PROGRAM /// DAY 1
26 March 2019
 
Session 1
09:00 - Opening by conference Chairman
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Konstantinos works as a project manager Solar Asset Management in Solarplaza, focusing on the European and the US markets. He is a sustainable energy professional with experience in evaluation of energy systems, business plan development and stakeholder engagement.
Graduate of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands having acquired a PDEng in Smart Energy Buildings & Cities and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and also holds a Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
09:20 - Turning the tide of value deflation: the importance of innovation and Asset Management excellence in driving solar profitability
  • • The innovative angle of AM: technology & digitization to minimize costs
  • • Technologies to watch out for
  • • Financial innovation to fund solar projects
  • • Systemic innovation to add flexibility in order to dependably channel the sun's intermittent energy
VARUN SIVARAM /// CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - RENEW POWER
Varun Sivaram is a physicist, bestselling author, and Chief Technology Officer at ReNew Power Ventures, a multibillion-dollar renewable energy firm that is India’s largest by installed capacity. He is also an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University, a board member for the Stanford University energy and environment institutes, and an editorial board member for the journal Global Transitions. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., where he directed the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

He is the author of the bestselling book, "Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet" (MIT Press, 2018), which the FT called “the best available overview of where the solar industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach a brighter future.” He is also the editor of the book, "Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems" (CFR Press, 2018).

Dr. Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Energy Policy, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, Joule, Scientific American, MIT Tech Review, and Issues in Science and Technology. Forbes Magazine called him one of the 30 under 30 in Law and Policy, Grist selected him as one of the top 50 leaders in sustainability, and PV Magazine named him the “Hamilton of the Solar Industry.”

Dr. Sivaram has previously served as senior energy advisor to the the mayor of Los Angeles and the governor of New York, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. A Rhodes and a Truman scholar, he holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University. He also holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations.
VARUN SIVARAM
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER /// RENEW POWER
10:00 - Capital markets’ view of the current and future developments in the solar industry and its role in shaping the sector
  • • Aggregating portfolios to attract capital from large tax equity and debt providers
  • • Long-term owners in search of relatively low-risk infrastructure assets
  • • Early stage developers capturing value by using high-risk debt and lobbying
  • • Asset quality considerations
  • • Pressure on the business models
  • • Asset owners’ consolidation
  • • Post ITC financing structures and the impact of rising interest rates
10:45 - COFFEE BREAK

Session 2A
Moving beyond Spreadsheets

11:30 - Turning Data into Knowledge: Leveraging SCADA data to maximize performance of a growing solar fleet
  • • How to use data to manage and control solar assets
  • • Tools and processes to efficiently manage a growing fleet of solar resources
  • • Processes when detecting device level issues
  • • Best practices to resolve and correct these issues
MAY CAI /// DATA SCIENTIST - TRIMARK ASSOCIATES
With a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Statistics, plus a Bachelor of Art in Economics from the University of California, Davis, May leads the renewable energy Performance Analytics product development efforts at Trimark. May’s team integrates the raw data from the SCADA system into various performance analytic functionality to transform the data into actionable information, encompassing innovative statistical models, interactive analytic dashboards, and customizable reports. May has expertise in machine learning techniques and she leverages this expertise to drive the capabilities of Trimark’s performance analytic product portfolio. Her efforts directly help clients improve energy plant performance and maximize energy generation revenue.
MAY CAI
DATA SCIENTIST /// TRIMARK ASSOCIATES
KYLE KEMPER /// O&M ENGINEER - SPOWER
Kyle Kemper is an O&M Engineer with sPower, the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. His work is centralized on optimizing plant production and monitoring the real-time, daily, and monthly performance of assets. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.
KYLE KEMPER
O&M ENGINEER /// SPOWER
12:15 - Science of fiction: How Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning can maximize solar assets’ performance
  • • Demystifying AI and ML
  • • Early Detection of Equipment Reliability Issues
  • • Optimize Site Performance through Cost-Effective Corrective Actions
  • • Moving from Time-Based to Revenue-Based O&M Scheduling

Session 2B
Financial Asset Management

11:30 - Reducing Cost of Capital; Tactics from Vendors and Investors
  • • How do asset characteristics impact financing conditions
  • • Reduce uncertainty of asset performance
  • • Solar development landscape
12:15 - Bank Asset Management 101
  • • Internal compliance obligations at a bank
  • • Credit team’s responsibilities and internal audits
  • • Banks’ use of data
  • • The role of software play in bank asset management?

Session 2C
Customers in the Spotlight

11:30 - Community Solar opportunities and Asset Management considerations
  • • Potential financing structures
  • • Differences state-wise: Top markets and the driving force behind their growth
  • • Opportunities from the perspective of residential, LMI and C&I customers
  • • Future outlook in terms of how the current subscription models and agreements are evolving
12:10 - Solutions for Overseeing the Residential Solar PV Production
  • • O&M for consumers: Real failure rates and warranty issues of components
  • • Production oversight in a maturing industry
12:40 - Is Residential Solar Storage-ready?
13:00 - LUNCH NETWORKING

Session 3A |
Aerial Inspections

14:30 - Integrating Aerial Inspections into O&M activities
  • • Optimizing schedules and costs
  • • Long term assumptions on degradation and data failure trends
  • • The effect of aerial inspection on warranty cases and financing
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.
ROB ANDREWS
CEO /// HELIOLYTICS
14:45 - Insourcing vs. Outsourcing of Aerial Inspections

Session 3B |
Solar & Storage

14:30 - Real value of adding storage into projects and portfolios
  • • Drivers to retrofit plants with battery storage
  • • Revenue Stacking: how to monetize storage?
  • • Key factors for successful financing
  • • Balance sheet importance and bankability
14:45 - PV+Storage Planning and Operations
  • • Integrating PV with battery storage: ancillary services to aid grid operations
  • • Choosing the right mix for the solar system
  • • Different O&M requirements and risks
  • • The cost of operating storage
STEPHEN GOODBODY /// EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING - SOLTAGE
Stephen Goodbody is Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Soltage, a full-service solar PV and storage developer, designer, owner and asset manager with nearly 200MW under operation and management. 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 27 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
EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING /// SOLTAGE

Session 3C |
PV Modules trends and forecast

14:30 - Modules Pricing Dynamics
  • • Regional Pricing Drivers
  • • Current and Future system cost breakdown
  • • Evaluating the associated risks
14:45 - Assessing Bifacial Modules: First results based on case studies
  • • Variable factors affecting the yield
  • • System configurations for maximum benefits
  • • Impact of tracking system design

15:30 - COFFEE BREAK
Session 4
16:15 - Effects of consolidation in the Solar Market: The case of Solar Monitoring Platforms
  • • Debate: Creating economies of scale vs diversification & risk mitigation
  • • Effective ways to merge and migrate platforms
  • • Opportunities and challenges across the value chain
17:00 - Tell your solar horror stories
    Do you have an interesting story to share? Contact us!
    gosia@solarplaza.com
17:45 - DRINKS & SNACKS
19:00 - NETWORKING DINNER
with view over San Francisco (limited capacity)
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
26 March 2019