Session 1 (Room B+C)
09:00 - Welcome by chairman
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
09:15 - Facing a new reality: The impact of the Trump administration on Solar Energy developments
  • • Expectations for the Clean Power Plan
  • • Why the ITC will (not) sunset earlier than scheduled
  • • What to expect from state level regulations related to Solar
  • • How will potential tax reforms impact the US Solar industry
  • • What is the future of the EPA and how could this impact Solar
  • • How will changes impact the different solar business models in the US
MJ SHIAO /// DIRECTOR SOLAR RESEARCH - GTM RESEARCH
MJ Shiao is the Director of Solar Research at GTM Research and manages GTM's solar market analyst team. He is responsible for strategy and development of GTM Research's coverage of the global solar market and solar market intelligence product suite. MJ is a leading expert on solar PV technologies and costs, authoring dozens of reports and leading custom engagements on U.S. solar, PV inverters, solar power electronics, PV balance of systems, solar monitoring, thin film PV and other solar topics. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.
MODERATOR
MJ SHIAO
DIRECTOR SOLAR RESEARCH /// GTM RESEARCH
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
SEAN GALLAGHER /// VP STATE AFFAIRS - SEIA
Sean Gallagher is Vice President of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) where he oversees SEIA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy development work in states nationwide, including efforts to drive new markets for solar power through implementation of the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Before joining SEIA late in 2014, he served as an executive for firms developing utility scale solar power projects, including the first utility scale solar plant developed on an Indian reservation in the U.S. Sean was the director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division for nearly four years, where he led the Commission’s work establishing the California Solar Initiative (CSI), implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, planning transmission for renewables, and managing interactions with the California ISO. Previously he was an attorney for the CPUC and in private practice in San Francisco. He has a wide range of expertise in the solar industry and government sector, having worked with legislatures and agencies in California, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as with the Congress and federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Interior, and FERC. In those roles he has supported utility-scale solar project development and worked on development and implementation of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, state RPSs, state tax incentive and rebate programs in California and Nevada, energy storage policy and rate design.
SEAN GALLAGHER
VP STATE AFFAIRS /// SEIA
JERIMIAH BOOREAM /// ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR US ELECTRIC UTILITIES, ALT ENERGY, & IIPS GROUP - UBS INVESTMENT RESEARCH
A short bio will follow soon...
JERIMIAH BOOREAM
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR US ELECTRIC UTILITIES, ALT ENERGY, & IIPS GROUP /// UBS INVESTMENT RESEARCH
TOM STARRS /// VICE PRESIDENT, MARKET STRATEGY & POLICY - SUNPOWER
Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.
TOM STARRS
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKET STRATEGY & POLICY /// SUNPOWER
10:05 - Debating the scope and identifying overlaps between O&M and AM
Interactive discussion with audience
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).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
STEVE SCALES /// PARTNER - POWER FACTORS
Steve Scales has a broad background in infrastructure development and structured finance. Prior to Power Factors, Steve was responsible for Wells Fargo’s solar asset backed securities effort and the syndication of tax equity, a member of Morgan Stanley’s Emerging Markets team in London focused on structured tax and structured debt, and Bank of America’s product head for the Austral-Asia region in Hong Kong for cross-border tax leases. Before banking, Steve worked with Bechtel as a design engineer at the TVA Browns Ferry Nuclear facility and as an associate analyzing greenfield infrastructure development projects.
Steve received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
STEVE SCALES
PARTNER /// POWER FACTORS
CHAD SACHS /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - RADIAN GENERATION
Chad Sachs is the CEO and co-founder of Radian Generation. Founded in 2013, Radian Generation has become one of the leading independent solar asset management firms, providing services for over 1GW of renewable assets in North America today. Radian Generation offers comprehensive asset management software and services to operating projects including technical management, financial asset management, and commercial administration.
Mr. Sachs has held senior executive positions at leading owner/operators and developers in the commercial dg and utility solar sectors including MMA Renewable Ventures, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and SunEdison. He has raised over $1.1 BN of financing for solar projects since 2005. Mr. Sachs holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors in International Economics from Georgetown University.
