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8:15 AM - Registration & Welcome Coffee
Session 1
Plenary Room A+B
9:00 AM - 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
9:20 AM - The PV Yield End Game: Maximizing Solar Asset Value
  • • The genesis and evolution of solar asset management
  • • Market drivers for solar O&M technology innovation: The financial power of increased yield
  • • Dumb solar is dead: long live smart solar, connectivity, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence
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
10:00 AM - Looking at the operational PV landscape through the lenses of financial investors
  • • Asset Management: the bridge between financiers and O&M providers
  • • Views on the major operational trends: consolidation, storage, digitalization, repowering and standardization
  • • Portfolio aggregation and asset quality considerations in different segments of the market
  • • Post ITC financing structures and the impact of rising interest rates
  • • The effects of tariffs and uncertainty on financing and risk allocation
  • • The consequences of falling O&M pricing and the pressure on business models
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.
MODERATOR
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
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
MICHAEL EYMAN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ORIGIS SERVICES
Bio coming soon...
MICHAEL EYMAN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ORIGIS SERVICES
VISHAL SHAH /// PARTNER - HUDSON SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS
A short bio will follow soon...
VISHAL SHAH
PARTNER /// HUDSON SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS
10:45 AM - COFFEE BREAK
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Session 2A
Data Driven O&M

Conference Room A
11:30 AM - 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 PM - Advanced data analytics and predictive maintenance
  • • Turning data into actionable insights
  • • Economic impact of intelligent fault detection
  • • Digitizing the maintenance process
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
SWARUP MAVANOOR /// CO-FOUNDER & CEO - SENSEHAWK
Swarup is the co-founder and CEO of Sensehawk and has been instrumental in defining the vision and direction of the company. He has helped place SenseHawk at the heart of the current technological revolution enveloping solar asset management and monitoring. Prior to SenseHawk, Swarup led SunEdison's rural electrification and solar irrigation business and was responsible for expanding its footprint across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Through this and his earlier stints at Cypress Semiconductors, Swarup has had an excellent track record of conceptualizing and developing high-tech products across different industries.
SWARUP MAVANOOR
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// SENSEHAWK
DIDIER THEVENARD /// SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ANALYTICS - CANADIAN SOLAR
Didier Thevenard has been responsible for monitoring, analytics and reporting at Canadian Solar Operations and Maintenance for the past 8 years. He currently oversees monitoring for 1 GW of assets on four continents. Didier has over 25 year of experience in solar energy in various companies. His expertise includes climatic information, photovoltaics, solar thermal, and simulation.
DIDIER THEVENARD
SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND ANALYTICS /// CANADIAN SOLAR
LYNSEY TIBBS /// PROJECT MANAGER OF SOLAR OPERATIONS - SOUTHERN POWER
Lynsey Tibbs is Project Manager of Solar Operations at Southern Power Company. Southern Power owns 28 solar facilities in 6 states and manages the operations of these facilities through a combination of third-party O&M contracts and self-perform operations. Lynsey is responsible for managing a team of engineers overseeing the third-party contracts. Lynsey’s team also serves as corporate support for self-perform operations. Lynsey has 12 years of electric industry experience including regulated utility forecasting, utility system planning and renewable development, construction and operation.
LYNSEY TIBBS
PROJECT MANAGER OF SOLAR OPERATIONS /// SOUTHERN POWER

