1-2 February 2023 | Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge, London UK    #SFIEurope

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08:00
 - 08:50
Networking
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
08:50
 - 09:00
Presentation
EVENT OPENING WITH SOLAR MEDIA
, Head of Event Content
, Solar Media
09:00
 - 09:10
Presentation
WELCOME ADDRESS FROM SMARTENERGY
, CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects
, Smartenergy
09:10
 - 09:50
Keynote Panel Discussion
COMMODITIES, CAPEX, CAPITAL & CONFIDENCE: HOW HAVE 2021 HEADWINDS AFFECTED THE INDUSTRY?

2021 saw global headwinds have a direct and expensive impact on the solar industry as supply chain constraints and materials prices rose dramatically. This has led to some project delays and investors re-working the economics in their projects. In this panel, we ask specifically what impact this has had on investor confidence.

  • Hindsight is 2021 but what have we learnt?
  • Volatility was everywhere in 2021 and we saw gas and oil prices rise alongside other key commodities and – crucially – equipment and services for projects, what is the long-term outlook and how have these changed project economics?
  • Are we ready if interest rates increase?
  • There is often talk about a “wave” of capital and we have seen the relationship shift between investor and developer – where is this wave headed and how can developers ensure ongoing access to capital?
  • Has the cost of capital or investor expectations changed?

Moderated By

, Partner
, EY
, CFO
, Sonnedix
, CIO
, Blue Elephant Energy
, Partner
, Everwood Capital
, Managing Partner & CIO
, NextEnergy Capital
, Managing Partner
, Bluefield
09:50
 - 10:10
Presentation
TRINA – INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
  • European market overview and outlook
  • Market challenges and opportunities
  • Trina's European solutions
, Investment Fund Manager
, Trina Solar
10:10
 - 10:30
Presentation
EVOLVING INVESTOR PROFILE & THE NEED FOR ADVANCED TURN-KEY SOLUTIONS FOR SOLAR AND/OR STORAGE PROJECTS
  • The evolving profile of investors in the Solar PV and BESS asset classes, marked by the entrance of institutional investors, non-specialist funds and private equity with different skill sets and resource needs.
  • The role of Solution Providers and Energy Platforms in adapting to meet these new demands and challenges to support the energy transition as projects and portfolios increase in size and complexity.
, Commercial Director Gransolar UK
, Gransolar
10:30
 - 10:50
Presentation
ENHANCING YOUR PROJECT'S MARKET AND POWER SYSTEM VALUE THROUGH ADVANCED INVERTER TECHNOLOGY
, Chief Technology Officer
, Huawei
10:50
 - 11:20
Networking
NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
11:20
 - 12:00
Panel Discussion
HOW BROADER CAPITAL SOURCES ARE EXPLORING THE RENEWABLES ASSET CLASS
  • Evolution of equity investment strategies into development and construction territories
  • Lower cost of capital sources venture into smaller deals while others migrate to new geographies
  • Alternative financing products fill the gap for merchant risk using innovative debt structures

Moderated By

, Senior Director, Energy & Infrastructure Advisory
, JLL
, Partner
, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
, CEO
, Lightsource bp
, Executive Director
, ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
12:00
 - 12:20
Presentation
RELIABILITY AS KEY TO A PROFITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS. HOW DOES LONGI FACE THIS PARADIGM?
, Sales Director
, LONGi Solar
12:20
 - 13:00
Panel Discussion
ENSURING BANKABLE EQUIPMENT SELECTION IN A MORE SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLEX MARKET

As module suppliers expand their ranges and what’s on offer becomes more complex (ntype, ptype, bifacial, mono, 182 mm wafers, 210 mm wafers...not to mention inverter selection!) We delve into what this means for developers and investors as they look towards projects that stand the test of time and recover higher CAPEX.

Moderated By

, Editor-in-Chief
, Solar Media
, Procurement Director E&I EMEA
, Aquila Capital
, Technical Director Europe
, LONGi Solar
, Managing Director
, Bluefield Development
13:00
 - 13:20
Presentation
BANKABLE MODULES. REDUCED RISK. PV WARRANTY INSURANCE.

