Solarplaza Summit | Poland

Wednesday 8 May 2024

19:00

Pre-Conference Networking Event

The Networking Event will take place in Level 27

Thursday 9 May 2024

Program


08:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

45 min.

Session Topics:

09:15

Opening & Welcome by Solarplaza

presentation

15 min.

Dena Metaxa

Solarplaza

Session Topics:

Session 1

Overview of the Polish PV Market

09:30

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

presentation

30 min.

A bird’s eye view of Poland's solar energy landscape, which will make inventory of the latest market trends, ongoing projects, and upcoming investments. Gain insights into the market's division among residential, commercial & industrial, and utility sectors. Learn how the cost competitiveness of solar energy will enable a sustainable future.

Susanne von Aichberger

S&P Global

Session Topics:

- What is happening in the market?

- Overview of ongoing and upcoming market trends

- Status of projects and investments in the pipeline

- Overview of market segmentation (Residential/C&I/Utility)

- Cost competitiveness of solar in Poland


10:00

The Evolution of the Regulatory Environment for Utility-Scale PV Projects in Poland

presentation

30 min.

In recent years, the development of solar PV permitting in Poland 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.

Session Topics:

- How to make the most out of the cable pooling regulation in Poland

- Snapshot of permitting rules for rolling out PV projects

- Estimated timelines to bring projects to Ready-to-build stage

- Challenges in navigating red tape

- Navigating the upcoming BESS auctions in Poland


10:30

Morning Networking Break

Session Topics:

Session 2

Financing & Developing Utility-Scale Projects in Poland

11:15

The Latest Tax & Financial Considerations for Investing in Large-scale Solar PV Projects

presentation

30 min.

Join this session to gain practical know-how on Poland’s tax regulations and learn how to properly structure the financing of your Polish PV plant.

Session Topics:

- How to finance a RES project in Poland in the most tax-effective way

- How financial costs impact the tax shield

- How profit distributions are taxed

- The crucial tax burdens having economic impact on the rentability of the project and its profit

- Exit scenario – the appropriate tax measures for exit processes and the post-exit stage


11:45

Unlocking Capital and Investments in Utility-Scale PV projects in Poland

panel

45 min.

New investments in the Polish solar market are being announced at an increasing pace. Learn about the available financing options, including financing products from commercial banks and new investment funds that specialize in renewable energy projects. Join this session to better understand the key financing terms from banks and the main risks involved, and to learn about recent M&A transactions.

Lukasz Witkowski

Better Energy

Anna Chmielewska

EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Chris Bryan

Apricum

Session Topics:
  • What makes a project attractive for 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
  • Preferred business models for investors
  • Price expectations for greenfield and RtB projects

12:30

Networking Lunch Break

Session Topics:

Session 3A

The Polish Utility-Scale Storage Market

14:00

Business Models For Grid-Scale Batteries in Poland

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.

Jeremy Slupski

Aurora Energy Research

Session Topics:

- Revenue streams including frequency services and energy arbitrage

- Investment scenarios for storage across Poland

- 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.

moderator

Filip Sypko

Menlo Electric

Bart Dujczynski

Proventus Renewables

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 Polish PPA Market

14:00

Outlook for the Polish PPA & Energy Trading Markets

presentation

30 min.

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 & Considerations for Successful PPA Contracting

panel

45 min.

moderator

Adam Kościelniak

A-RES

Marta Rzepecka

Projekt Solartechnik Group

Agnieszka Nowakowska

Respect Energy

Vytis Gumbrys

Ignitis

Session Topics:
  • Navigating contractual risks
  • Types of PPAs and Respective Risks & Advantages
  • Pros & Cons of different types of contracts
  • Meeting the Offtaker's needs
  • Virtual vs. Physical PPAs
  • PPA vs CPPA
  • 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

15:15

Afternoon Networking Break

Session Topics:

Session 4A

Innovations in Technology: 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.

Poland is home to a rapidly growing fleet of solar plants. 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.

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

- The next step in operations digitalization

- Business model optimization with module revamping and repowering

- Managing underperformance in your solar asset


Session 4B

Opportunities for PV & Storage Development for Polish Firms in Ukraine

16:00

Opportunities for PV & Storage Development for Polish Firms in Ukraine

presentation

20 min.

Maksym Sysoiev

Dentons

Session Topics:

- Development of the Ukrainian PV market before and during the war
- Enriching the Ukrainian energy system with new PV and BESS projects
- Incentives for new PV and BESS projects
- Peculiarities of current PV and BESS projects development or acquisition in Ukraine


17:00

Closing Remarks

10 min.

Dena Metaxa

Solarplaza

Session Topics:

17:10

Networking Drinks

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Team Lead Events

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Business Developer

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