Financial Modelling for Renewable Energy Projects

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Who should attend

If you need to build, review or analyse project finance models in the renewable energy sector, then this course is for you. Typical attendees include analysts, financial managers from project companies, advisors and financiers.

About the course

Renewable energy projects often require significant financial analysis, and this hands-on financial modelling training course give you the skills and confidence required to develop a comprehensive financial model for planning, investments and financing analysis.

Develop a strong understanding of financial model architecture and process in the renewable energy sector, to ensure the big picture is always in mind:

  • Understand how to envision a financial modelling process from beginning to end
  • Recognise the process similarities in modelling for wind, solar or hydro projects and learn which modules can be standardised across energy sources
  • Gain insights into a typical financial model development process – step-by-step – for a renewable energy model
  • Benefit from a flexible timing framework to underpin the model architecture – an essential feature for projects where the dates / timing may change over time (which includes 99% of all projects)
  • Capture the financial implications of delays (construction / operations) in the project time table with a structured financial modelling approach

Representing the construction phase of a renewable energy project in the Excel model:

  • Discuss funding alternatives for renewable energy projects (bank debt, equity, tax equity, capital markets, government supported structures, export agencies) and how this impacts the financial modelling process
  • Incorporate flexible functionality for funding
  • Integrate typical renewable energy construction contacts and contingencies

Modelling of pricing and purchase agreements in renewable energy:

  • Learn about off-take, prepaid and power purchase agreements (PPA) and renewable energy certificates (RECs) and the implication of these on funding
  • Integrate both PPA and merchant pricing into the operational calculations
  • Expand PPA analysis by having variable pricing structures, milestones, and penalties
  • Forecasting and modelling of production metrics:
  • Understand application of different forecasting methods, the appropriate allocation of each
  • Learn to integrate multiple probability exceedance profiles concurrently (e.g., P50, P90

Convert gross production to net production by accounting for:

  • Operational ramp up schedules, impact of production unit (e.g. turbines) availability and efficiency, and gains and losses of production such as seasonality of renewable energy.
  • Incentives in US renewable energy projects:
  • Learn about renewable energy certificates (RECs) and their impact on funding projects
  • Discuss the typical types of local and state incentives available
  • Calculate the investment tac credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC) and apply them to equity and tax equity as per the partnership agreement

Financial modelling techniques for operational costs and project maintenance:

  • Integrate fixed and variable costs typical of renewable energy projects
  • Learn how to model flexible volume driver controls for variable costs
  • Understand the important role of real vs. nominal costs (escalation) and how to integrate powerful indices
  • Review of leasing structures and application of in renewable energy projects
  • Discuss different reserve account structures (i.e. maintenance)
  • Project finance modelling: Integrate project finance debt:
  • Incorporate the functionality of target Debt Service Coverage Ratio repayments
  • Discuss other repayment options including bullets and linear commonly used in project finance
  • Incorporate various debt sizing methodologies

Review depreciation and tax calculations:

  • Flexible depreciation calculations for an efficient financial model structure
  • Understand how to develop flexible input structures for analysis of multiple depreciation methods
  • Correct taxable income for tax calculations and discuss the impact pre and post-flip as well as the difference at projectco bs holdco level
  • Tax creditor accounts for correct assignation of tax payable and paid on a self-sheltering basis
  • Understand the working of tax loss accounts with self-sheltering and the differences for tax equity investors

Financial return analysis: Project Return – essential financial model output:

  • Inclusion of best practice net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) calculations for the renewable energy project both pre and post-flip
  • Discussion about key differences between XPNV vs. NPV functions
  • Calculate returns at projectco and holdco to equity and tax equity participants

Master Scenario Management with an efficient financial model structure:

  • Work faster, better and with more insights using Corality Academy's Scenario Management solutions
  • Use commercial scenario analysis to assess the working of the financial model, and to sense check your logic and calculations
  • Build confidence in your analysis through pre-programmed combinations of model inputs

Optimize your project:

  • Understand the tools available to optimize the project returns and debt size
  • Calculate indicative tac equity size based on partnership structure
  • Discuss the high-level HLBV concepts with tax equity (note: this is not an accounting course!).

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