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Solar Asset Management North America


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Solar Asset Management North America


The leading conference dedicated to optimizing the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios

Solar Asset Management North America meets at the intersection of asset owners, managers, investors, IPPs, utilities and O&M service providers. The Solar Asset Management conferences create a unique convergence of opportunities to network, learn and share knowledge, representing industry views across the entire asset management and O&M spectrum.

500+ attendees

Get actionable and exclusive insights from service providers to asset managers and investors.

Calling all O&M service providers active in the US market

We’re currently seeking submissions for our “Solar O&M Market Guide: U.S. Edition”.

What can you expect for your participation?
  • Early access to the guide
  • Great exposure to our community of 60,000+ solar professionals
  • Making a mark in shaping the blueprint for the solar O&M landscape
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Speakers 2019


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Speakers 2019


DAN SHUGAR /// CEO - NEXTRACKER
For over 30 years, Dan Shugar has helped advance renewable energy in the U.S. and around the globe. As Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, Dan brings together solar expertise and technology innovation in a way few technology leaders can. In five short years, he created a solar start-up in the Balance of Systems (BOS) manufacturing segment and drove a successful acquisition with investment grade component manufacturer, Flex. Since founding NEXTracker, the Company has held global market share leadership for four consecutive years and has delivered over 17 GW of products and services on five continents. Prior to NEXTracker, he grew Solaria Corporation’s annual revenue five times over a three-year period. Well-known for his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of Powerlight, he surrounds himself with passionate, tech-savvy, clean energy-driven executive teams who share his mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. From Central California to the Atacama Desert of Chile, there isn’t a solar power plant Dan doesn’t know about or has worked to develop. He holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers.

Dan Shugar has delighted and inspired audiences at over 100s of events, keynotes and technical panels. Some notable venues include: Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s “Future of Energy” Summit, FORTUNE Brainstorm E, the MIT Energy Conference, Solar Power International, Intersolar, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) Solar Week Conference, Greentech Media Solar Market Insight, Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, Photovoltaics Summit, PV USA, Cleantech Open West, and Commonwealth Club’s Climate One, among numerous other notable events and conferences.

Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. If asked of his most coveted achievement, he would most likely mention the six years he served as a Board Member of the Sierra Club where we worked on the Beyond Coal Campaign. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and The Solar Foundation (TSF).
DAN SHUGAR
CEO /// NEXTRACKER
KIM PRIMERANO /// DIRECTOR SOLAR O&M - LONGROAD
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KIM PRIMERANO
DIRECTOR SOLAR O&M /// LONGROAD
Justin Johnson /// President - CD Arevon
Justin is the President of CD Arevon, Capital Dynamic’s Asset Management affiliate. Previously, Justin was the Director of Asset Management on the Clean Energy Infrastructure team. He has 20 years of energy and operations experience. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, Justin was at EDP Renewables for he held a variety of roles ranging from Turbine Procurement, Director of Asset Management, Director of Performance Management and Director of Development/Construction. Prior to EDPR, he served as an officer in the US Air Force for 7 years in flight test engineering and project management roles.
Justin Johnson
President /// CD Arevon
MELISSA STARK /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ACCENTURE
Melissa Stark is a Managing Director at Accenture with 25 years of experience in the energy and utilities industry focusing on R&D/technology, investment and decision support and supply chain.

Melissa is Accenture’s Global Lead for Renewables focusing on wind, solar, storage and renewable gas. She has authored more than 40 papers and articles over the last 10 years. Her next paper, “Lighting the path- the next stage in solar development”, will be released in April 2019.

