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Commercial Solar |
Power Purchase Agreements
Conference

Examining how companies are embracing the “self supply” revolution to avoid rocketing energy prices

30-31 May 2018 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney

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overview

Informa Australia are delighted to announce an exciting new event for the Australian resources community – the Commercial Solar | Power Purchase Agreements Conference, which will be taking place on the 30-31 May 2018 at the Radisson Blu in Sydney. The event will examine how companies are embracing the “self supply” revolution to avoid rocketing energy prices.

As electricity prices continue to spiral ever higher Australia’s large energy users are taking matters into their own hands – and rolling out large commercial solar on their infrastructure, and pursuing PPAs directly with large scale solar and wind farm projects to supply their needs. The new era of “self supply” is here, and its shaking up the energy market like never before.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Is Solar PPAs the way to go for large corporates?
  • Accounting considerations in Corporate PPAs
  • Solar PPAs from energy users’ perspective
  • Businesses taking the lead in going 100% renewable. Why it is important for business to lead – what is being done globally and in Australia, how can PPA’s make a difference?
  • Five solar projects in NSW that Photon Energy will own with Canadian Solaric
  • Certainty in National Energy Costs

The adoption of solar panels is spreading quickly among industrial users and commercial property landlords in an effort to combat rising power prices.
– Australian Financial Review, 19/02/2018

A massive solar energy boom is being predicted for 2018, after an unprecedented number of industrial solar farms were approved by the New South Wales and Queensland governments last year.
– The Guardian, 12/02/2018

Given the broad spectrum of organisations that have successfully concluded transactions, using a wide range of contract and pricing models, we believe that 2017 was the tipping point for corporate PPAs in Australia.
– RenewEconomy, 19/01/2018

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agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  •  Benefits of a corporate PPA
  •  What we are seeing in the market and how this has been working for corporates and developers.
  •  What’s needed to drive more uptake.

9:50 am

Declining costs of renewable energy open opportunities for large energy users to source a share of their energy supply mix directly from renewable energy projects in order to meet their cost reduction and sustainability objectives. The market for corporate PPAs in Australia is therefore becoming more active, and a number of large energy users are considering contracting with solar PV farms. In comparison with wind, solar PV can be developed within a shorter timeframe, offers more predictable generation output, and can be easily scaled to meet the users’ load. Subject to availability of suitable land, energy users often seek to develop solar PV capacity ‘behind the meter’, as this may enable them to achieve significant cost savings on the variable component of network charges and environmental obligations.

Solar PV developers often find it challenging to secure a corporatePPA, as many corporate buyers are seeking comprehensive supply solutions combining renewables with grid supply and/or battery storage and may not be prepared to accept the developers’ preferred allocation of project risks. The presentation will examine solar PPAs from the large energy users’ perspective based on KPMG’s recent experience in the Australian market.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

Large corporations such as ALDI, DHL, AMP Capital, CBA, Brisbane Airport Corporation and many others utilise solar energy to manage their electricity costs and sustainability targets. We’ll explore the range of options from simple design and construct contacts, which
create on balance sheet assets, to Solar Power Purchase Agreements, where a third party manages the solar asset.

11:40 am

Accounting implications of a corporate PPA may impact the corporate’s credit rating due to possible recognition of long term liabilities, or the fact that it may trigger derivative accounting. These questions are often raised by corporates as concerns. Whether the corporate PPA could be treated as a finance lease and recognised on balance sheet, depreciation and ongoing interest charges should be considered, as well as the treatment of derivative financial instruments and possible alternative structures that might be available. Planning and consideration of possible accounting issues should be carefully assessed in light of the broad commercial drivers underlying corporate PPAs.

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

While Australia has been at the forefront of the growth in residential roof-top solar, that growth has not been matched in the commercial roof-top domain. Though similar solar energy cost savings are available to commercial and industrial customers, the availability of funding and concerns about operations and maintenance have hindered the development of the market. In the meantime, interest in off-site PPAs is growing, and there are certainly opportunities for companies to reduce cost and carbon footprint by way of these. But on-site PPAs are the low hanging fruit, offering the chance of increased savings through the reduction in network charges as well as cheaper and cleaner energy.

