3-4 February 2021 | Virtual Event    #SFIEurope

Country Workshops

Make the connections you need in Europe's most active markets

Network with Europe's Solar & Finance community

For this year’s virtual conference the keynote sessions take place on 3-4 February, and country-specific morning workshops will be taking place throughout February:

Workshop Topics

Country workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Power prices
  • Recently signed PPAs (utility and large energy buyers)
  • Government support and policy for the sector
  • State of the grid
  • Active lenders/investors
  • Ease of doing business
 

Each workshop will run 9am-10:30am CET ending on Q&A and networking with participants.  

  • Portugal Workshop – 9 February
  • Spain Workshop – 11 February
  • Poland Workshop – 16 February
  • United Kingdom Workshop –18 February
  • Denmark Workshop – 19 February
  • Republic of Ireland Workshop –25 February
  • France Workshop – 26 February
 

Tickets: Workshops are open to all attendees of the conference, delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Plan Your February Calendar!

PORTUGUESE WORKSHOP – Tuesday 9th February 2021 09:00 – 10:30 CET 

In December, Portugal surpassed 1 GW of installed solar PV with a further 2GW already allocated in recent years’ auctions of which, 670MW was allocated in 2020. Grid operator, REN has indicated that there could be another 3.5 GW at stake for developers who agree to support the grid. The last few years have shown us that Portugal is very much open for business with auctions running annually, encouraging both solar and storage and at the sister event to this conference in November of 2020, the Secretary of State for Energy, H.E. Joao Galamba indicated that the Portuguese government is preparing an auction for “non-conventional” surfaces next year as the country looks to ramp up its installed PV capacity to reach 9GW by 2030. This could include floating PV or projects alongside motorways. The country also showed a strong commitment to green hydrogen in 2020 opening a wealth of opportunity. This session will explore: 

  • The results of recent auctions and how projects will move forward 
  • The opportunity in Portugal for solar, solar+storage and green hydrogen 
  • How to get involved in the Portuguese market 
  • What the inclusion of non-traditional ground mount, large scale solar could mean for investors 

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.  

Moderator: Pedro Amaral Jorge, CEO, APREN (Renewable Energy Association, Portugal)

Michele Lauritano, Senior Consultant, Everoze Partners

Berto Martins, Director – Electricity Markets, EDP Portugal

Bruno Azevedo Rodrigues, Partner, Telles Abreu Advogado

SPANISH WORKSHOP – Thursday 11th February 2021 09:00 – 10:30 CET  

As Spain enters the ranks of countries hosting auctions in January 2021, we will assess the ongoing popularity of the Spanish market. The country is on the path towards a target of 100% renewables and in 2020, the Spanish cabinet gave the green light to a Royal Decree, signing into law a raft of measures designed to remove barriers to the large-scale deployment of renewables. The move sets renewable energy deployment at the heart of Spain’s post-COVID 19 recovery as well as positioning the country to decarbonise its energy system entirely by 2050 through “massive” deployment of clean energy. This session will look at how a recent Royal Decree has removed barriers for renewable energy and the role that the government expects the industry to play in a post-COVID19 economy. 

  • Power prices 
  • Recently signed PPAs (utility and large energy buyers) 
  • Government support and policy for the sector 
  • State of the grid 
  • Active lenders/investors  
  • Ease of doing business 

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.  

José Julio Morejón, Team Leader Sales, Southern Europe Utilities, Trina Solar

Jose Donoso, Chairman Solar Council & Director General, UNEF

Manuel de Martin Mas, Head of Regulation, Electrical Metering and Financial Settlement Department, Iberdrola

Pablo Otin, CEO, Powertis

  

POLISH WORKSHOP – Tuesday 16th February 09:00 – 10:30 CET

Poland’s National Plan for Energy and Climate targets 7.8GW of solar by 2030 and a report from Poland’s Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO) in June 2020 indicated that this could be reached by 2025. The country’s total installations at the end of 2019 stood at 1,500MW, an increase of around 900MW on the previous year’s total. By May 2020 that figure had risen by a further 450MW and, according to IEO, by the end of 2020 could reach 2.5GW. Much is being driven by the smaller self-consumption market and December’s auction was for projects below 1MW but all 700MW was claimed by solar and an uptick in large scale solar expected in 2021. This session will explore:

  • Where to develop projects in Poland
  • The role PV can play in meeting peak demand
  • The cost of finance for Polish projects
  • How the PPA market in Poland is developing

 

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.

