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Solar Finance & Investment

March 10 & 11, 2015 - London, UK

Solar Media’s third Solar Finance and Investment Conference returns to London in March 2015 at a critical time as solar starts to mature as an asset class. Join Solar Finance & Investment in London as we tackle major industry shifts, new opportunities, policy change, and the future of the market.

  • CfDs: How CfDs will change the economics of UK solar and how they will impact your project’s economics?
  • Winning CfD Auctions: What would solar companies have to do to compete with other technologies like wind?
  • Grace Periods: Will grace periods gain state aid approval and what would happen to your projects if not?
  • MIP: What the expiration of the Minimum Import Price will do for your bottom line and a discussion on future possible anti-dumping legislation
  • Commercial Rooftops: How to be successful in the commercial rooftop market and how to negotiate and sign the best PPA
  • Rooftop Aggregation: Financial models to aggregate rooftop installations and make portfolios more attractive to long-term investors
  • Securitisation: How the solar community, financiers and investors really see yield cos and securitisation: bubble or future of solar finance?
  • Post-Subsidy Solar: What would a lack of subsidy mean for your business and how would it change margins?
  • Cost of Capital: What can developers, financiers and investors do to bring down the cost of capital?
  • Secondary Markets: How can you get the best price for operating assets through an effective O&M strategy?

This essential event will bring together solar developers, financiers, investors, lawyers, funders and other stakeholders to come together to discuss, learn and better understand the economics of solar in 2015 and how to maintain the huge momentum the industry has delivered.

Benefits of attending

  • The only solar-focused finance event in Europe’s most active solar market
  • An in-depth look at how the industry can get to grid parity and off subsidies and a focus on how developers can put forward profitable projects in 2015
  • Accessing opportunities in the commercial roof-top market: understand how FDs/Energy Procurement professionals make a buying decision, how to sell solar and how to get rooftop projects financed
  • How to sign the best PPA, CfD update and what solar developers can do to enhance their chances of winning in future rounds
  • How to shave costs off your projects and what the end of the MIP (minimum import price) could mean for European solar

Who should attend?

  • Developers
  • Yield Cos
  • Investment, Corporate and Merchant Banks
  • Project Financiers
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Ethical investors
  • Pension Funds
  • Cleantech, Renewable Energy and Ethical Funds
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Family Office
  • Infrastructure Investors
  • Asset Management Companies
  • Economists
  • Risk Consultants
  • Special Advisors
  • Utilities
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Component Manufacturers
  • Technical Consultants
  • Operations and Maintenance Experts
  • Data Aggregators

Program Highlights

  • When will we reach grid parity in the UK?
  • Getting the most out of European & UK policy for solar
  • Making Contracts for Difference (CfDs) Work for Solar
  • Panel Debate: What can be done to reduce the cost of capital?
  • Panel debate: Reducing CAPEX: where can cost reductions be achieved without affecting quality?
  • Solar an emerging asset class in the debt capital markets
  • UK solar industry: the international solar investment market of choice?
  • What are investors looking for in the secondary markets?
  • Winning business in the UK rooftop market
  • Panel debate: Do solar assets offer institutional investors the returns they need?
  • What’s under the hood? Embedding quality into a PV project
  • Maximising portfolio opportunities for commercial and large scale PV rooftop PV Systems
  • Case Studies: What impact can technology have on profitability?
  • Working with community ownership policy
  • Analysis of the potential for crowd-funding to drive the solar industry forward
  • Yield cos: under the bonnet: how will they work?

“The big story coming out of 2014 was the revival of capital markets – solar companies were able to access funding through multiple avenues like VC, public markets, IPOs and debt in record numbers, while the quest for lower cost of capital continued with yield cos and securitisation deals,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

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