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The Solar Future France


10-11 APRIL 2019 ///

PARIS, FRANCE

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The Solar Future France


10-11 APRIL 2019 ///

PARIS, FRANCE

“Leaders and decision makers gather to hold inspiring discussions, seize opportunities, and gain high-value insights into the latest developments, financing landscape and outlook of France’s maturing solar market.”

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Within the space of a few years, the French solar energy market has undergone profound and accelerated change. This change was driven by the stabilization and simplification of the regulatory framework, the intensification of the pace of tenders, and an overall increase in the government’s ambitions and initiatives.

Together with other factors - such as high levels of solar irradiation, the introduction of a beneficial self-consumption scheme and the rise of the additional remuneration mechanism - this has led to the emergence of one of the world’s most attractive solar markets.

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Key Characteristics

KNOWLEDGE: Gain actionable insights into recent developments, the must-watch dynamics in the regulatory environment and the business development landscape in France’s growing solar market.

DEALMAKING: Discover and seize opportunities, and advance partnerships in a place ideally located and specially designed for focused, productive meetings.

NETWORKING: Make high-value connections and gain exposure with top-level decision makers and key players from the investor, developer, and policy communities.

GETTING AHEAD: Get an expert outlook on where the ever-growing French solar market is headed, set your dealmaking agenda for the coming year, and stay ahead of the curve.

 

Solar Market Parity in France: Roadmap & Implications

The aim of this solar market parity report is to provide a short and comprehensive analysis of the current solar market parity (SMP) situation in France to see if it has the potential to follow the footsteps of its southern neighbors and join the SMP (r)evolution.

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Program


Program


PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • France’s solar market today: an overview

  • The energy company of the future

  • The investor market: trends and strategies

  • Corporate energy buyers: needs and opportunities

  • Large-scale solar plants vs wholesale market prices

  • Unlocking alternative financing and private capital

  • The road to 2020 and beyond: the outlook

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Speakers


Speakers


BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.
Since 2003, Benedikt Ortmann, PhD, dedicates his career to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. in 2011, he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business division. His career in the renewable energy business started at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg, where he was CFO from 2003 until 2006.

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH is one of the TOP 10 solar development companies worldwide, providing greenfield development, turnkey construction, O&M, financing and sales of photovoltaic power plants. The company has installed a solar capacity of more than 1 GW and is a subsidiary of BayWa r.e., a part of the BayWa AG.

Expertise in the renewable energy business
  • Project management
  • Financial engineering
  • Project acquisition and sales
BENEDIKT ORTMANN
HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
DAMIEN RICORDEAU /// FOUNDER & CEO - FINERGREEN
After graduating from Paris Dauphine University’s Master 225 in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering, Damien Ricordeau started his career in 2008 in private equity by joining the Groupe Edmond de Rothschild where he was part of the investment team for several participations in fast-growing SMEs.

Building upon 5 years of buy-side experience, Damien decided in 2013 to turn towards green finance and founded Finergreen, a boutique advisory specialized in renewable energy.

After 3 years of fast growth on the French market, Damien took the company global, starting in Africa (2016) and shortly after in Asia (2017) and in the Middle East (2018). This strategy has enabled Finergreen to assert itself as a worldwide actor for renewable energy project finance.
DAMIEN RICORDEAU
FOUNDER & CEO /// FINERGREEN
SÉBASTIEN CLERC /// CEO - VOLTALIA
CEO of Voltalia since 2011, Sébastien Clerc has over 25 years’ experience in specialized in the infrastructure sector, and notably renewable energies, for over 25 years. Following 10 years in project financing at Crédit Lyonnais in Canada, then in New York, he returned to France in 1999 to join Ixis, then a subsidiary of Caisse des dépôts, where he created and developed three activities: project financing consulting, management of infrastructure investment funds, then project financing. Sébastien Clerc was president of Natixis Environnement & Infrastructures (formerly IXIS Environnement & Infrastructures) from 2000 to 2011. From September 2009 he also managed Natixis Alternative Assets before joining Voltalia as CEO. Since he took his position, Voltalia successfully completed its IPO on Euronext Paris (comp.B) and achieved an additional capital increase of 170 million euros in 2016. On that same year, the acquisition of Martifer Solar allowed Voltalia to accelerate its growth on the African continent.
Sébastien Clerc is a graduate of IEP Paris and the University of Paris X.
SÉBASTIEN CLERC
CEO /// VOLTALIA
ALEXANDRE SOROKO /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - UNIPER
Alexandre Soroko is in charge of developing business at Uniper France since 2015. As such, he is expanding the aggregation business in renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro) and the corporate PPA business through structuring deals for consumers as they transition to clean and sustainable energy. His ten-year experience in energy started at France's Commission for Regulation in Energy (CRE) where he worked on harmonizing European energy markets and developing the interconnections in gas between France and neighbouring countries. Then, as a financial analyst at Oddo Securities, he served as an adviser to investors in energy. In 2011 he became a Key Account Manager at Uniper and worked with various European industrial groups for their energy demand.
Mr Soroko has a PhD in Law and Finance from the universities of Paris Dauphine (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
ALEXANDRE SOROKO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// UNIPER
XAVIER DAVAL /// CEO & PRESIDENT - KILOWATTSOL
Xavier Daval is an international solar expert and CEO of kiloWattsol SAS, France #1 Solar Technical Advisory which he founded in 2007. Daval is an Electronic engineer and former Director EMEA of a NYSE-listed manufacturer of tools for the electronics industry.

