Program /// Day 1
16 March 2016
Program /// Day 2
17 March 2016
Project Visit to Alcatraz
18 March 2016
08:30 Registration & Coffee
09:00 Welcome words by chairman & Opening Day 2
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
Session 5 | The evolving asset management and O&M landscape in North America
09:10 The evolving asset management and O&M landscape in North America
  • • O&M and AM market size and forecast
  • • O&M opportunities and challenges resulting from ITC extension
  • • Data quality and integration pitfalls
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
09:35 Discussion: Preparing for future changes in market participation
  • • Categorizing possible changes in market participation and related risks
  • • What would be worst case scenarios and how to face these
  • • How a good continuity plan will help mitigating these risks
  • • Budgeting and planning for reserves in case of market exits
  • • Experiences with retrofitting of components

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
BRIAN PENNER
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE /// PANASONIC
JON PREVITALI
VP ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE /// WELLS FARGO
CHAD SACHS
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// RADIAN GENERATION
10:15 AM NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by:Bay4

Session 6A | Recognizing underperformance

MODERATOR
ALEXANDER Z. BRADLEY
DUPONT
11:00 Trends in Technical Due Diligence findings
  • • Key technical and non-technical drivers for system underperformance
  • • Illustration through case studies
  • • Most common performance testing procedures
  • • Technical and financial impact of losses
KATHRYN KLEMENT
ENGINEERING CONSULTANT /// HATCH
11:20 Statistical failure analysis for PV modules
  • • Top 5 module failures and root causes
  • • Effective strategies for determining module failures
  • • Commissioning data required for appropriate analysis and statistics
  • • Importance of keeping track of serial number data
ROB ANDREWS
CEO /// HELIOLYTICS
11:45 Underperformance caused by under-availability
  • • Statistical insights in reasons for low(er) availability
  • • Characterizing and categorizing different types of availability
  • • Quantifying impact of availability on energy loss
  • • Effective strategies for maintaining high availability and system uptime
  • • Case study: How the service program can cut number of truck rolls and increase uptime
ADAM GENTNER
HEAD OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT /// FRONIUS
MAT TAYLOR
PERFORMANCE TEAM MANAGER /// SOLV
GEOFF KLISE
PRINCIPAL MEMBER OF THE TECHNICAL STAFF /// SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES

Session 6B | Regulatory environment changes

MODERATOR WILL MCNAMARA
DIRECTOR /// MCR
11:00 Module level shutdown and fire code compliance
  • • Recognizing problems that cause fire in PV systems
  • • Current rapid and module shutdown requirements
  • • Upcoming guideline on module level shutdown according to 2017 NEC
  • • Potential impact on future system design, installation and maintenance
BILL BROOKS
PRINCIPAL /// BROOKS ENGINEERING
11:25 Implications of California Rule 21
  • • Update on developing Rule 21 standards
  • • How will the new requirements affect O&M and Asset Management
  • • Alignment with IEEE 1547
  • • Role of inverters in the future ancillary services market
MARC MONBOUQUETTE
LEAD ANALYST /// CPUC
THOMAS TANSY
CHAIRMAN /// SUNSPEC ALLIANCES
MAGNUS ASBO
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING /// SOLAREDGE
12:05 Netmetering: what could come next
  • • Status of and outlook for netmetering in different states
  • • Different models suggested as alternatives
  • • What does this mean for the way projects are financed, designed and managed
BENJAMIN INSKEEP
RESEARCH ANALYST /// EQ RESEARCH

Session 6C | Secondary market for solar assets

MODERATOR BENJAMIN COHEN
CEO & CHAIRMAN /// T-REX GROUP
11:00 The secondary market for PV assets in North America
  • • Getting grip on asset M&A activity
  • • Highlighting a few typical transactions
  • • Which portfolios have changed most over the last year
  • • Outlook for secondary market in 2016-2017
CAMRON BARATI
ANALYST /// IHS TECHNOLOGY
11:20 Buyer perspective in secondary market transactions
  • • Key components potential buyers look for in an asset
  • • Challenges in estimating the value of a potential investment
  • • How does data availability affect future value of an asset
  • • Comparing rationale and strategy of different types of buyers
ELIAS HINCKLEY
HEAD ENERGY PRACTICE /// SULLIVAN & WORCESTER
PATRICK MCCONNELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
WAYNE A. CHOMITZ
VICE PRESIDENT, PROJECT PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT /// CORONAL GROUP, LLC
ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// PSEG SOLAR SOURCE
12:05 Improving the M&A transaction process for operating Utility-scale solar projects
  • • Typical process, timeline and stakeholders in a transaction
  • • Insight into due diligence on energy production, technology and legal/tax
  • • Breakdown of transaction costs and ways to manage overruns
  • • How can the process be optimized and the ‘fat be trimmed’
ALEXANDER ELLIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR NORTH AMERICAN ACQUISITIONS /// TERRAFORM POWER
12:30 LUNCH BREAK
Sponsored by:Bay4