CHAD SACHS
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// RADIAN GENERATION
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
CHRIS HINTON /// SOLAR PORTFOLIO MANAGER - SEMPRA RENEWABLES
Chris Hinton leads the Solar Asset Management team at Sempra Renewables, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. Chris’s group manages the operational ROI of the company’s 1GW utility-scale solar portfolio, including P&L ownership, budgeting and reporting, commercial and financial compliance, and warranty and administrative support for field operations. They work closely with engineering and operations teams to monitor project output and collaborate on strategies to continuously optimize performance and operational efficiency. Prior to Sempra Renewables, Chris managed wind, solar, biomass and thermal projects as a Senior Asset Manager with Avangrid (formerly Iberdrola) Renewables. There he designed an economic dispatch model to balance wind portfolio schedules with a combined cycle plant, and established asset management for the company’s first two solar projects.
CHRIS HINTON
SOLAR PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// SEMPRA RENEWABLES
10:45 - AM BREAK
Sponsored by:Stäubli

Session 2A | Residential
Room A

11:30 - Improving service standardization and homeowner satisfaction
  • • Anecdotal experiences: what are different types of homeowners looking for
  • • Building standard operation procedures from person level interactions
  • • What elements create highest homeowner satisfaction
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).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
GREG SELLERS /// VP RESIDENTIAL SERVICES - SUNSYSTEM TECHNOLOGY
Greg Sellers is Vice President of Residential Services for SunSystem Technology, a leading solar EPC, O&M and Asset Management company. Prior to joining SST, Greg spent three years as VP of Field Operations for Clean Power Finance (now Spruce Finance), overseeing a portfolio that grew tenfold during his tenure. Prior to CPF, Greg founded and led Burnham Energy, the solar industry’s leading residential inspection and permitting company. Greg’s career has focused on improving public and private sector collaboration and growth. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, and has a graduate degree in Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. He spent 12 years as a City Councilmember in Morgan Hill, California, where he lives with his wife and four children.
GREG SELLERS
VP RESIDENTIAL SERVICES /// SUNSYSTEM TECHNOLOGY
ANAND JANASWAMY /// PRODUCT & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE - ONEROOF ENERGY
Anand Janaswamy brings over two decades of experience in the area of product design and development in the solar industry. As Senior Vice President of Product Development and Utilization at OneRoof Energy, he oversees all product development, engineering, product procurement, and operations and maintenance activities. Prior to OneRoof Energy, he was Director of New Product & Business Development at Hanwha SolarOne where he leads all new product development activities for residential, commercial, and utility sectors. He also helped forge key relationships with EPC’s and utility partners in North America. Mr. Janaswamy hold a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal India, a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson and an MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
ANAND JANASWAMY
PRODUCT & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE /// ONEROOF ENERGY
DAVID INDA /// CEO - INDASPEC
David Inda is a seasoned solar quality assurance professional with extensive experience in process improvement implementation, solar technology review and installation best practices analysis. As fleet manager for Clean Power Finance David was responsible for ensuring optimal performance and compliance with industry quality standards for over 15 thousand residential photovoltaic systems. David spent time early in his solar career successfully building and managing a national network of certified solar inspectors across 22 states. Seeing a need for specialized operations and maintenance support, specifically in the residential PV sector, he decided to start Indaspec. Indaspec was established to help 3rd part system owners, small scale commercial developers and consumers better address the increasing maintenance demands of an aging PV portfolio. David is actively involved with Grid Alternatives as a team leader and teacher for new volunteers and job trainees. David was a contributor to the Best Practices in PV System Installation protocol organized by National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) and Solar Access To Private Capital (SAPC). “With such a bright spot light on our industry, it is our duty to act honorably, protect the best interests of our consumers, scale responsibly and never loose site of the positive nature of what we do. Solar is the revolution.” David Inda.
DAVID INDA
CEO /// INDASPEC
12:15 - Residential O&M
  • • Approaches for minimizing truck rolls and costs
  • • The (non)sense of cleaning residential systems
  • • How will the changing ownership landscape influence O&M requirements
  • • Breaking up (non)billable losses
  • • Customer liable downtime and how to feed this back into the bill
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).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
CLIFF KALINOWSKI /// VP CUSTOMER SERVICE - SOLAREDGE
Cliff has over 20 years combined experience in solar and high-tech, rapid growth industries. Prior to SolarEdge, Cliff was global Vice President of Operations & Maintenance at SunPower responsible for over 2 gigawatts of utility, commercial, and residential solar systems. His management experience includes leadership roles at both pre and post-IPO technology companies as well. Cliff earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
CLIFF KALINOWSKI
VP CUSTOMER SERVICE /// SOLAREDGE
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
SEAN MCPHERSON /// DIRECTOR O&M - VIVINT SOLAR
Sean McPherson, Director of O&M at Vivint Solar, oversees operations, maintenance and portfolio optimization of Vivint Solar’s residential PV portfolio exceeding 620 MW of operational assets under management across the US. Sean has more than 13 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, and has been involved in wind, solar, and energy storage projects from residential to utility scale.