Daval is Vice-President of Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables - SER (the French Renewable Energies industry association) and Chair of SER-SOLER its solar commission. Daval is also Director of the Global Solar Council (GSC).

Besides, Daval is an associated teacher with Lyon-I University and ENTPE Engineering school and a guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship at EM-Lyon, one of Europe’s top 10 business schools.
XAVIER DAVAL
CEO & PRESIDENT /// KILOWATTSOL
ANJALI SHANKER /// PRESIDENT - IED INVEST
An economist by training, Anjali Shanker first worked on the financial markets and spent extended periods in Asia, before taking over IED and later incorporating and developing the investment arm of the group, IED Invest in 2011, which focusses specifically on small scale renewable energy projects for sustainable rural development.

She has been involved and lead a number of rural electrification master plans, renewable energy feasibility studies, design of financial support instruments for donors. Her work now focuses particularly on the strategic development of the group, with an emphasis on excellence and a strong commitment to the sustainability of projects and local impacts. She leads the company’s project development and project financing activities: IED Invest is developer of renewable energy projects in Cambodia, the Cameroun, the Philippines and Central / West Africa, and currently owns and operates biomass units in Cambodia and is launching the construction of a mini hydro unit in the Cameroon.
ANJALI SHANKER
PRESIDENT /// IED INVEST
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Webinar


Webinar


UPCOMING WEBINAR

Commercial self consumption in France: Opportunities, challenges, and the customer experience

Wednesday 27 February 2019 - 14:00 CET

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Self consumption of solar power has become an attractive proposition for an increasing number of commercial energy consumers in France. A reason for this trend is that self-consumption has become a centrepiece of the energy transition, thanks to a range of instruments, from tenders to the #PlaceAuSoleil initiative. Also, many businesses realize that self consumption make sense from a bottom line perspective. 

PIERRE-JEAN DELHOUME /// MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES - UNIPER
Pierre-Jean Delhoume is Manager of Energy Services at Uniper France since 2017. He develops and deploys four major business lines for optimizing commercial and industrial customers' energy consumption: energy efficiency, renewable energy solutions, load management, and big data. Previously as a consultant in energy & utilities at CGI Business Consulting, Pierre Jean has worked with different actors of the energy world, including Engie and Eni.
He is a certified engineer from the Ecole des Mines in Albi (France) and holds a Master in Optimization of Energy Systems from the Ecole des Mines in Paris.
PIERRE-JEAN DELHOUME
MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES /// UNIPER
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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


Sponsor & Partnerships Opportunities

The international two-day event will involve 100+ high-level decision-makers from around the world.

A wide range of opportunities is available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPC’s IPP’s and manufacturers.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages

  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders

  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign

  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through a presentation or panel discussion

  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion or lunch table during the conference

  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

For more information, please contact Tom Van Dorp through tvd@solarplaza.com.

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For more information, please contact us directly:

Edoardo Pulvirenti
+31 10 3027 909
edoardo@solarplaza.com

 
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Venue


Venue


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The venue for The Solar Future France will be the Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique

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Registration


Registration


Registration

Very Early Bird
until 17 January
€595.00
Early Bird
until 28 February
€695.00
Regular
until 11 April
€795.00
Pre-Conference Networking Dinner (10/04/19) *
€95.00
* Participation in the Pre-Conference Networking Dinner of April 10, 2019 can be bought during the registration process as an additional product (not included in the conference ticket price).
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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


ABOUT SOLARPLAZA

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"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

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Contact Us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER
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Patrick Gaincko
+31 10 3027 909
patrick@solarplaza.com

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER
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Edoardo Pulvirenti
+31 10 3027 909
edoardo@solarplaza.com

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETEER
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Irene Rodríquez Martín
+31 10 3027912
irene@solarplaza.com

 
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Track Record


Track Record


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Our track record comprises a portfolio of over 100 events around the globe, spanning 5 continents, 34 countries, 50 cities. We've hosted exploratory trade missions and market-focused conferences, but have always put a large emphasis on the practicalities, challenges, opportunities and delicacies of financing. 

We've built up a line of 'Unlocking Solar Capital' events - with editions in Africa, Latin America and Asia - that focus on connecting conventional financing with project development, we host the annual 'Making Solar Bankable' event in Amsterdam together with Dutch development bank FMO, and always include a wide range of financial topics and speakers in all the events we organize. Furthermore, we've hosted a series of conference on innovative financing methods and practices, like the 'Renewable Energy Crowdfunding' conferences (hosted twice in London) and the YieldCon events (organized in New York and London). 

Expanding upon this and further aligned with our new 'Future Grid' division, we're approaching the topic of blockchain, which we had already touched upon in several of our other events.