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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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Webinar


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Webinar


Facing the challenges of a booming solar portfolio

24 January - 9amPST - noon EST - 6pm CET


Join us in this one-hour, complimentary webinar, to gain deeper insights in the challenges that emerge with rapidly growing solar portfolios, approaches to face these challenges and lessons learned with the selection of the right tools and software to support growth.

TOPICS:

  • Insight into Cypress Creek's fast growing solar portfolio, comprising 120 plants with a combined capacity of >1GW

  • Dealing with various (sub)contractors and monitoring platforms

  • Building an Asset Management team that is ready for growth

  • How to manage large volumes of data and maintain data integrity

  • Lessons learned with selecting the appropriate portfolio management tools

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

EDMEE KELSEY /// CEO - 3MEGAWATT
Edmee Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners with managing their solar portfolio risks and asset managers with reducing their asset management costs. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. As a former VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors. Her background as a founder and CEO of a venture-backed telecom service provider brings utility billing, asset tracking and O&M service ticketing experience.
EDMEE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT

STEFANO CRUCCU /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Stefano Cruccu is Project Manager at Solarplaza and currently responsible for the company's line of Solar Asset Management events taking place in Europe, USA and Japan. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed more project-focused roles and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Asset Management, Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Strategic Product Design).
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

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Program


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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
JON PREVITALI /// VP PRINCIPAL INVESTMENTS - WELLS FARGO
Jon Previtali leads technical due diligence for solar and wind projects at Wells Fargo, one of the largest tax-equity financiers of renewable energy in the US. He also serves as a board member for Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator, a grant program for clean-tech start-ups. Mr. Previtali is an engineer who has worked in renewable energy since 2004. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he served as an independent engineer with Black & Veatch and as product manager for SunEdison where he helped establish the company’s service organization. Like many of his peers, Mr. Previtali is dedicated to the long-term achievement of a sustainable balance between people and the environment through the wide-spread use of renewable energy.
JON PREVITALI
VP PRINCIPAL INVESTMENTS /// 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
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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 2016
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

 

Exhibition
Sponsors

 

Branding
Sponsor

 

Content Partners

 

Supporting
Partner

 

Mediapartners

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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 typeEarly Bird
Until 8 February 2017
Regular
Until 27 March 2017
On site
28+29 MarchFull conference (28-29 March)$ 1.440$ 1.590$ 1.690
28 MarchFirst conference day only (28 March)$ 890$ 990$ 1090
29 MarchSecond conference day only (29 March)$ 890$ 990$ 1090
Optional supplement
28 MarchConference networking dinner $ 85$ 85$ 95
26-29 MarchAccommodation at Grand Hyatt San Francisco$ 350 per night including all taxes and fees (limited rooms available)
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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