Session 2B
Financial Asset Management

Conference Room B
11:30 AM - Solar Lendscape: Capital Markets in 2019
  • • Current trends in financing ecosystem
  • • How do asset characteristics impact financing conditions
  • • Reducing uncertainty of asset performance
  • • Solar development landscape
RICHARD DOVERE /// MANAGING MEMBER - C2
A short description will follow soon...
RICHARD DOVERE
MANAGING MEMBER /// C2
RICHARD MATSUI /// CEO - KWH ANALYTICS
Richard Matsui is the CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics, the leading risk management company for solar investments. kWh Analytics invented the "Solar Revenue Put", an investment-grade credit enhancement that has already enabled $250m of American solar projects to secure improved financing terms. He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Greater China, where he helped found the Firm’s solar practice in 2007. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He is proud to have been born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a Forbes "30 Under 30" award recipient for Energy.
RICHARD MATSUI
CEO /// KWH ANALYTICS
JOHN MARCIANO /// PARTNER - AKIN GUMP
John Marciano’s practice encompasses tax, legal, and commercial advice on energy and infrastructure projects. He also counsels clients in all aspects of the budding unmanned aviation industry, including financing fleets of unmanned aerial systems. His work includes advising on capital-raising and deployment strategies for a wide range of clients, primarily in connection with solar, wind, geothermal, fuel cell and biomass projects. He is the editor of a renewable power tax credit reference guide that is a must-have resource for practitioners, project developers, financiers and government officials. John is a frequent speaker on debt and equity structuring issues related to renewable power assets and investments. He was honored in the Financial Times’ Most Innovative Law Firms 2015 Report.
JOHN MARCIANO
PARTNER /// AKIN GUMP
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
12:15 PM - Bank Asset Management 101
  • • Internal compliance obligations at a bank
  • • Credit team’s responsibilities and internal audits
  • • Banks’ use of data
  • • The role software plays in bank asset management
JASON KAMINSKY /// COO - KWH ANALYTICS
Jason Kaminsky is the COO of kWh Analytics. kWh Analytics is the market leader in solar risk management. By leveraging the most comprehensive performance database of solar assets in the United States (20% of the U.S. asset class) and the strength of the global insurance markets, kWh Analytics’ customers are able to minimize risk and increase equity returns of their solar portfolios. kWh Analytics is backed by private venture capital and the US Department of Energy. Prior to kWh Analytics, Jason was a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Environmental group, where he worked on the investment of nearly $1 billion in solar equity investments. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2011, Jason worked at SPG Solar, where he supported the CEO on strategic corporate initiatives and established the company’s technology selection framework. Jason received both his B.S. in Mathematics and his B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences from UCLA. He holds an M.S. degree in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, and also completed his M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jason is a speaker on such topics as tax-equity financing, solar technology selection, and solar risk management.
JASON KAMINSKY
COO /// KWH ANALYTICS
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
SARAH DISCH /// PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM LEAD - WELLS FARGO
Sarah Disch is a Director and Team Lead of the Wells Fargo Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance Portfolio Management team. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for 12 years, with both developers and tax equity. Sarah currently oversees the operational, commercial and financial management of $3.5bn of solar and wind generating assets.
SARAH DISCH
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM LEAD /// WELLS FARGO

Session 2C
Private Customers in the Spotlight

Conference Room C
11:30 AM - Community Solar opportunities and associated Asset Management complexities
  • • Differences state-wise: Top markets and the driving force behind their growth
  • • Current and Future Financing Structures
  • • Opportunities from the perspective of residential, LMI and C&I customers
  • • Future Outlook: Evolving subscription models and agreements
GOSIA SUROWIEC /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short description will follow soon...
MODERATOR
GOSIA SUROWIEC
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
STEFANIE PADGETT /// VICE PRESIDENT ASSET MANAGEMENT - NAUTILUS SOLAR SOLUTIONS
Stefanie has dedicated her career to understanding her customer’s needs and being the voice of the customer within large power companies such as GE & ABB. She has spent her career supporting Utilities, IPPs, Municipalities and Investors in the Power Industry.

