The Clean Energy Council's second annual Large-scale Solar Industry Forum was held on 15 May 2018. The event brings solar industry professionals together to share knowledge and work towards technical excellence in the local industry.

Large-scale Solar Forum video series

Cost trends in large-scale solar

Leonard Quong shares some of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's high level observations regarding some of the major drivers that have contributed to lowering the cost of large-scale solar in Australia.


A world-first integration of large-scale solar with pumped hydro storage

Simon Kidston from Genex shares some detail about the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub. Located on an old mine in North Queensland the project is building on infrastructure already at the site to create baseload renewable energy by combining solar, wind and pumped hydro.


Does cloud prediction technology and a grid stability system help improve competitiveness and reliability of PV supply into the grid?

Rosie Bennett from Impact Investment Group discusses the Karratha Solar PV project and the solution the project has implemented to meet stability requirements of network operators in Western Australia.


Aurora Solar Thermal Project in Port Augusta

Antoine Le-Ray from SolarReserve provides a brief overview of how solar thermal technology works and lists some of the benefits this new-to-Australia technology will provide to the grid.


Selecting the right satellite resource data source

Zachary Jones from Prevailing Analysis outlines the five key factors for developing the robust satellite data set in relation to large-scale solar resource measurement.

2018 presentations

The following presentations are available to download from the 2018 Large-scale Solar Industry Forum. Presentations are the views and opinions of the individuals.

Finance and Commercial Operations
Charlie Grover, PwC - Finance and Commercial Operations Introduction
Monique Miller, Clean Energy Finance Corporation - Trends and observations in large-scale solar project finance
Daniel Trujillo, Ovida - Capital options for solar farms
Maria Vazquez, WSP - The risk of simplified profiles for merchnat revenue estimation
Matt Walden, Australian Renewable Energy Agency - Observations and outlook of the large-scale solar sector in Australia

Grid Connection and Transmission
Sonja Basson, Aurecon - Implications for connection proponents on the National Electricity Rule changes for generator connections
Keith Frearson, Jacobs - A future network for integration of renewable energy
Andrew Kingsmill, TransGrid - Facilitating the connection of large-scale solar
Simon Taylor, Powerlink Queensland - Renewable grid connection: recent amendments to the National Electricity Rules for connection

Resource Measurement and Modelling
Rosie Bennett, Impact Investment Group - Does cloud prediction technology and a grid stability system help improve competitiveness and reliability of PV supply into the grid?
Matt Haddad, Clean Technology Partners - Power system modelling and grid connection: is there a better way?
Christopher Smith, DNV GL - Validation of satellite irradiance data with trusted ground-based measurements: assessing uncertainty and the need for seasonal correction

Operations and Assest Management
Nicole Ghiotto, First Solar - Increasing importance of effective operations and maintenance of PV plants in Australia
Iain Pople, Edify Energy - The big sweat: best practice asset management for utility-scale solar
Monsoon Wang, LONGi Solar - Feature of PERC and bifacial PERC technology

Solar Hybrid Projects
Inka Heile, Conergy - The Lakeland Solar and Storage connection and commissioning process
Simon Kidston, Genex Power - A world-first integration of large-scale solar with pumped hydro storage
Antoine Le-Ray, SolarReserve - Aurora Solar Thermal Project in Port Augusta
Keith Lovegrove, ITP Thermal - Dispatchable renewable energy generation: spoilt for choice
Kerim Mekki, Jacobs - Battery-supported PV plants

Planning and Community
Dr Georgina Davis, Queensland Farmers' Federation - Solar and agricultural coexistence
Dan Ford, Goldwind - Solar and agriculture co-location
Krista Kim, Pacific Hydro - Community engagement and investment in the solar age
Madeline Simpson, Herbert Smith Freehills - Planning, approvals and key issues

2018 highlights