Solarplaza Summit | Spain

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Wednesday 5 July 2023

20:00

Pre-Conference Networking Event

The Networking Event will take place in Descaro Restaurante

Thursday 6 July 2023

Program


08:30

Welcome Coffee

45 min.

Session Topics:

09:15

Conference Kick-Off

15 min.

Why invest in Spanish solar, conference goals and networking opportunities

Lorena Nieuwenhoven

Solarplaza

Session Topics:

SESSION 1

Ensuring a Successful Solar Future

09:30

Opening Panel: Realizing The Next Generation of Solar Assets

panel

45 min.

moderator

Marta del Amo

GRUPO PRISA

Shaheer Hussam

Clean Power Research

Carolina Nester

Sonnedix

Kim Keats

k4kadvisory

Juan Luis Cantón

Lightsource bp

Jorge de Miguel

Aquila Clean Energy

Session Topics:
  • Overcoming the quest for talent
  • Learnings from the last 10 years in solar
  • The next steps in the solar revolution in Spain

10:15

Grid Curtailment in Spain: Rising Threat for Solar Developers

presentation

20 min.

Spain has consistently been ranked one of the Top 5 markets for solar energy in Europe, potentially the largest unsubsidized solar market in the world - and this incredible growth is surpassing the original forecasts set out by the government. What is Spain’s strategic outlook in terms of solar and how do you best prepare for grid congestion?

Alexandre Danthine

Aurora Energy Research

Session Topics:
  • Market conceptualization
  • Facts, figures and mid-year check of 2023 goals
  • Overview of main challenges and opportunities related to grid congestion

10:35

Morning Networking Break

Session Topics:

SESSION 2A - Development & Financing

Mastering Development: From Licensing to Energy Storage

11:40

Set Your Sails: Navigating the Complex Sea of Permitting and Licensing in Spain

panel

40 min.

Have you wondered about how you can ensure that you get access to a grid connection point or how to make sure your project qualifies for the capacity contests/auction schemes in Spain? Then allow the experts to clarify this for you.

moderator

Arturo Herrero

Nextracker

Francisco Solchaga

Araoz & Rueda

Alejandro Labanda

beBartlet

Session Topics:
  • Concursos de capacidad: what and how
  • How much capacity is available from the grid and where?
  • How is REE planning to manage the huge pipeline of incoming projects?

12:20

Developer's Roundtable

presentation

40 min.

From the moment a new project is conceptualized, numerous challenges, questions and opportunities arise. Learn from the experts and find out the winning models for developing solar projects in Spain.

moderator

Josefin Berg

S&P Global Commodity Insights

José Ángel Pérez

ABO Wind

Victoria Azancot

Shell Group

Julius Weidemann

Encavis

Irene Reyes

Quintas Advisory

Session Topics:
  • Finding the right development approach and partners for greenfield development
  • Biggest challenges in developing new projects
  • Finding the right land for the right project
  • How to make teamwork make the dream work
  • Maintaining profitability while dealing with the market agility

13:00

Hybridization of Projects: Energy Storage Case Study

presentation

30 min.

There is an increasing need for battery storage applications in order to safeguard the reliability of green energy distribution at any time and avoid curtailment of this precious resource. Storage can offer multiple solutions to energy providers as well as ancillary services to its asset owners. Gain insights and practical lessons learned during this session and take charge of your storage strategy.

Miguel Marroquin

Our New Energy

Daniel Fernández Marcos

One Solar

Session Topics:
  • Examining novel approaches for effective hybridization of solar and wind assets
  • Increasing grid stability and lowering peak load
  • Know-how on investment planning, system design and system operation for project developers.
  • Case Study Review of an energy storage project in Spain

SESSION 2B - Asset Management

Asset Management Fundamentals

11:40

Bridging the Gap: From Development to Construction to Asset Management and back

panel

40 min.

Before operations start, you have to make considerations in the development and construction phase that will impact the O&M of a project. What are critical changes that cost asset managers the most time and money and what are the changes that support the most efficient management of an asset? Join this session to bridge the gap between developers, EPC’s and Asset Managers.

moderator

Lorena Nieuwenhoven

Solarplaza

Marta Valien

Foresight Group

Venugopal Shakergayen

Nextracker

Jesús Boccio

BlueTree Group

Matias Gallego

Optimize Energy

Session Topics:
  • Effects of construction on the O&M phase
  • EPC pitfalls that will affect operations in the future
  • Quality and reliability of components
  • Using digital tools to document quality of the construction and O&M services

12:20

A Maturing Market: The Increasingly Important Role of O&M

panel

40 min.

