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


08:15 | Registration and coffee

SESSION 5 - PV AND THE GRID: FROM ENEMIES TO FRIENDS
 

09:00 | Welcome and opening by Conference Chairman 
 

9:10 | PV grid integration challenges and opportunties
> Outlook and expectations for NERC compliance regulation
> Impact of Rule 21 for the different PV market segments
> Critical Infrastructure Protocol (CIP) cyber-security requirements
> Requirements for reactive power and voltage control
> Issues, priorities and recommendations for energy storage interconnection
> Requirements for energy forecasting

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
CLYDE LOUTAN
SENIOR ADVISOR /// CALIFORNIA ISO
JAMIE ORMOND
ADVISOR TO COMMISSIONER SANDOVAL /// CPUC
 
 

09:50 | Discussion: How PV can shift from problem to solution for grid balancing and security of supply
Facing the increasing need for operator flexibility
> The short term need and potential for forecasting and energy storage
> How advanced inverter functionalities can improve reliability, stability and efficiency of the distribution system

TOM TANSY
CHAIRMAN /// SUNSPEC ALLIANCE

MODERATOR
 
VLADIMIR CHADLIEV
DIRECTOR GLOBAL GRID INTEGRATION /// FIRST SOLAR
STEVE ROYALL
DIRECTOR /// PG&E
LEIGH ZANONE
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTS NA /// METEOCONTROL
ERIC WHITLEY
PRESIDENT /// GRID SME

10:45 | Networking break - sponsored by

 
SESSION 6A - RESIDENTIAL PV ASSET MANAGEMENT

11:30 | Small scale PV asset management
> Residential PV build to date in 2015, where and what cost
> Different market shares and business models across the residential segment
> Overview of recent PV securitizations
> Investor concerns regarding data from PV assets

NICHOLAS CULVER
LEAD SOLAR ANALYST /// BNEF

12:00 | Discussion: Challenges in effective management of small scale portfolios
> How requirements for maintenance and management of a securitized portfolio are established
> Differences in managing assets between the different business models
> Managing and applying big data from distributed generation
> Challenges in developing a cost effective residential asset management strategy

EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
KENT WILLIAMS
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VIVINT SOLAR
RICHARD MATSUI
CEO /// KWH ANALYTICS
JIMMY BERGERON
DIRECTOR OF O&M /// SOLARCITY
MATT GOLDEN
SENIOR ENERGY CONSULTANT /// IBTS
SESSION 6B - OPTIMIZING SREC MANAGEMENT

11:30 | Overview of SREC markets in the US
> Market structures and differences
> Considerations for existing and future programs

JASON PRINCE
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH /// KARBONE

12:00 | Discussion: Optimizing SREC management
> How SREC value is determined
> Internal and external drivers for changes in value
> Balancing fluctuating SREC value and portfolio risk
> How fluctuating value can turn out positive
> Systems in place for SREC management
> Minimizing downside price risk vs maximizing SREC value

STEVEN EISENBERG
CEO /// SREC TRADE

MODERATOR
NICK STOKER
SREC MANAGER /// SUNEDISON
ANDY KARETSKY
PRESIDENT /// SKYVIEW VENTURES
SESSION 6C - CLAIM MANAGEMENT IN THE OPERATIONAL PHASE

11:30 | Claim and risk management in the operational phase
> Most frequently occurring warranty and insurance claims
JONATHAN HARDING
REGIONAL LOSS ADJUSTER /// RELA
> Grey areas in liability and responsibilities
> Types of guarantees that are currently applied
DIRK MICHELS
PARTNER /// K&L GATES LLP
> Surety solutions for efficient risk management

DIXON WRIGHT
SURETY /// WELLS FARGO INSURANCE

12:00 | Discussion: Dealing with legal, warranty and insurance issues
> What can be learned from other industries
> The future potential for ‘kwh based contracts’
> The need for further harmonization of financial data for surety based risk management
> Major challenges in coordinating contracts with other stakeholders

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
JONATHAN HARDING
REGIONAL LOSS ADJUSTER /// RELA
DIRK MICHELS
PARTNER /// K&L GATES LLP
DIXON WRIGHT
SURETY /// WELLS FARGO INSURANCE
 

13:00 | Networking lunch - sponsored by

 
SESSION 7 - LOOKING AHEAD
 

14:00 | Discussion: Solar Asset Management Outlook for 2015-2016 and beyond
> Learning from O&M and Asset Management requirements and best practices in other industries
> How management of the assets can impact the evolution of PV into a trusted, material energy source
> Expected impact of the 2016 Tax Credit expiration
> Which developments in managing PV assets are most needed on the short term

STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

MODERATOR
KENT WILLIAMS
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VIVINT SOLAR
LARRY BARR
EXECUTIVE VP O&M /// EDF
HUGH KUHN
DIRECTOR OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY /// MIC RENEWABLE ENERGY HOLDINGS LLC
TROY LAUTERBACH
SENIOR DIRECTOR O&M /// FIRST SOLAR
CHUCK SMITH
EXECUTIVE VP SERVICE /// SMA

15:30 | Conference closing remarks and Networking drinks

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