Solar Power Portal
Day One - 15th June 2021
Day Two - 16th June 2021
Session I: Developers behind the 15GW-plus pipeline of new utility solar farms in the UK today
Companies & investors driving the new revolution in large-scale solar farm building in the UK out to 2030.
Which companies are pure-play developers, which are part of joint-venture activities, and which ones are likely to develop/build/own/operate in the long-term?
How many of the sites are stand-alone PV or co-located with battery storage or wind farms?
Session II: Mega-solar (100-500 MW) sites (NSIP & local government) under development: when, where & how?
What is driving the >49.9MWp-dc capacity site identification & development today?
How many major infrastructure solar projects are under development, and where are they located (England, or via Scottish or Welsh Government overview)?
What are the remaining challenges to construction starting on these large mega-solar sites, and what are the realistic timelines to grid-connection?
Session III: Latest advances in PV modules, inverters & trackers: understanding current state-of-the-art performance & reliability metrics
Session will examine the technical advances in PV modules and inverters in the past few years, in particular in comparison to much of the UK’s multi-GW of solar farm build-out under FiTs and ROCs.
Aside from power and efficiency increases, how are component costs trending in 2021 and beyond?
Review of tracker features and benefits when combined with bifacial modules.
Session IV: Large-scale plant design for yield optimization: maximizing bifacial modules & trackers for UK sites
Dedicated session on designing solar farms to maximize ROI, based on the latest technologies available.
Topics & speakers to inform planning community in particular, in addition to any new entrants to solar sector.
Session I: Site planning in the post-subsidy era: commercial, public-sector & utilities’ investments into new solar farms
Hear from planners and sub-contractors undertaking site design and construction plans, across commercial and public-sector sites.
Discover the opportunities from local councils for land assigned for solar construction in the next few years.
Understand the opportunities for landowners with megawatt-scale ground-mount arrays.
Session II: Justifying 10-GW-plus new solar farms in the UK to 2030: grid demand, corporate PPAs & climate-change targets
This session will explain the long-term (2030) targets for government and utility bodies in the UK, and how solar PV is seen as a key part of this.
How much PV can the UK take over the next 5-10 years? Are there limits with grid availability?
In addition to energy needs and government targets, is the commercial sector the key driver for internal sustainability goals?
Session III: Role of EPCs and O&Ms within an investor-developed/PPA-driven new solar-build landscape
What is the new role of EPCs and their sub-contractors, in post-subsidy sites, where long-term owners are potentially providing upfront construction finance?
Can EPCs now bring overseas site-build improvement knowledge learned in the past few years, to the new GW-scale UK growth phase?
Will the old O&M model change, now that long-term owners are engaged further upstream in the site development-to-build value-chain?
Session IV: Forecasting to 2025: factors & risks impacting GW-plus annual additions in the UK during the next few years
Where are the risks to GW-scale this year, in 2021?
Are legacy insolvency concerns about component suppliers and EPCs still valid today?
What government or utility-based policy risks could impact the mid-term GW-scale roll out to 2025?
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