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Solar Power: A Practical Handbook

Edited by: Matthew Williams, John Deacon

ISBN13: 9781787421325
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Globe Law and Business
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £165.00

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In recent years solar power has been on the march. Since the millennium global solar power generation capacity has grown from 1GW to 300GW and the growth curve is not linear; the last five years have seen a marked acceleration as technologies become more efficient, manufacturing prices come down and more countries adopt low carbon regulatory policies in which solar power can play a key part.

China alone saw an increase of installed solar power capacity of 33GW in 2016 and the China PV Industry Association predicts an additional 20-30GW of growth by the end of 2017.

The solar power market’s dynamism is matched by its complexity. As well as advances in technology and manufacturing processes, and variations in how the technology is deployed , the regulatory and fiscal policies adopted in individual countries can vary widely. However, some common themes have emerged and the potential for further growth in solar power can perhaps be better discerned now than when the market was in its infancy.

Solar Power: A Practical Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of various aspects of solar power including its commercial, technological and regulatory characteristics. It also provides a practical guide to developing, financing, acquiring and disposing of solar power projects.

Whilst being a technology which has been adopted on a global basis, each jurisdiction has its own dynamics, so the book considers the market-specific aspects of solar power in a number of key locations including China, Japan, the US and others. The book concludes with a look at the future of solar power; its place alongside distributed generation, smart grids and power storage and the technologies, opportunities and challenges for the future.

This book, featuring chapters by leading practitioners, will be of interest to lawyers, commercial managers, financiers and other consultants.

Energy and Natural Resources Law

Part I: Introduction
Introduction John Deacon Matthew Williams Orrick

Part II: Regulation, technology and economics
The ‘green agenda’– Kyoto, Copenhagen, Paris and the Renewables Directive
Legal and regulatory frameworks: an overview Elisabeth Blunsdon Orrick
Solar power technologies and how they work Alberto Cuellar James Larmuth Jose Munoz Oscar Velasco Mott MacDonald
Economic drivers: support mechanisms, technology pricing and other market dynamics Ricardo Pineiro Foresight

Part III: Developing solar power projects
The project contract framework Matthew Williams Orrick
EPC module supply, inverter supply, LTSA, O&M and MSA John Deacon Orrick
Securing project income: grid connection, off-take contracts and subsidies Elisabeth Blunsdon Orrick
Financing perspectives William Evans Simon Middleton Elgar Middleton

Part IV: M&A in the solar power market
Deal structures and legal trends Anthony Riley Yolanda Yong Orrick
Commercial considerations Ross Grier Abid Kazim NextEnergy

Part V: Regional perspectives
Western European trends: UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain John Deacon Orrick
Italy Carlo Montella Orrick
France George Rigo Orrick
Spain Fernando Quicios PÉREZ-LLORCA
A view from the US: California and Texas Gigi John David Spielberg Orrick
China Lynia Lau Ting Su troutman sanders
Japan Maya Ito Nathan Schmidt Nishimura & Asahi
Middle East Keith Bullen DLA
South Africa, Morocco and Algeria Rajen Ranchhoojee Orrick
Morocco Ghalia Mokhtari Bennani & Associés LLP
Algeria Foued Bourabiat Bourabiat Associes
India Abhishek Saxena Phoenix Legal
Brazil João Ribeiro da Costa Wagner Rodrigues Urias Martiniano Neto Landi, Rodrigues, Nakano e Giovannetti Advogados

Part VI: Broader perspectives
Solar power’s place in a changing technological environment: distributed generation, smart grids and energy storage Dan Wells Foresight
The future for solar power