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Solar Asset Management North America


28-29 March 2017 - San Francisco

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Solar Asset Management North America


28-29 March 2017 - San Francisco

The leading conference focused on the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios

 
 

On 28 and 29 March 2017, Solarplaza hosted the 4th annual edition of the leading conference dedicated to the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios. Covering technical and financial topics, which range from performance optimization to refinancing and secondary market. Learn from 50+ speakers and network with 500+ attendees representing the leading service providers, asset/portfolio managers, IPPs, utilities, investors, developers and advisors active in the North American solar market.

Key characteristics

THE must-attend event fully dedicated to the operational phase of PV assets

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500+ attendees, representing the value chain from service provider to asset manager and investor

50+ leading experts on stage sharing their vision, expertise and experience

40+ sponsors and exhibitors profiling themselves and their leading products/services

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Speakers


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Speakers


PAUL ZAVESOFF /// DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - NRG ENERGY
Paul has P&L responsibility for a 1.6 GW portfolio of solar and wind power facilities for NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 200 company and one of the country's largest power generation and retail electricity businesses with over 50 gigawatts of generation capacity and customers in 50 states and DC.
Previously, Paul was Vice President and CFO of Ram Power, Corp., a geothermal energy startup, where he directed all finance and fiscal control activities. Prior to it, Paul served in various positions at Ormat Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the geothermal power plant sector, including as Asset Manager responsible for all Ormat’s geothermal and waste heat recovery power facilities in the United States.
Paul education includes: MBA, Ben Gurion University, and BA, Tel Aviv University.
PAUL ZAVESOFF
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// NRG ENERGY
ANN WALTER /// ASSET MANAGEMENT MANAGER - EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
A short bio will follow soon...
ANN WALTER
ASSET MANAGEMENT MANAGER /// EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
SARIE LOVELL /// VP COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT - LONGROAD ENERGY
Ms. Lovell has held multiple leadership roles within the asset management discipline. She currently heads the asset management function at Longroad Energy, an innovative developer, owner, operator, and service provider for solar and wind energy assets founded in 2016 by a team of seasoned renewable energy executives.
Prior to Longroad, she served as Managing Director, Asset Management for SunEdison. In this role she oversaw over 2 GW of installed solar and wind facilities in the US and Canada, managing a team that included asset managers, as well as energy scheduling and revenue optimization, REC contracting, and purchasing for the operating turbine fleet.
Prior to being acquired by SunEdison, she served as the Director, Commercial Asset Management for First Wind Energy. During her tenure the fleet grew 5x, and she played a key role in managing projects with the ground-breaking technical and commercial features for which First Wind was best known, including the world’s first commercial use of a utility scale battery storage system tied to a wind farm, and multiple projects with innovative merchant, PPA, and hedge structures.
SARIE LOVELL
VP COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT /// LONGROAD ENERGY
SCOTT RACKEY /// HEAD PVS DEVELOPMENT - FIRST SOLAR
Scott Rackey is head of the PV + Storage (“PVS”) Development team for First Solar. Reporting directly to the CTO, Mr. Rackey’s group is tasked with developing this new line of business for the company. These responsibilities include characterizing the unique value proposition offered by PVS, communicating these benefits to both partners and prospective customers, optimizing the designs of prospective PVS projects, and overseeing the technical development of a PVS product line.
