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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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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.

agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dani Alexander, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

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

Large scale solar opportunities: an international perspective

Andrew Walton, Investment Director, Octopus Investments Australia

12:00 pm

Coordination of generation and transmission investment

Tom Walker, Senior Economist, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

ENERGY & INVESTMENT SERIES MIDDAY PLENARY

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:00 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?

2:30 pm

Delivering the first NSW Renewable Energy Zone

Rohan Tayler, Principal Policy Officer – Energy Infrastructure, Department of Planning & Environment

3:00 pm

Adani's renewable energy journey

Derek Chapman, Business Manager – Renewables, Adani Renewables

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:30 pm

The market for Power Purchase Agreements that underpin large scale solar projects has changed substantially over the years. This session examines the changes in the market, looks at a recent case study and explores how developers can prepare for the future.

5:00 pm

CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair & Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Kelly Davies, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

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

Requirement for a synchronous condenser at Kiamal Solar Farm

Trevor Lim, Engineering Manager, Total Eren

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

Australian renewables policy: investable before efficient

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

11:30 am

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

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

  • A discussion of trends and manufacturing investments and what that means for panel technology
  • Cell trends in mono vs multi and the latest in cell technologies (PERC, heterojunction, n-type, p-type, TopCon),
  • Module technologies including bifacial, half-cut, design for recycling
  • Interactions of technology choice with performance, volumes and pricing
  • Forecasts for success (or not) of breakthroughs in new materials including perovskites and OPV

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

Wayne Goodwin, Project Development & Technology, Edify Energy

3:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair & End of Conference

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195+GSTEarly Bird

speakers

The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull

29th Prime Minister of Australia

Niall Brady

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

Suzanne Falvi

Acting Chief Executive, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

Mark Stedwell

Operations Specialist, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Dr Renate Egan

Director and Co-Founder, Solar Analytics

Robert Grant

Chair, Clean Energy Investor Group

Andrew Kingsmill

Manager of Network Planning, TransGrid

Simon Taylor

Group Manager Network Customers, Powerlink Queensland

Liam Reid

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

Derek Chapman

Business Manager – Renewables, Adani Renewables

Jonathan Upson

Director Origination, Energy Group, Canadian Solar

Trevor Lim

Engineering Manager, Total Eren

William Hall

Utility Development Director, Todae Solar

David Dixon

Senior Analyst, Renewables Research, Rystad Energy

Kim Nguyen

Head of Australian Operations, Foresight

Andrew Walton

Investment Director, Octopus Investments Australia

David Cross

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Skills Queensland

Rob Mailler

Project Engineer, Meralli Project

Nick Li

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Wayne Goodwin

Project Development & Technology, Edify Energy

Rohan Tayler

Principal Policy Officer – Energy Infrastructure, Department of Planning & Environment

Tom Walker

Senior Economist, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

Insights

ARENA’s perspective on the future of large scale solar
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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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