Solar Supply Chain Cost and Schedule Project Impacts

Solar Supply Chain Cost and Schedule Impacts

Problems & Paths Forward

August 25-26, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Just as the solar project development pipeline was on pace to deliver a flood of projects following a mild setback in 2020, its bright prospects in upcoming months are being shaded by gathering supply chain clouds.

This course will shine light on key elements of the solar project development supply chain:  1) what the pressures are, 2) how they may impact the timing/delivery of projects, 3) the budget impacts, 4) and some possible mitigation measures to lessen the impact on project development outcomes.

Learning Outcomes  

Attendees at this course will:  

  • Discuss solar supply chain drivers
  • Review market, other economic conditions, and externalities that affect the supply chain
  • Assess domestic and international government policies, incentives and disincentives that are distorting the supply chain
  • Evaluate the availability and supply chain conditions associated with specific solar project components
  • Identify supply chain challenges’ impact on contracting costs, LCOE, construction milestones and in-service dates
  • Analyze consequences of supply chain disruptions on industry build-out trajectory
  • Identify procurement considerations in vetting sources for equipment and suppliers
  • Examine strategies for minimizing project development delays due to supply chain disruptions

Agenda

Thursday, August 25, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

9:20 – 10:45 a.m. :: Market Conditions and Externalities Affecting the Supply Chain

  • U.S. government actions
    • Department of Commerce
      • AD/CVD (antidumping and countervailing duties) anti-circumvention investigation
    • International Trade Commission
      • 201 Tariffs
    • Department of Homeland Security
      • UFLPA (Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act)
    • Customs and Border Protection 
      • WRO (Forced Labor Withhold Release)
  • Raw materials inflation
    • Steel
    • Rare earth
    • Semi-conductors
  • Logistics
    • Domestic freight
    • Trans-oceanic freight
  • COVID 19 and labor availability
    • Domestic
    • International
  • Supply and demand drivers
    • ITC
    • RPS
    • ESG
  • Geopolitical Overlays
    • IPCC agreement(s)
    • U.S. – China tensions
    • Ukraine conflict
  • Other

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Evaluating Specific Component Supply Conditions

  • Modules
    • Polysilicon
    • Ingots
    • Wafers
    • Cells
    • Modules
  • Mounting and racking systems
  • Transformers
  • Electronics, cabling and related equipment (BOS/BOP)
  • Battery storage

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Identifying Supply Chain Challenges’ Impact on…

  • Project development landscape and supply chain entities
    • Pipeline
    • Deal flow
    • Delay
    • Cancellation
  • Project teaming, coordination and project management
  • Impact on project schedule
    • Lead times
    • Construction milestones and in-service dates
  • Contracting costs and LCOE
  • Spare parts and inventory
  • REC (renewable energy credits) pricing
  • Interconnection queues

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Mitigation Strategies for Minimizing Project Development Delays & Cost Exposures Due to Supply Chain Disruptions

  • Open book vs. lump sum contracting
  • Module procurement
  • Bid timing validity
  • Index-tied material and commodity pricing
  • Control of schedule “float”
  • Construction scheduling and triggers
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Split-scope EPC structures
  • Asset owner-direct supply agreements

4:45 pm :: Program Adjourns for Day

 

Friday, August 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Contract Impacts, Complications and Modifications

  • Risk assignments and cost allocation for project development disruptions
  • Contract term modifications
  • Re-negotiating existing contracts and PPAs
  • Negotiating prospective contracts and PPAs

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Financial Components and Transactions

  • Project/portfolio due diligence
  • Equity considerations
  • Debt considerations
  • ITC and other tax incentives
  • Insurance products
  • Hurdle rates and IRR

12:15 p.m. :: Course Adjournment

Instructors

Matt Brinkman, Solar Business Unit and Regional Practice Manager, Burns & McDonnell 

