Program /// Day 1
16 March 2016
Program /// Day 2
17 March 2016
Project Visit to Alcatraz
18 March 2016
08:30 Registration & Coffee
09:15 Welcome words by chairman
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
Session 1 | 09:30 Opening Keynote Discussion: Facing a new era of policy certainty
  • • What will the ITC extension bring to the different solar segments
  • • How does the extension represent an opportunity to focus on quality
  • • How will the 'rules of game change' with the expected installed capacity growth of over 50% by 2020
  • • The Clean Power Plan and its potential impact on the Solar industry
  • • What does all this mean for O&M and Asset Management

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
NATHAN SEROTA
US SOLAR ANALYST /// BNEF
WILL MCNAMARA
DIRECTOR /// MCR
JON PREVITALI
VP ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE /// WELLS FARGO
COY ROSS
MANAGER M&A FINANCE, RENEWABLE ENERGY /// GOOGLE
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK
VP GOVERNMENT & REGULATORY /// 8MINUTENERGY
10:30 AM NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by:Nautilus Solar

Session 2A | Residential

MODERATOR MJ SHIAO
DIRECTOR SOLAR RESEARCH /// GTM RESEARCH
11:15 Technical management of large residential scale portfolios
  • • Repair service strategies
  • • Hail damage and other case studies
  • • Translating data into actionable information
  • • Closing the feedback loop between development and maintenance
JIMMY BERGERON
DIRECTOR OF O&M /// SOLARCITY
ANAND JANASWAMY
VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION /// ONEROOF ENERGY
SEAN MCPHERSON
DIRECTOR OF FLEET PERFORMANCE /// VIVINT SOLAR
12:00 Financial Management of large residential scale portfolios
  • • Main challenges in keeping up with portfolio growth rates
  • • Big data management and financial engineering
  • • Contracts, billing and invoicing homeowners
  • • How to deal with transfers of ownership
  • • Requirements for assets when securitization takes place
FIONA TAYLOR
VP AM /// SOLARCITY
KENT WILLIAMS
VP AM /// VIVINT SOLAR
MELISSA RIGGS
SENIOR VP /// LEASEDIMENSIONS

Session 2B | C&I

MODERATOR
SHUSHAN KHACHATRYAN
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
11:15 Management challenges of a commercial rooftop portfolio
  • • Introduction to two C&I solar rooftop portfolios
  • • Particular challenges of providing services to a geographically dispersed portfolio
  • • Ways to overcome these challenges
  • • Dealing with different building owners
JONAS COPELAND
COMMERCIAL O&M MANAGER /// SOLARCITY
MARK MCLANAHAN
CEO /// SOLARRUS
12:00 Management of Community Solar projects
  • • Potential for Community Solar across different states
  • • Ingredients and requisites for a successful business case
  • • Case study of Community Solar project
  • • Billing and invoicing of participants
  • • O&M of Community Solar projects
NATE OWEN
CEO /// ACADIA MICRO
ROBERT SCHAEFER
CEO /// ALSOENERGY
DENNIS PHAYRE
DIRECTOR C&I AND COMMUNITY SOLAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// ENTERSOLAR

Session 2C | Utility

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
11:15 Applying Utility best practices from other energy sources to management of a solar portfolio
  • • Comparison of solar O&M with O&M of Hydro and conventional energy sources
  • • Utility best practices applicable to PV power plants
  • • Continuous improvements of grid integration
  • • Spare part management and standardization across a utility scale portfolio
  • • Work management and systems used
ALVIN THOMA
DIRECTOR O&M /// PG&E
BOB HOLSINGER
PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR /// PG&E
JASON PRETZLAF
ENGINEER /// PG&E
12:00 Ensuring compliance with NERC standards
  • • Overview of developments in NERC requirements
  • • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) 5 for solar facilities
  • • Security policy suggestions for Utilities and other solar portfolio owners
  • • How to mitigate Cybersecurity risks with solar power plants
  • • Outlook and future regulation
ERIC WHITLEY
PRESIDENT /// GRID SME
12:45 LUNCH BREAK
Sponsored by:CleanPower