Mr. Rackey has led the development of new energy businesses for most of his career. His previous roles included VP of Business Development for GMZ Energy and OsComp Systems. Prior to that, he was the CEO of four venture-backed energy startups. As part of these efforts he raised over $20M in venture capital, negotiated several strategic partnerships and licensing agreements, built multiple technology teams, and directly contributed to the development of a number unique technologies.
Mr. Rackey holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
SCOTT RACKEY
HEAD PVS DEVELOPMENT /// FIRST SOLAR
TOM STARRS /// VICE PRESIDENT, MARKET STRATEGY & POLICY - SUNPOWER
Thomas J. (Tom) Starrs has more than 25 years of renewable energy experience, with an emphasis on both distributed- and utility-scale solar photovoltaic market assessment and business development. Tom is Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy for SunPower Corporation, responsible for the company’s policy analysis and advocacy, market forecasting and analysis, and downstream market strategy. He serves as a representative to the Renewables Northwest Project. Tom is a past president of the American Solar Energy Society. He was also the principle architect of Washington State’s net metering law (the second state net metering law in the US) Before joining SunPower in March 2009, Tom was Managing Director of Solar Power for Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., the U.S. arm of the world’s leading renewable energy development company. He launched and led Iberdrola’s entry into the utility-scale solar power project development in the United States, including shaping and implementing a business plan, acquiring a portfolio of high-value sites for utility-scale projects, and extending the company’s global leadership in wind power development to include solar power as well. Tom is a past president of US Schott Solar, a German owned solar company.
Tom holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley, and a law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. He is 48 years old, and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.
TOM STARRS
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKET STRATEGY & POLICY /// SUNPOWER
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK /// GENERAL COUNSEL & VP - 8MINUTENERGY
Arthur has extensive regulatory, transactional and litigation experience across a broad range of energy sector issues. His legal work has involved negotiating significant and innovative renewable energy power purchase agreements, as well as permitting, financing and assuring transmission for precedent-setting solar power projects. He has also contributed to the development of major renewable energy regulatory and policy frameworks, including California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and its procurement mechanisms, wholesale energy and capacity markets, and transmission and land use planning initiatives.
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK
GENERAL COUNSEL & VP /// 8MINUTENERGY
JIMMY BERGERON /// VP O&M - SOLARCITY
Jimmy Bergeron has directed the O&M department at SolarCity for the last year and a half. In this position, he manages the repair, monitoring, reporting, and energy production for over 200,000 PV systems, over 1,5GW of assets. Jimmy has worked at SolarCity for eight years, first installing over 150 residential systems before moving onto Commercial Construction and Project Management. Before transferring to the O&M department, Jimmy successfully lead the team which deployed solar on over 160 Walmart stores across the country. Jimmy is NABCEP certified as well as a California licensed Industrial and Commercial electrician. He is a fluent Spanish speaker having worked in the economic development branch of Peace Corps Honduras for 2.5 years prior to starting his solar career.
JIMMY BERGERON
VP O&M /// SOLARCITY
ANDREW GRIFFITHS /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - RECURRENT ENERGY
Andrew Griffiths leads the Recurrent Energy Asset & Operations Management team, with responsibility for operations, performance, financial & contract administration, risk management, and compliance of Recurrent Energy’s portfolio of solar projects.