Stefanie has been on the service side of the solar industry for several years now. She helped develop First Solar Energy’s 3rd party O&M offering that led to it becoming the leader of 3rd party providers for utility solar O&M. She is now heading the Asset Management business for Nautilus Solar Solutions that focuses on C&I, community solar and distributed generation portfolios. Nautilus Solar Solutions provides 3rd party financial, community solar, operational and maintenance management.
STEFANIE PADGETT
VICE PRESIDENT ASSET MANAGEMENT /// NAUTILUS SOLAR SOLUTIONS
PAUL ZAVESOFF /// SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT - CLEARWAY ENERGY GROUP
Paul is a senior director of portfolio management at Clearway Energy Group responsible for commercial management of its leveraged portfolios of utility scale wind and solar, C&I, community solar, and residential solar assets. Clearway Energy was formed in 2018 with the completion of the sale of NRG Energy's renewables platform to Global Infrastructure Partners. Paul has 20 years of asset management, finance and business development experience in renewable energy and power, including 8 years with Clearway/NRG. Prior to NRG, he was a vice president of finance at Ram Power, a geothermal energy startup, where he directed corporate and project finance activities. Prior to that, Paul held various business development and asset management positions at Ormat Technologies, a geothermal power developer and operator. He holds a BA in Political Sciences from Tel Aviv University and a MBA from Ben Gurion University.
PAUL ZAVESOFF
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT /// CLEARWAY ENERGY GROUP
NATHAN SKON /// SENIOR DIRECTOR FINANCE - FOREFRONT POWER
A short description will follow soon...
NATHAN SKON
SENIOR DIRECTOR FINANCE /// FOREFRONT POWER
12:15 PM - Residential Solar PV Innovations to ensure competitiveness
  • • O&M for consumers: Real failure rates and warranty issues of components
  • • Production oversight in a maturing industry
  • • O&M strategies for efficient fleet performance.
  • • Is Residential Solar Storage-ready?
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
MODERATOR
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA
CHRISTOPHER SOMMERFELD /// DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AND MONITORING - SUNRUN
Chris Sommerfeld has 15 years of experience in the solar industry and has worked in the entire solar value chain from manufacturer to integrator to third party owner. During his six years at Sunrun he has held a number of roles including leading field service and installation quality and efficiency standards. Currently he is responsible for Surun's fleet performance and monitoring, ensuring high energy performance of all solar and energy storage assets through proactive operations
CHRISTOPHER SOMMERFELD
DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AND MONITORING /// SUNRUN
KENT WILLIAMS /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - VIVINT SOLAR
Kent Williams is the Vice President of Asset Management at Vivint Solar, a leading fullservice residential solar integrator. In this position, Kent is responsible for securing funding for the company from large financiers. Prior to Vivint, Kent was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LeaseDimensions, an industry-leading renewable-energy finance, origination, and servicing business. He worked closely with most of the solar industry's residential solar finance providers and was instrumental in the development and operation of the company. Prior to LeaseDimensions, Kent was a founding partner and senior executive of Loan Servicing Enterprise (LSE), a joint venture established to provide third-party servicing for the ABS and lending communities.
KENT WILLIAMS /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - VIVINT SOLAR
Kent Williams is the Vice President of Asset Management at Vivint Solar, a leading fullservice residential solar integrator. In this position, Kent is responsible for securing funding for the company from large financiers. Prior to Vivint, Kent was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LeaseDimensions, an industry-leading renewable-energy finance, origination, and servicing business. He worked closely with most of the solar industry's residential solar finance providers and was instrumental in the development and operation of the company. Prior to LeaseDimensions, Kent was a founding partner and senior executive of Loan Servicing Enterprise (LSE), a joint venture established to provide third-party servicing for the ABS and lending communities.
KENT WILLIAMS
VP ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VIVINT SOLAR
DEREK CHASE /// CEO - SUNSYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES
Founded and headed O&M sales and infrastructure for SunSystem Technology since inception. Seasoned solar professional with over 10 years of experience in the Solar Industry. Design and Engineering Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager (Solar Power Inc.), Global Commissioning Manager (Solar Power Inc.), Quality Control Engineer; Module Manufacturing, light rail train harness assembly (Solar Power Inc.), Product Manager; brought low cost solar monitoring solution to market and deployed, Franchisee Operations Manager; Opened 4 solar companies NC, CO, CA (2) all still in operation. Since August 2017, he has been serving as the Chairman on SEIA’s O&M Working Group.
DEREK CHASE
CEO /// SUNSYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES
NOAH TUTHILL /// STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS TECHNICAL MANAGER - SOLAREDGE
A short description will follow soon...
NOAH TUTHILL
STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS TECHNICAL MANAGER /// SOLAREDGE
1:00 PM - LUNCH NETWORKING
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Session 3A |
Aerial Inspections

