Solar Finance and Forecast, focuses on the critical elements of financing in the solar market, from power purchase agreements, to the companies entering this market with innovative business models around providing renewable energy and operating profitable commercial installations of solar power.

Greentech Media's Solar Outlook seminars are quickly becoming the must-attend seminar series for those players in the solar industry that need more than vendor pitches and networking. Combining the industry's leading market research with industry leaders in finance, investment, law and policy, the Solar Outlook series provides an unmatched view into the global solar market and leaves attendees with hard, actionable data with which to compete in the year ahead.

Our newest member of this series, Solar Finance and Forecast, focuses on the critical elements of financing in the solar market, from power purchase agreements, to the companies entering this market with innovative business models around providing renewable energy and operating profitable commercial installations of solar power.

This data-oriented seminar will build on original research from Greentech Media and the Prometheus Institute, and will present the findings of Greentech Media's latest research report, Solar Power Services: How PPAs are Changing the PV Value Chain.

In 2009, PPAs will be established as the standard way that American businesses pay for on-site green power, bringing solar to the rooftops of mainstream corporate America with yearly additional growth of 30% - 50%. The Solar Finance and Forecast seminar will focus on the critical elements of financing in the solar market, from power purchase agreements, to the companies entering this market with innovative business models around providing renewable energy and operating profitable commercial installations of solar power.

Attendees of Solar Finance & Forecast will come away with a full complement of data and analysis that is unmatched in the industry today, including the current finance market for solar, historical data on supply, demand, and pricing, and detailed forecasts of the global market for PV solutions by technology and region. This is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the solar industry, from finance to the supply chain. A number of critical market forecasts will be shared, including:

  • PPA vs. Non-PPA installations through 2009
  • Polysilicon production forecast through 2010
  • PV module efficiency status and forecast through 2015
  • PV module cost and price forecast through 2015
  • Global market forecast for new wafer-cell-module manufacturing equipment through 2015
  • Worldwide thin film PV announced capacity forecast through 2010
  • Thin film cost/margin and market share projections through 2010
  • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) outlook through 2015
  • Commercial solar finance forecasts
  • PV world market forecast

Additional topics to be discussed include:

  • Emerging concepts in solar project financing
  • Solar PPA market structure and players
  • Step-by-step dissection of PPA project cycles
  • Customers deployments and projects to date
  • Updated research on PV technology - performance, cost and prices
  • Concentrating solar thermal and PV technologies and economics
  • Venture capital trends in the solar industry
  • Policy outlook and its potential impact on installation and financing
  • Legal issues in solar finance
  • Tax equity issues and trends

Providing a foundation for the seminar, Greentech Media's newly published research report, Solar Finance Services: How PPAs are Changing the PV Value Chain, focuses on the operational roles of the companies involved, the business models that are emerging and what it all means for customers and markets. This report is about the emergence of power-purchasing services as a driver of solar industry growth and development, specifically photovoltaics (PV) installed at commercial and institutional facilities, and financed with power purchasing agreements (PPAs).

Also underpinning this seminar is the data compiled by the Prometheus Institute, widely considered to be the most accurate and up-to-date in the world. Seminar leader Travis Bradford, president of The Prometheus Institute and author of Solar Revolution, is well known as the industry's most respected analyst. Additional analysts and industry insiders from Goodwin Proctor, Solar Power Partners, Tioga Energy, PG&E, Recurrent Energy, Solaria, AltaTerra and Greentech Media will also be speaking.

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