Mastering Solar Power (Online Course)
Mastering Solar Power (Online Course)
A comprehensive, up-to-date and business-focused roadmap to success in delivering solar power growth, today and tomorrow
Attendees will gain a good understanding of the key factors from an integrated, multidisciplinary and commercial viewpoint, including: target market analysis, economic competitiveness, channels-to-market, financing influences and risk, project development processes, best practices and emerging technologies.
The course schedule includes illustration of key project development considerations, including energy yield, financial and other simple calculations, along with the chance to discuss key planning and market environment considerations.
In keeping with the business-focused theme of the course, these illustrative exercises are designed to provide time-efficient clarification of the key course takeaways, aimed at commercially-focused business developers and investors. They are therefore accessible to nonexperts, not designed to replicate the complex or in-depth detailed planning undertaken – over much longer periods! – by engineers and technical teams.
Benefits of Attending
- Speak the language of solar energy: terminology and concepts explained with clarity and relevance
- Understand the key variables determining the economics of solar PV projects
- Review current and emerging market opportunities for solar PV, including integrations such as energy storage
- Navigate the typical project development requirements, processes and risks
- Learn and discuss how financial returns and risks arise in PV projects
- Be better able to converse with project partners, suppliers, investors, policymakers and other stakeholders
- Know what to look for when evaluating PV project opportunities
- Identify key investment and project performance risks
- Learn how to analyse and critique current and emerging business models
Live Online Course – How It Works
The structure of our virtual learning program is designed to keep the same levels of engagement and networking as our on-site public courses. Course content is delivered through our easy-to-use online learning platform and is supplemented by case studies and practical exercises.
Like our classroom-based public courses, you will have live interaction with our course facilitators and other participants. Our live online courses are led by our experienced instructors, who will provide you with easily digestible content, using knowledge learned from many years in the industry, during scheduled times. Delegates will receive copies of the course materials electronically.
This course is scheduled to take place over 5 live online sessions using virtual learning technology.
Session 1: 20 July 2020, 7 – 10am GMT+1 (London time)
The Solar Resource & PV Conversion Technology
- Understanding the solar energy resource
- Illustrative exercise: using simple tools to calculate the expected output from a solar array
- Solar farm components, technology trends and performance
Session 2: 22 July 2020, 7 – 10am GMT+1 (London time)
Assessing Market Conditions for Successful Solar Power Projects
- The business and policy environment for solar power
- New entrants into the solar power business: Examples from technology companies to car companies
- Selling utility-scale solar electricity: the growing channel-to-market options
- Comparing examples from international markets
Session 3: 24 July 2020, 7 – 10am GMT+1 (London time)
Understanding & Quantifying the Value of Solar Power
- Utility-scale solar power in wholesale electricity markets and the energy mix
- Examples from the US, Europe and Australia
- Markets and business cases for distributed and captive solar power
- Drivers and barriers to residential rooftop solar: Examples of where and why is it growing
Session 4: 27 July 2020, 7 – 10am GMT+1 (London time)
Solar Power ‘on the Ground’: Project Delivery
- Project development and delivery
- Illustrative example documents
- Hybrid projects, including solar + storage
- Policy example: India
- Market examples from southwestern US
Session 5: 29 July 2020, 7 – 10am GMT+1 (London time)
The Economics and Financing of Solar Power Projects
- Project financial analysis
- Excel model illustration
- Examining key trends and future resilience from a financial perspective
- A checklist for undertaking opportunity and risk analysis for solar power projects
The agenda will combine presented materials with plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions, and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key learning points. Current market examples and data are utilised wherever helpful.
We would like to customise the workshop based on your specific needs. Pre-Course Questionnaire will be sent prior to the workshop for analyse in advance and to be addressed during the course.
Upon the successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the signatures from both the Course Director and the Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your endeavour and serve towards your professional advancement.
Who Will Attend
This course is ideal if:
- You are working within the power sector in a commercial or business development role. You need a clearlyexplained, multi-faceted understanding of how PV projects are developed and why and how they succeed (or fail), including how market and technology changes are driving new innovation opportunities along with new competitive risks
- You are from the investment, policy or professional services community. You need to embrace the inevitable growth of solar energy, and want to gain an independent perspective on the economic environment in which these projects operate, including the development, operational and business risks that most matter to them
Including but not limited to:
- Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity
- Power generation companies, utilities and IPPs
- Policy makers and policy advisors
- Transmission/Distribution system operators
- Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)
- Equipment vendors & EPC contractors
- Large energy users and electricity buyers
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