Conference Room A
2:15 PM - Integrating Aerial Inspections into O&M activities
  • • Leveraging aerial inspection to increase O&M effectiveness
  • • Optimizing schedules and costs
  • • Long term assumptions on degradation and data failure trends
  • • The effect of aerial inspection on warranty cases and financing
KATIE JANIK /// PORTFOLIO & ASSET MANAGEMENT - ICF
Katie Janik is a financial strategy professional with substantial project finance experience, particularly in the renewable energy, oil/gas, and financial services sectors. Katie has maximized the value of project portfolios and investor returns by building out asset management groups and by streamlining the framework of existing groups. Throughout her career in risk management, Katie has monitored over $27 billion and over 1GW of renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and geothermal. Katie’s career has established her as a leader in project finance, portfolio monitoring, debt restructuring, policy and procedure management, tax equity, and business automation. She is also experienced in managing cross-functional teams and training staff. Katie currently consults with ICF as well as Garnet 3 Consulting. Previously Katie was with Sol Systems, Department of Energy and the Export-Import Bank.
MODERATOR
KATIE JANIK
PORTFOLIO & ASSET MANAGEMENT /// ICF
ZACK TOWNSEND /// MANAGER OF ASSET MANAGEMENT TEAM - WGL ENERGY SYSTEM
Zack Townsend is the Manager of ’s Asset Management Team, overseeing the operations of 300 MW of distributed generation assets, including Solar PV, Residential Solar, and Fuel Cells. Zack has been in the PV industry for 5 years, all of them with WGL Energy Systems.
ZACK TOWNSEND
MANAGER OF ASSET MANAGEMENT TEAM /// WGL ENERGY SYSTEM
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
MATT MURPHY /// EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS - GREENBACKER GROUP
Mr. Matt Murphy is the Vice President of Fleet Management for Greenbacker Renewable Energy where he is responsible for day to day operations and maintenance, fleet performance, and technical due diligence. In his current position Matt oversees a portfolio of over 200MW of residential solar, commercial and utility solar, and wind power plants across 18 States. During his time at Greenbacker he has been instrumental in building systems and processes to enable the successful rapid growth of the Greenbacker fleet. Previously Mr. Murphy was Director of Operations & Maintenance for Borrego Solar where he oversaw a fleet of 500 Megawatts of solar power plants across 11 states. Matt managed a national O&M team and was responsible for the highest level of escalation within the department. On a daily basis he ensured that each region was performing optimally. He also served as the department’s data & communications technical expert. Previously, Matt was the East Coast O&M Manager for Borrego Solar, where he oversaw the East Coast fleet as it grew from five to fifty megawatts. Matt’s specialties included data and electrical troubleshooting, lean management implementation, risk mitigation, insurance claim management, data analysis, and CMMS infrastructure build out. Prior to joining Borrego Solar, he worked for five years at the Vermont-based electrical contracting company Peck Electric, where he was instrumental in creating and running Peck’s solar PV division (now in the top 30 solar installers in the country) and was responsible for every job function from sales to system commissioning. While at Peck, Matt oversaw the design, development, construction, and maintenance of over 5 MW of solar PV capacity. Matt also has five years of experience teaching PV construction and troubleshooting to electricians at the Vermont NJATC training center, where he prepared students for the NABCEP certification test. Matt is a licensed electrician in several states and is NABCEP certified.
MATT MURPHY
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS /// GREENBACKER GROUP
JAMIE MORDARSKI /// DIRECTOR AMERICAS O&M SERVICE - SMA AMERICA LLC
Jamie Mordarski is the Director of Operations and Maintenance, America’s (O&M) for SMA America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for all operations and budgets for SMA’s O&M and preventive maintenance contracts in the Americas, totaling more than 2.0 GW of projects in 5 countries. He is also responsible for SMA’s Solar Monitoring Center, a state-of-the art 24/7 NERC Compliant facility that provides advanced, real-time remote monitoring of commercial and utility-scale PV plants. Mordarski has worked in over 15 countries and has more than 20 years of experience in power generation, field service, maintenance, controls , operations and in nuclear power, fuel cells and photovoltaics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is a US Department of Labor Licensed Journeyman and is NABCEP PVA and PVSI certified. He is also an ASNT Level 2 Certified Thermographer and FAA Licensed Part 107 sUAS Pilot.
JAMIE MORDARSKI
DIRECTOR AMERICAS O&M SERVICE /// SMA AMERICA LLC
3:00 PM - Insourcing vs. Outsourcing of Drone Operations
  • • Managing a drone program with internal or external resources
  • • Different solution offerings available to asset managers and owners
  • • Turning raw drone data into actionable inspection results
  • • Examples of insourced and outsourced use cases
KATIE JANIK /// PORTFOLIO & ASSET MANAGEMENT - ICF
Katie Janik is a financial strategy professional with substantial project finance experience, particularly in the renewable energy, oil/gas, and financial services sectors. Katie has maximized the value of project portfolios and investor returns by building out asset management groups and by streamlining the framework of existing groups. Throughout her career in risk management, Katie has monitored over $27 billion and over 1GW of renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and geothermal. Katie’s career has established her as a leader in project finance, portfolio monitoring, debt restructuring, policy and procedure management, tax equity, and business automation. She is also experienced in managing cross-functional teams and training staff. Katie currently consults with ICF as well as Garnet 3 Consulting. Previously Katie was with Sol Systems, Department of Energy and the Export-Import Bank.
MODERATOR
KATIE JANIK
PORTFOLIO & ASSET MANAGEMENT /// ICF
CHRIS FRY /// OPERATIONS MANAGER - AES DISTRIBUTED ENERGY
As Operations Manager, Chris works to optimize performance and financial returns of a fast-scaling fleet of 230+ distributed generation solar PV sites (~200 MWs PV; 20MW BESS) in the domestic US market. He leads AES DE’s intrapreneurship launch of in-house O&M capabilities for Hawaii. He also heads AES DE’s O&M vendor engagement strategy including RFP development and process management, scope and fee negotiation, and compliance review. Prior to AES DE, Chris supported market-acceleration efforts for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program, and built and led three start-up ventures in last mile distribution of clean energy products and social entrepreneurship focused on sub-Saharan African markets. Chris holds an MBA from Colorado State University’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program.
CHRIS FRY
OPERATIONS MANAGER /// AES DISTRIBUTED ENERGY
BRAD MEYER /// SOLAR SOLUTION MANAGER - MEASURE
Brad Meyer is the Solar Solution Manager for Measure, a leading drone services company. Brad brings the voice of his clients into the development of drone services and software for the solar industry and creates customized solutions to meet his clients’ specific needs. Prior to joining Measure, Brad spent eight years in the solar industry at companies including Microgrid Solar and Sunrise Solar. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, and, in 2013, he earned his NABCEP technical sales certification.
BRAD MEYER
SOLAR SOLUTION MANAGER /// MEASURE
VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - SITEMARK
Vishal Punamiya is CEO of Sitemark. He oversees the overall commercial and product strategy for Sitemark’s Aerial Data Platform. Sitemark enables enterprises to deploy drones and aerial data at scale while enabling their digital transformation strategy.

