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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 will host 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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Attendees


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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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Speakers


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Speakers


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
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.
ERIC WHITLEY
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.
ANDREW GRIFFITHS
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.
CHUCK SMITH
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.
ALVIN THOMA
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.
BOB HOLSINGER
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.
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK
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.
DON NISTA
VP O&M /// CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES

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Webinars


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Webinars


PAST Webinar: PID - mechanisms, recognition and mitigation

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


Join us in this one-hour, complimentary webinar.

Program:

  • Brief introduction
    Eelco Hoogduin /// Project Manager - Solarplaza

  • Presentation of Module Degradation Results Across Multiple Stress Tests
    Jenya Meydbray /// VP Strategy & Business Development - DNV GL

    • What is Potential Induced Degradation (PID) in PV modules
    • PID statistics from lab data
    • How negative grounding prevents PID
  • Actual case (Field data) of PID
    Adrián Ramos /// Sr. Business Developer - Omron

    • Method for identification and mitigation (PID Box)
    • Announcing UL certified, PID-preventive Inverter release by OMRON in 2017
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.
ADRIÁN RAMOS
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.
JENYA MEYDBRAY
VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// DNV GL

EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short bio will follow soon...
EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

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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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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
 

Branded Networking Sponsor

Networking Lunch Sponsor
 

 
 

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Registration


     

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Registration

Register to join over 500 other attendees. Please feel free to get in touch with us directly at registrations@solarplaza.com, in case of any issues or questions regarding registration. We look forward to meeting you in San Francisco!

You can also secure your accommodation when booking your conference ticket online.

PRICING & DISCOUNTS
DateRegistration typeRegular
Until 27 March 2017
On site
28+29 MarchFull conference (28-29 March)$ 1.590$ 1.690
28 MarchFirst conference day only (28 March)$ 990$ 1090
29 MarchSecond conference day only (29 March)$ 990$ 1090
Optional supplement
28 MarchConference networking dinner $ 85$ 95
26-29 MarchAccommodation at Grand Hyatt San Francisco$ 350 per night including all taxes and fees (limited rooms available)
30 MarchProject Visit:
Quinto PV Plant or Alcatraz Rooftop
$195
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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