28-29 March 2017 - San Francisco
28-29 March 2017 - San Francisco
|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.|
VP O&M /// SOLARCITY
|ERIC WHITLEY /// PRESIDENT & CEO - GRIDSME|
|Mr. Whitley brings over 33 years of industry experience leading, facilitating, and supporting critical operations and technologies in power plant operation, transmission, and large grid management systems. His career spans long-time employment at Southern California Edison, California ISO, Midwest ISO, and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), serving in positions of Project and Technical Management, Plant Manager, EMS Manager, Manager of Reliability Applications, and Director of EMS and IT Services. These roles have focused on grid operations and technologies, IT leadership, project management, recruiting, and developing high performing teams in support of critical systems. While at WECC, Whitley?s role included the start up of the WECC Reliability Coordination centers and associated facilities within one year, recruiting and building a IT technical team and power engineering team. All were part of a large agenda to create a single RC for the Western Interconnection. The project came in on time and under budget.|
PRESIDENT & CEO /// GRIDSME
|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.
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// RECURRENT ENERGY
|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
|CHUCK SMITH /// EXECUTIVE VP - SMA|
|Chuck Smith is the executive vice president of service for the Americas and Asia Pacific regions of SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of solar inverter leader SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for establishing SMA as the solar industry's leading service provider across all PV product and market segments. Smith's duties include service business strategy development and leadership; service product and process innovation, particularly for emerging markets in the Americas and Asia Pacific; and talent acquisition. He also drives customer loyalty and seamlessly aligns SMA Service with all other company business functions (sales, finance, technology, operations, strategy, legal and human resources) and business units (residential, commercial, utility and off-grid/hybrid). Smith joined SMA in 2010 as the senior manager of SMA's North American service operations and quickly moved up the ranks to his current position. Before that, he spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, California, where he held numerous senior management positions leading various global service and research and development teams. Smith received a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He then went on to earn master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, Maryland, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.|
EXECUTIVE VP SERVICES, AM & ASIA PAC /// SMA
|ALVIN THOMA /// DIRECTOR O&M - PG&E|
|Alvin Thoma is the Director responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's three gas fired power generating stations (totaling 1,412 MW), two fuel cell stations, and 152 MW of solar photo voltaic facilities. With over 35 years in the energy industry, he has held engineering and leadership positions in geothermal, fossil, hydro, and PV generating technologies. Alvin earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.|
DIRECTOR O&M /// PG&E
|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.|
PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR /// PG&E
|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.|
GENERAL COUNSEL & VP /// 8MINUTENERGY
|DON NISTA /// VP O&M - CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES|
|Don Nista is VP of Operations & Maintenance at Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, a solar developer with over 1GW in operation and over 4GW under construction or in development. He has been at CCR since 2015 and has overseen the build out of all Field Operations and Control Room functions. This includes the development of processes and staff to operate and maintain a rapidly growing nationwide portfolio. Don brings to Cypress an extensive background in the design, maintenance, and operations of solar PV facilities. He is NABCEP Certified, a Journeyman Electrician, and an experienced PV system designer and installer. Prior to joining Cypress, he managed the growth and development of O&M services at Clean Energy Collective in Colorado, and before that he was a Design Engineer at RGS Energy.|
VP O&M /// CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
|ADRIÁN RAMOS /// SR. BUSINESS DEVELOPER - OMRON|
|Adrián Ramos works for Omron as a Senior Business Developer in the Environmental Solution Business (ESB) division. He is responsible for the new business strategy development and leadership; partnerships, customer interaction and product innovation, particularly to North America. He has worked as technical PV asset manager of a portfolio over 150MW in Italy and been responsible of the largest operational PV plant in Bulgaria. He has also contributed as Site Manager to the construction of a 10MW PV facility in France. In addition to that, Adrian has provided PV designs, technical due diligences and onsite technical audits to several hundreds of PV solar MWs. He holds a Master of Engineering in Energy Technologies from the Carlos III University of Madrid and a Master in Economics from UNED.|
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPER /// OMRON
|JENYA MEYDBRAY /// VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - DNV GL|
|Jenya Meydbray is the VP of Strategy and Business Development for DNV GL’s Laboratory Services group. Formerly the co-founder and CEO of PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), Jenya successfully ramped and sold the first laboratory business in the US focused on supporting the solar financial community. He has worked on developing methods of evaluating PV performance for power plant level risk assessment and mitigation. Prior to founding PVEL, Jenya was the Senior Quality and Reliability Engineer at SunPower where he developed accelerated test methods for high efficiency solar cells and modules. Jenya began his career at NASA Ames Research Center's hyper-gravity facilities. Jenya received an MS and BS at Boston University and UC Santa Cruz, respectively, and holds two photovoltaic-related patents. He has authored many articles and regularly speaks at conferences. Jenya is an Advisory Board Member to NREL's International PV Module Quality Assurance Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors of PVComplete, a solar design software company.|
VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// DNV GL
|EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA|
|A short bio will follow soon...|
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
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|29 March||Second conference day only (29 March)||$ 990||$ 1090|
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