Sitemark is used today to monitor +1400 PV sites across +30 countries by asset owners, operators and EPCs during pre-construction, engineering and construction phase, COD, EPC-O&M handover, annual inspections, purchase or sale among other stages in the life of a PV asset.

Prior to Sitemark he spent over 13 years as a corporate executive building and deploying innovative technology solutions for and within Fortune 100 companies such as Deutsche Post DHL, Panalpina among others. Previously he was CIO at Panalpina, a global Swiss logistics player active in 60+ countries with an annual revenue of Eur+8 bn.
VISHAL PUNAMIYA
CEO /// SITEMARK
BRYAN BANKE /// ASSET MANAGEMENT - ENERPARC
Bryan Banke is responsible for the performance, both operational and financial, of all Enerparc, Inc. U.S. assets. Enerparc is a privately held company based in Hamburg, Germany. It provides solar EPC services across 19 countries and owns 1GW as a solar IPP.
Mr. Banke is an early creator of standardized operating policies and procedures in the management of solar asset portfolios, and his ideas and extensive knowledge of real world operations have been published and presented before numerous industry conferences and working groups. Prior to joining the Enerparc family, Bryan managed NRG Energy’s Distributed Generation portfolios before assuming control of the solar and wind operations for Renewable Energy Trust Capital.
BRYAN BANKE
ASSET MANAGEMENT /// ENERPARC

Session 3B |
Solar + Storage

Conference Room B
2:15 PM - 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
CAMRON BARATI /// SENIOR ANALYST - IHS MARKIT
Camron Barati is a Senior Analyst with IHS Markit Technology. Camron is part of the IHS Markit Technology Solar and Energy Storage Group and is currently responsible for researching solar PV and energy storage markets in North America, covering supply chain trends and downstream market dynamics. He is based in Austin, TX.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Camron worked as an associate with GTM Research as part of their solar analyst team. He also has experience working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Enphase Energy.