Session 3A | Contract Management

MODERATOR HUGH KUHN
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY /// MACQUARIE
14:15 Guarantees and Scope of contracts
  • • Assessing current types of contracts for O&M and other services
  • • Reflection: how have guarantees and contracts evolved until now
  • • Experiences with existing contracts
  • • Opportunities for more effective incentivizing service providers
ANDREW GRIFFITHS
VICE PRESIDENT, ASSET MANAGEMENT /// RECURRENT ENERGY
STEVE SCALES
PARTNER /// POWER FACTORS
14:45 Insurance of PV assets
  • • What do insurance companies look at when underwriting an account
  • • How are manufacturer exposures assessed based upon claim history
  • • Insurance differences between rooftop and ground mounted plants
  • • Statistically most common insurable losses and root causes
  • • How does insurance effectively help mitigate losses
  • • ‘Worst scenario’ case study and financial impact
PETER WILCOX
UNDERWRITING OFFICER /// TRAVELERS
SAM JENSEN
DIRECTOR OF RENEWABLE ENERGY /// TRAXLER & TONG, INC.
BRENDAN QUINLAN
AREA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT /// ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER

Session 3B | Solar + Batteries

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
14:15 Solar + Batteries: the viable business cases
  • • Current opportunities for battery storage application in North America
  • • Stacking services: what seems the best formula per segment
  • • Potential for retroactive application of battery systems to existing solar power plants
CARLOS CHAĆON
DIRECTOR RE /// S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY
14:40 Integration of batteries in existing PV portfolios
  • • What changes when batteries are integrated into a solar portfolio
  • • How battery systems are financed and how this impacts management of these assets
KEVIN CHRISTY
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE DEVELOPMENT /// SUN EDISON
15:05 Battery system O&M
  • • Issues that can occur during operation of a battery system
  • • (Preventative) maintenance needed for different types of batteries
  • • Methods to maximize battery cycle life and calendar life
  • • Considerations on O&M scope, budgeting and warranties
MATT JAMES
STORAGE O&M MANAGER /// SOLARCITY
BRET NORLUND
DIRECTOR OF SALES /// VIZN ENERGY SYSTEMS
KEVIN CHRISTY
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE DEVELOPMENT /// SUN EDISON

Session 3C | Advanced PV plant operations

MODERATOR CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
14:15 Grid integration and Power operations
  • • Facing evolving curtailment requirements
  • • Major utility scale grid integration challenges beyond curtailment
  • • Experiences with overcoming these challenges
  • • How can utilities benefit more from functions PV plants offer
WILLIAM BYRD
GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS CENTER /// FIRST SOLAR
14:45 Forecasting and modeling energy production
  • • The increasing need for forecasting and scheduling
  • • How can we get better at modeling plant output
  • • The continuous need for refining and validating production models
  • • Methods and technology innovation that help improve predictability of production
CHRISTIAN KURZ
HEAD OF PV YIELD FORECASTS & REPORTS /// METEOCONTROL
15:15 What can Solar learn from Telecom operations
  • • Reliability lessons learned from the Telecom industry
  • • Benefits for utilities of string inverters vs central inverters
  • • Methods to simplify PV plants and enhance system reliability
JAMES (YUYU) QIAO
VP OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCT SOLUTION /// HUAWEI SMART PV SOLUTION NA
15:45 PM NETWORKING BREAK
Session 4 | Improving Solar Asset Management Structures
16:30 Discussion: Evaluating different structures of Residential, Commercial and Utility portfolio owners
  • • Visual representation of how assets and portfolios are managed
  • • Comparing different pain points and daily challenges
  • • Current focuses on improvements
MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
MIKE LOESER
MANAGER OF AM /// STRATA SOLAR, LLC
LAURA E. STERN
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT /// NAUTILUS SOLAR ENERGY
PHILIP WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR /// AHANA RENEWABLES
CHRIS COUTURE
VICE PRESIDENT – ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SUN POWER
17:00 Discussion: Optimizing Asset Management structures and integration of systems
  • • Issues and inefficiencies that can be recognized
  • • How can we improve IT integration and accounting, reporting and billing software
  • • To what extend is full integration already possible
  • • Challenges with retrofitting internal or software systems
MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
EDMEE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO /// POWERHUB
CONLAN O'LEARY
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// SIGHTEN
17:45 CLOSING WORDS AND NETWORKING DRINKS
Sponsored by:Travelers

19:00 CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER (ROOM EMBARCADERO)

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Program /// Day 1
16 March 2016
Program /// Day 2
17 March 2016
Project Visit
18 March 2016