DAY 1 /// 25 MARCH

08:15 - Registration and coffee

09:15 - Introduction by the chairman

Chairman: Stefano Cruccu /// Project Manager - Solarplaza

09:30 - Overview of commercial and large-scale O&M potential in North America

•    Breakdown of installed capacity per segment, size, and region
•    Who are the owners/investors in commercial and large-scale PV plants in North America
•    What types of O&M/asset management services are currently available

Cedric Brehaut /// Consultant & Market Analyst - SoliChamba

09:50 - Overview of residential-scale O&M potential in North America

•    Breakdown of installed capacity per segment, size, and region
•    Who are the owners/investors in residential scale PV plants in North America
•    What types of O&M/asset management services are currently available

 

MJ Shiao /// Senior Solar Analyst - GTM Research

10:05 - Long-term experience with PV plants

•    Yields developments over time
•    System and component failures and relative frequencies
•    Root causes of system failures

 

Leigh Zanone /// Sales Director NA - Meteocontrol

10:25 - Coffee break

11:10 - Inverter issues

•    Normal power decrease over time
•    Power decrease due to temperature
•    Other inverter problems


Dell Jones /// Manager Solutions Architecture - Schneider Electric

11:30 - Yield and revenue impact of module problems

•    Overview of module failures and degradations
•    Primary reasons for defects and power loss
•    Reversible and non-reversible PID (Potential Induced Degradation)
•    Potential impact of module problems on yield and revenue 
•    Preventing module problems

 

Mani G. TamizhMani /// President - TÜV Rheinland

11:55 - Mismatch and other engineering problems

•    Occurring types of mismatches and engineering problems
•    The main technical and BOS failures in PV plants
•    System aging and its impact
•    Preventing mismatch, technical failures and engineering problems

 

Peter Burcat /// President & CEO - Solar Forensics

12:30 - Networking lunch

14:00 - Utility-scale asset owners sharing their perspectives (panel and plenary discussion)

•    Facing the main issues
•    Budget and investment considerations
•    The focus and priorities of managing utility-scale PV assets

Andrew Griffiths /// Sr. Dir. Asset Management - Recurrent Energy

Dominic Chalifoux /// VP & Sr. Asset Operations Director - Fiera Axium Infrastructure

Chip Stalica /// Manager Asset Management Power Generation - PG&E

14:25 - Commercial-scale asset owners sharing their perspective (panel and plenary discussion)

•    Facing the main issues 
•    Budget and investment considerations
•    The focus and priorities of managing commercial-scale PV assets

 

Joe Kastner /// VP of Operations, Radian Generation

Lex Coen /// VP Asset Management, Mainstreet Power

14:50 - Residential-scale PV plant owners sharing their perspective (panel & plenary discussion)

•    The main focuses in O&M and asset management of residential scale portfolio's
•    How to get O&M of a residential-scale portfolio cost effective
•    Requirements linked to securitization
•    Expected developments in residential scale O&M approaches

 

Greg Sellers /// VP Field Operations, Clean Power Finance

David Kenny /// Director of Fleet Operations - SunRun

Jimmy Bergeron /// Director of O&M - SolarCity

15:15 - Coffee break

16:00 - Leading experiences and strategies for maintenance of rooftop PV plants

•    Concrete experiences in maintaining a PV rooftop plant
•    Main focuses, issues, and points of interest
•    Maintenance costs and concrete business case

 

Rue Phillips /// CEO - True South Renewables

16:20 - Leading experiences with integration of technology in O&M

•    Developing O&M solutions that reduce the overall cost of service
•    The challenges in ensuring operations, maintenance, and performance systems to work together flawlessly
•    The most promising technology developments for O&M
•    Balancing the technology investments in O&M with ROI

 

Troy Lauterbach /// Director of Business Development - First Solar

16:40 - Leading experiences and strategies for maintenance of utility-scale PV plants

•    Concrete experiences in maintaining a > 1 MW PV plant
•    Main focuses, issues, and points of interest
•    Cleaning, and other key O&M considerations

 

Rue Phillips /// CEO - True South Renewables

Bob Callery /// Vice President O&M - First Solar

17:15 - Networking drinks