PROGRAM /// DAY 1
23 October 2018
 

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

09:15 What is next for solar in Europe

  • • PV market moving strongly into the traditional field of energy
  • • Decreasing module prices bring down the LCOE further - where is the end when new technologies and new financial models are implemented?
  • • Renewable 100% targets from large multinationals - do we need an European energy trading platform?
  • • Governments and Utilities cannot deny the benefit of cheap solar energy in the portfolio – status of governmental or private PPA tenders all around Europe
STEFAN MÜLLER /// CO-FOUNDER - ENERPARC AG
Mr. Stefan Müller is the Co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG and since end of 2008 as a board member responsible for the international and operational business. After his diploma theses in 1992 in Solar Energy he gained international experiences in different roles for international companies in various countries and was based in India and Singapore. Enerparc is an international specialist in the whole value chain of large-scale photovoltaic power plants, has 150 experienced employees with offices in Germany, India, US and a number of registered partners (Ukraine, Jordan, Egypt, Belarus and others).
STEFAN MÜLLER
CO-FOUNDER /// ENERPARC AG

10:00 Oil and gas giants looking once more beyond petroleum

  • • Drivers for this tectonic shift
  • • Skills and synergies they seek in order to compete in a different energy market
  • • Future outlook and impact on the industry
10:30 - 11:15 AM BREAK
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Session 2A | Performance Analytics

11:15 Computational Physics for Predictive Maintenance
  • • Mathematical vs. physical modelling approaches
  • • Sensitivity and scenario analysis
  • • Economic impact of optimal fault detection
ROBIN HIRSCHL /// CO-FOUNDER & CEO - ENCOME
Dr. Robin Hirschl studied physics in Vienna, Austria, and Lyon, France, and holds a PhD in Computational Materials Science from Vienna University. He started his career at Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&), joining the European Utilities Team, where he lead energy projects throughout Europe as Senior Project Manager.
Since 2007 he has held management positions at Kioto Photovoltaics and KPV Solar, before co-founding ENcome Energy Performance, offering professional technical services to PV power plants across Europe and Australia. He acts as Managing Director since June 2012. From 2014 until 2017 he was also member of the Supervisory Board of Kioto Clear Energy AG.
ROBIN HIRSCHL
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// ENCOME
11:45 Intelligent monitoring for preventive O&M
  • • Effective management of large portfolios
  • • Challenge of automatic fault detection
  • • How to optimize the maintenance process
12:15 Unlocking the potential power of solar
  • • How is it calculated and implemented into an industry scale solar PV portfolio?
  • • KPI responsibilities per actor
  • • Learnings from wind applied to solar
JONAS CORNÉ /// FOUNDER & CEO - GREENBYTE
Jonas Corné is a pioneer in the evolving field of wind and solar power data performance analytics. As founder and CEO of Greenbyte - Jonas has been part of building state of the art analytic capabilities in the Breeze and Bright, wind and solar PV management platform in close collaboration with industry leaders.
JONAS CORNÉ
FOUNDER & CEO /// GREENBYTE

Session 2B | Asset Management

11:15 Solar Projects risk management and mitigation
  • • Best practices for risk assessment
  • • Asset owners’ expectations on risk mitigation solutions
  • • Key elements to de-risking projects
JORDI FRANCESCH /// HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT - GLENNMONT PARTNERS
Energy infrastructure management professional with strong leadership as well as analytical and quantitive skills. Experience in development of strategic direction and planning, portfolio execution, value focused management of programs, appraisal and reporting as well as governance, risk, and assurance, well experienced in working under uncertainty with complex and changing regulatory environment. Head of asset management of two Clean energy private equity funds responsible for corporate management, financial management of contractual obligations, negotiations, related assurance and value focused delivery of business plans. Overall, significant insight in management and project controls of large energy projects and in-depth, energy industry knowledge - gained at leading international companies in the last 12 years. Extensive international career across Europe, with global interactions and experience in the upstream, downstream, alternative energy and Corporate Centre.
JORDI FRANCESCH
HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT /// GLENNMONT PARTNERS
MATTEO RICCIERI /// COO - RTR ENERGY
Matteo was appointed COO in 2016. He joined RTR since the start of its activities in 2011 as Asset Manager. Prior to joining, he was Head of Project Development in BpSolar, a branch of Bp plc, where he authorized and built several utility-scale PV projects backed by international investors. Matteo’s previous role was Business Development Manager for wind and hydro energy in Bp.
MATTEO RICCIERI
COO /// RTR ENERGY
VICTOR CERVANTES /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IENOVA
Business Development Manager for IEnova (Sempra’s Mexican subsidiary), where he leads business development efforts in the electric sector.