Sean has over 7 years of residential and small commercial engineering, construction, and O&M experience prior to entering the independent engineering space. Sean consulted on over 2 GW of renewable and energy storage projects in support of project finance with Leidos Engineering. His experience spans the entire spectrum of project development from origination and feasibility phases through to long-term asset management. Sean holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego.
SEAN MCPHERSON
DIRECTOR O&M /// VIVINT SOLAR

Session 2B | C&I
Room B

11:30 - PPA management: developments and considerations
  • • The need to tailor vs the need to standardize a PPA
  • • Facing the reality of shorter contract terms
  • • How to deal with an evolving electricity price market
  • • Procurement of off-site solar power for commercial customers
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short description will follow soon...
MODERATOR
EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
NATE OWEN /// FOUNDER & CEO - AMPION
Throughout the course of electricity and natural gas deregulation across the United States, several thousand energy companies, ranging from prominent retail energy companies to utilities to oil majors and minors, utilized Mr. Owen's market compliant CIS, CRMs and Billing systems to acquire and service millions of customers. As the founder and CEO of ESG, Mr. Owen led efforts to establish data and business process standards in New England, New York, PJM, ERCOT, and California. Mr. Owen sold ESG in 2013 and pivoted to the renewable energy sector. He has since founded Ampion to bring energy retailing systems and back office best practices to renewable energy asset management.
Mr. Owen is the proud father of two, enjoys cruising and racing his sailboat, playing basketball and following Boston sports. Mr. Owen has a degree in Economics and Political Science from Bowdoin College.
NATE OWEN
FOUNDER & CEO /// AMPION
ERIN CRAIG /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ORIGIN CLIMATE
Ms. Craig has over 30 years’ experience as a regulator, consultant, and corporate leader. For the past 10 years, she's been part of Origin Climate where she's currently Managing Director and leads Origin's consulting practice. Origin helps its clients bring renewable energy into their supply mix, and to develop and implement longterm climate strategies and implementation plans.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Craig spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems where she collaborated with engineering teams on energy efficiency, on minimizing hazardous substances, and on computer end-of-life management. In the early 1990s, Ms. Craig worked for Apple Computer and was responsible for the company’s efforts to rid suppliers of ozone-depleting substances.
Ms Craig has an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a BS in Geophysics from Stanford University.
ERIN CRAIG
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ORIGIN CLIMATE
SETH J BARUCH /// NATIONAL DIRECTOR ENERGY & UTILITIES - KAISER PERMANENTE
A short bio will follow soon...
SETH J BARUCH
NATIONAL DIRECTOR ENERGY & UTILITIES /// KAISER PERMANENTE
12:15 - Managing a heterogeneous and distributed portfolio
  • • Facing the increasing complexity and diversity of (operating) assets
  • • Addressing the key challenges of O&M in this segment
  • • Priorities for automation of functions
  • • OPEX and reality of operating string level inverters
  • • Community solar projects: key lessons learned so far
JONAS COPELAND /// COMMERCIAL O&M MANAGER - SOLARCITY
Jonas is a solar professional with in-depth expertise in project design, procurement, project management, supervision, safety, inspections, quality control, and maintenance. Jonas currently manages SolarCity’s fleet of over 500 MW of distributed Commercial and Industrial PV Systems across North America, ranging in size from small commercial to multi-MW ground mounts. Before coming to SolarCity in August 2014, Jonas was the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer for a SunPower dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area for four years. While there, Jonas led the company and installed over 250 PV systems, ranging from 1kW to 70 kW.