Andrew has overseen growth of the operating portfolio from 1MW (2010) to ~1.3GW (2016) and has helped transition 2GW of solar projects into commercial operations, by developing the process, platforms, and capabilities necessary to support operations, portfolio management, and financing diligence. He has helped negotiate & close operations & maintenance contracts for >50 solar projects in U.S and Canada, and has developed financial models to drive forecasts, reduce operating costs, and maximize cash flows.
Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Andrew had a senior business management role at Applied Materials’ Solar Energy Division, where he was responsible for growing and managing the thin film solar equipment business in North America, including managing solar equipment contracts from inception through commercial operation. Prior to the Solar Energy Division, Andrew had various business management roles within Applied Materials’ Product Divisions in Europe and the U.S.
ANDREW GRIFFITHS
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// RECURRENT ENERGY
LARRY FREEMAN /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - EDF RS
Larry Freeman serves EDF Renewable Services as Business Development Manager, Asset Administration- O&M, where he oversees the Asset Administration Development for Wind and Solar O&M Business. Prior to joining Business Development, Larry was the Regional Manager for Solar O&M Operations, overseeing over 775 MW of Solar assets across the United States and Canada. Larry brings 19 years of experience in renewable energy and operations and maintenance. Larry has a Bachelor's of Art from Ohio State University.
LARRY FREEMAN
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// EDF RS
WILL CONKLING /// LEAD GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY STRATEGY - GOOGLE
Will is a member of the Global Infrastructure team at Google where, as part of the team’s mission to execute a global data center strategy, he helps lead the development and implementation of the company’s global energy and renewable energy procurement program. Key efforts of the team include managing the company's energy portfolio, and sourcing as much renewable energy as possible to power Google's operations. Prior to Google, Will has held various project and business development roles in the renewable energy industry, most recently as a member of SunEdison’s origination team for utility scale solar projects.
Will earned a bachelor's degree in Government and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
WILL CONKLING
LEAD GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY STRATEGY /// GOOGLE
JEREMIAH BOOREAM /// ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR US ELECTRIC UTILITIES, ALT ENERGY, & IIPS GROUP - UBS INVESTMENT RESEARCH
A short bio will follow soon...
JEREMIAH BOOREAM
ASSOC. DIR. US ELECTRIC UTILITIES, ALT ENERGY, & IIPS GROUP /// UBS INVESTMENT RESEARCH
CHRIS FRANTZ /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - CYPRESS CREEK
Chris leads Asset Management at Cypress Creek, focusing on maximizing the performance, reliability, and profitability of Cypress’ operating solar assets. Prior to his role in Asset Management, Chris managed a development pipeline of over 240 MW of solar projects for Cypress across the U.S., including in Texas, New York, and Maryland.
Prior to Cypress, Chris worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he led the development of air regulations on utility scale power plants and oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations. Prior to joining the EPA, Chris worked with California electric utilities such as Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Diego Gas and Electric on the development, implementation, and evaluation of demand response and demand side management programs.
Chris holds a B.A. in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CHRIS FRANTZ
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// CYPRESS CREEK
SAMUEL VAN DAM /// ASSET MANAGER - WELLS FARGO
Samuel Van Dam is an Asset Manager in Wells Fargo’s Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance Group based in San Francisco. He is responsible for the management of tax equity investments in 1.3 GW of wind and solar generating facilities located throughout the United States.
Samuel’s career in the renewable energy sector has touched a range of technical and commercial aspects of the project lifecycle. He enjoys leveraging this experience to ensure operating renewable power projects perform at their peak. Samuel worked in various engineering capacities early in his career, later leading DNV GL’s Utility Scale Solar Independent Engineering Team. He has also worked as a Project Developer, leading the development of 10 – 20 MW utility owned solar facilities in California’s Central Valley for Pacific Gas and Electric. Immediately prior to joining Wells Fargo, Samuel worked as an Asset Manager for SunEdison.
Samuel holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.
SAMUEL VAN DAM
ASSET MANAGER /// WELLS FARGO
BOB HOLSINGER /// PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR - PG&E
Bob Holsinger is Pacific Gas & Electric's supervisor responsible for day to day operation and maintenance of PG&E's 152 MWs of Utility Owned Generation PV solar generation and 2 fuel cell stations. Bob has over 35 years in power generation with experience in day to day operations and maintenance as well as construction. He has held various leadership positons from O&M Supervisor to Plant Manager at combined cycle power plants and most recently both concentrated and PV Solar stations.
BOB HOLSINGER
PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR /// PG&E
ERIN BARKER /// RENEWABLES ASSET MANAGER - SEMPRA RENEWABLES
A short bio will follow soon...
ERIN BARKER
RENEWABLES ASSET MANAGER /// SEMPRA RENEWABLES