  • How are On-site Solar PPAs structured?
  • Who are the Providers?
  • How do I integrate on-site and off-site PPAs into my energy procurement strategy?

2:00 pm

A behind meter PPA is where the customer purchases power from on-site solar generation connected behind the NMI meter. A “Commercial PPA” in Australia is defined as an arrangement to purchase power directly from a solar plant situated anywhere in the National Energy Market. In addition we can separate the Large Generation Certificates (LGC’s) and the “Black” power generated to ensure the maximum benefits are achieved. We will show how both types of PPA’s are an effective way of purchasing low cost renewable energy and enable corporates to manage risk in a changing energy market.

2:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:10 pm

Stockland's $23.5 million property solar project

Jim Tatsis, National Operations Manager, Stockland

3:50 pm

Futureproofing for commercial solar

Huon Hoogesteger, Managing Director & Founder, Smart Commercial Solar

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:40 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

One of South Australia’s largest electricity users, SA Water is pursuing an ambitious goal to reduce net electricity costs from $55 million in 2016-17 to $0 in 2020. By increasing its renewable generation and storage, driving energy efficiencies and making smart decisions about electricity usage and purchase, SA Water is actively managing its operational expenses and environmental impact for the benefit of customers.

9:50 am

The session will focus on:

  •  The Power Purchase Agreement tender process undertaken by Meridian Energy Australia
  •  The technology and location of the generation assets that sit behind the PPAs
  •  An overview of the process to purchase three hydro assets in NSW
  •  How Powershop plans to use this additional energy and what it means for the energy market in Australia

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

ISPT’s national solar project: A four-stage initiative

Garry Hendrix, Senior Engineer, Sustainability & Technical Services, ISPT

11:40 am

Norton Rose Fulbright’s involvement in UNSW’s innovative long term renewable energy PPA

Simon Currie, Global Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

How landlords are utilising solar panels to mitigate the rising cost of energy at shopping centres

2:00 pm

Upstream is a clean energy generator-retailer, delivering 100% sustainable, low cost power to businesses in every Australian state and territory.

In 2018 we finalised the installation of custom-built power stations across Beacon Lighting’s national portfolio. Inclusive of LED lighting refits, BMS and a range of other efficiencies, Upstream’s solution focused on all aspects of their consumption profile and was delivered as a simple, fixed kWh rate. On-site generation remains the cheapest form of energy supply in Australia.

2:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:10 pm

CASE STUDY | Beacon Lighting’s solar roll out: A customer perspective

Mani Kaparakis, General Manager – Beacon Solar, Beacon Lighting

3:50 pm

While the popularity of PPA’s keeps growing year after year in Australia, they are much more popular in the C&I space in the United States than here. So why haven’t PPA’s taken off to the same degree despite similar market structures and conditions? How can looking at the US market trends as well as consumer psychology provide insights into deploying more PPAs in Australia?

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:40 pm

End of Conference

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speakers

Kate Phillips

Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie

Dmitry Danilovich

Head of Clean Energy, KPMG Australia

Dr Oliver Hartley

Managing Director, Epho Commercial Solar

Charlie Grover

Partner, PwC

Mark Schneider

Director - Specialised Energy Solutions, MAIA Energy

Michael Gartner

Managing Director, Photon Energy

Jim Tatsis

National Operations Manager, Stockland

Huon Hoogesteger

Managing Director & Founder, Smart Commercial Solar

Roch Cheroux

Chief Executive, SA Water

Lynne Sutton

General Counsel, Powershop Australia & Meridian Energy Australia

Garry Hendrix

Senior Engineer, Sustainability & Technical Services, ISPT

Simon Currie

Global Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nathan Begley

Managing Director, Upstream Energy

Mani Kaparakis

General Manager – Beacon Solar, Beacon Lighting

Danin Kahn

Chief Executive Officer, Todae Solar

when & where

30 - 31 May 2018

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
Address: 27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 8214 0000
www.radissonblu.com/en/plazahotel-sydney

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Lisa.Hedlund@informa.com.au

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