For three years prior, Jonas designed and supervised hundreds of solar installations for Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit that enables low income families to go solar and trains community volunteers in solar installation practices. Previously, Jonas served in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer, as well as with the reserves as a Company Commander. Jonas is NABCEP certified, holds a C-46 Solar license, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics.
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short description will follow soon...
MODERATOR
EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
JONAS COPELAND
COMMERCIAL O&M MANAGER /// SOLARCITY
SHAWN KERRIGAN /// CTO - LOCUS ENERGY
Shawn Kerrigan, Ph.D., heads technology and new product development. Kerrigan’s prior experience includes more than four years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. focusing on the energy and materials industries, where he worked on growth strategies, operations transformations and merger planning/post-merger integration. He also spent two years as a senior investment associate with Bridgewater Associates, a leading global macro quantitative hedge fund. He earned a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University, where he conducted interdisciplinary research across engineering, computer science and law.
SHAWN KERRIGAN
CTO /// LOCUS ENERGY
CANDICE MICHALOWICZ /// CO-FOUNDER - C2 ENERGY CAPITAL
Candice Michalowicz is Managing Member and Co-Founder of C2 Energy Capital. C2 Energy Capital formed in 2014 to focus on distributed generation investment opportunities and currently owns and operates over 35MW of projects throughout the United States. Previously, Candice served as Vice President of Development at Healthy Planet Partners where she oversaw the development of the firm’s solar photovoltaic and energy efficiency projects. Prior to HPP, Ms. Michalowicz was Vice President of Development at Adamas Energy Investments. She led due diligence of over 300 MW of power generation opportunities. Investment achievements while at Adamas include the 2013 Toll Excellence Award by the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association and recognition by the White House Office of Civic Participation as an example of effective Public-Private Partnerships for a solar installation with a school district in Colorado.
CANDICE MICHALOWICZ
CO-FOUNDER /// C2 ENERGY CAPITAL

Session 2C | Utility scale
Room C

11:30 - NERC compliance and changing regulations
  • • Challenges for grid managers with implementing NERC programs
  • • Impact on business: resources, cost and risk
  • • Guidelines for budgeting and designing a NERC program
  • • Heads up on changing NERC requirements
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.
MODERATOR
ERIC WHITLEY
PRESIDENT & CEO /// GRIDSME
LUCAS ROOT /// OPERATIONS MANAGER - SPOWER
Lucas Root joined sPower in early 2015 and has since led several major initiatives to develop sPower’s O&M platform including the build-out of sPower’s Control Room, the development and implementation of sPower’s Internal Compliance Program, and the deployment and integration of sPower’s maintenance management and performance reporting platform, all while sPower’s portfolio grew from 175 MW to over 1,100 MW. He has also been heavily involved in managing third-party O&M providers, performance monitoring and reporting, SCADA and IT infrastructure deployment, procedure writing, training, and a variety of other efforts during sPower’s unprecedented growth.
LUCAS ROOT
OPERATIONS MANAGER /// SPOWER
KELLIE MACPHERSON /// DIRECTOR COMPLIANCE - RECURRENT ENERGY
Kellie Macpherson is Director of Compliance for Recurrent Energy, a leading solar project developer, providing clean electricity to utilities and large energy buyers. She leads day-to-day operations of Recurrent Energy’s compliance program, playing an active role in all aspects of solar project development, from site acquisition, development, and contracting, to construction, M&A, and operations. She is responsible for ensuring the company’s compliance with NERC mandatory reliability standards, ISO tariff and business practices manuals, WREGIS, CEC, CPUC, and general laws, regulations, policies and procedures. She also has developed and continues to manage the implementation of Recurrent Energy’s internal contract obligation compliance framework to support PPA, IA, O&M, and MASA compliance. In 2016, Kellie led the registration and ongoing compliance management of1.2GWp of solar photovoltaic projects across California and Texas.
KELLIE MACPHERSON
DIRECTOR COMPLIANCE /// RECURRENT ENERGY
12:15 - CIP, Cyber Security, and Beyond
  • • Navigating CIP
  • • Managing compliance (risks)
  • • Adequately addressing cyber risks
  • • Maintaining compliance and security
JOHN FRANZINO /// SR NERC COMPLIANCE ENGINEER - GRIDSME
John is a Senior NERC Compliance Engineer who has focused on CIP V5/6 development and implementation for the majority of his career at GridSME. John also has much experience assisting renewable energy entities build Generator Owner (GO) and Generator Operator (GOP) compliance programs from the ground up. Additionally, John has hands-on experience implementing security controls in the field and assessing network security in substation and control center environments. John has knack for pragmatically balancing compliance obligations with security needs by employing a risk-based approach to all of his engagements.