Many factors affect your solar investments, one of the biggest risks being: Will your modules still perform as promised after 30 years of operation, and will there still be a manufacturer to fulfil their warranty promises? Together, we will take a look at an example of what such a risk can mean for you and how you can protect yourself with a PV Warranty Insurance.

, Green Tech Solutions
, Munich Re
, Product Lead Photovoltaics
, Munich Re
13:20
 - 14:20
NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:20
 - 15:00
Panel Discussion
EUROPEAN POWER PRICES

We’re in the middle of a gas crisis which is forcing power prices up. Other factors such as extreme weather and high penetration of intermittent power in some markets are also having an impact on power prices. How might this play out in the long term and how should investors factor these into future project development? Are these a long-term trend and how much can they serve as an offset to higher CAPEX? This session will delve into:

  • What's happening in the spot market
  • Trends in the futures market and how these are affecting power prices
  • How the solar market is reacting and could react

Moderated By

, Deputy Editor
, Solar Media Limited
, Head of Trading & PPA
, European Energy
, Head of PPA Advisory
, GREENSOLVER
, Senior Director, Structured Finance Europe - Energy Origination
, Nord/LB
, Director
, EKON Strategy Consulting
14:20
 - 14:40
Presentation
USING ENGINEERING AND DIGITALISATION TO OPTIMISE THE REPAIR, REVAMPING AND REPOWERING OF OPERATIONAL SOLAR ASSETS
  • How to avoid over-paying for unnecessary maintenance
  • Digitalise your maintenance records to predict the future
  • Seasonal optimisation of response and repair times
  • Maximise impact of your MRA with lifetime optimisation of inverter revamps
  • Minimise capex using smart engineering to take advantage of diurnal load profiles
, Head of Solar O&M
, RES
14:40
 - 15:20
Panel Discussion
DESIGNING AND BUILDING TO AVOID COMMON PROBLEMS

This session will explore some of the recurring problems we can see in the solar industry and act as a call-to-arms for development teams, and new investors to the space, to better understand how to avoid these problems with new build projects. This session will arm you with the information you need to understand what can go wrong, why and how to ensure it doesn't happen to your projects. 

Moderated By

, COO of Solivus and Chair of Solar Energy UK
, Solivus
, CEO
, Inaccess
, Co-Founder and Board Member
, Enerparc
, Managing Director
, Associé Valeur
, Head of Global Business Operations
, Lightsource bp
14:20
 - 15:00
Panel Discussion
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE UK SOLAR MARKET

For the first time in some years, solar PV has been able to participate in a UK auction and with the results of AR4 looming as well as the recent announcement that auctions will be annual, this panel will delve into the situation for solar investors in the UK:

  • What are the implications of AR4 for the UK solar market?
  • With volatility in power prices, how will the price of power be affected
  • The UK has a growing ground-mount and rooftop pipeline, what opportunities exist for investors?
  • What does the rise of larger projects under the NSIPs regime mean for the market?

Moderated By

, Head of Policy
, Solar Energy UK
, VP, Public Affairs, European Wind and Solar
, Statkraft
, Director, Infrastructure & Project Finance
, Lloyds Banking Group
, Investment Director
, Blackfinch Energy
, Chief Investment Officer
, NTR plc
15:00
 - 16:00
Panel Discussion
STRUCTURING A BANKABLE MERCHANT SOLAR DEAL

Join this session for a specific breakdown of potential merchant structures (corporate PPA, PPA with an intermediary, hedging contracts, fully merchant) and the pros, cons and revenue streams of each option. We will learn what a project sponsor needs to do to get these projects over the line and outline lenders’ appetite for merchant projects – which of the banks are comfortable with these deals and how will lenders approach each structure?

Moderated By

, Partner
, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro
, Director, Green Credit Fund
, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
, Managing Director
, Claritas Investments
, Partner
, Our New Energy
, Director of Project Finance
, Sonnedix
15:20
 - 16:00
Panel Discussion
PROTECTING ASSETS ACROSS THEIR LIFECYCLE

With solar assets expected to last for 30-40 years, investors need to really understand the ways to optimise projects from cradle to grave. With a large portion of EU projects being deadline-driven in the past, many assets are underperforming. What can be learnt from that, how are asset owners improving existing portfolios? When do you repower and how can you extend a project’s life without redeveloping?

