DESERT SOLAR IN SAUDI ARABIA
Conference – Riyadh – Wednesday 13 November
A high-level international B2B conference on the impact and opportunities of PV power plants in the Saudi Arabia desert. The goal of this unique platform meeting is to create and facilitate networking and matchmaking opportunities between Saudi and international companies, with a view to building sustainable business relationships.
08:00 Registration & coffee
SESSION A: SAUDI ARABIA AS SOLAR HUB FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
09:15 Solar energy can be twice as cheap
Will the cost of solar panels decrease by another 50%
and stand at $0.25/Wp by 2020? Where in the value chain can the costs be pushed
down further? What are the cost trends in the international PV industry? How
will the price of solar energy develop over the next three years? What does
this mean for the Saudi PV market and industry potential?
Henning Wicht - Senior Director and Principal Analyst, IHS Solar
09:40 Industry perspective from an international market leader
Perspective from a solar business development veteran.
10:05 Opportunities for Saudi Arabia as manufacturing hub for the Middle East
Saudi Arabia’s 41-gigawatt solar ambition creates local manufacturing opportunities. What partnerships are Saudi Arabians looking for? How can Saudi Arabia become the manufacturing hub for the MENA region?
10:30 Business networking coffee break
SESSION B: FINANCING AND FUNDING OF PV POWER PLANTS IN THE KSA DESERT
11:20 Legal issues related to solar investments in Saudi Arabia
What are the legal issues related to investments in PV
power plants? Are PPAs possible in Saudi Arabia? What are the opportunities for
Martin Preston - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
11:40 Where to find the money for a PV power plant investment?
In addition to the technology aspect, the
competitiveness of solar PV power plants also depends on the way the financing
is arranged. What are the fiscal incentives available in Saudi Arabia? What does
the investment framework and regime look like and what are the practical
experiences in Saudi Arabia? What does the business case for a 10-MW PV power
plant investment look like?
Faisal Qadri - Director, Project & Export Finance, HSBC Saudi Arabia
Saad Ur-Rehman - Head of Structured Finance Division, Banque Saudi Fransi
Paul Mansouri - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Dr. Imtiaz Mahtab - Advisory Board Member, SASIA & Executive Vice President, Air Liquide Middle East and North Africa
12:30 Business networking lunch
Session C: PV power plant operations in desert areas
13:50 Operations and Maintenance services required for PV plants in desert areas
More than in any other PV application, the O&M of PV plants in desert areas requires extra attention. How do dust and extreme temperatures impact the required O&M of PV power plants? What are required O&M budgets? What is the reliability and lifetime of a PV module under desert conditions and how are guarantees secured? How does this O&M impact the LCOE ($/kWh)? Business case example based on practical experiences
Theodore Tsacheff - Director Business Development - AUSTRIAN ENVIRO TECHNOLOGIES
14:15 The impact of technology choices on PV power plant operations
What is the impact of technology choices on PV power
plant performance and operations? Will the benefit of a higher energy yield
from tracking PV technology outweigh the extra O&M costs for a plant in the
desert? Does thin-film perform better than crystalline solar PV modules under
Tamer Shahin - Solar Technology Engineer, KAUST
14:40 The impact of desert conditions on inverter performance and lifetime
Even more than the solar modules, solar inverters are the critical component in PV power plants. What is the impact of desert conditions on inverter performance and lifetime? What are practical experiences in real desert PV projects?
15:00 Business networking tea break
Session D: Solar PV power plant performance in desert areas
15:50 Experiences and lessons learnt with large solar PV plants in Saudi Arabia
If there is one place on earth where the impact of the
extreme desert conditions on the PV power plant can be studied, it is Saudi
Arabia. What are the practical experiences and results of PV power plants in
the Saudi desert? What does the plant performance look like in [kWh/kWp] and
Abdulrahman AlAmoud - Leader, Solar Energy Research Group
16:15 Lessons learnt with PV power plants in the US desert
The world’s biggest PV power plants are located in the deserts of Arizona and California in the USA. What are the lessons learnt from these projects? What are the performances? What do the O&M requirements look like?
17:00 Close & networking with drinks