Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

October 26-27, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“This is the most comprehensive Agrivoltaics course on the market. I highly recommend to anyone working in the renewable energy space that is trying to get up to speed on agrivoltaic project development and market trends.” Senior Development Associate, NYSERDA

The widespread adoption and development of solar across a nearly full range of landscapes, topographies and geographies has triggered multiple “dual use” innovations.  Among the most promising of these is agrivoltaics: incorporating into a solar project natural resource practices broadly characterized as agriculture – such as pollinating, sheep grazing and the cultivation of crops as well as natural grasses.  These additional elements can benefit a project’s carbon footprint, community appeal and economics.

This tutorial course will provide a coherent road map:

  • What elements comprise dual-use solar and agrivoltaics projects
  • The “dollars-and-sense” value proposition of dual-use solar and agrivoltaics for renewable energy developers
  • From a project development perspective, the impact on solar design, engineering and operations costs and development timetables
  • Implementation case studies under multiple dual-use solar and agrivoltaic project development scenarios
  • Best practices for scoping and implementing dual-use solar and agrivoltaic projects

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain practical skills and insights on how to:

  • Review the fundamental elements and best practices that best inform project developers considering dual-use/agrivoltaic projects
  • Identify the Ag practices that can be co-located with solar project development, as well as their potential outcomes
  • Assess what modifications to conventional project development practices and component selection are necessary to accommodate Ag elements
  • Estimate cost (LCOE) vs. benefits of co-locating agricultural practices with solar projects
  • Analyze supplemental revenue streams associated with dual use solar/agrivoltaic elements
  • Examine case studies of dual-use solar/agrivoltaics projects from the perspective of project sponsors, developers and EPCs

Agenda

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

 

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

9:20 – 10:45 a.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Components

  • Types
  • Current installations
  • Variables
  • Tools

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Evaluating Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Project Modifications

  • Adjustments required to typical solar installation design
    • Modules
    • Structural (racking, tracking)
    • Array and infrastructure layout

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Engineering and Component Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Project Development Cost Impacts

  • Design adder(s)
  • Capital adder(s)
  • Engineering adder(s)
  • Labor adder(s)
  • Ag feature(s) adder(s)
  • O&M
  • Impact on LCOE

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Weighing the Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Value Proposition

  • Grazing
  • Pollination
  • Crops
  • Native vegetation
  • Benefits to solar production from dual-use/ag elements
  • Subtractions from solar production from dual-use/ag elements
  • Analyze supplemental revenue streams associated with dual-use solar/agrivoltaic elements
  • Scalability
  • Selecting appropriate dual-use/ag elements

4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Case Studies

  • For several years, EDF Renewables (EDFR) has operated its 23.4-MW Arnprior solar project in Ottawa, Canada with dual use in mind. Over the project’s decade and a half of operation, EDFR has initiated multiple agrivoltaic collaborations – hives, native wild flowers and milkweed, and sheep-grazing as a method of vegetation management to reduce shading on the solar modules.  The project developer will detail insights, best practices and scalability of these concepts across its broader portfolio of assets.
  • In Summer 2021, BlueWave Solar completed a first-of-its-kind dual-use, 4.2-MW community solar project located on a blueberry farm in Rockport, Maine blueberry farm in Maine. The project incorporates varying tiers of defined construction procedures to determine the effects of different approaches that optimize the agrivoltaic outcome.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaics Case Studies

  • In its Aurora Solar portfolio, Enel Green Power has incorporated multiple agrivoltaic elements across 16 project sites in 12 counties, spanning a combined 900 acres in Minnesota. It has blended pollinator habitat with grazing as key elements of its vegetation management. The case study will describe the preparation and administration of its cultural practices at this utility scale.
  • Indiana’s largest solar farm, the 200-MW Riverstart Solar Park, included dual-use components in its design from the outset. The EDP Renewables’ project construction and completion this year followed dual-use guidelines promulgated by Eastern Indiana’s Randolph County.  The land stewardship provision that requires the groundcover of all solar projects developed there to be native meadow grasses, clovers, and pollinator-friendly wildflower plants.  This case study will describe the collaboration effort and how that might be replicated in other jurisdictions.