Session 7A | Increasing power output

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
14:00 Re-engineering for higher plant output
  • • Re-engineering methods used for improvement of plant output
  • • Achievable levels of improvement at different levels of investment
  • • Considerations around application of power electronics to increase plant performance
JENYA MEYDBRAY
VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEV. /// DNV GL
14:30 Remediation of PID for higher plant output
  • • Introduction to PID and potential losses
  • • System typology and vulnerability to PID
  • • Case study for remediation of PID in a MW plant
DR. DANIEL CORMODE
DIRECTOR OF LAB SERVICES /// BAY4 ENERGY SERVICES
15:00 Increasing performance through application of new coating technology
  • • Explanation of technology and application
  • • Current test results and (financial) impact
  • • Shortcomings and pitfalls
  • • CAPEX needed for application
PAUL AHRENS
CEO /// CSD NANO

Session 7B | Monitoring & Data Management

MODERATOR STEVE HANAWALT
POWER FACTORS
14:00 Moving beyond performance data
  • • Setting up internal KPIs for performance and compliance
  • • Managing performance and multiple baselines
  • • Performing analysis across a PV portfolio
  • • Financial impacts of unplanned events and maintenance
  • • Non-technical/non-mechanical ways to improve OPEX
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO /// POWERHUB
14:30 Portfolio perspective: driving value out of data
  • • Difference of learning things and decision making at a portfolio vs plant level
  • • Challenges of diversity: reporting on the fleet performance built by different EPCs
  • • Case Study & Data engineering lessons learned with a DG solar portfolio
  • • What will be possible in the future with big data from portfolios
SKIP DISE
PRODUCT MANAGER /// CLEAN POWER RESEARCH
15:00 Understanding the impact of weather conditions on performance uncertainty
  • • Potential cash flow deviations and losses due to measurement uncertainty
  • • Factors that determine pyranometer accuracy
  • • How to reduce uncertainty in pyranometer measurements
JOOP MES
HEAD OF THE R&D DEPARTMENT /// KIPP & ZONEN

Session 7C | Value and quality of O&M

MODERATOR CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
14:00 Quantifying risk, future value and impact of O&M
  • • How are risk and future revenue assessed in solar assets
  • • Perspective on documentation, monitoring and reporting
  • • Quantifying increased asset value resulting from better O&M
  • • Tools and language that can help quantifying value of O&M
CHARLES VAUGHAN
SENIOR DIRECTOR /// SUNEDISON
14:30 Portfolio owner perspective on quality of O&M providers
  • • Elements beyond pricing that define quality of an O&M provider
  • • How to measure quality and added value
  • • Challenges of dealing with many service providers in one portfolio
  • • Case study: consolidation of O&M portfolio
JACK HACHMANN
MANAGER, COMMERCIAL ASSETS /// WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SYSTEMS
15:00 Dealing with extreme weather impact
  • • Real world effects of flooding, hail, extreme snow, drought
  • • Damage, production impact and costs of lost production
  • • How to have effective risk management plans in place
  • • How to maintain operational flexibility during extreme events
BEN STRINER
DIRECTOR O&M /// BAY4
15:30 PM NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by:Bay4
Session 8 | 16:00 Understanding, Controlling and Driving down the true cost of O&M and Asset Management
  • • What do we mean with true cost
  • • Understanding: which mistakes do we make in assumptions and calculations
  • • Controlling: how to get grip on O and M as separate activities
  • • Driving down: Approaches and strategies that decrease costs
  • • Operational strategies for growing an O&M portfolio
  • • How can Asset Management be seen as a value rather than a cost

MODERATOR STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
CHUCK SMITH
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT /// SMA
STEVE GOODBODY
SENIOR VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING /// SOLTAGE
LARRY FREEMAN
BUS. DEV. MANAGER /// EDF RENEWABLE SERVICES
JIMMY BERGERON
VP, OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE /// SOLARCITY
17:00 CLOSING WORDS AND END OF CONFERENCE
17:15 NETWORKING DRINKS
17:30 NREL/SANDIA/SunSpec O&M Best Practices Workgroup Update
 
Program /// Day 1
16 March 2016
Program /// Day 2
17 March 2016
Project Visit
18 March 2016