Founding Board Member of ASOLMEX, the Mexican Photovoltaic Association.

More than 10 years of experience in the renewable energy sector in several Latin American and European countries.

One of the leaders of ASOLMEX’s Regulatory Committee, through which he collaborated closely with SENER and other Governmental Bodies during the Energy Reform process for the creation of Mexico’s new regulatory.
VICTOR CERVANTES
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// IENOVA
12:00 Effective warranty claims for existing and new assets
  • • Reviewing and evaluating insurance options
  • • Navigating the complexity of negotiation opportunities
  • • Where should owners focus their mitigation strategies to ensure production and ROI
JULIA MOSER /// GREEN TECH SOLUTIONS - MUNICH RE
A short bio will follow soon...
JULIA MOSER
GREEN TECH SOLUTIONS /// MUNICH RE
THOMAS HOPP /// GENERAL COUNSEL - AREAM
Thomas Hopp is the General Counsel and a general proxy holder from AREAM GmbH, a Düsseldorf, Germany based fully integrated asset management company for renewable energy investments. For renewable assets under management in excess of EUR 600 Mio, Thomas oversees and manages the legal aspects of the investments as well as the daily management of the legal challenges of the operating plants throughout Europe. Since 2006 Thomas has built his experience in numberless investments, the challenges from cuts in tariffs in Spain and Italy and uncooperative service providers. He is also managing director of an advisory company in Luxembourg which advises Funds in renewable energy investments. Thomas holds a law degree from the university of Bonn and a Master’s degree from the University of Exeter.
THOMAS HOPP
GENERAL COUNSEL /// AREAM

Session 2C | Market Updates

11:15 Northern and Central EU key market updates
  • • Germany: Cautious growth and repowering boom
  • • Netherlands: on their way to reach the 2020 14% RE target
  • • French competition mounting
  • • UK: Signs of life
12:00 Southern EU key market updates
  • • Spain and Portugal lead the way in EU subsidy-free future
  • • Italy: Approaching 20 GW of cumulative solar capacity. What are the key drivers?
  • • The reboot of the Greek market
SOTIRIS KAPELLOS /// OPERATION & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - ELPE RENEWABLES
Dr S.Kapellos is a graduate of the Chemical Department of the University of Athens (UOA), Greece (1986). In 1991 he received his PhD on the field of Physical Chemistry from the same Institution. The research was a collaboration between UOA and the Michigan State University (MSU) Physical Chemistry Teams. In 1993 he was hired by BP Hellas SA as Chemist in the Perama Lubricants and Fuels Quality Control Chemical Laboratory. Since then he had the opportunity to be positioned at various managerial posts within the BP Hellas Organization: Quality, Health, Safety and Environment, Human Resources, Customer Services, Pricing and Credit. In 2004 he moves to Northern Greece as Retail Fuels District Manager North.

In 2007 when BP Solar is established, Dr. S.Kapellos is appointed as the leader (CEO) of the new organization, in order to setup the new business.

In 2010 he moves to ELPE Renewables (100% owned by ELPE Group), developing and managing the Renewables portfolio of the Hellenic Petroleum Group. He currently holds the position of the Operation and Development Director of the company, being at the same time BoD member. Τhe current RES portfolio of ELPE Renewables is 130 MW of photovoltaic projects and 25 MW Biomass, of which 10 MW PV in operation and another 9 MW PV project under construction. A 6.8 MW wind park was acquired in 2013.

