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


João Schmidt

Head of Business Development - Portugal
João Schmidt, Head of Business Development - Portugal, Statkraft

João has almost 20 years' business management experience in renewable energy and clean-tech companies across the South European and Latin American markets, with a proven track-record in origination/greenfield developments, negotiation and execution of relevant M&A business transactions.

He holds an international Executive MBA from IE BUSINESS SCHOOL in Madrid (awarded with an Outstanding Recognition Letter for community engagement, team work and leadership).

João is also passionate about music, swimming, tennis and direct contact with nature.

22 Mar 2023
 - 16:35 GMT
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?