Melissa has a MBA in Transportation from Northwestern University and a BSc in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. Melissa served as Assistant Chair of Technology for the US National Petroleum Council study, Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future. She is a Fellow of the U.K. Energy Institute.
MELISSA STARK
MANAGING DIRECTOR - ACCENTURE
CONOR MCKENNA /// SR MANAGING DIRECTOR - COHNREZNICK CAPITAL
Conor McKenna is a Senior Managing Director in CohnReznick Capital’s New York office. One of the earliest members of the firm, Conor focuses on M&A, corporate capital raising, and structuring, negotiating and financing tax equity and debt investments. Conor’s renewable energy expertise was honed over a decade working with strategic, infrastructure and financial service institutions. He has a strong relationship network and is adept at creating unique financing structures for energy companies, developers and power producers.

Prior to joining CohnReznick Capital, Conor worked in the Renewable Energy Structured Finance Group at Evolution Markets, focusing primarily on Renewable Energy Credits and Bundled PPA’s. He was previously a member of EcoSecurities’ investment team, where he helped manage large carbon project portfolios.

Conor received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BA from Providence College. He is also a CFA charterholder.
CONOR MCKENNA
SR MANAGING DIRECTOR /// COHNREZNICK CAPITAL
DON NISTA /// VP, O&M - GOLDMAN SACHS
Don joined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as VP of O&M. Prior to joining the firm, Don served as VP of Operations & Maintenance at Cypress Creek Renewables 2015-2018. At Cypress Creek, Don led the O&M group for a portfolio of approximately 2.5GW and over 250 solar PV assets in North America. His responsibilities included staffing and training a nationwide team of electricians and engineers, construction and commissioning of a NERC Registered NOC, creation of aerial IR program, production forecasting, process standardization and improvement as well as supporting third-party owners, contract negotiations, subcontractors, and budgeting. When Don joined Cypress Creek, O&M was being subcontracted and in 3 years he built a team of over 80 employees and standardized national operations. Prior to Cypress Creek, Don worked at Clean Energy Collective as O&M Manager and prior to that spent several years as a PV Engineer at RGS Energy. Don studied Business at Mount Union College and is a Licensed Electrician and is a NABCEP Certified Installation Professional.
DON NISTA
VP, O&M /// GOLDMAN SACHS
LAURA E. STERN /// CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT - NAUTILUS SOLAR ENERGY
Laura E. Stern is the Co-founder and President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC. With over twenty years of project finance and power industry experience, Ms. Stern has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. At BayernLB, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings, primarily in the wind sector. As a founding member of GMAC's project finance group, Ms. Stern sourced and closed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets. Prior to that at CIBC, she structured and syndicated leveraged loans in the power sector as well as gaming and telecommunications. Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant with Price Waterhouse, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She holds an AB with honors from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. Ms. Stern was named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJ Biz in 2010 and is a frequent speaker at renewable energy and finance conferences. She was a founding Board Member of SunSpec Alliance. She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board since January 2014, serving on the Finance Committee, Treasurer on the Executive Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Federal Policy Committee. Laura also serves on the Board of Grid Alternatives for the Tri-State region.
LAURA E. STERN
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT /// NAUTILUS SOLAR ENERGY
DIANA WEIS /// VP & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - USBANK
Diana Weis is a Vice President and Assistant Director of Asset Management for Renewable Energy investments at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Since 2008, she has overseen the asset management of USB’s portfolio, specializing in Renewable Energy investments for the bank. Diana has been active in shaping the asset management division of the CDC to target Renewable Energy investments, specifically in the residential solar space. She leads a team who collectively manages a portfolio of nearly $2.5 billion in assets. Diana started her career working in development of sustainable LIHTC projects, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia.
DIANA WEIS
VP & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// USBANK
VISHAL SHAH /// PARTNER - HUDSON SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS
A short bio will follow soon...
VISHAL SHAH
PARTNER /// HUDSON SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS
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Program


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Program


Program Outline - Day 1

Session 1
• Opening by conference Chairman
• The PV Yield End Game: Maximizing Solar Asset Value
• Looking at the operational PV landscape through the lenses of financial investors

Session 2A

• Turning Data into Knowledge: Leveraging SCADA data to maximize performance of a growing solar fleet
• Advanced data analytics and predictive maintenance