Dr.S.Kapellos has published several scientific articles in international magazines during his academic career. He has written a number of articles on subjects related to Safety, Hygiene and Environment and in the last years on Solar Technology and Energy Policy for newspapers, relevant magazines and e-media.

Since 2008, he has been an elected member of the board of the Hellenic (Greek) Association of PV companies (HELAPCO) and since April 2013 Chairman of the board of the Association.
SOTIRIS KAPELLOS
OPERATION & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR /// ELPE RENEWABLES
EMILIANO PIZZINI /// VICE PRESIDENT - ITALIA SOLARE
Emiliano Pizzini is a Vice-President of ITALIA SOLARE. Mr Pizzini is working in the PV market since more than 10 years, firstly as CFO of SOLON S.p.A. until 2010 and after as CEO of SOLON SpA up to 2014. In 2015 he founded Megatis S.r.l., an enterprise dedicated to Operation & Maintenance of PV Plants.
EMILIANO PIZZINI
VICE PRESIDENT /// ITALIA SOLARE
12:45 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
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Session 3A | Repowering

14:00 Case studies of retrofitting PV assets with anti-reflective coating
  • • How to achieve a 3% yield increase
  • • Key selection criteria
  • • Additional benefits for Asset Owners, Asset Managers and O&M providers
PAOLO TUSA /// COMMERCIAL MANAGER - DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
Mr. Paolo Tusa is in charge of the go-to-market strategy and commercial relationships in Europe regarding DSM’s Advanced Solar Anti Reflective Coating for Aftermarket and Endurance Backsheets. He has over 13 years of working experience, with nine years in the solar business, having worked across the value chain. Specifically, he has developed solar parks, undertaken due diligence for project acquisitions, worked in sales of PV modules, and introduced new technologies such as solar cell optimizers and a new DC/AC converter concept. Paolo graduated in Mechanical Engineering, has a Master’s in photovoltaic technology, and also has an executive MBA. He is passionate about innovative, high-tech products and services.
PAOLO TUSA
COMMERCIAL MANAGER /// DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
14:30 Revamping and Repowering: Turning the underperforming solar power plant into a highly performing asset
  • • Plant recovery process: successful case studies
  • • Implement and evaluate repowering measures
  • • New approaches driven by innovation
  • • Case studies
CHRISTIAN BERTSCH-ENGEL /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - CEE GROUP
Christian Bertsch-Engel is Managing Director of CEE Operations GmbH, which manages the 600+ MWp PV and Wind portfolio of CEE Group. He has many years of experience in Asset Management and O&M of photovoltaic power plants. Mr. Bertsch-Engel is actively involved in a number of approaches to improve standardization in the PV industry and took on roles in various standards committees such as the VDI committee "Maintenance of photovoltaic plants" and the DIN standards committee "Digital Plant Lifecycle Record".
CHRISTIAN BERTSCH-ENGEL
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// CEE GROUP
PAUL AHRENS /// CTO - CSD NANO
Paul Ahrens is the CTO at CSD Nano where he oversees improvements in the MoreSun® coating technology. He has over 30 years experience in materials development, R&D management and corporate management. He holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.
PAUL AHRENS
CTO /// CSD NANO

Session 3B | Asset Management

14:00 Contracts Standardisation and Common Risk Management; latest insight across Europe
  • • How can contract standardisation improve chances of investment and project bankability
  • • Current status of designing the common language and best practices for solar industry?
  • • Evolving O&M contracts and clauses
LORENZO PAROLA /// PARTNER - PAUL HASTINGS
Lorenzo Parola is a Partner and Chair of the EU Energy Practice of Paul Hastings. Mr Parola is both admitted to the Italian Supreme Court and as a Solicitor of England and Wales. He is one of the leading energy and energy technology lawyers in Italy.

