Solarplaza Summit | Greece

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Wednesday 22 November 2023

19:00

Pre-Conference Networking Event

Thursday 23 November 2023

Program


09:20

Welcoming Words by Solarplaza & Chairperson

10 min.

Edwin Koot

Solarplaza

Session Topics:

SESSION 1

A Panoramic View of the Greek PV Market

09:30

The RE Landscape: A Holistic Market Outlook & Assessment

presentation

20 min.

The current governmental and economic transformations are crucial for the future of the Greek energy market. National objectives and targets, as well as technological advances, keep shaping the landscape at a rapid speed. This session examines how the future of the Greek energy sector is being shaped, what parameters will impact it and how it compares to other EU countries.

Stelios Psomas

HELAPCO - Hellenic Association of PV Companies

Session Topics:
  • Outlook on the Greek renewable energy market vs. Europe
  • Challenges and opportunities ahead
  • Main market drivers and expected beneficiaries
  • Renewables integration and international societal responsibility

09:50

The UN SDSN Global Climate Hub: Developing the net-zero Resilient Pathways

presentation

20 min.

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri will speak about the SDSN Global Climate Hub, which operates as a specialized network within the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), with a mission to provide science-based recommendations for combating the climate crisis and preventing further deterioration. 

The SDSN Global Climate Hub uses extensive data, knowledge, and technologies provided by experts in various fields to implement country-specific action plans to be adopted and reinforced by society. The 9 Units of the SDSN GCH represent the stages that a country should go through in order to achieve the design and implementation of detailed climate neutrality and climate resilience pathways.  

This session will pay special attention to the 3 technology accelerators we run and also showcase some of the energy-climate neutral and resilient pathways the SDSN Global Climate Hub has developed for EU-27, which will later in the year presented at COP28 during the official launch of UN SDSN Global Climate Hub Energy Decarbonisation Pathways - Europe and the Balkans.

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri

SDSN Global Climate Hub

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10:10

The Not-So-Smooth Operator: Grid Connection Challenges & Opportunities

panel

60 min.

Greece has seen a massive rollout of renewables this decade. However, there are concerns that power grids may not have sufficient capabilities to endure a shift towards energy sources that are intermittent in nature. While new technologies such as energy storage and smart grid systems could help improve the reliability and efficiency of the grid, issues related to infrastructure, the geographical location and licensing processes, remain a present hurdle to overcome. This panel of experts will discuss the challenges and pose potential solutions.

moderator

Ypatios Moysiadis

Wattcrop

Dr. Sotiris Kapellos

ELPE Renewables

Dr. Stelios Loumakis

Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers

Alexis Simintzis

FTI Consulting

Nasos Plainos

LONGi

Session Topics:
  • Modernizing the transmission and distribution infrastructure to improve efficiency & reduce transmission losses
  • Optimizing licensing opportunities & processes
  • Leveraging new technologies such as energy storage & smart grid systems to overcome current challenges

11:10

Networking Coffee Break

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SESSION 2

Put your Money Where your Mouth Is - Development & Financing

11:40

The Critical Role of Storage Solutions in Stabilizing the Energy Grid

presentation

20 min.

Storage solutions can provide new market opportunities for renewable energy by enabling greater integration of intermittent renewable sources into the grid, while supporting mitigation of variability of renewable energy production, providing a stable and reliable supply of electricity. Challenges associated with greater integration of intermittent renewable sources into the grid and the crucial role that safety, technology, and reliability of storage systems play in addressing these challenges.

Theodor Tsiolis

Huawei

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12:00

Taking a 360° Legal Turn Around Power Purchase Agreements

presentation

45 min.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have emerged as a popular mechanism for stimulating the energy transition. However, when entering a long term agreement it is essential for all parties involved to be proactive and well-informed about the risks and considerations of drafting and negotiating PPAs. This session will deep dive into PPAs from the following angles

moderator

Peggy Bozou

Aquila Clean Energy

Rania Peppa

Enel Green Power

Epistimi Oikonomopoulou

Clifford Chance

Stella Mavrommati

CMS Law

Session Topics:
  • Main Issues & Consideration for PPA Contracting (15’ presentation)
  • Legal Tips & Tricks (15’ presentation)
  • Financing & Bankability (15’ presentation)
  • Discussion / Q&A (15’)
  • Corporate PPA deep-dive

12:45

Corporate PPA Case Study in Greece

15 min.