Matthew Brinkman is the Solar Business Unit and Regional Practice Manager at Burns & McDonnell.  In that capacity, he supports the company’s solar project managers and technical teams through allocation of resources to projects, consulting with clients related to project execution models, performance testing requirements, contract review and negotiations, performance testing, and changes in the solar market.  His team has worked on some of the largest and most lauded solar projects in the nation, including serving as the Owner’s Engineer on the largest solar thermal plant in the world (392 MW Ivanpah) and the largest solar PV project in the United States (580 MW Solar Star).   Mr. Brinkman started his career at Burns & McDonnell in 1994 as a civil engineering co-op while attending North Dakota State University. In 2004, he permanently transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, and moved into a project manager role. In 2006, he was asked to start the Energy Global Practice in the Phoenix office, which has grown to the largest Energy presence in all Burns & McDonnell regional offices.  In 2008, he set up the solar business unit, which has established Burns & McDonnell as a premier Owner’s Engineer in the solar market.  In 2013, Mr. Brinkman was named a member of Burns & McDonnell’s Principal Group, a senior-level leadership group within the company.  Among the industry recognition he has received, he was appointed by Governor Janet Brewer to serve on the Arizona governor’s Solar Advisory Task Force. 


Paul Wormser, Vice President – Technology, Clean Energy Associates LLC

Paul Wormser is Vice President of Technology at Clean Energy Associates (CEA), a solar specialist technical advisory which provides quality assurance and independent engineering solutions worldwide.   He has worked as an executive for CEA since 2017 and oversees all aspects of client projects and supply chain management.  He manages work streams to drive improvements, which include implementing CEA’s reporting procedures, soliciting client feedback and developing CEA’s entire suite of service offerings for solar and storage. Mr. Wormser has more than 40 years of solar and storage industry experience including engineering, sales, marketing, product development, strategic planning, and senior management.  He previously served as a Senior Director at SunEdison, which he joined in 2013 as Director of Special Projects in the Solar Platform group.  He led the deployment of fixed tilt and tracking systems as well as the creation of the firm’s Silvantis™ module line.  Mr. Wormser transitioned to the role of Senior Director of Marketing for Solar Materials, with a focus on partnerships and technology licensing.  His work ultimately culminated in the divestiture of the Solar Materials business unit. 


Matt Bonovich, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Matt Bonovich is a partner in the law firm Sheppard Mullin.  He has worked on energy transactions for more than a decade, with particular experience in renewables. During this time, he has negotiated all manner of project contracts, including M&A transactions, power purchase agreements, hedges, construction and procurement, interconnection and transmission and operations and maintenance.  Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Bonovich served as Deputy General Counsel at Invenergy, where he was responsible for commercial transactions. His responsibilities included joint ventures, joint development arrangements, project acquisitions and dispositions, a variety of offtake arrangements, construction and procurement and all other commercial transactions integral to the full life span of the company’s projects. In this role, he also managed the legal affairs of Invenergy’s projects with various counterparties and stakeholders, guided regulatory matters for these projects, performed risk analysis and served on the company’s risk management committee.

Mr. Bonovich is experienced in the full life cycle of energy projects, from inception through development, financing and construction to operation. He works with all types of energy technologies, including wind, solar, storage, transmission, natural gas, cogen, LNG and biomass.


Cynthia Wang, Vice President – Supply Chain, SB Energy (invited)

Cynthia Wang is vice president of supply chain at SB Energy. In that role of managing the supply chain for SB Energy’s pipeline of U.S. solar projects, including everything from sourcing equipment and EPCs for solar projects, to performing the due diligence necessary to ensure viable economics for each proposal.  Before joining the development company in 2019, Ms. Wang served in prior sourcing, procurement and supply chain roles at Zymergan, SunEdison, Dell, McKinsey, Honeywell and Philips.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Jiangnan University and additional studies at Harvard Business School.

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.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • 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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Instructional Methods  

This program will use PowerPoint presentations, case studies and group discussions. 

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program  

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

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.


Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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