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Large Scale Solar Conference

Exploring the development of Australia’s large scale solar Industry and its integration into the energy market

25 – 26 February 2020 | Swissotel Sydney

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EARLY BIRD RATE (SAVE $600) - EXPIRES ON 20 DECEMBER 2019

overview

Informa Australia delighted to extend an invitation for you to participate in the 6th Annual Large Scale Solar Conference which is taking place on the 25-26 February 2020 at the Swissotel Sydney. This event will examine the development of Australia’s large scale solar Industry and its integration into the energy market.

This important industry conference is being driven by the many new developments in the energy sector.

The large scale solar industry has been in a rapid state of growth in Australia, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency reporting that over 3GW of large scale solar generation has been connected to the grid since December 2018. The Large Scale Solar Conference delivers two days of in-depth discussions around the current developments impacting utility scale solar, including:

  • Grid connection
  • Construction challenges
  • Storage integration
  • The latest technology trends
  • Market outlook and investment
  • Negative energy events and its impact

We expect the 6th Annual Large Scale Solar Conference to compliment the Energy & Investment Series and bring the most topical and important issues to the fore.

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agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Investment opportunities for Large Scale Solar in Australia – A CEFC perspective

Niall Brady, Associate Director - Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

9:40 am

Market outlook on the future of large scale solar in Australia

David Dixon, Senior Analyst, Renewables Research, Rystad Energy

10:10 am

Investment into large scale solar and the impact of the AEMC draft ruling on the renewable energy industry - The Clean Energy Investor Group’s perspective

Robert Grant, Chair, Clean Energy Investor Group

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

Foresight’s Renewable Energy Income Fund and its investments in Australian solar projects

Kim Nguyen, Head of Australian Operations, Foresight

11:30 am

  • The rise of renewables for investment- with clear guidance Australia will prosper from renewables investment
  • Renewables are an alternative asset class for investors to attract global capital flows
  • Coal fire generation is burning out in Australia, there is a need to augment grid connectivity for renewables to take on base load
  • Technology and a collaborative industry are key. Technology through machine learning, AI and blockchain distributed ledger will provide a framework to maximise returns on capital deployed
  • With significant levels of capital required, investors are seeking appropriate risk adjusted returns from renewables revenue stacks, as such it is up to all to moderate risk to encourage investment

12:00 pm

Large scale solar opportunities: an international perspective

Sam Reynolds, Managing Director, Octopus Investments Australia

ENERGY & INVESTMENT SERIES MIDDAY PLENARY

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:50 pm

Transmission loss factors

Senior Representative, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC),

2:20 pm

Price volatility has long been a feature of the spot market and this is only expected to increase over time. However, the increasing regularity with which wholesale power prices are sinking below $0 being more than cancelled out by more frequent high prices, defying expectations of a softening in levels overall. Indeed, negative energy events are often sandwiched by prices of $100 a megawatt-hour or higher, reflecting wild swings in the supply-demand balance during the day caused by variable wind and solar power generation. How
can large scale solar projects better cope with these fluctuating prices?

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

Australian large scale solar projects are facing numerous construction issues, with transmission constraints, grid connections and policy uncertainty resulting in a dramatic slow down of the industry’s rampant growth. This session will examine these factors and explore how developers can prepare for the future.

4:10 pm

This session will explore innovative solutions to enable a skilled workforce that meets the evolving needs of Queensland’s energy, mining and telecommunication industries.

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

Transmission: The challenges facing the solar industry successfully connecting to the grid

Andrew Kingsmill, Manager of Network Planning, TransGrid

9:40 am

Grid connectivity: The Queensland Experience

Simon Taylor, Group Manager Network Customers, Powerlink Queensland

10:10 am

Installation and Operation of a Synchronous Condenser on the NEM

Michael Vawser, Regional Director - Asia Pacific, Total Eren

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Experiences to date
  • Latest developments
  • Important trends affecting the growth of the market

11:30 am

CASE STUDY | Fotowatio Renewable Ventures experience in connecting to the grid

Liam Reid, Head of Business Development and Energy Markets, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

12:00 pm

  • Tracker technology (fixed, PEG, 5B)
  • Pros and cons of each construction method
  • Perceived risks
  • Long term investment returns variances
  • Market trends

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

New trends in panel technology

2:00 pm

Kanowna solar farm’s use of both DC optimisers and DC couples battery architecture for central inverters

Rob Mailler, Project Engineer, Meralli Project

2:30 pm

Operational challenges with hybrid power plants

John Cole, Chief Executive Officer, Edify Energy

3:00 pm

This panel session will examine the importance of community support and ways to create social licence with renewable energy projects, including:

  • Case studies from large scale solar developers
  • Drivers and barriers to the acceptability of utility-scale solar installations
  • What can we learn from other industries regarding successful community engagement?

3:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair & End of Conference

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2995$2595+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Event pricing

  • Early bird rate $2,595 – Expires 20 Dec 2019
  • Standard rate $2,995 – Expires 06 Feb 2020
  • Full rate $3,195 – From 07 Feb 2020

speakers

Niall Brady

Associate Director - Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

David Dixon

Senior Analyst, Renewables Research, Rystad Energy

Robert Grant

Chair, Clean Energy Investor Group

Kim Nguyen

Head of Australian Operations, Foresight

Jordan Berryman

Senior Director, Alternative Investments - Capital Markets Australia, JLL

Sam Reynolds

Managing Director, Octopus Investments Australia

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull

29th Prime Minister of Australia

Senior Representative, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

Jonathan Upson

Director Origination, Energy Group, Canadian Solar

Nick Li

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

David Cross

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Skills Queensland

Andrew Kingsmill

Manager of Network Planning, TransGrid

Simon Taylor

Group Manager Network Customers, Powerlink Queensland

Michael Vawser

Regional Director - Asia Pacific, Total Eren

Liam Reid

Head of Business Development and Energy Markets, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

William Hall

Utility Development Director, Todae Solar

Rob Mailler

Project Engineer, Meralli Project

John Cole

Chief Executive Officer, Edify Energy

Insights

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Wind versus solar – the obsolete debate
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How Horizon Power are developing their microgrid capability
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Managing renewable energy intermittency: Case study of Genex’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub
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THE ENERGY & INVESTMENT SERIES

The Energy & Investment Series brings together three of Informa’s leading renewable energy events under the one roof. This allows the finance and investment community, service, engineering and supply industries, government agencies and the broader energy sector to switch sessions and plan a track to suit their requirements. This is great value and offers exceptional networking opportunities.

All three conferences – The 6th Annual Large Scale Solar, the 4th Annual Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference, and 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference will be co-located at the Swissotel, Sydney on the 25-26 February 2020

One registration to any of these conferences gives you an Access All Areas Pass to attend any of the sessions at the three events.

That’s three conferences for the price of one. Over 80 speakers on the most cutting edge energy projects being rolled out across Australia.

when & where

25 - 26 Feb 2020

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St
Sydney, NSW 2000

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contact

Still have a question?

Lisa Hedlund
Conference Producer
+61 2 9080 4058
Lisa.Hedlund@informa.com.au

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
Phone: +61 (02) 9080 4030
Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au

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