Moderator: Giles Clark, CEO, ALSI Consulting 

Joaquim Barbosa, Country Manager, Poland, EDP Renewables 

Anna Chmielewska, Associate Director, European Bank For Reconstruction & Development

Maria Aram Merdzhanova, Head of Sales Head of Sales Eastern Europe and Nordics, Jinko Solar

 

UK WORKSHOP – Thursday 18th February 10:00 – 11:30 CET

As the host of CoP26, along with Italy, 2021 could be a pivotal year for the solar industry but are there risks inherent in Brexit, how far might the UK diverge from the rest of the EU and how can the solar industry capture business in the fourth allocation of CfDs pencilled into the latter half of 2021?

  • How will Brexit impact UK-EU energy trading?
  • The UK’s commitment to climate change mitigation ahead of COP 26
  • The solar pipeline in the UK and prospects for 2021 deployment
  • What to expect from the CfDs fourth allocation?

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.

Moderator: Chris Hewett, CEO, Solar Energy UK 

Jing Liu, Assistant General Manager, Structured Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 

Tim Day, Fund Manager, Trina Solar

Tom Williams, Partner, Downing LLP

DANISH WORKSHOP – Friday 19th February 09:00 – 10:30 CET

Denmark is gaining traction as a home for unsubsidised PV and this workshop will look at why. The country’s energy agency DEA predicted installed Danish PV capacity could soar to 5GW in 2030. This session will look at the prospects for Danish solar and look at how companies can tap into this exciting growing market.

  • Power prices
  • Recently signed PPAs (utility and large energy buyers)
  • Government support and policy for the sector
  • State of the grid
  • Active lenders/investors
  • Ease of doing business

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.

Moderator: Christian Tullberg, Partner, Horten

Mark Augustenborg Ødum, Executive Vice President, Partnerships and Co-founder, Better Energy

Jens-Peter Zink, Excutive Vice President, European Energy

Troels Lorentzen, Partner, Deloitte

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND WORKSHOP – Thursday 25th February 10:00 – 11:30 CET

With solar outpacing wind in the August 2020 auction, securing 796.3 MW of generation capacity – almost double the capacity secured by the wind industry of  479.2 MW, there is much to discuss about the Irish solar market. An energy storage pipeline of 2.5GW (both standalone and collocated with wind or solar) means a huge build-out phase is imminent. This session will uncover prospects for 2021 and touch upon topics such as:

  • Power prices
  • Recently signed PPAs (utility and large energy buyers)
  • Government support and policy for the sector
  • State of the grid
  • Active lenders/investors
  • Ease of doing business
  • Energy storage – with a 2.5GW pipeline, how will the storage market grow?

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.

Moderator: David Maguire, Founder & Director BNRG Renewables & Chairman of ISEA, BNRG Renewables 

Rebecca McManus, Associate, Aurora Energy Research

Anthony Doherty, Group Corporate Finance Director, NTR 

Jim Arigho, Director, Energy, Climate Action & Infrastructure, Allied Irish Bank

 

FRENCH WORKSHOP – Friday 26th February 09:00 – 10:30 CET

  • Power prices
  • Recently signed PPAs (utility and large energy buyers)
  • Government support and policy for the sector
  • State of the grid
  • Active lenders/investors
  • Ease of doing business

This session will feature a discussion between speakers before the audience members are asked to turn on their webcams and mics and bring their own questions to the table. This interactive format will be both informative and enjoyable and will leave you with new content and new contacts for future success in the market.

Moderator: Xavier Daval, CEO, Kilowattsol SAS

Julia Gubar, Senior Investment Manager, Octopus Renewables

Soroko Alexandre, Head of Energy Transition, GazelEnergie