MODERATOR
JOHN FRANZINO
SR NERC COMPLIANCE ENGINEER /// GRIDSME
MARC DENARIE /// CIO - NATURENER
As Chief Information Officer, Marc is responsible for all of NaturEner's information and operational technologies, cyber security, and compliance.
A veteran of the public and federal utility energy sectors, Marc has three decades of experience in executive management, technical leadership, and power operations management. Before joining NaturEner, he was Regional Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Sierra Nevada region, where he proposed and managed multiple large-scale technology initiatives. During that time, he also chaired the Critical Information and Infrastructure Management subcommittee.
Marc is well known throughout the western United States for his expertise in control system architectural design, deployment and operations. He has extensive experience with the smart grid, grid automation and the integration of renewable generation. During his post at Hawaiian Electric Industries in 2012, Marc was instrumental in developing reliability standards throughout the islands, and he integrated the first wind farm on Maui in 2005.
Marc began his career at Pacific Gas & Electric in 1986. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Data Processing, and Information Technology Management. Marc has also earned internationally recognized certifications in information systems, secure software, systems and network auditing, wireless network auditing, incident handling, and forensic analysis.
MARC DENARIE
CIO /// NATURENER
LANCE LABRECK /// LEAD BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNER - CALIFORNIA ISO
Lance LaBreck is a business leader with over 25 years of escalating Business Continuity Management experience in the military, government, and commercial industries. Over his career, Lance has managed over 400 Incidents and Crisis events covering everything from major loss of life to network outages. He has published five books in the subject of continuity, information security, safety, and risk management. Lance holds a MS in Management and Information Systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He has a certification from FEMA, BCI, and DRII. As a combat veteran, Lance served twenty years in the Marine Corps as an infantry unit leader. Currently, he is employed as the Lead Business Continuity Planner for the California ISO located in Folsom, and is the Chairperson for the Bulk Electric System - Business Continuity Group, a best practices organization, which encompasses all the ISOs and RTOs under NERC.
LANCE LABRECK
LEAD BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNER /// CALIFORNIA ISO
SCOTT DECKER /// POWER SYSTEMS SECURITY ARCHITECT - PG&E
Over a 20-year career in academia and the private sector, Scott Decker has been a programmer, system administrator, NOC monkey, IT security architect, and since 2014, in charge of Generation NERC CIP compliance and OT Security at PG&E. Scott holds several cyber security and Industrial Control System (ICS) industry certifications, has a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from UC Davis, is currently studying Decision Analysis at Stanford, and serves on the Lawrence Berkeley Nation Lab Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Industry Advisory Board.
SCOTT DECKER
POWER SYSTEMS SECURITY ARCHITECT /// PG&E
13:00 - LUNCH BREAK
Sponsored by:Namasté Solar

Session 3A | Residential
Room A

14:15 - Evaluating operational and financial risk of operating portfolios
  • • How private debt deals will roll into securitizations as tax equity comes to an end
  • • How risk assessment connects with back office operations
  • • What best maximizes long-term portfolio value
  • • Are there future portfolio risks that should be addressed now
TOM TANSY /// CHAIRMAN - SUNSPEC ALLIANCE
Tom Tansy is Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance where he leads the distributed energy industry's efforts to establish data and communication standards that enable seamless integration of solar PV and storage into the Smart Grid. The SunSpec Alliance has more than 100 stakeholders across the globe, including leading fleet operators, component suppliers, software developers, and utilities. Tom previously served as General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for Power-One (now part of ABB) and helped start electric vehicle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles.
MODERATOR
TOM TANSY
CHAIRMAN /// SUNSPEC ALLIANCE
KENT WILLIAMS /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - VIVINT SOLAR
Kent Williams is the Vice President of Asset Management at Vivint Solar, a leading fullservice residential solar integrator. In this position, Kent is responsible for securing funding for the company from large financiers. Prior to Vivint, Kent was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LeaseDimensions, an industry-leading renewable-energy finance, origination, and servicing business. He worked closely with most of the solar industry's residential solar finance providers and was instrumental in the development and operation of the company. Prior to LeaseDimensions, Kent was a founding partner and senior executive of Loan Servicing Enterprise (LSE), a joint venture established to provide third-party servicing for the ABS and lending communities.
