Author: Tom van der Linden, Solarplaza
To take stock of the recent developments and look ahead at the future of the Portuguese solar PV market, Solarplaza is - for the third consecutive year - hosting Solar Market Parity Portugal Conference, on 8 July 2021 in Lisbon. This business-to-business conference, aimed at high-level knowledge sharing and networking building, will finally allow PV professionals to meet up again - physically, safely, and effectively.
With a successful PV auction yielding record-low bids, the approval of a new ‘National Plan for Energy and Climate for 2030’, and over 1GW of new solar additions, the year 2020 was a monumental one for the Portuguese solar market. Now - in a Covid-19-influenced reality - the 760 MW of solar capacity that was allocated during the auction is being pushed through the development pipeline. Meanwhile, new auctions are being planned, with adjusted rules and specific stipulations for floating solar development set to be announced shortly. The market is not without its challenges either. As in many maturing markets, grid capacity issues and energy storage considerations are becoming an increasingly important part of the puzzle.
All these elements will be touched upon in the comprehensive conference program, which will also dive into topics such as post-Covid-19 project financing, project development experiences, and insights into the rise of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). As always, Solarplaza emphasizes networking-building, for which there will be ample opportunities throughout the day.
This third edition of the Solar Market Parity Portugal conference will be hosted physically, at the InterContinental Hotel in Lisbon. Solarplaza and the IHG Group - which boasts the government’s official “Clean&Safe” stamp - are working together closely to guarantee the highest possible level of safety. This will include extensive cleaning and sanitization efforts, social distancing, the use of face masks, temperature measurements, and strict procedures related to food & beverage handling. With earlier experiences in 2020 with hosting physical events under the Covid-19 paradigm, Solarplaza confidently moves forward with the practical preparations for this exciting solar PV industry event.