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Program


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Program


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4 sessions, with 3 separate tracks, covering:
- Residential
- Commercial & Industrial
- Utility Scale
- Solar + Storage

Networking Drinks & Dinner

4 sessions, with 3 separate tracks, covering:
- Solar Data and Analytics
- Technical Optimization
- Financial optimization of operational assets
- Optimizing OPEX & Labour costs
- Contracts and KPI’s

Networking Drinks

2 different options for project visits:

Project Visit #1: 135MW Quinto Solar PV Plant

Project Visit #2: Alcatraz PV+storage system

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Webinars


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Webinars


UPCOMING Webinar: Heads up on O&M and AM developments in the US

Tuesday 21 March 2017 - 9:30am PST - 12:30pm EST - 5:30 PM CET


If there is one person who keeps track of all key changes and developments in the O&M and AM field in the US, it's Cedric Brehaut. Cedric, who writes several O&M and Asset Management reports, will join us in this one-hour webinar to share key figures and insights from his recent research as well as a Q&A session in which you can address your questions. 

CEDRIC BREHAUT /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLICHAMBA
Cedric Brehaut is an expert in the monitoring and operations & maintenance of PV systems with extensive experience in the solar industry and over thirteen years in Silicon Valley. After seven years spent developing, managing and marketing security software products, Cedric joined the solar industry in 2007 as a director of product management for SunEdison and was a key contributor to the development and growth of the company’s services business unit. During Cedric’s tenure, SunEdison created and launched a new suite of turnkey services for PV plants, including managed monitoring, operations & maintenance, billing, and asset management services. Cedric also acted as the business development leader for these products. In 2011, he established SoliChamba Consulting and began offering consulting services to various firms in the solar industry. Cedric authors the solar industry's most comprehensive reports on PV monitoring and operations & maintenance (O&M) markets, published by GTM Research: 'Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players’, 'Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors’, and ‘U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management'. Cedric also speaks at conferences and events around the globe, from Milan to San Francisco.
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA

Topics that will be covered: 
- Cumulative installed capacity in the U.S. (Q4 2016), split by segment and top states
- Market forecast, trends and 2017-2018 outlook
- Consolidation: key asset portfolio and service provider M&A transactions
- Major AM/O&M service contract wins/transfers
- Market trends in AM/O&M


PAST Webinar: PID - mechanisms, recognition and mitigation

16 February - 9amPST - noon EST - 6pm CET (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE NOW)

 
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PAST Webinar: Facing the challenges of a booming solar portfolio

24 January - 9amPST - noon EST - 6pm CET (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE NOW)

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PAST Webinar: Key O&M considerations in Pre-connection,
Early operation and End-of-life phase

16 February - 11am PST (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE NOW)

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Venue


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Venue


The venue for Solar Asset Management North America will be the Grand Hyatt San Francisco


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Previous Editions


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Previous Editions


Solarplaza has been organizing events since 2004, hosting over 80 events in over more than 25 countries. Within that line-up, the Solar Asset Management conference series is a global range of events fully dedicated to Operations & Maintenance, Asset Management and all other technical and financial topics in the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios.

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With highly successful editions in North America (2014, 2015, 2016), Europe (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Asia(2015, 2016) and Latin America (2016), the series is establishing an important position around the world, following the maturation of international solar markets.


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Sponsors & Partners


     

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Sponsors & Partners


     

OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXHIBITING AND SPONSORSHIP

'Solar Asset Management North America' (28-29 March 2017) is a unique, yearly (now in its 4th year) conference and exhibition that offers a wealth of opportunities to build and promote your brand towards a focused target group.


Options include:

  • Visibility at the leading event of its kind in North America
  • On- and offline brand promotion through the event campaign
  • Facilitated 1-on-1 meetings
  • Limited number of compact exhibition booth spaces
  • Two days of unparalleled networking opportunities with all relevant service providers, operators, IPP's, utilities, asset managers and financial stakeholders

Sponsor and exhibiting spaces are limited, so make sure you reach out in time.

For more information, please contact Maria Fennis through maria@solarplaza.com.

 
PLANNED FLOORPLAN EXHIBITION AREA 2017
CONTACT

For more information, please contact us directly:

Maria Fennis
Tel: +31 10 2809198
Mail: maria@solarplaza.com


Diamond Sponsor

 

WiFi Sponsor

 


 

Slido & Networking Reception Sponsor
 

Networking Lunch Sponsor
 

 
 

Networking Sponsors


Exhibition
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Branding
Sponsor


Content Partners

 

Supporting
Partner


Mediapartners

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About Solarplaza


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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


"EMPOWERING PROFESSIONALS IN SOLAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BY BUILDING THE MOST VALUABLE SOLAR PV NETWORK"

  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 85+ EVENTS

  • 25+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 50.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK


Contact us

PROJECT MANAGER
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For general matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

Eelco Hoogduin
Tel: +31 103027904
+1 415 530 1968
Mail: eelco@solarplaza.com

SR PROJECT MANAGER
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For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

Stefano Cruccu
Tel: +31 103027903
+1 415 530 1968
Mail: stefano@solarplaza.com

ACCOUNT MANAGER

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Maria Fennis
Tel: +31 10 2809198
Mail: maria@solarplaza.com

MARKETEER

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

Kasper Bout
Tel: +31 10 3027912
Mail: kasper@solarplaza.com