Solar Project Development on Water Sites (FPV)

Solar Project Development on Water Sites (FPV)

November 10, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Developing solar projects on bodies of water is not a new concept, but its appearance in North America is recent.  Given multiple trends – 1) the surge in overall renewable energy project development activity, 2) its favorable LCOE projections of solar development relative to other power sources, as well as 3) the recent federal fiscal and policy support measures for decarbonization – floating solar photovoltaic project (FPV) development is an increasingly attractive prospect.

This course will examine aspects of developing solar projects on reservoirs, lakes and other bodies of water.  It will consider FPV’s regulatory, environmental, contracting, as well as technical complexities of designing, building, and operating on and in water – especially in terms of electrical safety, anchoring and mooring issues, operation and maintenance, and designing FPV plants that can withstand site-specific environmental conditions.  The production and financial aspects of the technology will also be evaluated and compared to ground-mounted PV.  Finally, case studies and discussion from successful projects will provide real-world FPV best practices.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will hear from subject matter experts associated with floating solar development (FPV) on how to:

  • Identify environmental considerations relating to FPV
  • Conduct cost modeling for FPV projects
  • Estimate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of FPV
  • Evaluate operating aspects of FPV
  • Assess FPV scalability and related economics
  • Compare key differences between ground-mounted PV and FPV
  • Explore the opportunity to co-develop FPV with other energy resources, specifically hydropower


Thursday, November 10, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Introduction to Floating Photovoltaics (FPV)

  • History
  • Technology overview
  • Market Outlook
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • U.S.
    • Potential for FPV in the US

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Typical Design Elements

  • Major site selection considerations
    • Road access
    • Infrastructure access
    • Waterbody type
  • Environmental considerations, opportunities, and constraints
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Development forecast

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Compare FPV to Ground-Mounted PV

  • Typical components and modifications required for marine environment
    • Variable system design parameters
    • Structural
    • Mooring and anchoring
    • Labor
    • Contingency allowance
    • O&M
    • Scalability
  • Operating aspects
  • Regulatory and permitting
  • Capital costs
  • Production modeling
  • Levelized cost of energy (LCOE)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: FPV Development Barriers

  • Environmental review and impacts
  • Permitting
  • Project development hurdles
  • Component viability and marine optimization
  • Public acceptance
  • Energy justice impacts
  • Research and analyses needed

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break    

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: FPV Case Studies


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Best Practices Roundtable: Project Developers and SMEs

Project developers and related subject matter experts will engage in a roundtable discussion re: aspects of FPV project development that prospective developers, utilities, investors, integrators, EPC providers and others will find instructive and insightful.=

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


Adam Warren is the Director of the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) center within the Energy Systems Integration directorate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  His team leads research addressing the technical, policy, and financial hurdles to developing resilient, advanced energy technologies at scale.  The ADDS center helps government agencies, utilities, communities, and corporations meet ambitious clean energy goals while informing the direction of research and analysis at NREL.  Its focus is on the later stages of the innovation cycle with an emphasis on the Demonstration and Deployment phases of RDD&D.  Dr. Warren is also the co-director of the Colorado School of Mines Advanced Energy Systems graduate program, an interdisciplinary program that prepares researchers at the doctoral level and energy professionals at the master’s level to address the full complexity of the accelerating energy transition.  Prior to joining NREL, he supported PepsiCo’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use in their Frito-Lay manufacturing facilities.

Melissa Kemp is the Senior Director of Policy & Strategy for Cypress Creek Renewables – one of the largest solar and storage developers in the US and a long-term owner and operator of utility and community-scale projects. She has more than 15 years of experience in the solar market in the Northeast, including extensive government policy, development, and technical experience. She has advocated for and developed solutions on many key topics including value of DER tariffs, ISO wholesale market structures, interconnection processes and standards, RPS structures and procurements, REC systems, and carbon cap and trade markets, siting requirements, and property tax issues. She holds a BS from Princeton University. (invited)

James F. Duffy is a partner in the Boston office of the national law firm, Nixon Peabody LLP.  He serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Tax Credit Team and concentrates his practice on structuring and closing transactions involving federal income tax credits and other significant federal and state income tax incentives, including Production Tax Credits and Investment Tax Credits for renewable energy.  His practice also covers New Markets Tax Credits.  He has represented numerous developers, investors, syndicators and lenders in structuring and closing renewable energy and other transactions.  He serves on the Board of Directors and is the Secretary of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), as well as the Board of Directors of Windustry.  He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, B.A. and The Harvard Law School, J.D.

Tony Grappone, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP Tony Grappone is a partner in the Boston office of Novogradac & Company LLP, where he specializes in providing accounting, tax and consulting services to developers, syndicators and investors of projects that qualify for federal and state tax credits such as renewable energy tax credits.  He serves as a technical editor of the firm’s Renewable Energy Tax Credit Handbook.  Prior to joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Grappone worked at Ernst & Young LLP specializing in partnership taxation within the affordable housing industry and servicing many of the nation’s largest tax credit syndicators and investors.  In addition, he served several leading venture capital firms as well as commercial real estate developers and investors.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Vignesh Ramasami is Senior Analyst for Solar & Storage at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a member of the Distributed Systems and Storage Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) center. His primary focus is on the system cost benchmark models and analysis.  Before joining NREL he served as Resource Modeling Analyst for NextEra Energy, an Application Value Manager at ViZn Energy Systems and an Energy Analyst Project Intern at Schneider Electric and Business Analyst for CISCO Products, AGC Networks.

Sika Gadzanku is an energy technology and policy researcher in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) center within the Energy Systems Integration directorate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Her work involves leading the business development and technical analysis for several floating solar (FPV) projects at the lab, supporting community-focused renewable energy deployment efforts, and conducting modeling and analysis to support grid integration of renewables in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Ms. Gadzanku’s research experience includes climate change impacts on hydropower in Sub-Saharan Africa, waste-to-energy technologies, and power systems planning efforts in Ghana and Nigeria. She also has professional experience in energy consulting and distilling complex technical information to policymakers and the general public. 

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.

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  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
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Solar Project Development on Water Sites (FPV)

November 10, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

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

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Solar Development on Landfills, Mines & Other Brownfields Sites

November 8-9, 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)

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 October 7, 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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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

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

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

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
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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