12:15 p.m. :: Course Adjournment

Workshop

Scoping A Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaic Project

Thursday, October 27, 2022 : Central Time

This workshop will provide guidance on how to utilize the essential tools for building a dual-use solar/agrivoltaic project pro forma and supporting documentation.  It will also outline an implementation blueprint and strategy for incorporating the ag-related functions into a conventional project development strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify where to source info and data to inform preparation of solar dual use/agrivoltaic documentation
  • Demonstrate industry software tools to guide solar dual use/agrivoltaic pro forma development
  • Construct a strategy and process blueprint for solar dual use/agrivoltaic implementation

Agenda

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Workshop Timing

 

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Overview & Introductions

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Building a Pro Forma

  • Sourcing info and data
  • System Advisor Model (SAM) & PVWatts
  • InSPIRE Agrivoltaics Financial Calculator

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Preparing an Implementation Blueprint

  • Evaluating dual-use solar/agrivoltaic options
  • Identifying and managing the team of experts
  • Stakeholder and local agency engagement
  • Ensuring fit and compatibility
  • Procuring services

4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Adjournment

Instructors

Mike Marsch, Principal & Head – Solar Development, BlueWave Solar

Mike Marsch is a principal and the Head of Solar Development at BlueWave. From 2013 to 2017, he built and ran the company’s solar project development, interconnection, construction and asset management teams from the ground up. He also personally managed development of 60+ MW of ground-mounted PV projects, including two of the first community solar projects in MA and one of the largest solar projects in the Commonwealth. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Marsch led BlueWave’s community solar services business, growing an internal startup into a community solar services market leader that has since been spun out and re-branded as Perch Energy. In 2021, he returned to lead and scale solar project development in its next phase of growth.  Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Marsch worked in real estate development and investment, holding positions at Briarwood Capital, the Ratkovich Company and Beckett Holdings, a firm he founded while in business school. He holds a BA from University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Kevin Campbell, Senior Manager – Development, EDF Renewables

Kevin Campbell is senior manager of development at EDF Renewables.  In this role, he is the project lead during the development and permitting phase of various utility-scale renewable energy projects across New York State. His primary responsibilities are to manage the land acquisition, permitting, community engagement, and preliminary design and development. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Campbell manages a diverse team of land agents, environmental and engineering consultants, and attorneys, to navigate the complex development and permitting process in the empire state. He has 11 years of solar development experience in Canada and the United States and currently oversees a development portfolio of 1,000 MW of solar projects. Prior to joining EDFR a decade ago, Mr. Campbell held various engineering and operational roles for seven years with Shell Canada.


Nick DeVries, Senior Vice President – Technology & Asset Management, Silicon Ranch

Nick DeVries is Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management at Silicon Ranch.  He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects.  He has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including serving in executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials.  Mr. DeVries’ renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns and Mr. DeVries now operates projects that he himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast.  He holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design.  While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China.  He served as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mr. DeVries earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.


Gavin Meinschein, Senior Engineer, DSD Renewables

Gavin Meinschein is Senior Engineer at DSD Renewables, which he joined late in 2020.  In that role, he leads the solar development company’s significant agrivoltaic initiatives.  Prior to that, he served at ENGIE as that organization’s Lead Civil Engineer.


Jordan Macknick, Lead Energy/Water/Land Analyst – Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jordan Macknick is the Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a member of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center’s Systems Modeling team within the Resources and Sustainability Group. His primary work addresses the environmental impacts of energy technologies, while seeking opportunities for energy and ecological synergies. In his energy-water-land leadership capacity, Mr. Macknick analyzes national and regional implications of different energy pathways in the context of water and land resources, evaluates opportunities to improve the energy management of water infrastructure, and explores innovative approaches to co-locating solar and agricultural activities.


Ben Foster, President and Founder, Fosterra LLC (invited)

for buyers, investors, and the clean energy market at large. He has worked on projects in more than 500 jurisdictions across the United States and in China at various stages of development from planning through operations.  Previously, Mr. Foster was Senior Vice President for Optony Inc., a leading international provider of independent lifecycle management services for commercial and governmental renewable energy projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Colorado and an MBA in International Business from Old Dominion University. He also earned the designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).


Jake Janski, Director – Services, MNL

Jake Janski is Director of Service Operations and Senior Ecologist at Minnesota Landscapes, a full-service ecological restoration company. 

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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Solar + Ag Project Development Best Practices

October 26-27, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

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Scoping A Dual-Use Solar/Agrivoltaic Project

October 27
Individual attendee(s) - $ 495.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3465.00
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 5940.00

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 23, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this course and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must login for the entirety of the event 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
Workshop CPE Credits: 3.5
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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Who Should Attend

  • Solar project developers
  • Solar investors and sponsors
  • Solar project lenders
  • Solar project legal, accounting and other advisors
  • Solar project OEM suppliers
  • Solar project EPCs
  • Solar project environmental advisory firms
  • Agrivoltaic service providers
  • Utilities
  • State and federal environmental staff
  • State regulatory commission staff
  • Community economic development staff
  • Community stakeholders

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