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UKPVC 2010 - Clive Collison - Experience of a solar pv projects company

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Experience of a solar PV projects company
Clive Collison - Managing Director and Co-Owner South Facing

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  • 1. South Facing Solar PV installers & Distributors Office: No. 1 WHITEHOUSE FARM BUSINESS CENTRE HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HP2 6HG Contact: CLIVE COLLISON t: 01582 840 445 info@south-facing.co.uk www.south-facing.co.uk
  • 2. South Facing - The people who know PV We are PV specialists - We know how to squeeze every last drop of electricity from a system – to deliver the best return on investment for our clients. South Facing has been designing and installing turnkey grid connected PV systems for more than 6 years. We offer a full range of PV engineering services. Our clients include Blue Chip Construction companies, Housing Associations, Local and Central Government, Commercial, Private & Institutional Investors.
  • 3. What have the UK PV market drivers been Since we installed our first PV system in 2002, several different government grant schemes have come and gone. The Major PV demonstration Programme Stream 1 The Major PV demonstration Programme Stream 2 Low Carbon Building Programme Stream 1 Low Carbon Building Programme Stream 2 Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 1 Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2 Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2 Extended These programmes were under funded Their erratic organisation created uncertainty in the marketplace and some customer disappointment.
  • 4. However thanks to new building regulations and local planning conditions, the requirement for PV has grown significantly – particularly in new build public projects such as social housing, education, and health. 200 units - local planning requirement for 10% on site renewables
  • 5. Commercial Development (10% on site renewables) Code 6 housing (CSH)
  • 6. What are the expectations for market development We already perceive a trend towards larger projects both planned and   already in construction. A handful of MW size roof mounted projects in 2010 and more to follow in   the run up to the 2012 FIT degression - subject to finance, not easily available at present.  We predict 100MW per year in 2011  Some predict 500WW per year by 2015
  • 7. What changes in the market can we expect This depends very much on the economic fortunes Today's budget cuts will impact severely on the funding of all public projects Public Projects Central and local government is obliged to make carbon reductions – therefore despite the austerity drive we expect to see public projects increase over time. We already have several large scale retrofit projects for RSLs in the pipeline .
  • 8. What changes in the market can we expect The Commercial sector is waking up to the PV–FIT With Carbon Reduction Commitments and growing corporate responsibility the PV FIT offers companies the financial mechanism to meet these obligations. We are seeing a steady growth in demand for large scale commercial installations. Domestic market shows strong demand and will increase as awareness grows.
  • 9. What changes in the market can we expect Finance We hope to see the arrival of funding from European Banks and Financial Institutions who already have the financial products & experience of funding for PV FITs. Eventually UK financial institutions will follow Awareness In Germany, Italy, Spain and other markets it took around two years for awareness to turn into strong demand. Demand Patterns We expect to see the same demand spikes that have developed in german markets in advance of annual tariff degressions Module price reductions and inverter supplies normalised from early 2011 Thin Film The long awaited arrival of 3rd generation thin film - ideal for use in the UK diffuse light conditions (2011/12).
  • 10. How does the UK PV market differ from Europe In Europe... The FITs have been designed to deliver higher ROIs 30%+ in many cases In the UK... FIT designed to achieve 5-10% ROI
  • 11. How does the UK PV market differ from Europe In Europe... a large proportion of PV is ground mounted (Solar Parks) In the UK... there will be far fewer ground mounted systems and many more roof mounted.  High cost of land in the the UK (Especially in the sunnier south)  5MW tariff limit  Lower tariff - for ground mounted systems (that don't feed occupied buildings)  Planning process is slow and costly
  • 12. How does the UK PV market differ from Europe In Europe... When FITs started - finance was readily available economic confidence was high the infrastructure grew quickly to meet demand In the UK... Economic confidence is low and could hold back PV development.
  • 13. Thin film on raised seam Aluminium the How does UK PV market differ from Europe In Europe... There is a common standard for Module accreditation In the UK... We have a pay to enter system – MCS. This restricts choice and keeps out many world class PV modules Will manufacturers challenge the MCS listings under European competition laws? Thin film on steel sheet
  • 14. Thin film on raised seam Aluminium the How does UK PV market differ from Europe In the UK... Health & Safety is more rigorous than anywhere in Europe and is strictly policed This can add to installation costs - through increased welfare provision and more stringent working practices Thin film on steel sheet
  • 15. South Facing - The people who know PV We are PV specialists - We know how to squeeze every last drop of electricity from a system – to deliver the best return on investment for our clients. South Facing has been designing and installing turnkey grid connected PV systems for more than 6 years. We offer a full range of PV engineering services. Our clients include Blue Chip Construction companies, Housing Associations, Local and Central Government, Commercial, Private & Institutional Investors.
  • 16. South Facing Solar PV installers & Distributors Office: No. 1 WHITEHOUSE FARM BUSINESS CENTRE HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HP2 6HG Contact: CLIVE COLLISON t: 01582 840 445 info@south-facing.co.uk www.south-facing.co.uk