Session 5 (Room B+C)
9:00 - Chairman opening

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
9:15 - Google's Search for Renewable Energy : 100% is just the beginning
SAM ARONS /// LEAD, ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE - GOOGLE
Sam has nearly 10 years of experience at Google, where he helps lead the development and implementation of the company's renewable energy strategy to support its global data center fleet. In December 2016 Google announced it would reach 100% renewable energy in 2017, with 2,600 MW of renewable energy under contract globally, making Google the largest corporate renewable energy purchaser in the world. Sam led the negotiation of a number of these contracts, valued at nearly one billion dollars in aggregate, including Google's first solar energy deal in Chile.
Before joining Google, Sam earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on wind energy and plug-in vehicles, respectively.
SAM ARONS
LEAD, ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE /// GOOGLE
9:50 - Booming portfolios: how to manage scale and strong growth
  • • Case studies: insights in recent significant portfolio additions
  • • Key challenges for on-boarding new built vs operational third party assets
  • • Asset handover, structuring and putting processes in place
  • • How to effectively advocate for internal shifts of focus on building vs managing
  • • Rationale behind platforms or tools that are being used or developed
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
ETIENNE LECOMPTE /// CEO - POWERHUB
Etienne is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in renewable energy, software development and regulatory compliance. Etienne founded and built LCAB into the most respected compliance firm in Ontario and set the standard used by financiers and equity providers for their renewable energy asset transactions in Ontario, Canada. Continuing his vision to make compliance and administration simple he launched PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. Etienne has worked on over 4 GW of wind and solar projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia and is continuing to actively participate in the growth of the sector. He is a graduate from McGill University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO /// POWERHUB
DON NISTA /// VP O&M - CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
Don Nista is VP of Operations & Maintenance at Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, a solar developer with over 1GW in operation and over 4GW under construction or in development. He has been at CCR since 2015 and has overseen the build out of all Field Operations and Control Room functions. This includes the development of processes and staff to operate and maintain a rapidly growing nationwide portfolio. Don brings to Cypress an extensive background in the design, maintenance, and operations of solar PV facilities. He is NABCEP Certified, a Journeyman Electrician, and an experienced PV system designer and installer. Prior to joining Cypress, he managed the growth and development of O&M services at Clean Energy Collective in Colorado, and before that he was a Design Engineer at RGS Energy.
DON NISTA
VP O&M /// CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
SARIE LOVELL /// VP COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT - LONGROAD ENERGY
Ms. Lovell has held multiple leadership roles within the asset management discipline. She currently heads the asset management function at Longroad Energy, an innovative developer, owner, operator, and service provider for solar and wind energy assets founded in 2016 by a team of seasoned renewable energy executives.
Prior to Longroad, she served as Managing Director, Asset Management for SunEdison. In this role she oversaw over 2 GW of installed solar and wind facilities in the US and Canada, managing a team that included asset managers, as well as energy scheduling and revenue optimization, REC contracting, and purchasing for the operating turbine fleet.
Prior to being acquired by SunEdison, she served as the Director, Commercial Asset Management for First Wind Energy. During her tenure the fleet grew 5x, and she played a key role in managing projects with the ground-breaking technical and commercial features for which First Wind was best known, including the world’s first commercial use of a utility scale battery storage system tied to a wind farm, and multiple projects with innovative merchant, PPA, and hedge structures.
SARIE LOVELL
VP COMMERCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT /// LONGROAD ENERGY
PAUL ZAVESOFF /// DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - NRG ENERGY
Paul has P&L responsibility for a 1.6 GW portfolio of solar and wind power facilities for NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 200 company and one of the country's largest power generation and retail electricity businesses with over 50 gigawatts of generation capacity and customers in 50 states and DC.
Previously, Paul was Vice President and CFO of Ram Power, Corp., a geothermal energy startup, where he directed all finance and fiscal control activities. Prior to it, Paul served in various positions at Ormat Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the geothermal power plant sector, including as Asset Manager responsible for all Ormat’s geothermal and waste heat recovery power facilities in the United States.
Paul education includes: MBA, Ben Gurion University, and BA, Tel Aviv University.