Gerasimos Takis-Defteraios

Optimus Energy

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13:00

Solarcoaster Ride: The Issues & Opportunities of a Highly Volatile Market

presentation

20 min.

While the energy market is on a steep trajectory of growth, its future is not set in stone. The emergence of novel technologies bring unprecedented opportunities, but simultaneously high power prices across Europe may be obscuring the impacts of price cannibalization threatening the future profitability of renewable energy. This session will examine the risks and most viable short- and long-term solutions for a steady and profitable market growth

Evangelos Gazis

Aurora Energy Research

Session Topics:
  • The impact of market volatility on risks & opportunities from a national and international perspectives
  • Threats posed by price cannibalisation and potential solutions

13:20

Networking Lunch

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SESSION 3

New Perspectives

14:40

Shooting Through the Roof: Achieving New Milestones for Self-Consumption

panel

30 min.

Nearly 10% of EU buildings are currently equipped with solar rooftop installations and the implementation of the EU solar rooftop mandate is set to boost the deployment. Simultaneously, the electrification of transportation and heating is being propelled by the increasing use of electric vehicles (EVs) and heat pumps. This panel of experts will explore these trends in sector integration through innovative business models, new technologies and legislative adoptions for new market opportunities.

George Roulias

Glensol Energy

Dr. Maria Ioannou

Platis Anastassiadis & Associates

Session Topics:
  • Factors driving the adoption of rooftop solar PV, as well as the challenges faced.
  • Technical solutions and novel designs
  • Business models and considerations for financing of self consumption systems
  • Fostering skilled workforce as the re sector develops and grows
  • Considerations for virtual net metering

15:10

Storage Case Study - Key Learnings for the Coming Decades

presentation

20 min.

Guy Vandendungen

Pulsar Power

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15:30

Networking Coffee Break

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SESSION 4

Ensuring PV Longevity

16:10

Experience on Executed Storage Projects in European Markets

presentation

20 min.

The presentation will give insight into the implementation of the 50 MW / 25 MWh Kells plant in Northern Ireland. It is an NMC-Battery Energy Storage System, providing ancillary services under the “DS 3 scheme” to the transmission system operators EirGrid and SONI. This plant has been in operation since October 2022. Furthermore, experience will be shared with the development and implementation of 4 Solar-Battery-hybrid Projects (each 1.5 – 8.7 MWp PV / 0.5 – 2.9 MW BESS), realized under the German “EEG Innovation Auction” scheme, and the implementation of 3 German stand-alone projects (1 x 12MW/12 MWh and 2 x 16MW/16MWh)

Jörg Plesse

ABO Wind

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16:30

Developers Roundtable: Ensuring Longevity & Resilience of PV Plants

panel

45 min.

Prior to commencing operations, it is essential to take into account certain factors during the development and construction phase, as they can significantly influence the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a project. Which alterations have the greatest impact on the time and financial resources of asset managers? Conversely, what modifications can facilitate the most efficient management of an asset? Participate in this session to facilitate collaboration between developers, EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) firms, and asset managers, and bridge the gap between them.

moderator

Dr. Sotiris Kapellos

ELPE Renewables

Eleni Zafeiratou

Interphoton Investment group

Nikos Giannoulis

SENS / Iqony

Costas Caralis

Hive Energy

Ypatios Moysiadis

Wattcrop

Session Topics:
  • Finding the right development approach and partners
  • Biggest challenges in developing new projects
  • Finding the right land for the right project
  • Fostering efficient team collaboration
  • Maintaining profitability while dealing with the market agility

17:15

Closing Words

15 min.

Edwin Koot

Solarplaza

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17:30

Post-Summit Networking Drinks

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