09:00
Networking

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STREAM TWO

09:00
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09:40
Panel Discussion

Italy provides some of Europe’s best weather conditions for solar power production, and (as of August 2022) has an installed capacity of 21GW. And with 85% of the public believing solar power to be the energy source of the future, this positive public reception provides the ideal springboard for installing new solar assets across the country. The newly elected government promise to support the renewables industry and implement measures to tackle the climate crisis, but it remains to be seen what the efficacy of a rollout in such legislation will be.

Speakers

Managing Director,
Limes-RE
09:00
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09:40
Panel Discussion

The European solar market is due to undergo rapid change in the coming decade, this session will explore the support that developers will need:

  • Which policy changes would be most beneficial to help hit EU targets?
  • How will project delays and lead times be reduced?
  • How can we ensure more projects in the pipeline are completed?

Speakers

CEO,
BNRG
09:40
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10:00
Presentation

Proper and pre-emptive O&M is essential in ensuring that your projects run as efficiently as possible, increasing both your capacity and returns.

Learn which proper pre-emptive measures you can use for your projects so that you don't have to play catch up.

09:40
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10:00
Presentation

Floating Solar is an exciting new technology, however there are both problems for existing projects and those in development:

Many of the locations that were awarded floating PV contracts have since dried up. What’s going to happen to these locations?

Unexpectedly high O&M costs have meant that some flagship projects have lost money and been sold off at a loss. How can asset owners prepare effectively to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen?

10:00
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10:40
Panel Discussion

The French government have announced some of the most ambitious solar targets across Europe, with plans to install solar capacity of over 40GW by 2028 and over 100GW by 2050. And with plans to “remove all regulatory barriers from the moment projects are accepted locally”, development times could drastically reduce.

10:00
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10:40
Panel Discussion

Repowering provides the opportunity to extend the life cycle of solar assets and extend the use of existing grid connections. With the addition of new technology, a project’s efficiency can be improved while also extending its life cycle. Find out how you can make the most of aging assets and continue to make money from them.

10:40
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11:00
Presentation

There are a number of ways asset owners can embrace new technology to improve production capacity and efficiency. Learn how you can use drones, satellites, robots and more to monitor assets and generate data pieces.

This is a sponsored presentation opportunity - please contact Paul Collinson for more information pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk

10:40
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11:00
Presentation

The Irish Solar market remains largely overlooked by international investors. However, with an 8GW pipeline of projects, continual governmental in order to achieve renewables targets and low tax incentives should you be focusing more of your attention on Ireland?

Speakers

Policy Officer,
Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)
11:00
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11:30
Networking

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STREAM TWO

11:30
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12:10
Panel Discussion

One major roadblock in the development and expansion of European large scale projects is the lack of skilled workers available to install them. With the current scarcity of existing skilled workers, securing them for your project is becoming more and more expensive. How can the industry ensure there are enough skilled workers available to install projects currently in the pipeline.

Some utilities are establishing their own training schemes and funds, often aimed at those currently working in the fossil fuels industry, to help to resolve this. Which other options can be offered to attract the requisite amount of skilled workers?

Speakers

Head of Power Generation,
Enel Green Power
11:30
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12:10
Presentation

The Romanian government is taking active steps to reduce fossil fuel reliance and increase renewable energy production, with plans to increase solar capacity to 4.25GW in 2030.

With government support schemes due to include an introduction of CfDs and modernisation of the grid, the market is due to boom in the coming years.

12:10
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12:30
Presentation

Opportunity for an innovative sponsor(s) to promote themselves, and their product, and why the audience should work with them.

Please contact Paul Collinson for more information pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk

12:10
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12:30
Presentation

Opportunity for an innovative sponsor(s) to promote themselves, and their product, and why the audience should work with them.

Please contact Paul Collinson for more information pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk

12:30
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13:10
Panel Discussion

A recurring problem with solar power production is sourcing suitable land to install projects. Agrivoltaics offers the opportunity to work with farmers to install PV modules on their land, especially pastoral land where animals graze. If done correctly this provides a win-win scenario where both parties can make additional revenue from this land.

12:30
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13:10
Panel Discussion

The Netherlands continues to have the largest share of solar power in its total electricity supply in Europe of about 23%. With plans to reduce Dutch greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and a 100% renewable energy share by 2050, the solar power market is set to keep growing. Learn what the issues and opportunities with the Dutch solar market, and how you can get involved with it.

13:10
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14:45
Networking
14:45
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15:25
Panel Discussion

PPAs are an ever-changing and ever-evolving beast with no two agreements ever being the same. This is especially evident during the current market volatility of increased and changing power prices. Many PPAs are long-term fixed price deals, meaning offtakers don’t pay extra when energy prices increase which can further squeeze asset owners’ margins.

Despite high prices, corporate PPAs are still in high demand as offtakers want secure, long-term, cheap energy – find out how to best position yourself to optimise returns in this new market.

Speakers

Renewable Energy and Environmental Technology Manager,
Triodos Bank
Head of Origination and Long Term Products,
Axpo
15:25
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15:45
Presentation

Opportunity for an innovative sponsor(s) to promote themselves, and their product, and why the audience should work with them.

Please contact Paul Collinson for more information pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk

15:45
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16:25
Panel Discussion

More and more new investors are looking to add renewable power assets to their portfolios as they look to decarbonise their investments. With increased appetite for investment, learn what investors are looking for when picking projects to be involved with and what you can do to attract such investors to your projects.

Speakers

Investment Director,
Bluefield
16:25
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17:00
Panel Discussion

More and more financial institutions are entering the renewable industry projects as they look to “greenify” their investments. Also, governments across Europe are looking to increase renewable power capacity to reduce reliance on foreign gas imports.

With such increase in capital and political interest, solar power production is due to expand rapidly in the coming years. However, this expansion needs to be done properly so that solar plants don’t negatively impact local wildlife and inhabitants and change the public perception from the current positive reception:

  • How big is too big?
  • Are GW scale projects too big and impactful on the environment?
  • What are the best ways to ensure solar projects don’t damage wildlife ecosystems?