Project & Market Examples


Welcome to the Case Study resource!

Concise summaries of real market and project examples, with a focus on key learning points.

(Listed in order of most recent update)

Introduction & Information: please read!

In the course of my research and training preparation, I put a lot of focus on projects, market operations, policy changes and other key examples of real market activity. It’s just one of the ways that I save busy clients time and money when they hire me: by sifting through the information “noise” and focusing in on what matters and why.

The good news is that I’ve started writing up a selection of these examples and case studies into concise summaries – and made them available to read here online.

My core business is market analysis and training, so the aim of these examples is not to provide detailed project intelligence and data (you’ll need to pay someone large amounts of money for that!). Instead I want to illustrate some of the learning points that commonly arise during discussions and Q&A on my live training courses, helping to answer common questions such as:

  • How long do projects take?
  • What market and policy factors influence them?
  • Why do they stand out from other examples?
  • What do they tell us about technology or market trends?

The summaries explore a variety of renewable power projects and other examples from around the world.

It is important to bear in mind that the details of individual projects vary widely, both within a single market and between different ones!

These examples do not aim to provide simple templates of how projects of the same type will look in every case (hint: no two projects are exactly alike). Nevertheless, they do give insights into variables like how long projects can take, how they might be financed, the infrastructures, technologies or processes involved; plus relevant policy/market environment contexts and considerations.

It is important to be aware that specific project details, particularly around financial issues such as costs and returns, plus contractual arrangements such as EPC, PPA and O&M, are invariably commercially confidential!

Each example here is based on information compiled from a range of company, press, conference and other public sources, then edited by and with analytical and explanatory notes from myself. If you believe any of the information is incorrect, or have additional input which will help improve the document, please send any updates, information or other comments to: john@greycellsenergy.com.

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