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This half day workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss the commercial and technical challenges facing the financing of renewable energy projects with some of the leading experts advising banks and investors worldwide. The workshop will assist developers, investors and lenders in their understanding of how best to develop and implement renewable energy projects in such a way as to remove or avoid issues and risks which can adversely affect a project’s ability to secure debt and equity finance. The current economic situation has increased the challenges facing the financing of projects and with only the highest quality projects currently securing finance there are many ways in which projects can be technically and commercially improved and so increase the attractiveness of the project to investors and lenders. SgurrEnergy has provided invaluable advice on a number of high profile acquisitions, investment deals and project finance deals throughout 2008 and is therefore well placed to discuss actual issues affecting all parties involved in financing and delivering renewable energy projects against a backdrop of global economic challenges.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS COURSE?

Developers, investors and lenders with an interest in renewable energy development and implementation who want to learn about the key technical, commercial and financial opportunities and risks with investing in projects, portfolios or clean technology globally. 

        

ABOUT YOUR WORKSHOP LEADER

Simon Luby holds a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University , Glasgow , and is a Corporate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  His specialisation is in the technical and economic development and review of renewable power generation schemes. Simon’s most recent assignments include leading our lenders engineer teams for several different UK and European offshore and onshore wind farms including the high profile Havsnas transaction in Sweden and leading our offshore lenders engineer teams for Borkum West II, Lynn & Inner Dowsing and Thanet.  Since joining SgurrEnergy in September 2007 he has led over 30 major lenders engineer and acquisition due diligence assignments. Prior to joining SgurrEnergy Simon led the lenders engineer team for the Thornton Bank offshore wind farm; only the second (and last) such project to gain project financing. He has considerable experience of leading and undertaking due diligence of renewable energy projects on behalf of lenders and investors, with particular expertise in design and contract reviews.  Over half of his 12 year career has been spent on undertaking and leading major due diligence assignments on energy projects.  Simon regularly provides advice and support to a wide range of clients on project development and financing risks, including presentations at major conferences such as REFF, EWEC and GWEC.

 ABOUT SgurrEnergy

SgurrEnergy is an independent engineering consultancy providing technical advisory services for utilities, wind farm developers and due diligence advice for finance houses and investors.  Our full life cycle capability includes EIA, feasibility, design, resource assessment, energy yield prediction and technology specification right through to construction management and O&M advice in onshore and offshore wind, solar, hydro, biomass and wave and tidal energy systems worldwide.  Our team of over 90 highly skilled consultants and engineers has extensive renewable energy experience having advised on over 35,000MW of renewable energy systems globally.  

  

Masterclass programme

9:00 INTRODUCTION AND WORKSHOP AIMS

9:15 OVERVIEW OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

10:00 OVERVIEW OF PROJECT RISKS AND DUE DILIGENCE

10:30 CASE STUDIES

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:00 OVERCOMING CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY CURRENT MARKET CONDITIONS

12:00 CONCLUSION AND SUMMARY

12:15 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

12:35 CLOSE OF WORKSHOP

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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