Program /// Day 1
16 March 2016
Program /// Day 2
17 March 2016
 


08:15 | Registration and coffee

SESSION 1 - THE STATE OF SOLAR
 

09:00 | Welcome and opening by Conference Chairman

MIKE ECKHART
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// CITI BANK

9:20 | Opening keynote: The state of Solar as an asset class 

 
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA

09:50 | The evolving solar O&M and Asset Management landscape
> Cumulative segmented installed capacity per region
> Overview and segmentation of service providers and asset owners
> Trends and developments in service offerings and requirements
> Comparison of North America to the global landscape

10:30 | Networking break  -  sponsored by

 
SESSION 2A - SYSTEM UNDERPERFORMANCE

11:15 | Analyzing system underperformance
> Root causes for system underperformance per geography and segment
> Identifying substandard engineering and mismatch
> Statistical insights on component failures and degradation

CHARITH TAMMINEEDI
RE CONSULTANT /// BLACK & VEATCH

11:45 | Discussion: Priorities for risk mitigation and OPEX reduction
> Preventing design mistakes that can lead to failures and performance issues
> Recognizing and dealing early with issues such as PID
> Priorities for balancing CAPEX with OPEX

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
MICHAEL ROGERSON
MARKETING DIRECTOR /// SOLAREDGE
ALEXANDER BRADLEY
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR /// DUPONT
ROB ANDREWS
CEO /// HELIOLYITCS
EVAN RILEY
SR. ENGINEER /// CYPRESS CREEK
SESSION 2B - MAINTENANCE BEST PRACTICES

11:15 | Maintenance best practices
> Different preventative maintenance strategies/service levels for various kinds of plants
> Actual impact of failures on energy output

KEN KOSTOK
COUNTRY MANAGER /// ALECTRIS

11:45 | Discussion: Optimizing key maintenance elements
> Cost effective module cleaning and snow removal
> Scheduling maintenance for lowest performance impact
> Priorities for minimizing downtime and losses
> Spare parts and inventory management strategies

CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA

MODERATOR
JEFF GILBERT
DIRECTOR O&M /// VILIGANT ENERGY MANAGEMENT
MATT MURPHY
DIRECTOR O&M /// BORREGO SOLAR
RUE PHILLIPS
CEO /// TRUE SOUTH RENEWABLES
SESSION 2C - SECONDARY MARKET FOR PV ASSETS

11:15 | The evolving Secondary market for PV assets in North America
> Overview of types and sizes of transactions so far
> Identifying buyers and sellers of assets
> Short and mid-term outlook and expectations for secondary market
activities

TERRY GRANT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// MARATHON CAPITAL

11:45 | Discussion: Experiences on the Secondary Market
> Challenges in properly valuating an asset or portfolio
> Due diligence involved in valuation of an asset
> Buyer requirements related to management of assets

AARON MARROQUIN
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER /// ENERTIS

MODERATOR
OLIVER JANSSEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// MEDIA VENTURE PARTNERS LLC
HUGH KUHN
DIRECTOR OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY /// MIC RENEWABLE ENERGY HOLDINGS LLC
DAVID FERNANDEZ
VP ASSET & RISK MANAGEMENT /// TERRAFORM POWER

12:40 | Networking lunch  -  sponsored by

 
SESSION 3A - PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING

14:00 | Monitoring and Performance Engineering
> Analyzing data based on long term trends
> Translating diagnosis into actionable maintenance recommendations
> Presenting data required for accurate project valuations

CHRISTOS GEORGOPOULOS
CEO /// INACCESS

14:30 | Discussion: Performance Engineering
> Pitfalls to avoid in measuring real performance on different detail levels
> Untapped opportunities for advanced analysis
> Developing methods for energy estimation with increasing accuracy

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
YOSEFF TUCKER
MANAGER SYSTEMS DIAGNOSTICS /// SOLARCITY
JASON PRETZLAF
SENIOR ENGINEER /// PG&E
ERIK BUE
GLOBAL HEAD PERFORMANCE OPERATIONS /// SUNEDISON
RHONDA BAILEY
DIRECTOR OF PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT /// RADIAN GENERATION
SESSION 3B - OPERATIONS BEST PRACTICES

14:00 | Leading O&M strategies beyond maintenance
> Considerations in the development phase that help reduce OPEX and increase returns
> Developing Operations center tools, infrastructure and processes
> Budgeting strategies for component replacements
> Benefits of scale and specialization in facing price pressure

KEVIN CHRISTY
GENERAL MANAGER NORTH AMERICA GLOBAL SERVICES /// SUNEDISON
14:30 | Discussion: Key Operations elements
> Experiences with optimizing asset handover
> Scheduling outages and minimizing downtime
> Balancing resources within a growing portfolio

MJ SHIAO
DIRECTOR SOLAR RESEARCH /// GTM RESEARCH

MODERATOR
LARRY FREEMAN
BUS. DEV. MANAGER /// EDF RENEWABLE SERVICES
ANDREW GRIFFITHS
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// RECURRENT ENERGY
DAN BIGELOW
ENGINEERING MANAGER /// DRAKER INC.
SESSION 3C - OPTIMIZING FINANCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT

14:00 | Optimizing financial asset management
> The key challenges faced by Asset Managers across North America
> Effective strategies for billing, incentive management and financial reporting
> Managing contracts and project documentation
> Maximizing accuracy of cash flow estimations

EDMEE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT

14:30 | Discussion: Asset under-performance and revenue impact
> Main 'non technical' issues per geography and segment
> Managing counterparties
> Evaluating performance guarantees by operators
> Dealing with Weather variation, Incentive program issues, Billing issues, Off-taker risk and Spot market risk

EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
BOB SCHAEFER
PRESIDENT /// ALSOENERGY
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
LAURA E. STERN
PRESIDENT /// NAUTILUS SOLAR

15:15 | Networking break  -  sponsored by

 
SESSION 4 - LENDER AND INVESTOR PERSPECTIVE
 

16:00 | Panel discussion: Lender & investor requirements

> Main KPI considerations for financial performance of a plant or portfolio
> Requirements based on experience with other (renewable) energy assets
> Key considerations regarding in- or outsourcing of services
> Assessment of bankability of project stakeholders and service providers
> Priorities for risk mitigation
> How asset management is valued in relation to long term asset value

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
DAVE LEVY
VICE PRESIDENT /// STATE STREET
JORGE E. VARGAS
VICE PRESIDENT /// MORGAN STANLEY
COY ROSS
RE ASSET MANAGER /// GOOGLE
SARAH DISCH
VP SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// WELLS FARGO
 

17:00 | Closing remarks and Networking drinks
 

NETWORKING DINNER - (exclusive to participants specifically registered for the dinner and sponsors)
 

Venue: Parc 55 - A Hilton Hotel (same as conference venue)

 
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