Mr Parola advises infrastructure funds, utilities and oil majors in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the oil & gas, power, renewables, energy efficiency and energy technology sectors. He has a substantial track-record on permitting, contractual and regulatory issues related to the development of power projects and gas infrastructures, including CCGT and renewables plants, LNG regasification terminals, gas storages, pipelines and merchant lines. He is recognized an unparalleled expertise in industry specialty contacts such as tolling arrangements, power purchase agreements, take-or-pay gas sales agreements, pipeline transportation agreements, EPC contracts, energy efficiency contracts, physical and financial energy trading, including CO2 and green certificates trading. He is regularly instructed, either as counsel or arbitrator, in the context of national and international arbitrations pertaining to gas sales agreements and in the construction sector.

He is a Visiting Professor at various masters and advanced university courses (Master Course in Energy and Finance and Master in Energy Management – Corso di Alta Formazione in Energia e Finanza and Master Energy Management of MIP – Business School Polytechnic of Milan; II Level Master in Energy Efficiency and Industrial Sustainability – Master di II livello in Efficienza Energetica e Sostenibilità nell’Industria of Turin Polytechnic; Master in Energy Resources Managament – Master in Gestione delle Risorse Energetiche of SAFE).
LORENZO PAROLA
PARTNER /// PAUL HASTINGS
14:45 Balancing CAPEX, OPEX and asset profitability
  • • Advanced OPEX modelling
  • • Improper reserve budgeting
  • • Impact of build quality on OPEX
  • • Key risk assessment on asset and fleet level
GUY FRIEDGEN /// PORTFOLIO MANAGER - KGAL
Head of Asset Management in Renewable Energie (Wind, PV, Hydro).
Leading a team of 26 technical and financial asset manager.
AuM of about EUR 2.2 Billion or 1.2 GW in seven European countries.
GUY FRIEDGEN
PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// KGAL
MATÍAS GALLEGO /// HEAD OF TECHNICAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL TEAM - VECTOR CUATRO
Gallego holds a degree in Physics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Postgraduate in Physics of Complex Systems at the Universidad de Madrid. Matías Gallego has previous experience in R&D, engineering, counseling and consulting solar PV Projects. He has been involved at several levels in the development, design, implementation and maintenance of solar energy projects. From 2006 to 2009 he has developed his professional career in Isofoton, where he has held positions in the R & D, Construction of Facilities and Aftersales. From 2009 to the beginning of 2011 he has served as Technical Director of Isofoton Italy.
In 2011 he joined Langley Renewables, prior to the merger within Vector Cuatro group. He currently serves as Technical Manager for asset management services rendered by the Group worldwide.
MATÍAS GALLEGO
HEAD OF TECHNICAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL TEAM /// VECTOR CUATRO
JUAN FERNANDEZ /// HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT & INTEGRATION - SONNEDIX
Juan Fernandez is the Sonnedix Head of Asset Management and Integration, Spain. Having joined the company in early 2017, Juan focuses on asset acquisition due diligence, asset optimisation and maximising asset financial and operational yield. In addition, his team oversee all aspects of the operational performance of the country’s assets as part of the Sonnedix global solar platform. Having previously held roles at Sun Edison and BP Solar, Juan has over 16 years’ experience in photovoltaic and semiconductor sector, leading strong and accomplished teams in a range of engineering and management roles. Juan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of California, San Diego.
JUAN FERNANDEZ
HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT & INTEGRATION /// SONNEDIX

