Solar Project Development

Solar Project Development

Case Studies & Best Practices

July 27-28, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

Solar PV project development now dominates the power generation landscape and is likely to do so until a new technology displaces it.  State policy directives, rapidly declining component costs, free fuel and favorable tax policy are the drivers.  The technology comes in all shapes and sizes – from residential, to commercial, to utility.  And for consumers, it is the runaway clean power choice.

This EUCI symposium will study several solar project development prototypes, off-take arrangements and operational scenarios.  Case studies will highlight best practices of these power plant development types: build-transfer, merchant build and operated, utility-commissioned, solar-plus-storage and brownfield.  They will examine multiple power sourcing options including load-serving, corporate-contracted and government-committed supply scenarios.  Finally, the program will feature solar’s exceptional scalabilty, which allows the technology to participate in wholesale electricity markets, deliver power at a distributed level and convert farmland and abandoned property into cash registers.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will review case studies by project developers, utilities and EPCs that allow them to:

  • Examine how a FERC Order can improve the development prospects of solar projects that require transmission upgrades
  • Assess how cooperative utilities and project developers have teamed up to serve their members through multiple projects
  • Explain the process of converting landfill/brownfield sites into profitable solar projects
  • Identify corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) off-take essentials
  • Compare the distinctions between solar-plus-storage and conventional solar plant development
  • Analyze a build-transfer blueprint for utility and project developer collaboration
  • Evaluate how a muni and project developer have teamed up on large DER project
  • Discuss the essential components of successful community solar development projects


Tuesday, July 27, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Leveraging FERC Order 845’s ‘Option to Build’ Transmission on Solar Projects

Transmission interconnection availability is a critical determinant contributing to the viability of a utility-scale solar project.  FERC Order 845, issued in 2018, has opened the door to allow interconnection customers the option to build their own interconnection facilities, including the generation tie-lines, substations at the point of interconnection, and transmission upgrades.  A renewable energy developer and its transmission engineering EPC, Burns & McDonnell, will discuss how this approach has contributed to improved project design continuity, improved delivery timeline and cost savings attributable to the efficiency achieved in scale.

Peter Boos, Manager – Transmission and Distribution Global Practice, Burns & McDonnell

Coop-Project Developer Collaboration Yields Multiple Projects to Serve Load

The most widely distributed utilities in the United States are rural electric cooperatives, whose service territories often cover expansive areas of low density demand.  How, then, to source and secure renewable energy to serve that load?  Few strategies work better for coops and public power organizations than establishing a relationship with a renewable energy developer that can enable that outcome.  Silicon Ranch will discuss its arrangement with a Colorado coop that has resulted in three projects delivering more than 30 MWs of solar power – as well as many others like it – and the key elements in such arrangements.

Matt Beasley, Chief Commercial Officer, Silicon Ranch

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Converting Landfill/Brownfield Sites into Community-Serving Solar Projects

How is it possible that dozens of closed landfills and brownfields around the country have accommodated significant solar project developments that provide municipalities, communities and other public agency off-takers? It takes a lot of collaboration, to be sure.  BQ Energy, in the past decade or so, has leveraged its renewable energy development expertise to convert several such sites into scores MWs of solar output.  This segment will examine what project developers must do differently on these types of developments to prosper in this category and convert difficult parcels into productive renewable energy projects.

Paul Curran, Managing Director, BQ Energy

Michael Rauch, Director, BQ Energy

Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Off-take Essentials and Flavors

With the prodigious acceleration in corporate off-takers for clean energy – especially solar – the demand for reliable sources and partners is front and center.  Lightsource bp, among North America’s  renewable energy project development leaders in structuring corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), will utilize a case study to detail key elements that project developers must address when laying the groundwork for a long-term PPA with a business partner. Different “flavors” of PPAs will also be examined.

Supria Ranade, Senior Director – Power Marketing, Lightsource bp

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Course Timing

Solar-Plus-Storage Plant Development Distinctions

The surge in pairing up storage technologies with solar projects appears to becoming more of a norm, than an exception, in solar project development.  This segment by 8minute Energy – one of the country’s largest solar-storage developers – will spell out how these so-called hybrid renewable energy projects differ in significant ways from traditional utility-scale PV developments.  It will discuss distinctions in respects such as:

  • Engineering and technology innovations
  • Design modifications and optimization
  • Coordination and collaboration w/utilities
  • Electricity market opportunities
  • Interconnection and related system integration
  • Scheduling as compared to conventional solar project

Emily Arnold, Vice President – Engineering, 8minute Energy 

Build – Transfer Blueprint for Utility and Project Developer Collaboration

In the past 12 – 18 months, utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has signed build-transfer agreements with multiple solar developers.  A NIPSCO representative will discuss what prompted the vertically integrated utility to pursue this strategy (among others) to achieve its aggressive renewable energy objectives.  The discussion will also consider the typical requirements of a design-build project development agreement, and what differentiates it from other renewable energy project procurement mechanisms.

Fred Gomos, Director of Strategy and Risk Integration – Energy and Utilities, NiSource (invited)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Muni and Project Developer Team Up on Large DER Project

Project developer EDF Renewables has teamed up with the Jacksonville Energy Authority on the Jacksonville 5 Solar Project, one of the largest and most ambitious distributed generation schemes undertaken by a US utility to date.  This segment will examine what steps the two parties took to facilitate the arrangement and how the project concept evolved during the buildout of its multiple projects.

Jocelyn Granger, Manager – Technology Solution Development, Jacksonville Electric Authority

Capitalizing on the Community Solar Boom

The solar revolution really had its roots at the residential scale.  While that scale of solar development continues to flourish, another is spreading across the residential landscape at the community scale.  Standard Solar, an early major player in this realm, continues its expansion.  It will review the characteristics that generally contribute to a successful community solar project, as well as how to overcome the barriers complicate their implementation.

Michael Streams, Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar


  • Emily Arnold, Vice President – Engineering, 8minute Energy 

  • Matt Beasley, Chief Commercial Officer, Silicon Ranch

  • Peter Boos, Manager – Transmission and Distribution Global Practice, Burns & McDonnell

  • Paul Curran, Managing Director, BQ Energy

  • Fred Gomos, Director of Strategy and Risk Integration – Energy and Utilities, NiSource (invited)

  • Jocelyn Granger, Manager – Technology Solution Development, Jacksonville Electric Authority

  • Supria Ranade, Senior Director – Power Marketing, Lightsource bp

  • Michael Rauch, Director, BQ Energy

  • Michael Streams, Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this event.

Instructional Methods 

Case studies, and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course. 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Who Should Attend

  • Renewable energy project developers and consultants
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and independent (owner) engineering (IE/OE) firms that support solar projects
  • Attorneys, counsel, and legal staff
  • Sponsors, investors and lenders
  • Utility procurement officers, project managers, financial analysts and resource planners
  • Engineering firms that support solar projects
  • Independent power producers (IPPs)

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