PAUL ZAVESOFF
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// NRG ENERGY
10:40 - AM BREAK
Sponsored by:Power Factors Drive

Session 6A | Technical optimization
Room A

11:10 - Optimizing performance: lessons learned
  • • Experiences with technology additions that increase yield
  • • Budgeting and planning for optimization
  • • Optimizing module cleaning based on microclimates
JOHN BALFOUR /// PRESIDENT & CTO - ASTROPOWER CORP
Dr. Balfour brings 4 decades of PV experience in organizing, training & managing large and small multi-discipline working groups in PV, energy planning, R&D, and technology transfer. He has been active as a PV technology and System provider / integrator in EPC and O&M. As a PV author he has published 6 educational texts and 2 other PV books, hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, white papers including work with Sandia National Laboratories and SEPA. His work has been with a broad range of technology and process developers, VC companies, financiers and insurance organizations, universities, international laboratories, standards agencies, volunteer mentoring groups. For decades, Dr. Balfour has worked closely with PV stakeholders including system owners, asset managers, O&M professionals, architectural and engineering professionals, EPCs, PV system integrators, manufacturers, system financiers and insurers, bonding companies, legal firms, VCs, electrical and water utilities among others to advance the art and science of PV and its applications.
MODERATOR
JOHN BALFOUR
PRESIDENT & CTO /// ASTROPOWER CORP
BOB HOLSINGER /// PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR - PG&E
Bob Holsinger is Pacific Gas & Electric's supervisor responsible for day to day operation and maintenance of PG&E's 152 MWs of Utility Owned Generation PV solar generation and 2 fuel cell stations. Bob has over 35 years in power generation with experience in day to day operations and maintenance as well as construction. He has held various leadership positons from O&M Supervisor to Plant Manager at combined cycle power plants and most recently both concentrated and PV Solar stations.
BOB HOLSINGER
PV SOLAR O&M SUPERVISOR /// PG&E
STEVE CROXTON /// CEM, CBCP REGIONAL ENERGY MANAGER - AMERESCO
A short bio will follow soon...
STEVE CROXTON
CEM, CBCP REGIONAL ENERGY MANAGER /// AMERESCO
11:55 - ROI considerations for repowering
  • • Viable solutions for increasing yield of a PV plant
  • • Determining the value of increased production
  • • Tax deductibility rules that apply
  • • How can ‘bonus appreciation’ and ITC be applied
MODERATOR
JOHN BALFOUR
PRESIDENT & CTO /// ASTROPOWER CORP
MITCHELL RANDALL /// CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER - ENTELEK POWER
Mitch Randall is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Entelek Power, a clean power company focused on the acquisition, improvement and operation of utility scale and C&I solar projects. Prior to joining Entelek in January 2017, he was the President of Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar project developers, with more than 4 GW of solar projects in development and more than 1.9 GW developed and sold.
Mitch has more than 20 years of development experience across the energy, healthcare, residential, commercial, industrial and public agency sectors. During his more than five years at Recurrent Energy, Mitch previously served as Recurrent Energy’s General Counsel, overseeing the company’s legal strategy across its operations. Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Mitch was a partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he represented energy, real estate, development, health care and technology companies in complex transactional, permitting and regulatory matters.
Mitch received a JD from University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
MITCHELL RANDALL
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER /// ENTELEK POWER
RUSSELL MORRIS /// MORRIS RAM CONSULTING
Russ’ experience includes 10 years in the USAF and as a technician/Jr. Engineer, 9 years as a designer of servo systems, phased array medical diagnostic ultrasound and digital subtraction angiography, low noise amplifiers, and broadcast quality television recording systems. He has worked the past 30 years in Aerospace Reliability and Maintainability. His work spanned all aspects of the Boeing company product lines and divisions’ hardware and software including commercial aircraft, space systems, solar array power generation, military systems, as well as being a mentor and teacher in the R&M specialty. His analyses included avionics, hydraulics, pneumatics, flight control and rocket/satellite systems. He has taught RM&SH classes in Australia, India, UK and Canada as well as at a number of Boeing work sites throughout the U.S. He is a recog-nized individual contributor for a large number of Boeing programs including Unmanned Aircraft (such as Darkstar, UCAV, Vulture and HALE (Phantom eye), Launch Vehicles (RLV, EELV), Sea Launch, Future Combat Systems, Ground Mid-Course Defense, and commercial aircraft (such as 777 and 787) and commercial systems such as Solar Power Plants and Hydrokinetic energy systems. He is a past chairperson for the SAE National G-11 Reliability Committee and editor/contributor to the SAE JA 1000 series of R&M national standards. He has published several papers nationally and authored a number of internal papers on modeling, analysis and the application of reliability very early in the design and concept phases of a program. He was a principle contributor to the Boeing Reliability Standard Process Document. Russ has a BSEE from San Jose State University (San Jose California) and an MSSE from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri. He has three patents in Medical electronics and Aerospace Unmanned Systems.
