Last week, a group of 10-year-old kids came to Vector Cuatro, seeking enlightement and inspiration for their final project of renewable energy for school. It was a very fun and illuminating session, where several members of Vector Cuatro Spain explained the basics of Renewable Energy to 4 children from an international primary school in Spain.
In this VC Kids Talk, They learnt how a PV plant works, what thermographic camaras are used for, and they also built a handmade anemometer with recycled materials by themselves. At the end of the journey with Vector Cuatro Spain, all the employees introduced the company and explained the main functions of each department.
On June 18, our four Vector Cuatro kids presented their final project of renewable energy, demonstrating great talent and determination for building up an eco-friendly society.
Children are the world´s most valuable resource and the best hope for the future. Nothing could be more delighful than seeing the light in their eyes when explained what we can do to keep the earth energetic. We hope in the future we can organize more similar activities so we can spread out the great energy we have in Vector Cuatro!
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On June 7, Vector Cuatro hosted the event ¨Present and Future of Renewable Energy in Spain », a seminar that took place in Madrid, in which the leading exponents in the renewable energy industry gathered to talk about the development, financing and project management in the country.
During this seminar, with several specialized presentations and round table discussions, the most current topics were discussed, such as the new regulatory and financial framework for project development, legal security, the impact of renewable energy on the electricity system, and trends in asset management.
José Donoso (President of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union, UNEF) and Juan Virgilio Márquez (President of the Spanish Wind Association, AEE) opened the event as representatives, talking about the current situation and perspectives of the wind and photovoltaic sectors in Spain. Both highlighted the need for a stable regulatory framework, in order to give investors confidence and allow progress towards the energy transition.
Joaquín Monfort (X-Elio), Luis Martínez (Hive Energy), Juan López (Circle Energy) and Carlos Relancio (Cox Energy) participated in the first panel of the seminar, under the title « The New Scenario for the Development of Renewable Projects », hosted by Hugo Álvarez (Head of Engineering Department at Vector Cuatro). The speakers pointed out that obtaining the connection point and the administrative process are the main difficulties in project development. Additionally, they discussed how the lack of « ready-to-build » projects has produced a certain price bubble andthe concern that the obligation of connecting projects awarded in auctions before 2020 may cause a shortage of supplies and increases in construction costs.
The second panel « Trends in Project Management », had. José Benito García (T-Solar), Jordi Francesch (Glennmont Partners), Juan Manuel Fernández (Sonnedix) and Domingo Vegas (Gransolar) as speakers. In this panel, hosted by Miguel Pérez (Head of Asset Management at Vector Cuatro), the importance of seeking a flexible management model that makes sense from an economic point of view was highlighted, stressing the added value of having long-term collaborations with companies specialized in asset management.
Manuel de Vicente-Tutor (Equipo Económico) gave a presentation on the challenge of environmental taxation and renewable energy. Following, Juan Manuel Rodríguez (Red Eléctrica de España) emphasized on the challenges for the safe integration of renewable energy into the Spanish electricity system.
To conclude the seminar, Raúl Rodríguez (Engie), Josep Montañés (Banc Sabadell), David Díez (Watson Farley Williams), Carlos Rey (Foresight),) and Álvaro Pérez de Lema (Saeta Yield) discussed the investment and financing of renewable projects from different perspectives. In this panel hosted by Beatriz Llorente (Global Head of Transaction Services in Vector Cuatro) and Rafael Echegoyen (Head of Legal Services in Vector Cuatro), different models of development in the market and the possibilities of financing were discussed in first place. Subsequently, the speech focused on commercial and legal aspects of power purchase agreements (PPA). At the end of the seminar, the investments approach and expectations of profitability according to the project type were also discussed.
Throughout the day, it became clear that even though the auctions in Spain were not especially attractive regarding its profitability for investors, they served as a catalyst for the reactivation of the renewable energy sector, and for the emergence of alternative development models that were so far nonexistent in the country. Moreover, the high number of attendees, both national and international, showed the great interest companies in different fields all have in the Spanish market.
Spain is undoubtedly one of the key markets for renewable energy in the coming years. Besides the 8.5 GW awarded in the auctions, in the past months, we can see a great activity of projects development without subsidies. In addition to the new developments, Spain, with 23 GW wind energy and 5 GW solar energy, is one of the countries with the highest installed capacity in Europe.
The development and consolidation of new remuneration schemes has become essential due to low public support and constant regulatory changes within the renewable energy sector. These remuneration systems ensure projects’ long-term profitability at a fixed price, in order to allow financing/bankability of projects. In this context, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between private parties are growing in importance. Despite they are barely known in Spain, this kind of product is quite consolidated in other worldwide markets.
In this context, Vector Cuatro launches a new specially designed service intended to provide assistance in structuring, negotiating and closing PPAs, thanks to a competitive advantage, deep knowledge of this type of product and the preferential access to relevant counterparties interested in such agreements all over Europe.
Vector Cuatro relies on a technical and financial high specialized team and has signed a cooperation agreement with Our New Energy, a company with a long track record in closing PPAs worldwide. Thus, Vector Cuatro reinforces its expertise and knowledge « in house » for the provision of these services. The company participates actively in the structuring and negotiating of conditions between counterparties and in the final closure of contracts.
This new Vector Cuatro’s service complements the existing ones within the Transactions business line: Design and Closing of financing structures, advice on Acquisitions and Divestment of assets and Financial Modelling. As far as the rest of service lines concerned, Vector Cuatro exceeds 16 GW of track record in technical advisory services and has more than 1.7GW of operational farms under management with offices across 9 countries.Read More
The Spanish President Mariano Rajoy has just announced that a new 3,000 MW renewable energy auction will take place before the summer. The draft of the Royal Decree has been already submitted to the CNMC for its review. On May 17th, the government already awarded another 3,000 MW of green power, of which 2,979 MW went to wind, 1 MW to photovoltaic and 20MW to other technologies.
The government has justified the launch of this new auction given the great interest attracted by the latest auction. The applications submitted exceeded by more than three times the power awarded and the winners offered the maximum discount allowed. This means that the awarded projects will be carried out without the need for additional premiums to the income they obtain from the market.
According to the announcement, the auction will be technologically neutral, as the one held this month, and it is expected that the selection criteria and pricing rules will also remain mostly unchanged.
Given the complexity of the auction mechanisms and the particularities of the Spanish remuneration regulation, great knowledge of the Spanish market is required when preparing the financial model and calculating the percentage of discount to be offered. The legislation defines the retributive parameters for reference installations of each renewable energy technology (Wind, PV and others). Based on these values, the bidders have to offer a discount over the retribution to the initial investment of their applicable reference installation that will translate to a certain return on a concrete project.
Vector Cuatro advised some of the awarded bidders in the auction held in May by providing different financial advisory services that included the review or preparation of the financial model, the assessment on the auction rules and revenues scheme and the support in the preparation and submission of the bid offers. Vector Cuatro also provided technical and legal advisory services including feasibility study and review of the administrative and land property documentation.
Besides the power awarded in the auction, the Spanish market is increasingly attracting the interest for unsubsidized development. After the slowdown in recent years, the Spanish renewable energy seems to be finally awakening from its lethargy.Read More