Session 2B

• Solar Lendscape: Capital Markets in 2019
• Bank Asset Management 101

Session 2C

• Community Solar opportunities and associated Asset Management complexities
• Residential Solar PV Innovations to ensure competitiveness

Session 3A

• Integrating Aerial Inspections into O&M activities
• Insourcing vs. Outsourcing of Drone Operations

Session 3B

• Real value of adding storage into projects and portfolios
• PV+Storage Planning and Operations

Session 3C

• A deep dive into upstream PV industry
• Unpacking Bifacial’s true potential: Beyond test results
Session 4
• Effects of consolidation in the Solar PV landscape
• Value of Automation in an Era of Diminishing Marginal Returns
• Tell your solar horror stories

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Program Outline - Day 2

Session 5
• Opening by Conference Chairman
• Turning the tide of value deflation: the importance of innovation and Asset Management excellence in driving solar profitability
• The opposing forces of vertical integration and disintegration in O&M and AM landscape

Session 6A

• Science or fiction: How Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning can maximize solar assets’ performance
• How Cypress Creek Renewables Standardized Operations Across its 2.5 GW Portfolio

Session 6B

• Repowering: seeking the competitive market edge
• Repowering Case Studies

Session 6C

• M&A Strategies
• A look into the future: Merchant vs. PPAs

Session 7A

• Maintenance best practices and lessons learned
• Soiling: The Dirty Side of O&M

Session 7B

• Disaster Preparedness & Recovery in Solar
• Solar Project Risk Concerns and Solutions

Session 7C

• Nurturing the O&M Relationship: Changing the structure of O&M Agreements to the better benefit of all
• Spare Part Management: Best Practices
Session 8
• Digital Asset Management and O&M – How cloud-based solutions enable enhanced growth and new business models in a hyper-competitive and ever decreasing LCOE environment
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Sponsors & Partners 2019


     

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Sponsors & Partners 2019


     

OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXHIBITING AND SPONSORSHIP
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'Solar Asset Management North America' is a unique, yearly (now going into its 6th year) conference and exhibition that offers a wealth of opportunities to build and promote your brand towards a focused target group.

Options include:

  • Visibility at the leading event of its kind in North America

  • On- and offline brand promotion through the event campaign

  • Facilitated 1-on-1 meetings

  • Limited number of compact exhibition booth spaces

  • Two days of unparalleled networking opportunities with all relevant service providers, operators, IPP's, utilities, asset managers and financial stakeholders

Sponsor and exhibiting spaces are limited, so make sure you reach out in time.

For more information, please contact Jens van der Laan through jens@solarplaza.com.

CONTACT
Jens van der Laan

Account Manager
Jens van der Laan

Tel: +31 10 302 7910
Mail: jens@solarplaza.com

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NETWORKING SPONSORS
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Resources


     

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Previous Editions


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Previous Editions


Solarplaza has been organizing events since 2004, hosting over 100 events in over more than 30 countries. Within that line-up, the Solar Asset Management conference series is a global range of events fully dedicated to Operations & Maintenance, Asset Management and all other technical and financial topics in the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios.

With highly successful editions in North America (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018), Europe (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Asia(2015, 2016, 2017,2018) and Latin America (2016, 2017), the series is establishing an important position around the world, following the maturation of international solar markets.

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About Solarplaza


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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

"TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE WORLD BY ACCELERATING THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION"

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  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 100+ EVENTS

  • 30+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 60.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

Contact us

PROJECT MANAGER
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For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

Kostis Tzanakakis
Tel: +31 103027903
+1 415 530 1968
Mail: kostis@solarplaza.com

PROJECT MANAGER
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For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

Gosia Surowiec
Tel: +31 103027907
Mail: gosia@solarplaza.com

ACCOUNT MANAGER
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For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Jens van der Laan
Tel: +31 10 3027910
Mail: jens@solarplaza.com

MARKETEER
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For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

Irene Rodríguez Martín
Tel: +31 10 302 7912
Mail: irene@solarplaza.com