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Project planning and financing with a technology-specific focus

Certified Renewable Energy Project Developer - online training

In this online training, participants learn about the most critical parameters to develop bankable projects. Furthermore, this course combination transfers knowledge on different types of support mechanisms for renewable energy and their respective methodology. Each participant can then focus on a specific technology with one eligible project planning course: Photovoltaic, PV-diesel hybrid systems, biogas or solar thermal for hot water production.

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No. Title Date Location
16_OK_08 Certified Renewable Energy Project Developer 01.10.2016 - 31.03.2017 online


Economic aspects of renewable energy projects

  • Levelised cost of electricity (LCOE)  
  • Net present value (NPV)
  • Internal rate of return (IRR)
  • Debt service coverage ratio (DSCR)

Support mechanisms for RE projects

  • Grid parity and fuel parity of renewables
  • Net metering and feed-in tariff (Fit)
  • Auction mechanisms and quota-based mechanisms
  • Electricity markets and revenue streams (the "merit order effect")
  • Support mechanisms and risk perception for project financing

Bankability of RE projects

  • RE project financing and bankability assessments
  • Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) contract negotiation
  • Business plan requirements from the banker’s perspective
  • Checklist: risk assessment guidelines and project monitoring
  • Three case studies (wind turbine, PV plant and biogas plant)


(Participants can choose one of the following four courses)

a) Planning of large-scale grid-connected PV

  • Feasibility study, assessment of location, estimate of yield
  • Quality criteria for bankable yield assessment studies
  • Environmental conditions, infrastructure, grid connection
  • Commissioning procedure, operation and maintenance

b) Planning of PV-diesel hybrid power stations ("Fuelsaver")

  • Feasibility study, load profiles, load projections
  • Characteristics and dynamic behaviour of diesel gensets
  • Technical concerns and system optimization
  • Detailed financial analysis
  • Commissioning procedure, O & M, data monitoring

c) Planning of medium-sized biogas plants

  • Plant concept and design, process control
  • Feasibility studies, sustainability aspects
  • Quality assurance, procedural safety
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Commissioning, operation and maintenance

d) Planning of large-scale solar thermal projects for water heating

  • Components (collectors, storage cylinders, heat exchangers, etc.)
  • Different system types, pressures in the system
  • Calculation of heat quantity, energy demand, storage capacity, etc.
  • Commissioning and frequent faults
  • Economic aspects

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Detailed course description


  • 3 live virtual classroom sessions
  • Online material (text, graphics, charts)
  • Self-tests for learning assessment
  • 3 hours of video lectures
  • RENAC advisory services / forum
  • Exam certificate

Study time

  • ca. 130 hours (all 4 courses, virtual classroom, exam preparation,...)
  • Recommended effort: 5-10 hours per week
  • Resulting online training duration: ca. 4-6 months



Price includes 19% VAT.

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Katrin Backhaus

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