RUSSELL MORRIS
MORRIS RAM CONSULTING

Session 6B | Solar Data and Analytics
Room B

11:10 - Trends in solar data software and tools
  • • Trends in data acquisition
  • • Interoperability challenges
  • • How can monitoring move from a passive to active role
  • • The challenge to determine ROI of investing in software tools
  • • Considerations for building vs buying a software tool
JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB
A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub.
James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.
MODERATOR
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
FRANCK LE BRETON /// CEO - QOS ENERGY
CEO and co-founder of QOS Energy, a global software vendor specialized in renewables, Franck has a 25 years’ experience in IT and performance management in different markets (Energy, Telecom, IT).
QOS Energy powers Qantum®, a unique hardware-agnostic energy management platform that seamlessly gathers data from any plant monitoring system, such as databases, SCADA systems or data loggers and then transforms the data into comprehensive analytics (dashboard, KPIs, alertes, SLAs…) using the latest cloud computing and machine learning techniques. Franck and his team are located in Portland (Or).
FRANCK LE BRETON
CEO /// QOS ENERGY
ROBERT SCHAEFER /// CEO - ALSO ENERGY
With nearly 30 years experience, Robert built upon his Electrical Engineering (MIT) and Control Systems (University of Colorado) education to lead operations at companies including Digital Equipment Corp., MaxOptix and Hertric Development. Prior to founding AlsoEnergy, he was CEO at storage systems and software maker Breece Hill Technologies.
ROBERT SCHAEFER
CEO /// ALSO ENERGY
GWENDALYN BENDER /// HEAD OF SOLAR SERVICES - VAISALA
A short bio will follow soon...
GWENDALYN BENDER
HEAD OF SOLAR SERVICES /// VAISALA
11:55 - Learning and deriving value out of data
  • • How to assess operational risk and reduce costs of capital by using data analysis
  • • Predictive maintenance based on big data: buzzword or real opportunity?
  • • Mitigating performance uncertainty related to weather conditions
  • • The next big things in data analysis
JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB
A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub.
James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.
MODERATOR
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
CHRISTOS GEORGOPOULOS /// CEO - INACCESS
Mr. Georgopoulos is the chief executive officer and one of Inaccess' co-founders. He develops company?s business strategy, manages business development and pursues partnerships with strategic technology vendors and key customers. He was previously working with Lucent Technologies in residential networks, multiprotocol gateways and gigabit switching. He participates in a number of associations and standardization bodies. Mr. Georgopoulos holds a diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a PhD in Integrated Broadband Networks.
CHRISTOS GEORGOPOULOS
CEO /// INACCESS
MIKE LOESER /// DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - STRATA SOLAR
Mike Loeser is focused on the Strata Solar Services customer experience, leveraging eight years of large customer account ownership as a foundation for specialization in solar assets since early 2014. This includes service coordination across functional departments, as well as high-level periodic reporting including information and analysis from all stakeholders. During his tenure with Strata Solar Services, Loeser has expanded upon and streamlined the services that the company performs on solar investment funds and currently manages a team of Asset Management, Plant Operation, and Business Operations professionals with a mix of legal, accounting, financial, engineering, data science, and consulting experience.
MIKE LOESER
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS /// STRATA SOLAR
PASCAL WEHRLI /// SR MANAGER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING - ENVISION
Pascal Wehrli is Sr Manager of Systems Engineering at Envision Energy’s Solar Center of Excellence in Redwood City, CA and one of the lead engineers developing Envision’s Advanced Performance Analytics Suite for solar plants. Pascal has extensive expertise and experiences in the solar industry in PV system design, overall EPC, product development, and system deployment and commissioning. He has been involved in over 2GW of utility-scale solar projects globally and has deep understanding of component and system level attributes and dynamics to achieve high level of performance from solar assets. Pascal holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
PASCAL WEHRLI
SR MANAGER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING /// ENVISION

Session 6C | Financial optimization of operational assets
Room C

11:10 - Refinancing
  • • Counterparties that are comfortable with PV’s asset profile
  • • Key documentation needed for risk assessment
  • • How do asset characteristics impact refinancing conditions
  • • How to reduce uncertainty about asset performance
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
PHILIP WILLIAMS /// DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - AHANA RENEWABLES
Philip leads asset management, investor relations, and operations at Ahana. He brings tremendous experience in finance and alternative energy asset oversight. At Green Lake Capital, he was the asset manager for the firm's solar assets, overseeing investor relations, PPA execution, regulatory compliance, and portfolio production. He previously worked in Southeast Asia as the Investment Manager for a biogas and water treatment infrastructure fund. Phil holds a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University.