Solar in Spain is maturing, and so are its assets. As Spain reaches almost 20 GW of cumulative solar capacity, the need for experienced operations also grows. Join this session to find out the true cost of O&M and take the management of your assets to the next level.

moderator

Alex Rudnicki

Vigdu Technologies

Lluis Juncosa

Canadian Solar O&M

Estefanía Orellana

Sungrow

Julián Ascencio-Vásquez

Univers

Session Topics:
  • Impact of novel technology on O&M decision-making
  • The true cost of O&M
  • New tasks that asset managers need to be aware of
  • The role of digitalization in asset management
  • Performance modelling: assumptions and learnings
  • Inhouse vs. outsourcing

13:00

O&M Fundamentals: Soiling & Cleaning

presentation

30 min.

Once a solar project is operational, a lot of attention should be given to making sure this asset operates to the best of its capacity. Soiling can greatly reduce a panel’s efficiency and result in the decreasing yield of a project overall. Join this session to master one of the basics of asset management and what are feasible actions that can be taken to ensure the most sustainable approach to soiling.

David Gomez Jimenez

Prescinto

Eran Meller

Ecoppia

Session Topics:
  • Cost of cleaning vs profitability loss due to soiling
  • Vegetation management and land stewardship
  • A sustainability approach to soiling and water management
  • Comparison of soiling solutions

13:30

Networking Lunch

Session Topics:

SESSION 3A - Development & Financing

Money talks: Finance & M&A

15:00

The Bottom Line: Financing Solar in Spain

presentation

30 min.

Javier Huergo Cruzado

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Raúl González Barrio

Enerparc AG

Session Topics:
  • Merchant financing vs PPAs
  • How is revenue hedging changing investor perception?
  • How is CAPEX volatility and supply chain constraints affecting funding?
  • Technological diversification and its implications on sustainable investing
  • Changes in power purchase agreement dynamics

15:30

Mastering M&A Transactions in Solar

panel

40 min.

moderator

Tomás García

JLL

Lucía González

Ontier

Amadeu Anguela

Plenium Partners

Guillermo Entrecanales

Incus Capital

Session Topics:
  • Acquiring projects that fit your portfolio
  • M&A pitfalls and challenges
  • Lessons learned from successful project acquisition
  • Valuation of contracts with service providers and offtakers
  • Due diligence process M&A strategies: how to grow portfolios

SESSION 3B - Asset Management

Plant Resilience and Performance

15:00

Floating Future: The Significant Potential of FPV in Spain

presentation

20 min.

Andrés Franco

Isigenere - Isifloating

Session Topics:
  • Overview & learnings from recent FPV Projects
  • Regulatory changes & considerations
  • Issues & benefits

15:20

End of Lifecycle Management: Reuse, Repower, Recycle

presentation

20 min.

Stefan Wippich

SecondSol

Session Topics:
  • Practical examples of successful repowering cases
  • Understanding the right criteria for repowering
  • Under addressed challenges in repowering
  • How can existing assets be upgraded in order to improve efficiency
  • Analyzing the choice of components aimed at increasing installed capacity and annual production
  • Overview and price comparison of latest technologies on the market available for asset managers

16:10

Afternoon Networking Break

Session Topics:

SESSION 4

Energy Autonomy and Self-Consumption

17:00

Energy Independence in Spain: The Continuous Rise of Self-consumption

panel

30 min.

Beyond its massive utility scale solar market, Spain is growing its self-consumption market having deployed 2.5GW of self-consumption solar in 2022. This is more than double the installed capacity of the previous year, adding to a total of 5.25GW of installed self-consumption capacity. Join this session to gain key insights on the market split for solar in Spain (Residential/C&I/Utility) and the opportunities available beyond the utility-scale market.

moderator

Jaime Goyanes

Eranovum

Alejandro Diego Rosell

Nuvix

María Colom

ENGIE

Gabriel Molinero

EDP Renewables

Javier Becerra

Quantica Renovables

Session Topics:

Collaboration with real estate developers and industrial offtakers


17:30

Conference Wrap-Up

presentation

10 min.

Highlights, takeaways and looking forward to Solarplaza Summit Spain 2024

Lorena Nieuwenhoven

Solarplaza

Session Topics:

17:40

Networking Drinks

Session Topics:

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