KENT WILLIAMS
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VIVINT SOLAR
MARK LIFFMANN /// CEO - OMNIDIAN
As CEO, Mark Liffmann leads Omnidian with a strong vision for the future of performance asset management for residential markets. He firmly believes that the performance risk of the system has been placed in the wrong place, with that risk today falling on lessors, lenders, investors or homeowners. Regardless of where, they all have their challenges in making sure the solar system performs optimally. He launched Omnidian to solve that problem.
Before founding Omnidian, Mark amassed over 15 years of experience in solar and clean tech. He was most recently VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Clean Power Research where as a vendor to the solar industry he had seen many of the challenges in residential solar and the lack of choices available to lessors, lenders and consumers for asset management. Previous to Clean Power Research, Mark co-founded SunPower’s residential and light commercial business unit and built a multi-hundred million dollar world-wide business which became one of SunPower’s largest business units. Prior to SunPower, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer at the largest solar distributor in the U.S.
Prior to his solar and cleantech career, Mark was a corporate attorney with Gunderson Dettmer.
Mark holds an MS in Economics and a JD in Law from Harvard University and BS in Physics and BA in Public Policy from Stanford University.
MARK LIFFMANN
CEO /// OMNIDIAN
GEORGE ZVIAGIN /// FOUNDER - RA POWER MANAGEMENT
George Zviagin is the founder of Ra Power Management. Prior to founding RPM, George was a Portfolio Manager at SolarCity where he founded and led the Portfolio Management group. While at SolarCity, George managed the company's $4+ billion / 750+ MW portfolio of solar assets and directed investor relations with all funds, lenders and limited partners. Additionally, he was a leading contributor to the successful issuance of distributed solar's first rounds of asset backed securitization (LMC Series I, LMC Series II, and LMC Series III). Prior to SolarCity, George worked for SunRun where he headed the FP&A team, helped accounting to implement many systems and was responsible for managing the company's asset management and fund deployment teams (overseeing over $1 billion of solar AUM). Prior to diving into the solar industry, George managed portfolios of real estate and subprime assets at private equity and hedge funds. When not working in solar, George enjoys mountain biking, tennis, and philosophical discussions with anyone who will listen.
GEORGE ZVIAGIN
FOUNDER /// RA POWER MANAGEMENT
15:00 - Impact of the new NEM 2.0 rules
  • • New structure, rates and charges that will apply
  • • How will ToU (Time of Use) rate change the AM for new systems
  • • How will NEM 2.0 drive the application of storage for self consumption
TOM TANSY /// CHAIRMAN - SUNSPEC ALLIANCE
Tom Tansy is Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance where he leads the distributed energy industry's efforts to establish data and communication standards that enable seamless integration of solar PV and storage into the Smart Grid. The SunSpec Alliance has more than 100 stakeholders across the globe, including leading fleet operators, component suppliers, software developers, and utilities. Tom previously served as General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for Power-One (now part of ABB) and helped start electric vehicle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles.
MODERATOR
TOM TANSY
CHAIRMAN /// SUNSPEC ALLIANCE
MEGHA LAKCHAURA /// DIRECTOR PUBLIC POLICY - SUNRUN
Megha Lakhchaura is a Policy Director at Sunrun Inc. and is responsible for driving the company’s market and regulatory policy in California. She currently works on a myriad of policy issues including rate design, storage policy, grid services, program design, demand response, and collaboration with the utilities. Prior to joining Sunrun, Megha worked at the California Public Utilities Commission for nearly seven and a half years on wholesale electricity market issues including power planning and procurement, Resource Adequacy and RPS. She has an MPP from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the Symbiosis Center for Management, Pune.
MEGHA LAKCHAURA
DIRECTOR PUBLIC POLICY /// SUNRUN
SHANNON O'ROURKE /// SR. POLICY ANALYST - CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
A short bio will follow soon...
SHANNON O'ROURKE
SR. POLICY ANALYST /// CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Session 3B | Solar + Storage
Room B

14:15 - Operational Solar + Storage case studies
  • • What changes when batteries are integrated into a solar portfolio
  • • Financial structuring of the assets
  • • The business cases: combining different services provided by the battery
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.