PHILIP WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS /// AHANA RENEWABLES
RICHARD MATSUI /// CEO & FOUNDER - KWH ANALYTICS
Richard Matsui is the CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics.
kWh Analytics is the market leader in risk management for solar energy investments. Customers such as Google (the world's largest non-utility investor in renewable energy) and PNC Bank (America's 5th largest bank) rely on software and insurance solutions from kWh Analytics to enhance their investment returns. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy.
He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. There, he established himself as a leading global expert on the solar industry by accumulating more industry experience than any other consultant (9,000 globally).
RICHARD MATSUI
CEO & FOUNDER /// KWH ANALYTICS
11:55 - M&A of Solar assets
  • • Due Diligence involved and lessons learned
  • • Approaches to determine value of an asset or portfolio
  • • Pitfalls and opportunities that lay in the acquisition process
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
JAKE CARNEY /// MANAGING PARTNER - 38 DEGREES NORTH
Jake Carney is currently Managing Partner of 38 Degrees North, LLC, which is an investment firm focused on US solar PV projects. Prior to co-founding 38 Degrees North in November 2015, Jake served as Director for C&I Project Finance at SunEdison where he and his team were responsible for closing tax equity and debt financings, and facilitating drop downs to SunEdison's Yield Co TerraForm Power. While at SunEdison, Jake led the financing of over 200 MW / $650mm of C&I projects and structured a $250mm residential solar tax equity fund. Prior to SunEdison, Jake worked for BrightSource Energy to finance the company’s 2 GW pipeline of U.S and International Concentrated Solar Power projects, as well as with U.S. PV developers Agile Energy and Tioga Energy. Prior to entering the solar industry, Jake was a consultant with Accenture’s Energy Practice from 2007-2009, working for electric utility and oil & gas clients. Jake received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Middlebury College.
JAKE CARNEY
MANAGING PARTNER /// 38 DEGREES NORTH
CLIFF GRAHAM /// VP DEVELOPMENT WEST - EDF RE
A short bio will follow soon...
CLIFF GRAHAM
VP DEVELOPMENT WEST /// EDF RE
CHRISTIAN DICK /// DIRECTOR OF PROJECT ACQUISITION - CORONAL ENERGY
Christian Dick is responsible for the advancement of strategic partnerships with Fortune 1000 C&I customers seeking to integrate clean energy and storage projects across their real estate portfolios to advance their Corporate Sustainability Initiatives. He also holds the position of Managing Partner at CFD Development. Previously, Christian was VP at Blue Earth Solar and before that Director of Project Development at Chevron Energy Solutions.
CHRISTIAN DICK
DIRECTOR OF PROJECT ACQUISITION /// CORONAL ENERGY
12:40 - LUNCH BREAK

Session 7A
Room A

14:00 - Soiling
  • • Measuring soiling of panels
  • • Cleaning strategies based on weather data
  • • How data granularity affects your cleaning strategy
  • • Impact of soiling on longevity of the panel
HUGH KUHN /// INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Hugh Kuhn has more than 30 years of business and engineering experience. He is a seasoned solar executive who has worked on projects involving over 100 distinct solar arrays – ranging from 250kW rooftop systems to 250MW ground-mount projects. He has managed teams responsible for the ongoing operations of portfolios of hundreds of C&I projects, as well as worked closely with clients owning multiple utility-scale arrays. He has seen firsthand the good, the bad and the ugly of the PV world. In 2009-10 Hugh led a collaborative effort to establish the “Thresher Test”, a series of de facto PV module chamber tests to help investors gain comfort in the long-term reliability and durability of modules. This catalyzing effort has evolved within NREL (PV Quality Assurance Task Force, PVQAT) and related work within the IEC.
Mr. Kuhn currently works independently consulting with developers, investors and owners of solar assets. Hugh is currently working closely with Macquarie Infrastructure Company, providing owner’s oversight of project construction and long-term operations as well as technical due diligence assistance during project acquisition efforts. Hugh is on the Board of Directors of MaxGen Energy Services, a company consisting of an independent solar O&M services business (MaxGen O&M) and independent data platform software provider (PowerFactors Inc.)
