This course will enable you to understand the processes in taking renewable power projects from development to operation and identifying the risks to project completion.

Gain a clear understanding of project development essentials, including key processes, risks, contracts and risk mitigation approaches. As a commercially-focused person, you need to have these issues discussed within a business case and investment context, illustrated by examples from around the world and taking into consideration the latest trends. Build a knowledge base and skill set that is applicable to power projects of multiple types, so that it remains useful wherever your career next takes you.



  • Gain a clear understanding of the processes undertaken during project development
  • Review examples of contracting and risk transfer documents
  • Evaluate representative project development timescales and metrics such as land requirements, including contrasts between different project types
  • Discuss how channel to market choices and value propositions are evolving, and how they impact on the project development and the business case
  • Learn how factors such as grid connection and stakeholder management are critical to project success
  • Stay fully up-to-date on examples of projects, business models and deployment approaches being developed across the world 





Each session will last 3 hours, including Q&A time and a 15-minute comfort break. All sessions will begin at 14:00 CET. 

Sessions will take place as follows: 

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Project phases, risks & key contracts Renewable power projects compared, contrasted & extended Developing the investment case for financial close


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Session 2
14:00 - 17:00

Renewable power projects compared, contrasted and extended

‘Renewables’ covers a number of contrasting power project types, which face different and specific development challenges and risks.

What are the key things to look out for, across the main renewable power plant types? Beyond building the plant, how do different projects differ in their market offer; and which channels to market exist? How do project integrations such as storage or hydrogen impact project development?

Site selection and project development specifics

  • Key contrasts: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass
  • Land use and suitability
  • Project sizing, including grid export
  • Common stakeholder issues and mitigations
  • Project timescales and associated risks


Developing dispatchable and integrated renewable power projects

  • Considerations in adding energy storage to renewable power plants
  • Considerations in adding hydrogen production (electrolysis) to renewable power plants
  • Optimising plant design, infrastructure costs and other factors
  • Differences between retrofit and built-for-purpose projects
  • Flexibility, phasing and the permitting process

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.