MODERATOR
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
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
CARLOS CHAĆON /// DIRECTOR RE - S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY
Carlos Chaćon is a Director for Renewable Energy, covering Wind and Solar Markets at S&C Electric Company. He has over 20 years of experience in the Electrical Power industry and has a wide range of experience in Power Distribution, Renewable Energy power collection and Smart Grid components and architecture.
CARLOS CHAĆON
DIRECTOR RE /// S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY
15:00 - Solar + Battery Operations
  • • The ways in which adding batteries results in higher complexity
  • • The critical importance of battery storage software
  • • Ensuring reliability of communication/data link with software
  • • Experiences with different BES technologies
  • • Considerations on O&M scope, budgeting and warranties
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.
MODERATOR
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
DANIEL CORMODE /// DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & RESEARCH - BAY4 ENERGY SERVICES
As the Director of Engineering & Research at Bay4 Energy Services, Dr. Daniel Cormode brings more than five years of experience in the research and development of solar to a unique team of engineers and researchers. The Engineering & Research group provides investors with Independent Engineering services, PV plant assessment, as well as component testing services at indoor and outdoor facilities. Before joining Bay4 in 2015, Dr. Cormode served as the Head of Research and Development at SOLON Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. In 2011, Daniel launched SOLON’s Energy Storage Management Research and Testing (SMRT) site in Tucson, Arizona, a grid tied megawatt scale PV and Battery research effort which hosts multiple storage technologies on a 1.6 MW PV field to test their reliability and applicability. Dr. Cormode has a PhD in Physics from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in photovoltaics and a Masters of Science in Physics from the University of Arizona. His academic research includes nano-scale properties of graphene as well as problems surrounding high penetration of PV power into the nation's power grid. Dr. Cormode received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Pittsburg State University.
DANIEL CORMODE
DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & RESEARCH /// BAY4 ENERGY SERVICES
LANDON PETRUZZI /// MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES - FIRST SOLAR
As Manager of the Commercial Operations group of First Solar’s Energy Services business, Landon leads the development of new products, optimizing existing operations and enhancing the value delivered to plant owners.
Landon has over 10 years of experience in business strategy and development, including 3 years focused on utility-scale solar. While at First Solar Landon has supported unprecedented growth of the Energy Services business, with MW under contract increasing nearly 100% (to 6,300MW) by early 2017.
Other accomplishments at First Solar include supporting the startup of third-party services and multiple strategic relationships with industry leading OEMs. He currently leads the development of PV + storage and stand-alone energy storage services.
Landon previously served as Sr. Business Analyst for Staples’ $1.1B North American Contract business unit, leading projects and driving analysis around key reinvention strategies.
Landon has a BS in Business Management from Westminster College and an MBA from Arizona State University.
LANDON PETRUZZI
MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES /// FIRST SOLAR
ANDREW TANNER /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - GELI
Geli provides a software platform for the emerging internet of energy to control distributed energy resources, such as energy storage. Headquartered in San Francisco, Geli's platform provides analytics, automation, aggregation and asset management for energy storage systems, irrespective of scale, application and manufacturer. A former recipient of the Global Australian of the Year in Clean Technology, Andrew has been developing and commercializing renewable energy technologies for the past 15 years.
ANDREW TANNER
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// GELI

Session 3C | Utility scale
Room C

14:15 - When the lights go out: A case study for hacking a utility-scale solar facility
  • • Current trends in cyber risk for the interconnected grid
  • • High level penetration test results and critical realizations
  • • Opportunities and ROI for improving responsible security practice
DANIEL CHAVES /// DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - RECURRENT ENERGY
Daniel Chaves is the Director of Information Technology for Recurrent Energy, a leading utility-scale solar project developer. Over his 7 year tenure, Danny has led a top-tier IT service delivery team with responsibilities for Information Technology security strategy, software solutions implementation, risk management, compliance policy adoption, and infrastructure management. In support of solar asset security he oversaw the implementation of a NERC CIP Compliance program and Owner’s Security Policy to meet the complex cyber security requirements for 1.2 GW of solar facilities currently in operation. In 2016, Danny spearheaded a cyber penetration initiative to validate solar asset security, ultimately revealing and remediating interconnectivity risks between corporate entities and energy production environments.
