Program & Speakers of Intersolar Summit Spain 2021

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Day 1, April 21*


8:45am–9:30am   |  A bright present and future for solar in Spain

Opening and Keynote

The future for solar is bright. Despite the setbacks of covid-19, the European solar market grew by 11%, making 2020 the second-best year ever for solar in the EU. In Spain, despite being also hit by covid-19, more than 2.6 GW of new PV plants got connected to the network. To set the basis for future years, the Ministry for the Ecologic Transition and the Demographic Challenge undertook several regulatory changes.

This year, we will see the results of these changes: In January, there was a renewable energy auction that assigned over 1.0 GW to new PV plants to be built over the next two years. In addition, we will see the completion of the network access procedure with new online platforms for permits request and new capacity criteria, as well as, the new National Strategy on self-consumption. We are eager to see how PPAs shape the spanish solar market in 2021.


With the participation of:

  • Markus Elsässer, CEO, Solar Promotion GmbH
  • Jose Donoso, Director General, UNEF
  • Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe


9:30am–10:00am   |  Break


10:00am–11:00am  |  RES Auctions 2020-2025


A new renewable auctions scheme was introduced in Spain in 2020 including a calendar for auctioning at least 3.0 GW a year up to 2025. The auctions grant a fixed price per energy generated during 12 years and in their first session, held the 26th of January 2021, assigned 3.0 GW to wind and solar PV with an average price of 25 €/MWh. In the future, other technologies such as CSP and biomass will also be included.

  • What do the results of 2021 tell us?
  • Are we going to see higher or lower prices in the following years?
  • How this new scheme will affect the development of PPAs?


With the participation of:

  • Cristina Torres Quevedo, Finance Director, UNEF
  • Ana Barillas, Head of Iberia, Aurora Energy Research
  • Javier Revuelta, Senior Principal, AFRY
  • Jose Julio Morejón, Team Leader Southern Europe Utility Scale, Trina Solar


11:00am– 11:30am  |  Networking Session


11:30am– 12:00am  |  Break


12:00pm–1:00pm  |   National Strategy of Self-consumption

Panel Discussion

Despite the regulatory changes of last years that introduced an enabling regulatory framework for self-consumption in Spain, there are still barriers to overcome. The permitting is yet the main burden to be borne by the installers and consumers, as many municipalities are not yet used to PV rooftop installations and they demand excessive requisites. The Government is preparing the National Strategy on this topic that will set targets and specific measures to promote this activity.

  • What do we need to know about the National Strategy on self-consumption?
  • What can we learn from other countries that have been also taking measure to promote it?


With the participation of:

  • Naomi Chevillard, Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe
  • Manel Sastre, Self-generation impulse team, Som Energia
  • Jean-François Picard, Product & Training Management, Amara-e
  • Holaluz

Day 2, April 22*


9:00am–10:00am  |  New Grid Access Regulatory Framework


In recent years, grid access permits have already been granted that were significantly above the capacity targets set in the Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for 2030. For this reason, the government introduced a moratorium in the new requests  in 2020 and changed the regulatory framework by introducing several milestones to be achieved after obtaining the permit. This had an immediate impact in this promotion activity, resulting in many projects discarded or restarted.

  • What are the most important changes in the new grid access framework?
  • What are the challenges that remain? How can these be solved?


With the participation of:

  • Alejando Lebanda, Head of Regulation and Studies, UNEF
  • Pablo Enrile, Mercantil Fusiones y Adquisiciones Energía, ONTIER
  • Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico (MITECO)
  • Red Eléctrica de España


10:00am–10:30am  |  Break


10:30am–11:30am  |  Corporate Sourcing, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Additionality of Renewable Energy

Presentation & Panel Discussion

This session will explore how corporates can act as off-takers in Spain, what are the common roadblocks, and the key learnings from corporate buyers in Spain. We will look into:

  • What is the impact of corporate sourcing of renewable electricity on economic growth and jobs?
  • How does the market for corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Spain look like?
  • What needs to change to allow for more corporate PPAs?


With the participation of:

  • Merce Labordena, Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe
  • Tomás García,  Senior Director, Energy & Infrastructure Advisory, JLL
  • Patrick Schmidt-Bräkling, PPA Manager, BayWa r.e. AG
  • Jose Julio Morejón, Team Leader Southern Europe Utility Scale, Trina Solar


11:30am–12:00pm  |  Break


12:00pm–1:00 pm  |  Paving the Way for Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy: Financing, Bankability and Risk Mitigation

Presentation & Panel Discussion

In order to close financing needed to realise renewable energy projects, banks and financiers need to evaluate the offtakers of the projects – increasingly corporate buyers. From the opposite perspective, corporate buyers signing PPAs are increasingly seeking to manage the risks inherent to a PPA. This session will present the point of view of banks, financiers, and corporate buyers when assessing corporate PPAs:

  • The importance of the bankability of the offtakers
  • Financing projects with debt and equity: Potential pitfalls
  • How to mitigate PPAs risks from the buyer perspective


With the participation of:

  • Hannah Hunt, Impact Director, RE-Source Platform
  • Carlos Albero, Market Area Manager, DNV
  • Fernando de Juan Astray, Head of Origination, Structured and Long Term Products, Axpo Iberia
  • Roger Font, Global Head Project Finance, Banco Sabadell
  • Angeles Zatarain,Director Structuring Finance Department, Bankinter

*Subject to change.

Confirmed Speakers


Carlos Albero
Market Area Manager, DNV


Ana Barillas
Head of Iberia, Aurora Energy Research


Tina Barosso
Head of Office Berlin, Conexio GmbH


Naomi Chevillard
Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe


Fernando de Juan Astray
Head of Origination, Structured and Long Term Products, Axpo Iberia


Jose Donoso
Director General, UNEF


Pablo Enrile
Partner, Ontier España


Markus Elsässer
CEO, Solar Promotion GmbH


Roger Font
Global Head Project Finance, Banco Sabadell


Tomás García
Senior Director, Energy & Infrastructure Advisory, JLL


Walburga Hemetsberger
CEO, SolarPower Europe


Hannah Hunt
Impact Director, RE-Source Platform


Alejandro Labanda
Head of Regulation and Studies, UNEF


Merce Labordena
Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe


Jean-François Picard
Product & Training Management, Amara-e


Javier Revuelta
Senior Principal, AFRY


Manel Sastre Angulo
Self-generation impulse team, Som Energia


Patrick Schmidt-Bräkling
PPA Manager, BayWa r.e. AG


Angeles Zatarain
Director Structuring Finance Department, Bankinter


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