This course is intended for to provide a quick-but-valuable briefing on solar power, the resource and how it is captured, for business and commercially-focused people. You will leave with a clearly explained and up-to-date description of solar power technology and its deployment trends. You will understand what the ‘variable’ solar resource really means, and why understanding this is crucial to project and financial planning.

Please note that this course provides an excellent, solar-specific addition to two other online training courses: ‘Renewable Power Project Development’ and ‘Renewable Power Finance for non-Financial Professionals.


  • Get up to speed on solar power technology and deployment trends
  • Gain clear explanations of the key components of a solar project and the aspects which matter most to business performance
  • Discuss how the solar energy resource varies and how this influences project design
  • Understand how and why trends such as energy storage and hybridisation are being incorporated – and how solar resource assessments impact this
  • Leave with a solid base of knowledge from which to better discuss, query and assess solar power business proposals with colleagues, clients, or partners





All sessions will begin at 14:00 CET. Each session will last 3 hours, including dedicated Q&A time with the trainer and short breaks throughout. All sessions will begin at 14:00 CET. You will receive the recordings from each session so you can re-watch them at any time. Once you've booked your place, you will be emailed all the login information required.

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What makes a solar power plant? Solar resource assessment & project design


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What makes a solar power plant?

A clear explainer, for business people, of the infrastructure that constitutes a solar power plant, taking into account current trends and innovations.

What are the key components, with particular focus on issues such as plant performance and energy loss? What factors constrain technology choices and which new innovation opportunities are showing market growth?


Solar farm components and performance

  • Reviewing the infrastructure that makes up a utility-scale solar power project
  • An up-to-date review of PV technologies and performance
  • System losses: the key sources and the impacts on energy output
  • Identifying key areas of project underperformance and output risk
  • Considerations in capacity and project sizing, including the inverter and the grid


New technology and solar power plant trends

  • New and emerging trends, from module to balance of system components
  • Solutions and systems to optimise performance, operations and maintenance
  • Adding battery storage to solar power plants: where and how?
  • Floating solar
  • Hybrid renewable power projects

Meet the trainer...

Dr John Massey is Managing Director of Grey Cells Energy Ltd., where he conducts independent market assessment and opportunity/risk analysis for clean energy technologies. He delivers market briefings, oneto- one coaching and training courses worldwide, both online and in-person, along with strategy and business plan consulting to help companies (particularly SMEs) position themselves to best grasp new low-carbon market opportunities.


In addition to delivering training globally under his “Grey Cells Energy” brand, John is a co-founder of Astute New Energy, helping firms to navigate the changing power sector through business, strategy and stakeholder communication advisory work.

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