Solarplaza Summit | Romania

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Tuesday 23 April 2024


Pre-Conference Networking Event

Maximize your ticket and join our Pre-Conference Networking event! Here, enjoy facilitated networking with fellow attendees, speakers, partners and advisory board members, in a more relaxed, informal atmosphere. This gathering is exclusive to those who have chosen this add-on, with limited spaces available.

The Networking Event will take place in Loft Lounge

Wednesday 24 April 2024



Registration and Morning Coffee

20 min.

Session Topics:


Welcome Remarks & Energizer


10 min.

Dee Yon Chng


Teodora Tompea


Session Topics:

Session 1

What's Changed In A Year: New Market Threats and Opportunities


Is It All Sunshine and Rainbows? A 2024 Market Picture


30 min.

Embark on a journey into Romania's solar energy landscape! According to ANRE, Romania’s installed capacity will increase by around 35% by 2030 from 2020, due to the deployment of new solar capacity: 3,692 MW by 2030. Discover the latest market trends, ongoing projects, and upcoming investments. Gain insights into the market's division among residential, commercial & industrial, and utility sectors. Uncover the cost competitiveness of solar energy, lighting the path for a sustainable future.

Cristina Irene Mihai

Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association (RPIA)

Session Topics:
  • What is hot in the market?
  • Overview of ongoing and upcoming market trends
  • Status of projects and investments in the pipeline
  • Overview of market split (Residential/C&I/Utility)
  • Cost competitiveness of solar in Romania


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


20 min.

Explore the evolving legal landscape impacting greenfield utility-scale PV plant permitting, gain insights into the latest rules and incentives, and understand the PV permitting process and timelines for a broader perspective on rolling out new solar projects in Romania.

Oana Ijdelea

Ijdelea & Associates

Session Topics:
  • Exploring the impact of recent law amendments on greenfield PV plant permitting
  • Getting a clear picture of the latest rules and incentives
  • Utility-Scale PV permitting roadmap and timeline


Grid Scarcity: A Hot Topic Everywhere?


20 min.

Amidst Romania's photovoltaic surge lies one key concern: The Grid. The development of electricity networks is crucial for the energy transition and decarbonization, but it is among the segments lagging the most in the process. Romania is not alone in this. DNV, on behalf of Agora Energiewende, has assessed the problem of grid scarcity in European countries. The traditional approach of grid reinforcements faces limitations due to lengthy permitting processes, workforce shortages, and inadequate regulatory/financial incentives. In this European Level presentation, attendees will be introduced to science-based strategies from countries further down the transition.

Rogier Roobeek


Session Topics:
  • Context, Challenge and Limitations faced by European countries
  • Key Findings and Lessons Learned
  • Alternative solutions: including demand-side flexibility (DSF) mechanisms, technical solutions, and smart operation strategies. 
  • Boosting Flexibility in EU Distribution Grids


Morning Networking Break

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Session 2

Accelerating Solar Development in Romania with the Right Strategies


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


20 min.

Utility-Scale Solar financing has become increasingly important in the Romania as more investors are looking to participate in the solar energy market.  Understanding the key financing terms and ratios from one of the leading banks, EBRD, involved in project financing for large-scale PV projects ion Romania.

Adina Andreescu

EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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From Development to Offtake: How should a Bankable PV & BESS Project be Structured?


45 min.

Romania's first auction for a contracts-for-difference (CfD) support scheme has tender 2 GW of solar and wind capacity, backed by 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). What do the main industry players think about such initiatives and what strategies do they adopt to maximize the rollout of PV in Romania?


Florian Kneidinger


Bogdan Plutariu

Enery Element

Andreea Gilicel

Nofar Energy

Laimonas Dapšys

Green Genius

Ioannis Kalapodas

European Energy A/S

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


Networking Lunch Break

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Session 3

Expanding The Solar Business Case: Batteries, Grid Connection, Power Prices


Energiser & Speed Networking Game


10 min.

As we approach the second half of the day, this session is geard for attendees to store up energy and valuable contacts that you might have missed in the morning and lunch breaks. Come with an open mind, and ready to have fun to make the most of this short game.

Dee Yon Chng


Teodora Tompea


Session Topics:


What's In Store: Asset Economics And Market Overview for Batteries In Romania


20 min.

There is no energy transition without energy storage. This session provides a clear overview on how the intergration of energy storage expands the value of your existing project. It expands on additional market services, evaluates the economics of standalone vs co-located assets, and provides a perspective on future trends in terms of volatility, power prices, and storage capacity.