Session 3C | Subsidy free solar

14:00 Solar Market Parity in Europe
  • • Market and country opportunities
  • • The end of EU anti-dumping restrictions: The final trigger?
  • • A look into the future. Merchant vs. PPAs
  • • The risk of cannibalizing revenues and driving down wholesale prices
ED PITT FORD /// SR. INVESTMENT MANAGER - OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
Ed Pitt Ford heads up Octopus’ work on unsubsidised solar in the Energy Investments Team. In the last year Ed has led on investments into 84MW of unsubsidised solar in Italy, helping Octopus amass a total portfolio of 174MW of unsubsidised solar in Italy. Additionally, he has completed £100m of UK solar deals since joining the group in 2014. Having graduated in Physics from Imperial College London, he went on to gain international experience in India with Tesco before returning to the UK in 2009 to complete Tesco’s first solar rooftop installation. Ed has an MBA from London Business School.
Octopus Group manages £7.8bn of assets including over 2GW of energy assets in Europe.
ED PITT FORD
SR. INVESTMENT MANAGER /// OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
CARLOS REY /// DIRECTOR - FORESIGHT GROUP
Director in the Infrastructure team at Foresight Group, a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager with £2.8 billion of assets under management, raised from institutional investors, family offices, private and high net-worth individuals.
Focused on origination, arrangement and execution of infrastructure investments in Southern Europe, primarily in the renewable energy sector. Leading Foresight's investments in unsubsidised solar assets in Iberia region.
CARLOS REY
DIRECTOR /// FORESIGHT GROUP
14:45 Operating Unsubsidized Solar PV
  • • What changes in the interaction with the utility?
  • • Impact on yield, ROI and the business model
  • • The importance of accurate forecasting and information flow
HUMBERTO ROCA /// CO-FOUNDER & COO - GREENPOWERMONITOR
Humberto Roca is Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of GreenPowerMonitor which is part of DNV-GL group. With more than 10 years’ experience, Humberto Roca is an expert of market-leading integrated solutions for the management and maintenance of renewable energy installations and is also Country Manager UK where the company manages 2GW of its most of 15GW worldwide.
HUMBERTO ROCA
CO-FOUNDER & COO /// GREENPOWERMONITOR
15:30 - 16:15 PM BREAK
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Session 4

16:15 Deployment of Solar PV Financing

  • • Trends in the lending market
  • • What sponsors and funds are looking for in project portfolios
  • • The rise of project bonds in refinancing and the challenges of implementing them in other transactions
  • • Current debt market rates and terms
  • • Case studies of solar financing
DIOMIDIS DORKOFIKIS /// DIRECTOR - FORESIGHT GROUP
Diomidis Dorkofikis joined Foresight Group in 2009 and currently works as a Director in the Rome office covering Southern Europe. He has over nine years of experience. Diomidis is responsible for raising and deploying capital in the renewable energy infrastructure sector in Italy.
He has been key founding team member of ForVEI, a leading solar PV investment platform of ca. € 350.0 M value, that attracted investment capital from 5 different institutional investors and that in 2018 completed a full investment cycle by reaching an exit and delivering mid-teen returns.
He is currently primarily focused in leading Foresight’s activities in the infrastructure debt space structuring and arranging infrastructure Debt / project bond transactions across the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors for institutional investors.
Diomidis holds an MA in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi.
DIOMIDIS DORKOFIKIS
DIRECTOR /// FORESIGHT GROUP
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
Gianluca has over 10 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, spread across different areas, from the development to the financing, construction and then technical, administrative, financial, accounting and fiscal management of energy production assets and their respective investment vehicles setup in different countries. Since joining NextEnergy Capital, Gianluca has contributed to the setup and growth of the business and the corporate structure, gaining progressively external exposure and internal responsibilities. Gianluca has also been involved in the provision of asset management services to both lenders and sponsors and actively participated to lobbying activities carried-out by key Italian sector associations such as Assilea. Previously, Gianluca worked in the investment banking industry for 6 years, across different financial institutions (Calyon, Mediobanca, Dresdner Kleinwort and lastly Morgan Stanley) and countries (Italy and UK), gaining an extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, having worked on several landmark M&A and capital market transactions closed both in Italy and abroad. Gianluca is graduated cum laude in Business Administration with a major in Corporate Finance at the Bocconi University (Italy).
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA
MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY /// NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
17:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
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19:00 NETWORKING DINNER
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
23 October 2018

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