Mr. Kuhn was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Solar Power Partners, which was sold to NRG several years ago.
Mr. Kuhn holds a BS in Environmental Earth Sciences from Stanford University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He is married to a successful artist and has two college-age daughters. He lives in Mill Valley CA.
MODERATOR
HUGH KUHN
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
JOHN GAGLIOTI /// PRINCIPAL ENGINEER - GROUNDWORK RENEWABLES
John leads GroundWork’s system design efforts. He is a mechanical engineer, and has been working in the renewable energy space for 16 years. John has developed over 1 GW of solar and wind projects in California, Nevada and Arizona.
John’s most successful projects include the 280 MW California Flats Solar Project and 125 MW Dry Lake Wind Power Projects in Arizona. He began his career as a graduate student working on an NREL grant to measure and characterize the wind resource in Arizona.
GroundWork Renewables, Inc. provides full-service meteorological (“MET”) measurement services to support the development of profitable solar and wind energy projects. Our industry-leading programs deliver revenue-grade datasets that meet project requirements including plant type, size, ISO (CAISO) or PPA.
JOHN GAGLIOTI
PRINCIPAL ENGINEER /// GROUNDWORK RENEWABLES
MATTHEW MULLER /// STAFF ENGINEER - NREL
Matthew Muller received his Masters of Science in mechanical engineering in 2006 from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory within the PV/CPV Reliability, Performance, and Evaluation group since 2008. Matthew’s current work focuses on leading a research effort to better understand PV soiling losses (meaning power loss due to soil accumulating on the PV surface). This effort includes: methods to measure soiling losses in the field, algorithms to extract soiling specific losses from PV performance data, developing PV soiling loss or soiling derate maps, developing durability standards and abrasion standards for anti-reflection and anti-soiling module surface coatings, developing artificial soiling standards, and establishing techno-economic evaluations for cleaning methods or other soiling mitigation strategies.
Matthew also specializes in outdoor performance testing of PV/CPV modules, methods for on-sun CPV and PV cell temperature evaluation, thermal modeling, spectral performance modeling, building integrated PV, performance of solar trackers, and IEC standards development.
Matthew serves as a technical expert within IEC working group 7, where he has lead the effort to publish, IEC 62817, a design qualification standard covering solar trackers and of IEC 62670-3, which covers CPV performance measurements and power rating procedures. He also manages a CPV performance and energy rating test platform at NREL.
MATTHEW MULLER
STAFF ENGINEER /// NREL
DAVID YOUNG /// DUST DETECTION SYSTEMS - UKC ELECTRONICS
Mr. Young is currently the exclusive US Agent for Taiwan-based soiling measurement device manufacturer UKC Electronics (H.K.) Co., Ltd. marketing its Dust Detection System series of devices to measure PV panel soiling from utility scale projects to commercial rooftop DG systems. Uniquely the UKC devices include an algorithm developed by Mr. Young to predict the optimal timing of the next panel wash at a solar installation based on three variables: 1) the cost of a wash; 2) the value of the lost energy due to soiling; and 3) the rate of soiling. UKC devices can also be installed with options to be completely “off the grid” avoiding the use of municipal utilities.
Prior to joining UKC during 2016, Mr. Young was a Vice President for Solarrus Corporation (now known as MaxGen Energy Services) for 7 years. Among his duties, Mr. Young established a full service Asset Management operation to complement its well established solar O&M services. This activity included sourcing third party providers for some specialized services and coordinating these activities with in-house services, and creating performance metrics for the solar assets and service providers. Among these asset management services was panel washing and as a result Mr. Young published a White Paper in 2014 on the optimal timing of solar panel washing.
Prior to joining Solarrus Mr. Young had a wide ranging career in the Commercial Real Estate finance industry including formulating business and marketing plans to launch and operate multiple real estate asset-based businesses. Mr. Young has helped launch and manage lending and investing divisions of commercial banks, investment banks and boutique real estate syndicators.
