Register your interest


Register your interest


2nd Annual Large Scale Solar Conference

Investing in a sustainable solar future.
3-4 April 2017 | Swissotel Sydney

Book Now



Informa Austraila is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Large Scale Solar Conference.  As utility solar ramps up in Australia there is now more opportunity than ever to accelerate the deployment of solar across the country.  This timely event will explore leading projects underway and planned, and consider investment and financing for future success.

Bringing together leading industry experts from around Australia, the two-day program will cover:

  • Ensuring a strong and stable solar future for Australia
  • Helping Australia deliver a cleaner energy system
  • Supporting innovation in renewables
  • Leading solar projects from around Australia
  • Securing funding and investment
  • Market outlook for Australia and globally
  • Emerging technologies such as cloud and tracking technologies
  • Future CSP technologies
  • Co-locating wind and solar to meet demand
  • Optimisation of storage and energy management systems




9:00 am

Welcome from the Chair

Dr Paul Ebert, Global Director - New Energy, Advisian

9:10 am

Ensuring a strong and stable solar future for Australia

9:30 am

  • ARENA’s roles in the innovation chain
  • Importance of patient funding in early stage developments
  • A-Lab and creating the right environment to support innovation
  • Exciting developments in renewable energy innovation in Australia

10:00 am

  • What do investors look for?
  • How are deal structures changing in response to market conditions?
  • Where is the CEFC active and what kind of finance is available from the CEFC?

10:30 am

Morning Tea

11:30 am

  • The role of large-scale batteries in the future of Australia’s energy mix
  • Lyon’s Solar + Battery projects and how they are pioneering a solution to the number one issue facing the energy sector- how to integrate more renewable energy without destabilising the electricity network
  • How projects like Kingfisher in South Australia and Lakeland in Queensland will create new industries like battery processing and offer security to the electricity grid

12:00 pm

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

  • Project location – excellent solar resource
  • Rehabilitating the old Kidston Gold Mine
  • Project finance structure
  • Progress of construction
  • The Kidston Renewable Energy Hub – dispatchable renewable energy

2:00 pm

  • Project development & milestones
  • New energy models & future revenue streams
  • Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP)

2:30 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:00 pm

  • The Technology
  • SolarReserve’s operational Crescent Dunes project
  • SolarReserve’s plans in Australia
  • International Developments

3:30 pm

  • An update on the pipeline, insights into level of committed build so far
  • The opportunity for solar in the build to the 2020 target.

4:00 pm

  • The development of Adani’s Indian fleet of power plant
  • Kamuthi 648 MW solar farm
  • Adani’s developments in Australia
  • Rugby Run Solar Farm and Whyalla Solar Farm

4:30 pm

Close of day one

9:00 am

Opening from the Chair

Dr Paul Ebert, Global Director - New Energy, Advisian

9:15 am

  • Supporting the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan
  • Facilitating opportunities in NSW
  • Projects so far and future plans

9:45 am

  • What the Victorian Renewable Energy Action Plan means
  • Projects planned for the future
  • Progress to date

10:15 am

  • Progress of the sector in Australia
  • Market trends and forecasts
  • What is happening in solar globally

10:45 am

Morning Tea

11:15 am

Growing Solar Investments

Lane Crockett, Head of Renewable Infrastructure, Impact investment Group

11:40 am

  • Project structuring
  • Market opportunities
  • Institutional investment in renewables

12:05 pm

  • The pathway to banking projects, the key elements on projects finance (traditional agreements: Land, Grid, Planning, PPA, EPC, WOM, finance agreement)
  • The challenge – the PPA model complexities.
  • The Options for merchant, many shades of grey.
  • The opportunities for merchant, matching risk and opportunity.
  • Goal incentive and accelerate the project pathways to renewables

12:45 pm


2:15 pm

2:45 pm

  • A brief history from fixed tilt to solar tracking (including overview of PV production curve showing fixed vs. tracker shoulder)
  • NEXTracker overview and how Company got to be where it is today in terms of MW shipped in 2015: team, product and supply chain management
  • Types of single-axis trackers: Centralized vs. unlinked rows
  • Benefits of Decentralized trackers
  • Case Studies in Australia: from Moree to Degrusse to Mt Majura, why EPCs are choosing decentralized trackers

3:10 pm

Afternoon tea

3:40 pm

  • At higher solar penetrations, management of variability is very important
  • Storage has a role, but always involves capital cost, maintenance and energy losses
  • Real-time cloud detection and solar forecasting with CloudCAM can be highly effective
  • We present lessons learned from 2 years of real-world operation of CloudCAM.

4:10 pm

  • Fast multi-modal imaging and processing of large solar field
  • Novel techniques for characterising and analysing soiling and defect evolution.
  • Improving operational efficiency and plant yield

4:50 pm

Conclusions and close of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $3195+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $1695+GSTEarly Bird
  • Standard
    Early Bird Rate: $2,995 + GST. SAVE $200! Expires 19 March 2017
    Standard Pricing Rate: $3,195 + GST
  • Special Subsidised Rate
    Early Bird offer: $1,495 + GST. SAVE $200! Expires 19 March 2017
    Standard Pricing Rate: $1,695 + GST

* The special subsidised rate is available for selected small businesses that are not a branch office of a national or international company. Delegates choose to book at this rate will go through a verification process by the conference team.



Dr Paul Ebert

Global Director - New Energy, Advisian

Ian Kay

Chief Financial Officer, ARENA

Gloria Chan

Large Scale Solar Lead, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Renzo Gaggioli

Project Manager, South East Asia and Australia Region, Energy Group, Canadian Solar (Australia)

David Green

Founding Partner, Lyon Group

John Gardner

Program Manager, Goldwind Australia


Simon Kidston

Executive Director, Genex Power

Daniel Thompson

Director of Development, Solar Reserve

Jay Hender

General Manager, Technical Assessment and Support, Clean Energy Regulator

Jennifer Purdie

CEO, Adani Australia Renewables

Amy Kean

Renewable Energy Advocate, NSW Department of Industry

Benjamin White

Director Renewable Energy Strategy, Department Of Environment, Land, Water And Planning, Victoria

Leonard Quong

Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Lane Crockett

Head of Renewable Infrastructure, Impact investment Group

James Hooper

Director, Lighthouse Infrastructure

Sally Torgoman

General Counsel, Eco Energy World

Manuel Lopez Velez

Business Development Manager, Elecnor

Gustavo Bodini

Business Development Manager, TransGrid


Peter Wheale

Vice President of Sales, Australia and Oceanic Region, NEXTracker

Colin Bonner

Technical Director, Fulcrum3D Pty Limited

Joe Coventry

Research Fellow, Australian National University

when & where

03 - 04 Apr 2017

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9238 8888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Nicola Scudamore
Conference Producer
+61 2 9080 4300

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
Phone: +61 (02) 9080 4030

Get all the latest on Informa news and events

Informa Australia is the nation's leading event organiser. Our events comprise of large scale exhibitions, industry conferences and highly specialised corporate training.

Find out more