Moderated By

, COO of Solivus and Chair of Solar Energy UK
, Solivus
, Director of Operations and Asset Management
, Low Carbon
, Commercial Director
, Alectris
, Country Manager UK
, Vector Renewables
15:00
 - 15:40
Panel Discussion
UPDATE FROM GREECE: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER APPROVAL OF THE £2.27 BILLION GREEK AID SCHEME?

Moderated By

, Partner in the International Project & Structured Finance Group
, Watson Farley & Williams
, Senior Vice President
, Cubico
, Managing Partner
, WATTCROP
, Regional Head, Energy South East Europe, Sustainable Infrastructure Group
, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
15:40
 - 16:20
Panel Discussion
UPDATE FROM ITALY: HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT ACCELERATING SOLAR DEVELOPMENT?

Italy’s Gestore dei Servizi Energetici GSE SpA awarded 975 MW of renewables as part of its most recent auction and a further auction has been announced for March 2022. However, some challenges exist including tough permitting procedures causing delays and a backlog of projects trying to secure interconnection rights. There has also been a move from government to limit windfall profits secured by projects backed by FiTs from 1st February. So how will the Italian market shape up in 2022? This panel will illuminate you.

Moderated By

, CEO
, AlSi Consulting Limited
, Chairman & CEO
, Solar Ventures
, Country Manager - Italy
, X-ELIO
, CEO & Founder
, Innovo Group
16:00
 - 16:40
Networking
NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
16:40
 - 17:30
Panel Discussion
THE RISE OF THE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS

This session will explore the impact that mega projects are having on the market, whether they are having any impact in communities’ appetite to live near solar projects and the appetite that lenders and investors have in this segment of the market. 

Moderated By

, Renewable Energy Lawyer, Partner
, Pinsent Masons LLP
, Vice President
, Quinbrook
, President
, PS Renewables
, Head of Solar
, EDF Renewables UK
, Senior Banking Advisor
, UK Infrastructure Bank
, CEO
, Solar Energy UK
16:40
 - 17:30
Panel Discussion
GROWING GAINS: HOW ARE INVESTORS OPTIMISING ACROSS PORTFOLIOS?

As the industry matures alongside growth in wind, storage, EVs and green hydrogen, we hear from asset owners dealing with complexity. What kind of opportunities are they seeking now? Which countries have they identified as interesting markets and how are they managing their assets to maximise performance and minimise downtime?

Moderated By

, Managing Director
, Quintas Energy
, Head of Sales & Marketing
, AlsoEnergy GmbH
, Director, Infrastructure Valuations & Modelling
, Grant Thornton UK LLP
, Senior Technical Advisor
, Natural Power
, Head of Technical Service & Product Management
, JinkoSolar EU
16:40
 - 17:30
Panel Discussion
EASTERN EUROPE

This extended, hour-long panel will examine the recent effervescence in the Polish market as well as up and coming markets such as Romania and Bulgaria, leaving the audience with essential information showing how Eastern European solar opportunities can be harnessed.

Moderated By

, Managing Partner
, Enery Element GmbH, CEO of Renergy
, founder and CEO
, Renalfa Solarpro Group
, Director Development, UK & Europe
, Econergy Renewable Energy
, Projects and Investments Director
, Kajima Partnerships Limited
, Managing Director and Head of NextPower III
, NextEnergy Capital
17:30
 - 19:00
Networking
NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION

Open to all conference attendees, we look forward to sharing a drink with you at the end of a fantastic day of content. 

19:00
 - 00:00
Networking
GALA DINNER

Join Huawei and your peers at the Solar Finance & Investment Gala Dinner for an exciting night of fun and networking at The Savoy Hotel. Tickets can only be purchased by conference delegates, speakers or sponsors.

The Savoy is perfectly located on the River Thames, in the heart of all that London has to offer. At the forefront of the luxury hotel scene for over 130 years, The Savoy offers guests an experience that continuously evolves to meet the desires of the modern traveler.