Camron graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Geography.
MODERATOR
CAMRON BARATI
SENIOR ANALYST /// IHS MARKIT
JEFF GIBBONS /// DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SERVICES - FLUENCE
Jeff Gibbons is Director of Operations Services at Fluence, a joint venture of Siemens and AES. In this role, he is responsible for environmental health and safety of field activities; profit and loss (P&L), strategic development and execution of the Services Group; organizational development, contract management, sales support and services innovation. His diverse background and experience has spanned two industries and multiple leadership positions. Before joining Fluence, Gibbons was Director of Operations at AES Energy Storage, responsible for the successful transition and support of all Advancion projects across a global AES platform. Additionally, he led EDF Renewable Services in California as Area Manager and held earlier roles with AES as U.S. Performance Director (Coal, Gas, Wind) and Technical Director. Gibbons holds an M.B.A. from Chapman University, and a B.A. in chemistry from California State University, San Bernardino. He is also an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
JEFF GIBBONS
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SERVICES - FLUENCE
GEORGE SCHULZ /// VP CLEAN ENERGY - ARGO GROUP US
George Schulz is the market lead in North America for Argo Group’s Clean Energy team that develops and distributes insurance risk solutions to the global renewable energy markets. With over 20 years in financial services and insurance, George is experienced in product development, underwriting and structuring innovative risk management solutions.
Prior to joining Argo in 2017, George was with Munich Reinsurance America Inc. since 2009, he was at the forefront of technology performance cover products that are in demand today. Previously, he was at bond insurer, Radian Asset Assurance, Inc., responsible for providing credit enhancement to bond issuers; he also co-founded the infrastructure finance business at Radian. George also worked at Fitch Ratings’ public and structured finance groups.
George earned his Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the Maxwell School and College of Law at Syracuse University.; B.A. from State University of New York at Albany.
GEORGE SCHULZ
VP CLEAN ENERGY /// ARGO GROUP US
MATT BARNES /// CFO - GRIDSME
Matt is the CFO and a Board Member at GridSME, a consulting firm focused on helping its clients navigate the changing power industry. He has more than a decade of experience in various asset management, project development, and consulting roles in the power industry. His expertise includes asset management, electricity markets, financial planning and analysis, and regulatory compliance for power grid asset owners and operators. Today, Matt’s primary focus is on helping clients understand and perform detailed modeling of energy storage operations and merchant revenue streams.
MATT BARNES
CFO /// GRIDSME
3:00 PM - 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
CAMRON BARATI /// SENIOR ANALYST - IHS MARKIT
Camron Barati is a Senior Analyst with IHS Markit Technology. Camron is part of the IHS Markit Technology Solar and Energy Storage Group and is currently responsible for researching solar PV and energy storage markets in North America, covering supply chain trends and downstream market dynamics. He is based in Austin, TX.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Camron worked as an associate with GTM Research as part of their solar analyst team. He also has experience working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Enphase Energy.

Camron graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Geography.
MODERATOR
CAMRON BARATI
SENIOR ANALYST /// IHS MARKIT
STEPHEN GOODBODY /// COO - 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
COO /// SOLTAGE
LEIGH ZANONE /// SENIOR DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT - 8MINUTENERGY
Leigh is a 12 year veteran of the solar industry focusing on the technical operation and asset management of solar power portfolios. He currently directs the operations and asset management division of 8minutenergy Renewables LLC. He was previously director of products at meteocontrol and overseeing their line of monitoring metering systems, O&M service plans, quality test processes, and performance analysis for developing and existing PV assets. He currently volunteers for the education committee for Solar Power international, as well as a working group member for several international quality and performance standards committees with DOE and IEC.
LEIGH ZANONE
SENIOR DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT /// 8MINUTENERGY
LANDON PETRUZZI /// MANAGER - FIRST SOLAR
As a Manager in the Global Operations group of First Solar’s Energy Services business, Mr. Petruzzi is responsible for developing new products, optimizing existing operations and enhancing the value delivered to plant owners.
Mr. Petruzzi has over 10 years of experience in business strategy and development, including 4 years focused on solar power. In his time at First Solar, he has supported rapid growth as MW’s under contract increased over 100% to 7,000MW in late 2017.
Other accomplishments in his time include supporting the startup of third-party services and multiple strategic relationships with industry leading OEMs. He is now leading the effort to develop PV + storage and stand-alone storage services.
Mr. Petruzzi previously worked for Staples’ $1.1B North American Contract business unit, leading projects and driving analysis around key reinvention strategies.
Mr. Petruzzi has a BS in Business Management from Westminster College and an MBA from Arizona State University.
LANDON PETRUZZI
MANAGER /// FIRST SOLAR

