Corporate PPAs as a solution

By Andrew Hedges; Caileen Kateri Gamache; Lee Donovan

Complexity, pricing and regulatory hurdles remain key obstacles for the corporate PPA market to overcome. But as Andrew Hedges, Caileen Kateri Gamache and Lee Donovan of Norton Rose Fulbright write, ongoing procurement innovations and new players entering the market suggest this will be a crucial route market for solar for some time to come.

Growth of US merchant solar primed to accelerate in near term

By Jay Bartlett, Senior research associate at Resources for the Future

In the US and a number of other major solar markets, merchant solar projects are emerging to fill the gap left by declining subsidies. Jay Bartlett of Resources for the Future looks at the risks and opportunities for merchant PV as it finds its feet.

Digitalisation and its impact on the solar energy industry

By Dana Olson, DNV GL

Digital technologies have the potential to transform the solar industry as it continues to seek greater efficiencies and lower costs. But as Dana Olson writes, a lack of both digital skills and mindset within organisations are key barriers to realising the full benefits of the technologies now available.

The changing face of European solar

By PV Tech Power staff

Recent signs suggest that after several quiet years, large-scale solar is once again showing strong growth in Europe in spite of the steady withdrawal of subsidies. PV Tech Power caught up with six energy finance experts from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for the their take on some of the market and financing trends that will shape European solar in the years to come.

Achieving 100% renewables: supply-shaping through curtailment

By Karl A. Rábago; Marc Perez; Morgan Putnam; Richard Perez

How best to bridge the gap between the production of renewables such as solar and demand is the subject of much debate. Marc Perez, Richard Perez, Karl R. Rabago and Morgan Putnam argue the case for curtailment combined with storage as a cost-effective solution.

Financing emerging solar: A-listers speak up

By José Rojo, Solar Media

Development and private capital is fuelling a solar boom across the Earth’s four corners, from India to South Africa and Mexico. Five finance heavyweights walk José Rojo through their learnings so far and their future plans to tap into an industry they see as key to a better world.

Codes, standards and certification for safety and performance of distributed energy resources and systems

By Scott Picco, UL; Laurie Florence, UL; Tim Zgonena, UL

The advent of distributed generation and renewable energy sources is requiring a swathe of new regulatory standards to ensure safety and grid stability. Scott Picco, Laurie Florence and Tim Zgonena of UL look at some of the latest and upcoming codes designed to addressing the proliferation of battery storage systems and distributed energy resources.

Ensuring the bankability of the UK’s low-carbon fleet

By Gareth Miller, Cornwall Insight

Strong policy support to safeguard the bankability of low-carbon energy technologies and underpin the UK’s ongoing decarbonisation efforts. Gareth Miller of Cornwall Insight outlines proposals for a new route to market that would guarantee future investment in much-needed renewables such as solar and onshore wind.

Subsidy-free solar: Europe’s search for new allies

By José Rojo, Solar Media

Led by a bullish Spain, the industry’s free-market revival has dispelled memories of the FiT fallout but also ushered in an era of uncertainty. José Rojo charts players’ efforts to master the rules of a new game of tough PPA interactions and merchant risks.

Renewables 2.0: Opportunities in renewables in a post-subsidy world

By Duncan Ritchie; Dr. Kornelia Stycz

Substantial flows of investment into renewables have brought about significant reductions in the cost of delivered energy, while simultaneously increasing the penetration of renewables in most markets. These developments herald the rise of Renewables ‘2.0’, a post-subsidy world for investment in renewable energy. Duncan Ritchie and Kornelia Stycz of Apricum explore the opportunities in corporate PPAs and hybrid renewable energy systems in the context of the Renewables 2.0 energy transition

Quantifying the impact of R&D on PV project financing costs

By David Feldman; Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus; Dr. Robert M. Margolis

For PV to continue competing with alternative energy sources, the cost of financing solar projects must fall. David Feldman, Rebecca Jones-Albertus and Robert Margolis of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory explore ways in which research and development can boost PV competitiveness

Inside community solar, America’s star performer

By Ben Willis, Solar Media

Community solar is the fastest growing segment in the US. Ben Willis looks at some of the legal and financing drivers helping propel the sector forward, and the ongoing challenges it faces in fulfilling its potential

Inside community solar, America’s star performer

By Ben Willis, Solar Media

Community solar is the fastest growing segment in the US. Ben Willis looks at some of the legal and financing drivers helping propel the sector forward, and the ongoing challenges it faces in fulfilling its potential

A tipping point for financing large-scale storage?

By Maria Connolly; Stuart Urquhart

Storage has an important role to play in the UK’s future energy system, but the challenge for investors and developers is to select the right business models and combination of technologies. Maria Connolly and Stuart Urquhart at UK law firm TLT look at how some of the new regulatory and policy developments are helping enhance the bankability of storage

The rise of green solar bonds?

By Vicky Münzer-Jones; Stacey Giunta

Banks will be unable to fully finance solar on the scale envisaged in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Vicky Münzer-Jones and Stacey Giunta look at the role of solar bonds in bringing much needed capital to the sector.