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. 

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





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.








Session 1
14:00 - 17:00

Project phases, risks and contracts

In developing renewable power projects, a primary objective is to put in place the processes and structures that maximise returns and quantify and minimise risks.

How does work done at the development phase impact on risk reduction through construction and operations? What are the most common barriers and completion challenges that all power projects face? What are some of the key contractual and permitting obligations and best practices?

Processes, milestones and location choice

  • Development, Construction & Operations: timelines, processes and risks.
  • Key planning and permitting issues
  • Stakeholder identification and management
  • Resource and site assessment, including grid access
  • Environmental impact assessment


Key contracts and risk transfer

  • Requirements for bankability and financial close
  • Grid interconnection
  • Turnkey construction and EPC (engineering, construction & procurement)
  • Operations and maintenance (O&M) and service provision
  • Other factors including supply chain and local content requirements