Session 3C |
PV Modules trends and forecast

Conference Room C
2:15 PM - A deep dive into upstream PV industry

  • • PV manufacturing industry consolidation
  • • Module cost structure breakdown and further reduction
  • • Module pricing trends
XIAOTING WANG /// SOLAR INSIGHT - BLOOMBERGNEF
Xiaoting Wang is a solar energy specialist in BloombergNEF. She has been conducting research on Photovoltaic industry since 2012 and published more than 200 insight notes. Her research scope covers PV technologies along the value chain, from equipment manufacturing to project development with trackers and storage. Before joining BloombergNEF, Xiaoting worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Energy and Environmental Policy in University of Delaware, following a five-year Ph.D program at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Delaware. During her academic research period, Xiaoting published 19 articles on international journals and books, with the topics spanning a range of photovoltaic module research and development, performance measurement and modeling, and assessment of the value of high efficiency modules.
XIAOTING WANG
SOLAR INSIGHT /// BLOOMBERGNEF
3:00 PM - Unpacking Bifacial’s true potential: Beyond test results
  • • Variable factors affecting yield and performance
  • • System configurations for maximum benefits
  • • Impact of tracking system design
  • • Retrofitting potential
ANN GAGLIOTI /// FOUNDER & CEO - GROUNDWORK RENEWABLES
Ann Gaglioti is founder and CEO of GroundWork Renewables. Currently in its 10th year, GroundWork accelerates solar adoption by providing high quality ground irradiance and meteorological (MET) data for utility-scale solar development and operations. To date, GroundWork has directly contributed to the successful financing and installation of over 18GW of solar power in North America. Ann prides herself on assembling a diverse, versatile team of solar resource experts that are committed to client service and high quality systems and data.

Prior to GroundWork, Ann was an Executive Vice President with iCrossing, a digital marketing and interactive agency providing business solutions to Fortune 500 clients. She holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
MODERATOR
ANN GAGLIOTI
FOUNDER & CEO /// GROUNDWORK RENEWABLES
FRANK FALLER /// VP TECHNOLOGY - 8MINUTENERGY
Frank is a solar PV industry veteran with 25 years of experience in research, manufacturing, sales, business development and management across the PV value chain, including crystalline-silicon wafer, solar cell and PV module technology, starting with industry pioneers like Astropower and Shell Solar.

Over the past 13 years, Frank worked for industry leaders including Deutsche Solar, Centrotherm and SCHMID in wafer supply and manufacturing equipment. Frank also ran his own independent consultancy for 4 years and is active in the field of PV module reliability. Since 2 years Frank is expanding his expertise in battery storage technologies with strong focus on Li-ion with its different chemistries.

