Solarplaza Summit | Italy

Thursday 11 July 2024

Program


08:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

30 min.

Session Topics:

09:00

Welcome by Solarplaza

presentation

15 min.

Nicola Kopij Zanin

Solarplaza

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Session 1

Navigating the Italian Solar Market

09:15

Powering the Future: Italy's Roadmap for Solar Energy Development

presentation

30 min.

Embark on a journey into Italy's solar energy landscape! Discover the latest market trends, ongoing projects, and upcoming investments. Gain insights into the market's division over its residential, commercial & industrial, and utility sectors. Uncover the cost competitiveness of solar energy, lighting the path to a sustainable future.

Session Topics:

- What is the overall status of the market?
- Overview of ongoing and upcoming market trends
- Update on Italy’s project and investment pipelines
- Breakdown of market segmentation (Residential/C&I/Utility-Scale) in Italy


09:45

Successful Planning for the Integration of REs into the National Grid

presentation

30 min.

Like most mature renewable energy markets around the world, the Italian market’s future growth is threatened by grid capacity issues. This presentation will address Italy’s future energy scenarios and the efforts to relieve and improve the country’s power grid.

Session Topics:

- Future energy scenarios for Italy
- Overview and mapping of grid connection requests in Italy
- The evolution of storage capacity and storage tenders


10:15

Morning Networking Break

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Session 2

Financing & Developing Utility-Scale Projects in Italy

11:00

Navigating PV Permitting in Italy: Bringing your Project to RtB Stage

presentation

30 min.

In recent years, the development of solar PV permitting in Italy has advanced significantly. The red tape process is being streamlined to encourage investment in solar PV projects. In this session, we will share the latest changes in these areas that are imperative for developers to stay compliant with regulations, manage their budgets, and plan project timelines effectively.

Tommaso Barbetti

Elemens

Session Topics:

- How to work with the latest permitting regulations in Italy
- Snapshot of permitting rules for rolling out PV projects
- Estimated timelines to bring projects to the Ready-to-Build stage
- Remaining challenges in navigating red tape
- Navigating the upcoming BESS auctions in Italy


11:30

Unlocking Capital and Investing in Utility-Scale PV projects in Italy

panel

60 min.

New investments in the Italian solar market are being announced at an accelerating pace. This session will address the main available financing options, including financing products from commercial banks and new investment funds specialized in RE projects. Attracting financing for large-scale solar projects requires careful planning and a comprehensive understanding of the risks involved, which the experts on stage will highlight.

moderator

Nicola Kopij Zanin

Solarplaza

Luca Matrone

Intesa Sanpaolo

Session Topics:

- What makes a project attractive to investors?
- Financing strategies from commercial banks to new up-and-coming investment funds
- Overview of recent M&A transactions
- How to effectively structure a joint venture or co-development agreement in Italy
- Preferred business models for investors
- Price expectations for greenfield and RtB projects


12:30

Lunch Networking Break

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Session 3A

The Italian Utility-Scale Storage Market

14:00

Business Models For Grid-Scale Batteries in Italy

presentation

30 min.

Large-scale battery energy storage systems will be crucial for the next stage of renewable energy market growth. But how do you successfully build a business case for a BESS? This session will give some main pointers and examples.

Fabrizio Bonemazzi

Session Topics:

- Revenue streams including frequency services and energy arbitrage
- Investment scenarios for storage across Italy
- Estimated profitability of assets with BESS


14:30

Breaking the Gridlock: Strategies to Mitigate Grid Congestion Challenges Through BESS Solutions & Other Applications

panel

45 min.

As the industry faces grid capacity challenges, energy storage projects can make critical contributions towards safeguarding the reliability of the power grid and enabling more RE capacity. This session focuses on this aspect and potential, providing concrete examples and business cases.

Carlo Montella

Green Horse Advisory

Session Topics:

- The role of BESS in mitigating grid congestion challenges
- The relationship between BESS owner and grid operator
- Other applications aimed at relieving the grid


Session 3B

The Italian PPA Market

14:00

Outlook for the Italian PPA & Energy Trading Markets

presentation

30 min.

The renewable energy market has matured significantly, in tandem with a more complex overall power market. Benefit from the expertise on stage, and learn how power purchase agreements (PPAs) and energy trading should become essential parts of your solar strategy and business model.

Dario Gallanti

Our New Energy

Session Topics:

- Contractual risks and considerations
- Meeting the Offtaker’s needs
- Legal tips & tricks when drafting & negotiating PPAs
- How to decide which type of PPA to use
- Imbalance and profile risk of renewables and how to deal with that in different types of PPAs


14:30

Main Issues & Consideration for Successful PPA Contracting

panel

45 min.

Crafting an effective and mutually beneficial PPA is a careful act. Learn all about the best practices regarding power purchase agreement drafting in this tailored session.

Virginia Canazza

MBS Consulting

Session Topics:

- Navigating contractual risks
- Types of PPAs and Respective Risks & Advantages
- Pros & Cons of different types of contracts
- Virtual vs. Physical PPAs; PPA vs CPPA


15:15

Afternoon Networking Break

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Session 4

Technological Innovations: Effective PV Solutions to Optimize your LCOE

16:00

System Compatibility and Technology Roadmap for Utility-Scale PV Modules

presentation

20 min.

During this presentation, you will acquire knowledge about the latest module technologies and how they can be applied to different solar applications, such as rooftop installations and utility-scale projects. We will cover topics such as module efficiency, durability, and reliability. By learning about the best practices for selecting the right module technology for a specific project, participants will gain a competitive edge in their work.

Session Topics:

- Latest advancements in Solar module technology
- Innovative modules in diverse solar applications
- Key attributes of module efficiency
- Best practices for selecting the ideal module technology and power output


16:20

Boosting the Financial Health of your Solar Assets

panel

40 min.

As an established and mature solar market, Italy boasts a large fleet of solar plants, many of which have reached a respectable age. How can solar asset owners and managers ensure the continued performance and financial health of their plants? Join this session to learn about asset upgrades, component choices, digitalization, revamping, repowering, and successful asset management overall.

Annarita Mitola

BFP Service

Session Topics:

- Upgrading existing assets to improve efficiency?
- Analyzing the choice of components aimed at increasing installed capacity and annual production
- Overview and price comparison of the latest technologies on the market available for asset managers
- Next step in operations digitalization
- Business model optimization with module revamping and repowering
- Managing underperformance in your solar asset


17:00

Closing Remarks

presentation

10 min.

Nicola Kopij Zanin

Solarplaza

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17:10

Closing Networking Drinks

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Celina Gundlach
Project Manager

For questions about the program and content of the event:

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Lon Stappers
Business Developer

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Domenica Rodà
Project Coordinator

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