Evangelos Gazis

Aurora Energy Research

Session Topics:
  • Market Overview: Present Storage Capacity
  • Wider State of Play: Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland
  • Markets & Services: Flexibility and Ancillary Services
  • Power Prices and Volatility
  • Economics of Standalone vs Co-located Assets
  • Synergies of Co-locating with Solar
  • Future Trends


A Quick Inversion: How Energy Storage Can Loosen Tight Margins


20 min.

Gain critical knowledge about the latest in battery technologies and how they can be applied to different solar applications, such as stand-alone solutions as grid support vs hybrid connection to wind farm or PV farm. We will cover topics such as LCOE, grid support, integrated solutions, and O&M efficiency. By learning about the best practices for selecting the right battery technology for a specific project, participants will gain a competitive edge in their work.

Paweł Bartosik


Session Topics:
  • Examples, Insights and Comparisons
  • Options for the use of energy storage: stand-alone solution as grid support vs hybrid connection to wind farm or PV farm.
  • Technological deep dive


Crucial strategies for Sustaining Romania's Solar Surge into 2050: Leveraging Technology & Expertise


40 min.

Considering the current growth trajectory of the market, this roundtable takes an optimistic perspective. This critical panel focuses on the similar challenges faced by EPCs and manufacturers in large scale solar installations to highlight how leading companies are thinking ahead to tackle upcoming challenges like grid congestion, increasing CAPEX and OPEX, supply chain disruptions and sustainability and labour shortages. Learn from top EPCs and Manufacturers on innovative solutions such as: predictive maintenance, AI-based monitoring, and remote asset management tools as well as their prediction and insights.


Filip Sypko

Menlo Electric

Miguel Antonio Jiménez Romero

AJ Construction

Dr. Miguel Ochoa Giménez


Tamas Bogar

Electron Holding

Evangelos Samouil

Sigma Structures

Session Topics:
  • Innovation to scale operations and meet project demands
  • Collaborative opportunities between EPC and manufacturer
  • Mitigations and solutions for ensuring and maximizing grid connection capacities


Vertical Integration and Globalisation: Strategic Overview


10 min.

Victor Manuel Rada


Session Topics:
  • Assessment of the added value of vertical integration to solar PV manufacturers and PV Project Developers.
  • Value of Exigent Quality Certifications for Solar PV Technology.
  • Business Model Reliability in Relation to Local Policy.
  • ⁠Experience and Lessons Learned.


Afternoon Networking Break

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Session 4

Innovative Pathways To Growth: Evaluating New Business Opportunities


Breaking Ground on the Successful Development of Agri-PV


20 min.

Agri-PV systems have been increasingly deployed over Europe to high degrees of success and have started to take root in Romania. Join market leader BayWaR.E. for an insightful presentation that dissects the highly promising dual land-use solution that is agri-PV and its potential in the Romanian market.

Benedikt Ortmann

BayWa r.e.

Session Topics:
  • Different types of agri-PV
  • Why agri-PV: benefits, opportunities, challenges
  • What are the key terms to meet to obtain project financing
  • Key learnings and best practices from a market leader


All The Reasons Why No One Wants To Do What We Do, And Why We Did It Anyway


20 min.

Join current storage pioneer Monsson in discussing the rationale behind the commissioning of the largest energy battery storage capacity in Romania. The capacity is part of the first hybrid photovoltaic-wind-battery project, installed at the existing operational 50 MW project. Join this session to understand the critical underpinnings behind the project.

Sebastian Enache

Monsson Energy

Session Topics:
  • Project rationale and novelty
  • Challenges and key learnings
  • Technological overview
  • Hybrid vs Standalone
  • Project expectations


What Should Come Next? The Future Of Renewables in Romania

20 min.

Informed by wider trends and processes at global and EU levels, this closing keynote highlights key recommendations and concrete next steps to be taken in 2024 in terms of strategy and policy in Romania. What must stakeholders think slowly about and act quickly on? What is one key step to be taken by all stakeholders?

Radu Dudău

EPG (Energy Policy Group)

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Closing Remarks & Quiz

10 min.

How much did you learn today? Find out in this interactive and competitive quiz to round up the day before the networking drinks!

Dee Yon Chng


Teodora Tompea


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Networking Bites & Drinks

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Project Manager

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Business Developer

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Project Coordinator

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