Mr. Young holds an MBA from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He also holds a BBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
DAVID YOUNG
DUST DETECTION SYSYEMS /// UKC ELECTRONICS
14:45 - Real world performance analysis
  • • Most common breakdowns
  • • Beyond the warranty: life expectancy of inverters
  • • Real world module performance and degradation in different environments
  • • How to deal with discontinued products and bankrupt manufacturers
HUGH KUHN /// INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Hugh Kuhn has more than 30 years of business and engineering experience. He is a seasoned solar executive who has worked on projects involving over 100 distinct solar arrays – ranging from 250kW rooftop systems to 250MW ground-mount projects. He has managed teams responsible for the ongoing operations of portfolios of hundreds of C&I projects, as well as worked closely with clients owning multiple utility-scale arrays. He has seen firsthand the good, the bad and the ugly of the PV world. In 2009-10 Hugh led a collaborative effort to establish the “Thresher Test”, a series of de facto PV module chamber tests to help investors gain comfort in the long-term reliability and durability of modules. This catalyzing effort has evolved within NREL (PV Quality Assurance Task Force, PVQAT) and related work within the IEC.
Mr. Kuhn currently works independently consulting with developers, investors and owners of solar assets. Hugh is currently working closely with Macquarie Infrastructure Company, providing owner’s oversight of project construction and long-term operations as well as technical due diligence assistance during project acquisition efforts. Hugh is on the Board of Directors of MaxGen Energy Services, a company consisting of an independent solar O&M services business (MaxGen O&M) and independent data platform software provider (PowerFactors Inc.)
Mr. Kuhn was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Solar Power Partners, which was sold to NRG several years ago.
Mr. Kuhn holds a BS in Environmental Earth Sciences from Stanford University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He is married to a successful artist and has two college-age daughters. He lives in Mill Valley CA.
MODERATOR
HUGH KUHN
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
RAY HUDSON /// DIRECTOR GLOBAL SOLAR SEGMENT - DNV GL ENERGY
Mr. Raymond Hudson is the Global Solar Segment Director for DNV GL. He has been involved in distributed generation and solar PV for over 25 years. At DNV GL, he coordinates the company's global solar advisory and testing activities and works with leading solar clients including developers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, and financiers. He and the DNV GL solar team have been involved in providing services for the successful implementation of over 5500 PV installations globally. His background also includes executive positions at leading wind and solar inverter and grid interconnection equipment manufacturers. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
RAY HUDSON
DIRECTOR GLOBAL SOLAR SEGMENT /// DNV GL ENERGY
KIRBY HUNT /// SR. MANAGER - FIRST SOLAR
A short bio will follow soon...
KIRBY HUNT
SR. MANAGER /// FIRST SOLAR

Session 7B | Optimizing OPEX & Labour costs
Room B

14:00 - OPEX modelling: lessons learned
  • • Common pitfalls and mistakes in modelling
  • • Comparing vs pro forma, typical, expected performance
  • • Benchmarking asset performance and improving models
  • • How to have realistic expectations regarding service scope and costs
JOE KASTNER /// COO - RADIAN GENERATION
Joe is COO and a co-founder of RadianGEN. He has over 15 years of experience in solar project development, construction, and operations. Joe has held senior management positions at three successful U.S. solar power producers: Renewable Ventures (co-founder), MMA Renewable Ventures, and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, where he led technical development, construction, and operations.
At Radian Generation, Joe oversees the asset management and field service O&M teams that are providing software and services to over 1GW of projects in the U.S., Canada and Jamaica.
Joe holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Energy Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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
JOE KASTNER
COO /// RADIAN GENERATION
BATES MARSHALL /// VP NA SMART PV PLANT SOLUTION TEAM - HUAWEI
Bates Marshall is Vice President and General Manager of the North America Smart PV Plant Solution team. Before being named to his role at Huawei, Marshall held sales and marketing leadership positions at both international and domestic solar technology companies.
Marshall has worked extensively in the solar industry in applications across the value chain ranging from solar PV materials and solar cell technology to solar PV inverters for residential, commercial, and utility scale. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for Advanced Energy Industries, a leading US-based publicly traded power conversion technology company where he led sales, marketing, and service teams in solar PV inverters, semiconductor process power, and industrial power conversion. Under Marshall's leadership, Advanced Energy held leading market share in the North American utility scale market.
Before working in solar PV, Marshall worked extensively in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the semiconductor and microelectronics markets.
BATES MARSHALL
VP NA SMART PV PLANT SOLUTION TEAM /// HUAWEI
BRITTA SCHINSKE /// OPERATIONS MANAGER - AHANA RENEWABLES
Britta is the Operations Manager at Ahana Renewables. Her responsibilities include overseeing the performance of operational assets, handling day-to-day operations, managing all compliance and reporting events, as well as coordinating and executing contracts with our third party partners. Previously, Britta was the Operations Manager at OMT Capital, an investment firm based in San Francisco. While there, she was responsible for implementing and maintaining the operational infrastructure, monitoring portfolio tracking devices, and managing trade execution through settlement.
