Learning outcomes & course takeaways
- An integrated, high-level understanding of how multiple factors impact the investment outcomes of solar and wind power projects.
- Checklists for analysing aspects including business case planning, project delivery and risk mitigation.
- A simple quantitative model (in Excel) to illustrate and examine key principles and variables, around cash flow, investor returns and competitive bidding.
- Specific project development and investment considerations of solar PV and wind power projects.
- Illustrative, up-to-date case studies of projects and market/investment approaches from around the world.
Who Should Attend
- Renewable Energy Project Developers and Investors across Solar and Wind
- IPPs and EPCs
- Government, Academia and Research
- Banking and Finance
- Electricity Distribution and Grid Management companies
- Energy Storage Systems providers
- Industrial Energy users
- RE Project equipment, technology and systems providers
What Past Participants say about our Energy Courses
“The trainer was engaging and examples provided were interesting.”
~ Project Manager, Intergraph
“Good discussion with instructor and group activities were a nice way to get interactive.”
~ Business Development Consultant, Hexagon
“Well presented, good material and the course was very interesting.”
~ Project Administration and Monitoring Dept. Head, PT. MRT Jakarta
“Topics are very interesting; the speaker spoke clearly, well organized and easily understand his lessons.”
~ Accountant, Department of Energy
Making the financial case for solar and wind power projects
- Essentials of any power project business case: costs, revenues, returns and key milestones.
- Identifying key business case and investment risks and defining key terms.
- Internal vs external risks: a financial analysis checklist
- Introducing and using a cash-flow model (Excel) to illustrate interactions between the key power project economic variables.
- Project finance vs equity investment variables: the key importance of financing costs
- Policy & market inputs (and how they impact risks & returns)
Power project development and delivery processes: what, when and why?
- Defining the key phases and project milestones.
- Contrasting different project types, in terms of issues such as risk evolution and timescales.
- Examining key contracts: FiT/PPA, EPC, O&M, EIA, Grid Connection and more (including examples).
- Example project timelines and the main lessons to be drawn from them.
- Why do power projects fail?
- What makes projects bankable?
Focus on solar (PV) projects: key features and trends
- Understanding the solar resource, including land use, irradiation maps and energy uncertainty.
- PV project construction features, requirements and key components.
- Key technology choice issues and project development options, including module choice, inverters, tracking and more.
- The main determinants of plant performance ratio.
- What are the major solar PV project risks?
- Trends, innovations and emerging technologies in solar projects (including bifacial modules, microinverters, floating solar farms and more)
Solar PV business analysis
- Cost and energy price trends in solar PV: what has been driving costs down?
- Defining (and critiquing) key cost metrics, including LCOE.
- Who buys solar power? (Market entry points including tenders, FiTs and corporate PPAs)
- Sensitivity analysis: feeding project risk considerations (and development options) into the financial model.
- The future evolution of solar power from an economic perspective.
- Summary: a PV project development & investment checklist
Focus on wind power projects: key features and trends
- Understanding the wind resource, including complexity and energy uncertainty (and the importance of “P90” vs “P50”).
- Producing a bankable wind resource assessment.
- Wind project construction features and requirements, including design, land use and logistics.
- Components and cost structure in an onshore wind project.
- Key trends in wind turbine technology: how they impact project performance and how they affect project delivery.
Offshore wind projects:
- The growth of offshore wind, including why it is a very different project, cost structure and risk proposition to onshore wind.
- Offshore wind construction challenges, including disruptive approaches such as floating turbines.
Wind power business analysis
- Cost and energy price trends in wind power.
- Who buys wind power? (Market entry points including tenders, FiTs and corporate PPAs)
- Comparing and contrasting the economics of on- and off-shore wind.
- Sensitivity analysis: feeding project risk considerations into the financial model, including curtailment.
- The future evolution of wind power from an economic perspective.
- Can offshore wind ever be cost-competitive with onshore? (A quantitative discussion of future cost reduction and performance improvement potentials)
- Summary: a wind project development & investment checklist
Integrating energy storage into solar and wind power projects
- Understanding the system value of “variable” electricity supply (and the costs and challenges of integration).
- Where storage fits into the electricity system (including why it is very different to electricity generation).
- Focus on battery storage: technology, cost and capacity trends.
- Where, why and how energy storage is being deployed today (and how and why that might change in future).
- The potential revenue streams from energy storage.
- Project deployment, structuring and economic considerations for co-locating energy storage with solar or wind projects (new or existing).
- Summary: an energy storage development & investment checklist
Anticipating and managing key shifts in the solar and wind power businesses
- Technical and policy challenges in the integration of increased solar and wind power capacities into reliable and flexible power grids.
- The move towards “subsidy-free” renewable power: how this changes the market for PPAs and the universe of buyers.
- Distributed and “smart” energy systems, including the markets for commercial and community projects.
- Project investment and growth within the context of key market trends, emerging disruptors, evolving policy environments, energy mix and grid integration challenges.
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