Prior to his work at Recurrent Energy, Danny was an independent IT Consultant for a range of companies across several industries including Finance, Media, Commercial Real Estate, and Non-Profits.
DANIEL CHAVES
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY /// RECURRENT ENERGY
15:00 - Demonstration of Advanced Reliability Services from a Utility-Scale Solar PV Plant
  • • How large utility-scale solar photovoltaic resources can provide essential reliability services
  • • The role of advanced power controls in leveraging solar PV’s value to providing various services
  • • Forms of active power controls such as automatic generation control (AGC) and frequency regulation, droop response, and reactive power/voltage/power factor controls
CLYDE LOUTAN /// PRINCIPAL ENGINEER - CALIFORNIA ISO
Clyde Loutan is presently a Principal Engineer at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) focusing on power system operation performance, and was the Principal Investigator for several technical studies including the ISO’s renewable resource integration reports published in 2007 and 2010. He develop the ISO’s original “Duck Curve” to demonstrate how the increasing amount variable resources will change how the balancing of the grid is managed. He was also instrumental in working with NERC to identify ramping capability or flexibility as an essential reliability service needed to integrate higher levels of renewable resources. Mr. Loutan has been instrumental in developing several operating policies and was the lead engineer in charge of investigating the root cause of the California blackouts in 2000/2001. He served on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Frequency Responsive Reserve and the NERC Reliability Based Control Standards workgroups and currently serve on the Essential Reliability Services Working Group.
Mr. Loutan previously worked at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for 14 years in various capacities such as Real Time System Operations, Transmission Planning and High Voltage Protection.
Mr. Loutan is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Howard University in Washington D.C., and is a senior member of the IEEE.
CLYDE LOUTAN
PRINCIPAL ENGINEER /// CALIFORNIA ISO
15:45 - PM BREAK
Sponsored by:Strata Solar Services
Session 4 (Room B+C)
16:15 - Workflow management innovation and integration
  • • Approaches to make workflows smarter and more efficient
  • • Things that are being done now but don't make sense (anymore)
  • • Reluctance and barriers to integrating solutions
  • • ROI and risk mitigation that solutions can bring
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).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
RANDALL COREY /// COO - SPOWER
Randy is a solar industry and operation management veteran who possesses 35+ years of experience in construction, electrical, mechanical, engineering management, project management, manufacturing, customer service and supply chain management. Randy was promoted to COO after successfully delivering more than 650MW of operating projects over the course of 30 months as the SVP of Operations. Randy joined sPower after its acquisition of Tioga Energy.
Randy holds an Electrical Construction degree from Nova Scotia Community College; an Industrial Electrical degree from Nova Scotia Institute of Technology; and a Certificate, Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University.
RANDALL COREY
COO /// SPOWER
RUE PHILLIPS /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - 365-PRONTO
Rue Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of 365-Pronto and is a recognized leader and veteran in the solar, electric vehicle (EV) and renewable technologies industries with more than 30 years of experience. Most recently, Rue was the CEO and Co-Founder of True South Renewables, Inc., achieving rapid growth and considered the largest US independent solar O&M service provider, and President of Solarrus Corporation, an alternative energy services company, where he achieved year-over-year double digit growth earning them Fastest Growing Company by four years in a row. He is also a longstanding leader in EV infrastructure and support technologies, having installed the first GM EV1 private Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE). As a sought-after adviser and industry expert, Rue is a consultant for Fortune 50 clients, frequent industry event keynote and technical speaker and serves on multiple expert advisory committees for the development of codes and standards for the US solar industry (NREL. EPRI, ASTM, IEC).
RUE PHILLIPS
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// 365-PRONTO
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
17:00 - Continuity: a key challenge for the solar market
  • • Identifying different types of continuity
  • • Rationale and process for appointing a back-up O&M provider
  • • Onboarding O&M portfolio under time pressure
  • • Key elements that can smoothen an asset or portfolio transition
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).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
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
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
CHUCK SMITH /// EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SERVICE - 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 VICE PRESIDENT, SERVICE /// SMA
17:45 - NETWORKING DRINKS
Sponsored by:Travelers
19:00 - NETWORKING DINNER with view over San Francisco (limited capacity)