BRITTA SCHINSKE
OPERATIONS MANAGER /// AHANA RENEWABLES
14:45 - Competitive application of labor and H&S
  • • Explanation of OSHA VPP Certification for solar plants
  • • Optimal labor allocation ratios
  • • Key safety standards and protocols that need to be maintained
  • • Options for procedures and training
  • • Best practices for competitively achieving the highest level of safety
  • • How can technology effectively help reduce labor costs without compromising on H&S
BRAD MCKINLEY /// PROJECT MANAGER - SEMPRA RENEWABLES
Brad McKinley currently holds the position of Project Manager within the Sempra Renewables Asset Management team. joined Sempra Energy in 2001 as a control room operator. In 2008 he took up the role of El Dorado Energy Regulatory and Environmental Coordinator. In 2011 Brad transferred to Sempra Renewables, to get involved in solar development. He served as the Site Manager of the 4 Copper Mountain Solar facilities until 2016, with a total of 468 MW of PV Solar. Before joining Sempra, Brad served 12 years in the US Navy fast attach nuclear submarine fleet. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
BRAD MCKINLEY
PROJECT MANAGER /// SEMPRA RENEWABLES

Session 7C | Contracts and KPI’s
Room C

14:00 - Evolving Solar O&M contracts
  • • How contracts have been optimized and refined over the last years
  • • The need for nuancing scopes of contracts as new technologies are applied
  • • Can ‘upside sharing’ be the way forward?
  • • Experience with warranty claims
ROB ANDREWS /// CEO - HELIOLYTICS
Rob is the CEO of Heliolytics, a performance analytics company specializing in aerial Module Level Thermal Audits (MLTA) and aerial remote sensing for PV system performance analysis. Rob received a PhD from Queen's University specializing is PV system performance modelling and optimization and has worked with groups internationally to optimize PV performance and integrate new technologies. Rob has multiple publications in the PV sector, focusing on performance modelling and prediction.
RICHARD MATSUI /// CEO & FOUNDER - KWH ANALYTICS
Richard Matsui is the CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics.
kWh Analytics is the market leader in risk management for solar energy investments. Customers such as Google (the world's largest non-utility investor in renewable energy) and PNC Bank (America's 5th largest bank) rely on software and insurance solutions from kWh Analytics to enhance their investment returns. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy.
He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. There, he established himself as a leading global expert on the solar industry by accumulating more industry experience than any other consultant (9,000 globally).
MODERATOR
RICHARD MATSUI
CEO & FOUNDER /// KWH ANALYTICS
ROB ANDREWS
CEO /// HELIOLYTICS
STEPHEN GOODBODY /// SENIOR VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING - SOLTAGE
Stephen Goodbody is Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Soltage, LLC, a full-service solar PV developer, designer, owner and operator with over 100MW under operation. He has been with Soltage since 2007. Prior to Soltage, Steve worked for firms including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, and the BOC Group. He has over 26 years of experience in managing complex and business-critical infrastructure projects in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, energy generation, and industrial gases and chemicals industries. Steve received a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University in the UK and has served as a technical consultant for the US Department of Energy.
STEPHEN GOODBODY
SENIOR VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING /// SOLTAGE
ERIN BARKER /// RENEWABLES ASSET MANAGER - SEMPRA RENEWABLES
A short bio will follow soon...
ERIN BARKER
RENEWABLES ASSET MANAGER /// SEMPRA RENEWABLES
14:45 - KPIs: What Solar can learn from other industries
  • • Reflection: Solar KPI’s back then and now
  • • KPI’s on different levels: string, plant, portfolio
  • • Common deviation ranges for different KPI's in different contexts
  • • KPI’s used for Wind and conventional power assets
  • • How Solar performance should be assessed in the future
RICHARD MATSUI /// CEO & FOUNDER - KWH ANALYTICS
Richard Matsui is the CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics.
kWh Analytics is the market leader in risk management for solar energy investments. Customers such as Google (the world's largest non-utility investor in renewable energy) and PNC Bank (America's 5th largest bank) rely on software and insurance solutions from kWh Analytics to enhance their investment returns. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy.
He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. There, he established himself as a leading global expert on the solar industry by accumulating more industry experience than any other consultant (9,000 globally).
MODERATOR
RICHARD MATSUI
CEO & FOUNDER /// KWH ANALYTICS
ANN WALTER /// ASSET MANAGEMENT MANAGER - EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
A short bio will follow soon...
