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Project Development in the Solar Industry

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ISBN-10: 0415621089

ISBN-13: 9780415621083

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jesse Tippett, Albie Fong, Albie Fong

List price: $110.00
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This book provides an extensive overview of US utility scale solar project development and the various tasks required to bring large renewable power plants from plans to reality. The various topics and chapter outlines have been presented in the book proposal document which includes content for various readers from novice to experts. Various obstacles and solutions are detailed so that the path for successful solar project development can be undertaken by many. The book is written by industry experts with experience in both PV and CSP solar project development and is targeted towards solar energy project developers and others with an interest in learning about the obstacles of building…    
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/5/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 250
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
This book and electronic enhancements
About the authors
Why renewable energy?
"WHY NOT" Solar Energy
Technology basics
Solar Photovoltaics
The photoelectric effect
Solar Thermal
The Rankine cycle
Parabolic Trough Systems
Power Towers, Dish Solar Thermal Systems and Solar Water Heating
Development: Project permitting
The Development and Permitting Landscape
The Development Process - An Overview
The Evolution of Permitting
Permitting a Utility-Scale Solar Generation Facility
The Role of the Non-Governmental Organization
Some Parting Thoughts
Development: Land
Brief Outline of Land Use and Energy Consumption
Solar Math, Energy Consumption and the Land Perspective
Preparation Prior to Search
Land size
Utility provider
Project size
Distance to interconnection and proximity to substation
Water requirements
Solar radiation
Using Technology in Site Selection Process
BLM Land Overview
BLM vs. Private land
Williamson Act
Leasing, Purchasing and Options
Development: Transmission
Locating Transmission Lines
Identifying the Lines and Nomenclature
Historic Interconnection Application and Study Process
The Updated Interconnection Application Process
Fast track
Independent study
Cluster study
Land Requirements for Interconnection
Interconnection Cost Estimates
APS Transmission Case Study: Transmission
Transmission Case Study: NV Energy Transmission Delivery Preferences and Implications
California Interconnection Process - 5 MW Facility Placed onto Pacific Gas & Electric Network
Application processing
The technical scoping meeting
Technical studies
Interconnection agreement
Project implementation
Development: Energy off-take and power purchase agreements
The PPA and its Importance to Finance and Valuation
Basic Structure of a PPA
Key Terms of the PPA
Financing Considerations of the PPA
PPA Variables Greatly Affecting the Cash Flow and Value of the Project
Buyer and Seller Key Commitments Under a PPA
Obtaining a PPA
Utility Concerns in PPAs
Keys to PPA Award
Finding the Best Utility for a PPA
Project Maturity and PPA Award
The Broken U.S. PPA Market and Keys to Improving it
Development: Renewable energy credits
Renewable Energy Credits
Tradable instruments
Regional markets (U.S.)
Commercial and regulatory risks
Carbon Markets and Cap-and-Trade Programs
Tradable instruments
Regional markets
Development: Development tools
Uses and Application of Geographic Information Software Tools: Wetland Databases
Biological Geography Databases and Basis Database Navigation
Flora Resource Information Databases
Renewable Energy Resource Information: Solar Radiation Data
Geographic Soil Data
Transmission Route and Information Databases
Development: Design considerations of photovoltaic systems
Overview of Design Considerations
Solar Resource
Direction or angle of incidence
Atmospheric disturbance or clearness index
Inter-annual variability
Project Requirements
Photovoltaic module
Photovoltaic inverter
Module mounting structure
Photovoltaic System Design
Operating voltage
String sizing
Combiner box
DC wiring
DC to AC conversion
AC field
System modeling
Business: Legal considerations of solar development
Entering into Business Negotiations
Confidentiality agreements
Term sheets
Business/Deal Structuring Decisions
Choice of entity
A holding company versus a project company
Where to form your business
Steps to create an LLC in Delaware
Joint ventures
Acquiring a project in development
Project Development Considerations
Site control
Power purchase agreements
Construction Documents
Business: Finance
Forms of Investment
Financial Structure
Capital Requirements
Sources of Capital
Development Risks
Risk mitigation techniques and policies
Policy Impact on Asset Financing
U.S. policy to induce renewable energy finance
Path Forward: Securitization?
Business: Insurance and risk management
Risk Analysis
Project Risk
Risk mitigation
Anticipated insurance coverage's
Renewable energy and Mexico - an emerging market with promise
The Law on the Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Transition Funding (LAERFTE)
The policy for the development of renewable energy
Current Overview of Renewable Energy in Mexico: Progress on the Introduction of Wind and Solar Energy in the Mexican Market
Wind energy
Solar energy
Market study: Current state of the US solar market
Solar Projects in Operation
Solar projects by technology
Solar projects in operation by state
Leading solar developer for completed solar projects
Leading debt providers for completed solar projects
Leading tax equity providers for completed solar projects
Leading direct equity providers for completed solar projects
Bottom-Up View of the US Utility-Scale Solar Market, 2012-2015
Solar projects under development or construction
Crystalline silicon and thin film PV
Solar projects by state
Leading solar developer
Leading debt providers
Leading tax equity providers
Leading direct equity providers
Top-Down View of the US Utility-Scale Solar Market, 2012-2015
Total US electricity demand and supply growth
RPS requirements by state
Key Trends in the US Utility-Scale Solar Market
End of the section 1603 cash grant program
IPPs moving from natural gas and wind to solar
Once the RPS requirements are met, then what? or - can solar compete with natural gas plants?