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.

Perspectives on risk mitigation measures for PV power plants: insurance and quality assurance

By Thomas C. Sauer; Georg Fischer, EXXERGY

In the previous issue of PV Tech Power, quality assurance was considered as a key measure in maximising PV power plant performance and ensuring safety. Building on this train of thought, Thomas Sauer and Georg Fischer from EXXERGY examine insurance as a risk mitigation measure, based on analysis of more than 3,600 insurance claim cases.

The shifting sands of Australia’s large-scale solar boom

By Vincent Dwyer; Jacqui Fetchet

Australia’s large-scale PV segment has been one of the star performers of the past year. Vincent Dwyer and Jacqueline Fetchet look at the past and future drivers for this dynamic market and ask whether recent momentum can be maintained

Managing technical risks in PV investments

By David Moser, David Moser Coordinates the activities of the Research Group Photovoltaic Systems of the Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC, Bolzano, Italy.; Caroline Tjengdrawira, Caroline Tjengdrawira is a senior project manager (solar PV) in the Energy Generation department at Tractebel Engineering (Brussels, Belgium).; Ulrike Jahn, Ulrike Jahn graduated in physics and leads various research and development projects in the business area of solar energy of the TÜV Rheinland Group in Cologne, Germany.; Matthias v. Armansperg:, Matthias graduated in mechanical engineering and business administration.; Máté Heisz, Máté Heisz is a business analyst at SolarPower Europe, working on topics linked to O&M, standardisation, sustainability and R&D.

Risk mitigation | The EU-funded Solar Bankability Project has developed a framework for managing the potential legal, technical and economic risks associated with PV projects. Here, members of the team behind the project set out some of the key tools and guidelines that have been devised to ensure ongoing quality management over the entire lifecycle of a PV power plant.

Solar reporting – where does the data come from and who needs it?

By Edmée Kelsey, Edmée Kelsey is founder and CEO of 3megawatt, a software solution provider for the renewable energy industry. 3megawatt has developed BluePoint, the largest and fastest growing enterprise-class asset management platform in the industry. BluePoint is designed to automate and control the entire renewable asset management lifecycle. Kelsey was the former CFO of Main Street Power, where she closed project financing for over 100 distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. She was also formerly a VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm.

Reporting | The growing range of stakeholders in the solar business, from the owners of small rooftop systems to pension funds, require timely and adequate information on asset performance, but to varying levels of detail. Edmée Kelsey looks at how the industry is rising to the increasingly onerous reporting challenge

Corporate PPAs providing the answer in an increasingly unsubsidised sector

By Daniel Kaufman, Daniel Kaufman is a senior associate at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Based in Dubai, he has a particular focus on the construction and engineering aspects of project finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with significant experience advising clients on their projects in Africa.

Business models | Corporate PPAs offer environmentally minded businesses a means of reducing their carbon footprint and renewable energy developers a new route to market in the face of declining subsidies. Daniel Kaufman offers some insights to buyers and sellers looking to navigate the many complexities of this new market.

The business models powering solar’s next phase in Europe

By Sonia Dunlop, Is a policy adviser at SolarPower Europe, where she is responsible for finance, digitalisation and state-aid issues. She is leading the association’s work on the EU-funded PV Financing project, which is looking at the best solar business models and sources of financing going forwards across Europe. She previously worked as the communications and public affairs manager at the UK’s Solar Trade Association and on EU renewable energy policy in the European Parliament in Brussels.; Bernd Engel, Is leader of the SolarPower Europe Digitalisation Task Force, SMA Solar Technology senior vice president responsible for technology and grid integration and professor of sustainable energy system components at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He previously worked at Alstom and at the technical un

Europe | With the decline of solar subsidies in Europe, the industry is under pressure to find new routes to market. SolarPower Europe policy adviser Sonia Dunlop looks at some of the innovative new business models being developed to help ensure solar has a sustainable future

The risks and returns of African PV

By Danielle Ola , Solar Media - Reporter

Finance | Danielle Ola looks at some of considerations of investors looking to capitalise on the opportunities for solar in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The outlook for PV in 2017 - the true dawning of the solar age?

By Simon Currie, Simon Currie is the global head of energy at Norton Rose Fulbright. He advises clients across the world on strategy and the development, acquisition and financing of assets in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. He has worked on ground-breaking transactions in over 50 countries including privatisations and restructurings.; Rob Marsh , Rob Marsh is a partner and the co-chair of the renewable energy practice at Norton Rose Fulbright. He has advised sponsors, investors and lenders across diverse sectors including wind (offshore and onshore), solar (PV, rooftop and CSP), biomass, energy from waste, tidal, bio-fuels, energy storage and energy efficiency projects.

Business models | Solar is forecast to have another strong year of growth, but in spite rather than because of political support in many parts of the world. Simon Currie and Rob Marsh assess some of the commercial drivers for solar in 2017 and beyond as it finds itself increasingly at the mercy of market forces but arguably better placed to become a true global competitor.

Due diligence for financing of PV assets

By Simon Turner and Paola Piazzolla

Project finance - Minimising risk to lenders is vital in ensuring the solar industry continues to have access to adequate sources of finance. Simon Turner and Paola Piazzolla outline the key ingredients for the technical due diligence needed to give peace of mind to investors.

Everything that’s wrong with tax equity in the US

By Danielle Ola, Editor, PV Tech

The importance of the investment tax credit in stimulating solar development has become an article of faith in the US, and its extension at the end of 2015 was welcomed as a vital lifeline. But as Danielle Ola hears, complexity, tightening supply and inefficiencies mean tax equity has a growing number of critics.