ANN WALTER
ASSET MANAGEMENT MANAGER /// EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
TOR BLACKSTAD /// CEO - GREEN POWER MONITOR CORPORATION
Tor Blackstad is the CEO of GreenPowerMonitor Corporation based in San Jose, California. He has over a decade of professional experience in the solar energy sector, including deep knowledge of monitoring, SCADA and asset management solutions. He joined the GreenPowerMonitor team 5 years ago. Tor has grown the regional team of GPM to more than 1.4 GW of solar energy under management in North America, providing technology solutions for renewable energy plants and portfolios. Tor also has experience in the solar certification and regulatory compliance space from a previous role with TUV Rheinland.
TOR BLACKSTAD
CEO /// GREEN POWER MONITOR CORPORATION
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
15:30 - PM BREAK
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Session 8 | The next phases in the ‘Solarcoaster’ (Room B+C)

16:00 - The next phase in the 'Solarcoaster'
  • • Where are current trends leading the US solar market in 3 years from now
  • • Strategies that will determine success in the O&M and AM segment
  • • Considering asset management throughout the full investment lifecycle
  • • The future role and value of digitization and artificial intelligence
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
NEIL GERBER /// DIRECTOR NEW ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT - IBM
Mr. Gerber is the Director for New Energy & Environment in IBM’s Energy & Utilities Industry. He is responsible for the development of solutions for non-traditional utility functions, specifically focused on integrated distributed energy resources and energy efficiency. He is also responsible for development of solutions that address environmental issues focused on air and water.
Previously he was the Director of the Smart Lifecycle Asset Management (SLAM) initiative. In this role he was responsible for the Strategy, Sales, and Solution Development of SLAM solutions. SLAM is focused on asset intensive clients across the Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Travel & Transportation industries. SLAM solutions seek to leverage information across an asset’s lifecycle through information management, advanced analytics, and optimization.
Prior to that, Mr. Gerber was the Power Generation Leader for the Energy & Utilities industry at IBM. In this position he was responsible for devising, developing and executing the solution portfolio strategy and capabilities for all of IBM’s power generation business. This includes capabilities for fossil, nuclear, and renewable generation areas.
Mr. Gerber has over 30 years of industry experience providing advanced solutions to the utility industry. He has been deeply involved in electric utility solution development and implementation, as well as having served in executive management positions. Prior to working at IBM Mr. Gerber was the CEO of a power plant simulation company, which was successfully sold to a major control system company, where the business continues to operate to this day. Mr. Gerber also served as the VP of operations and strategy for an internet-based file storage company.
Mr. Gerber has a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Control System Engineering degree from Stanford University.
NEIL GERBER
DIRECTOR NEW ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT /// IBM
TIM BUCHNER /// CHIEF REVENUE AND OPERATIONS OFFICER - MERCATUS
Tim Buchner has built his 20-year career in emerging and transforming markets; from Wireless, Telecommunications to Energy. At both start up and public companies, Tim has consistently proven his tenacious ability to lead change and drive profitable growth across hardware and software technology companies with various leadership roles across Sales, Business Development and Finance. In early 2009, Tim co-founded Mercatus, Inc. a cloud based software company that serves the unique needs of renewable asset developers and owners. Tim has lead the deployment of the company's platform to over 50 of the top lenders, independent power producers, utilities and institutional investors that has to date enabled over $500M in transactions throughout the Americas, Europe and India.
TIM BUCHNER
CHIEF REVENUE AND OPERATIONS OFFICER /// MERCATUS
TROY LAUTERBACH /// VICE PRESIDENT - FIRST SOLAR ENERGY SERVICES
Troy Lauterbach has sixteen years of energy industry experience, nine of which have been in photovoltaics. Troy started his energy career with Calpine Corporation, where he served in various capacities within the plant optimization division. From 2008 through 2013 Troy was with SunPower where he worked in O&M and Project Development. Troy joined First Solar in 2013 as Director of O&M Business Development, where he focused on expansion of First Solar’s O&M business model into the 3rd party O&M market in addition to entering new global markets. In 2015 Troy was asked to take over leadership of the Global O&M function for First Solar where he serves as the VP of Global O&M. Troy has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Oklahoma Christian University an MBA from Colorado State University.
TROY LAUTERBACH
VICE PRESIDENT /// FIRST SOLAR ENERGY SERVICES
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
NETWORKING DRINKS
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