Solar Bankability Project Outcome: Solar is a low-risk investment sector
By Mate Heisz, Policy Analyst, SolarPower Europe
Organised by SolarPower Europe, the final event of the Solar Bankability project took place 7- 8 February 2017 in Brussels. With more than 100 participants including companies covering the whole photovoltaic (PV) value chain, investors, financers, insurers and research institutes, the workshop was a successful conclusion of a 2-year project.
Speaking at the event, David Moser (EURAC), project coordinator of Solar Bankability, said 'the project proved that the solar PV industry is mature and there are numerous good practices which can mitigate technical risks and increase financers' trust.' Mr Moser underlined that 'In order to further enhance solar PV projects' bankability, standardisation of best practice risk mitigation measures is crucial.'
Francisco Boshell from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) confirmed the findings of the Solar Bankability project. 'The benefits of quality infrastructure services outweigh their costs', he said in his presentation, drawing on IRENA research findings.
The expert debates during the workshop reaffirmed that solar PV remained a low risk sector to invest in. The most significant risk factors identified in the debates were related to the regulatory environment and quality infrastructure.
Solar in Europe is more exposed to the market for its financing than ever before. It is therefore crucial that risk factors are minimised for those looking to invest in solar. The Solar Bankability project has supported the establishment of best practice for professional risk assessment to reduce technical risks associated with investments in PV projects and increase trust from investors, financers and insurance companies.
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Solar Bankability is a project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. It started on March 2015 and will finish on February 2017. The project consortium includes the EURAC Institute for Renewable Energy (Italy), 3E N.V. (Belgium), ACCELIOS Solar GmbH, TUV Rheinland Energy GmbH (Germany). Over the last two years the consortium worked on several high-quality deliverables on technical risk assessment, risk mitigation measures, cost assessment and business model assessment. Many leading financial institutes, developers and component providers supported with advisory roles the developments of work.