Solar 101 Webinar Series: An Introduction to Solar Energy

This three part webinar series includes presentations and discussion on the following topics:

Market Overview & Drivers for the U.S. Solar Energy Industry

Project Finance & Investment 

Wildlife, Siting and Permitting: Regional Differences 

Bifacial Modules and the Albedo Effect

Transmission and Integration

Technological Advances & Solar + Storage Integration

  • Part 1: Solar 101

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/28/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Webinar Series, Part 1

    This webinar is the first of a three part webinar series. This webinar includes presentations and discussion on the following topics:

    Market Overview & Drivers for the U.S. Solar Energy Industry

    Project Finance & Investment 



    More details on the topics for this webinar:

    Solar Project Finance & Investment:

    1) Development finance versus project finance for an operating project – very different capital needs and investment profile
     

    2) Project Finance (Operating projects)
    Project capital stack: Tax Equity, Project Debt, Sponsor Equity
    Headline concerns of the investors: Revenue streams, counterparty strength
    Key market trends: Utility PPAs to corporate VPPAs, falling prices everywhere, duck curves and firming power


    3) Transactions over the life of the project <- not sure I’ll have time for this one

    Some interest in resale at lower cost of capital once operating for some number of years (often after the Tax Equity flip)

    Operational risks are defined (lowers cost of capital) versus potential end of contracted revenues (raises cost of capital)


    Upcoming webinars as part of the series will cover:

    - Wildlife, Siting and Permitting: Regional Differences 

    Bifacial Modules and the Albedo Effect

    Transmission and Integration

    Technological Advances & Solar + Storage Integration

    Ryan Galeria (Moderator)

    VP, Solar Development, sPower

    Molly Cox

    Solar Analyst, Solar | Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

    Molly is a solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Her coverage area includes solar PV system pricing in the U.S. and major markets in Middle East and Africa. She also covers floating solar market research. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Molly was an account manager at CivicSolar, helping solar PV installers design their systems and selling them equipment. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Colby College, with a concentration in environmental studies

    For more on key trends in solar module technology, supply chains & system pricing across the globe, and major market demand by region, explore Wood Mackenzie's solar research products.

    Paul Holshouser

    Senior Director of Project Finance, Distributed Sun

    Paul Holshouser is the Senior Director of Project Finance at Distributed Sun. Paul leads analysis and stakeholder engagement for DSUN while raising and deploying capital throughout the solar project life cycle. Critical duties in this role include expanding and managing DSUN’s investor network, negotiation of deal terms for project sale agreements, and document diligence for corporate and project financing agreements. Additionally, he supports business decisions for projects in the development cycle from greenfield to construction-ready status. DSUN has financed over 160MWdc or $245 MM of solar assets during Paul’s tenure starting in 2016.

     

    Prior to joining Distributed Sun, Paul served as Finance Policy Manager for the American Wind Energy Association, supporting the nation’s primary wind advocacy organization in matters dealing with project finance. Prior to AWEA, he was a Risk Officer for Wachovia Corporation, providing risk analysis for or against investments in American wind projects.

     

    Professor Holshouser holds a both a BSBA and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.

  • Part 2: Solar 101

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/29/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Webinar Series, Part 2

    This webinar is the second of a three part webinar series. This webinar includes presentations and discussion on the following topics:

    Wildlife, Siting and Permitting: Regional Differences 

    Regional profiles (Installed capacity by year, average project size and new markets)

    Environmental permitting & compliance considerations when siting a solar or solar + storage project.

    • Proximity to grid, parcel size and shape, zoning, wetlands, farms soils, wildlife, erosion, etc.
    • A comparison with wind energy will be included.

    A few concrete examples of regional differences will be provided (e.g. a solar site in New York vs Texas).


    Bifacial Modules and the Albedo Effect

    What are bifacial modules?

    - Module construction

    - Higher output from same footprint: bifacial gain

     When are bifacial gains the greatest?

    - Module bifaciality factor

    - Ground coverage ratio (GCR) 

    - Array height and tilt

    - Ground albedo

     What is the future for bifacial modules in utility-scale solar?

    - Trends in cost

    - Trends in efficiency

    - Trends in market share vs monofacial

    Other webinars as part of the series  cover:

    Market Overview & Drivers for the U.S. Solar Energy Industry

    Project Finance & Investment 

    Transmission and Integration

    Technological Advances & Solar + Storage Integration

    Ryan Galeria (Moderator)

    VP, Solar Development, sPower

    Michaël Roberge

    Managing Director, PEG Strategy

    Michaël Roberge has 11 years of experience in siting, permitting, and renewable energy development in North America, while holding several positions at DNV GL, including the Head of Section for Environmental and Permitting Services, from 2017 to 2019. He was responsible for business development and managing a team of 20 biologists, GIS specialists, land-use planners, and engineers who provided comprehensive permitting services to customers in Canada and the United States. His career focuses on aiding renewable energy developers in navigating many complex siting, environmental, and permitting environments. It reflects his passion for sustainable development and his dedication to increasing the success rate of projects through his skills in strategic permitting and planning, along with his training in GIS and environmental sciences.  He recently founded PEG Strategy, where he helps wind, solar, storage, and RNG developers find promising sites, permit projects, and avoid potential pitfalls, from the early stage development to operation compliance with strategy and technology.

    Julie Chard

    Director, Groundwork Renewables

    Julie oversees GroundWork's data quality program for solar resource assessment. Her expertise ranges from MET system configuration through real-time data collection and monitoring to data delivery and reporting. Julie has an extensive background at the intersection of science and engineering. She holds a BS in Environmental Science and a MS in Plant Science. Her professional pursuits range from bench-scale laboratory research to field-scale implementation of engineered remediation solutions.

  • Part 3: Solar 101

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/30/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Webinar Series, Part 3

    This webinar is the third of a three part webinar series. This webinar includes presentations and discussion on the following topics:

    Transmission and Integration

    Technological Advances & Solar + Storage Integration


    Other webinars as part of the series cover:

    Market Overview & Drivers for the U.S. Solar Energy Industry

    Project Finance & Investment 

    Wildlife, Siting and Permitting: Regional Differences 

    Bifacial Modules and the Albedo Effect


    Ryan Galeria (Moderator)

    VP, Solar Development, sPower

    Jennifer Tripp

    Managing Director, Transmission and Delivery, nFront Consulting

    Ms. Tripp has over 25 years in the energy industry with a specialty in transmission delivery and market issues. Her expertise includes transmission and market risk, transmission expansion and planning strategies, financing due diligence, transmission and resource planning oversight, transmission service and delivery strategies, security constrained economic dispatch oversight, open access transmission tariff support, nodal market congestion and losses assessments, wind curtailment mitigation strategies and resource integration support.

    Ms. Tripp has served in several leadership positions with electric utilities, consulting firms, and a leading developer of wind generation. She has made presentations at many industry conferences.