Frank is a physicist by training and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg, in conjunction with the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy, ISE in Freiburg, Germany. Prior to his career in PV, he was also a researcher at two laboratories for “elementary particle research” at Fermilab near Chicago and CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.
FRANK FALLER
VP TECHNOLOGY /// 8MINUTENERGY
GREG BEARDSWORTH /// SR. DIRECTOR PRODUCT MANAGEMENT - NEXTRACKER
As Sr. Director of Product Management, Greg Beardsworth brings over a decade of utility-scale solar product management and engineering experience to NEXTracker. Mr. Beardsworth focuses his time leading NEXTracker’s product management team and driving the continued success of NEXTracker’s industry leading solar tracker products. He is also responsible for NEXTracker’s bifacial research and testing programs. Drawing upon over 17GW of experience with NEXTracker and previous product roles at SunPower and Westinghouse Electric, Mr. Beardsworth is committed to the relentless advancement of solar energy performance, availability and installation simplicity. Mr. Beardsworth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
GREG BEARDSWORTH
SR. DIRECTOR PRODUCT MANAGEMENT /// NEXTRACKER
3:45 PM - COFFEE BREAK
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Session 4
Plenary Room A+B
4:30 PM - Effects of consolidation in the Solar PV landscape
  • • Recent developments in the Monitoring Space
  • • Implications in terms of economies of scale, standardization and capacity to further drive innovation
  • • Strategic considerations and best practices to aggregate portfolios, merge and migrate platforms
  • • Opportunities and challenges across the value chain and effects on the industry as a result of these developments
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.
MODERATOR
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
JON PREVITALI /// Director of Technology & Technical Services - WELLS FARGO
Jon Previtali is an engineer who has worked with Internet and renewable energy technologies for over twenty years. He leads technical due diligence for solar and wind power projects for Wells Fargo, one of the largest tax-equity financiers of renewable energy in the US. He also serves as an advisor to Wells Fargo and NREL’s Innovation Incubator, the DOE’s Solar Energy Technology Office and is a primary contributor to the DOE’s Orange Button Initiative, an effort to scale solar finance through more efficient data exchange.
JON PREVITALI
Director of Technology & Technical Services /// WELLS FARGO
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
ROBERT SCHAEFER /// ALSOENERGY INC - CEO
Robert is the CEO and co-founder of AlsoEnergy where he has led the company to become the leading independent provider of monitoring systems for the global renewable energy industry.

Throughout his 30-year career, Robert has demonstrated broad experience across management, engineering and operations. Prior to AlsoEnergy, Robert held various positions in of Breese Hill LLC from 2005 through 2007 including C.O.O., V.P. Engineering, President and Chief Executive Officer. During this time, Robert oversaw the specification, design, prototype and manufacturing launch of three generations of computer data storage products manufactured in China, six generations of computer tape products manufactured in the U.S. and established sales and partnering opportunities in Asia and Europe. Prior to Breese Hill, Robert developed leading products for Hertrich Development, MaxOptix and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Robert's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T and a Master of Science in Control Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition, Robert is a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. He has discovered and developed techniques to reduce costs leading to six patents in the field of robotics and one in renewable energy systems.
ROBERT SCHAEFER
ALSOENERGY INC. /// CEO
5:15 PM - Value of Automation in an Era of Diminishing Marginal Returns
  • • Digitalization as the main driver for cost reduction
  • • How Digitalization shapes business strategy across the industry
  • • Understanding assets and improving EBITDA of power plants
  • • Approaches to make workflows smarter and more efficient
  • • Reluctance and barriers to integrating solutions
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.
MODERATOR
KOSTIS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
ETIENNE LECOMPTE /// CEO - POWERHUB
Etienne Lecompte is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in renewable energy, software development, and regulatory compliance. After founding and building Local Content Assurance Bureau (LCAB) into one of the most respected renewable energy compliance consultancy firms in Ontario, Canada, he started PowerHub. PowerHub is redefining asset management for the renewable energy industry. His vision is that managing portfolios of assets should be easy. Etienne has worked on over 8 GW of wind and solar projects in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and is continuing to actively participate in the growth of the renewable energy sector.
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO /// POWERHUB
CHRIS FRANTZ /// VP ASSET MANAGEMENT - CYPRESS CREEK
Chris runs the Independent Power Company at Cypress Creek, focusing on maximizing the value of Cypress’ operating assets as well as the Cash Flow Available for Distribution (CAFD). Prior to this role, 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. 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
REEGAN MOEN /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SOLV
Reegan has spent 28 years in the energy, telecommunications and retail industries, split evenly between the three. From start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, Reegan’s specialty has been managing sales and marketing, overseeing national sales teams offering high-growth products and services to traditional markets and P&L responsibilities. Reegan has worked exclusively in solar energy since 2010 and has secured engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for more than 100MW of projects from coast-to-coast. As the Business Development Manager for SOLV, Reegan continues to build the company’s operations and maintenance portfolio which is currently over 5GW.
REEGAN MOEN
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// SOLV
6:00 PM - Tell your solar horror stories!
6:00 PM - NETWORKING DRINKS
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7:00 PM - NETWORKING DINNER
with view over San Francisco (limited capacity)
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8:30-11:00 PM - PARTY!
Drinks with a view at the 36th floor
Brought to you by Solarplaza