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PROGRAM /// DAY 2
8 November 2017

Session 5 | Market Updates

08:45 Opening by conference Chairman


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.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

09:00 Reflection: Recent Key trends in the O&M, AM and ownership landscape in Europe

  • • O&M price trends and dispersion throughout Europe
  • • Developments in contract scopes
  • • Service provider and monitoring landscape
CEDRIC BREHAUT /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLICHAMBA
Cedric Brehaut is an expert in the monitoring and operations & maintenance of PV systems with extensive experience in the solar industry and over thirteen years in Silicon Valley. After seven years spent developing, managing and marketing security software products, Cedric joined the solar industry in 2007 as a director of product management for SunEdison and was a key contributor to the development and growth of the company’s services business unit. During Cedric’s tenure, SunEdison created and launched a new suite of turnkey services for PV plants, including managed monitoring, operations & maintenance, billing, and asset management services. Cedric also acted as the business development leader for these products. In 2011, he established SoliChamba Consulting and began offering consulting services to various firms in the solar industry. Cedric authors the solar industry's most comprehensive reports on PV monitoring and operations & maintenance (O&M) markets, published by GTM Research: 'Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players’, 'Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors’, and ‘U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management'. Cedric also speaks at conferences and events around the globe, from Milan to San Francisco.
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA

09:30 Improving plant knowledge to gain full control

  • • Tracking all the plant information within a single interactive tool
  • • Systematizing data and procedures on specialized analysis
  • • Creating an intelligent database of all activities on plants
  • • Leveraging on user friendly interface for O&M data management
  • • Organizing information for DD, transactions, claims, GSE inspections
STEFAN TORRI /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - STERN ENERGY
Stefan, holds a degree in Business Administration at the University of Parma and has been a lecturer in numerous courses in programming and energy management. He consolidated its training by working as a consultant for strategic planning and development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency systems for Enia SpA (now Iren) where he held the position of Director of Enia Solaris administration, a group company created to the development of large photovoltaic power plants and is responsible for the rational use of energy under law 10/91 (Energy Manager). Since 2005 he has been consultant of several companies for the development of energy efficiency projects and managing all formalities for the emissions trading legislation. Stefan was Lampogas SpA board member and is currently in the Board of Directors of Polish Solar Ltd based in London. Stefan is also Member of the Commission for Internationalization of Assorinnovabili. Commissione per l’Internazionalizzazione di Assorinnovabili.
STEFAN TORRI
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// STERN ENERGY

10:00 Status of the European PV secondary market

  • • Key markets and most active buyers and sellers
  • • Public equity investors: who are the top backers of the solar listed funds?
  • • A view into investors' targeted returns by market
PIETRO RADOIA /// SR ANALYST, SOLAR INSIGHT - BNEF
A short bio will follow soon...
PIETRO RADOIA
SR. ANALYST, SOLAR INSIGHT /// BNEF
10:30 AM BREAK

Session 6A | Data Management

11:15 Data across the value chain
  • • Demystifying data acquisition
  • • Data ownership considerations
  • • KPI modernization and propositions
  • • Impact on productivity, cost and decision making
  • • Future Trends

  • GUILLAUME SAUPIN /// DATA SCIENTIS - QOS ENERGY
    Guillaume Saupin has 10 years working experience in R&D as a Data Scientist, with dedicated Software Engineering experience. Gillaume has a PhD in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics.
    GUILLAUME SAUPIN
    DATA SCIENTIST /// QOS ENERGY
    IOANISS GRAMMATIKAKIS /// SR. PRODUCT MANAGER - INACCESS
    Ioannis Grammatikakis is an experienced product manager with strong engineering and business background. He is one of the founding members of inAccess, where now holds the position of senior product manager and UK country manager.
    Focusing on the solar plant management solution, he is responsible for managing the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities. He has played a significant role for driving the product from its birth to a multimillion business with presence in Europe, Asia and America.
    Ioannis holds a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NTUA and an MSc on “Communications and Signal Processing” from Imperial College London. He has also attended the Executive MBA of the AUEB.
    IOANNIS GRAMMATIKAKIS
    SR. PRODUCT MANAGER /// INACCESS
    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
    JIMMY HANSSON /// GLOBAL HEAD OF OPERATIONS - SONNEDIX
    A short bio will follow soon...
    JIMMY HANSSON
    GLOBAL HEAD OF OPERATIONS /// SONNEDIX
12:00 Optimizing Quality of Environmental Data
  • • Economic impact of measurement uncertainty
  • • How to different technologies relate to cloud coverage
  • • How satellite data and ground data are complimentary
  • • Dust detection and data interpretation for cleaning strategies

  • MARCEL SURI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLARGIS
    Marcel Suri is an expert in solar resource modelling and performance assessment of photovoltaic solar power plants. He has received PhD in geography and geoinformation science, and is co-author of more than 100 scientific publications. Marcel Suri is one of authors of the decision support online system PVGIS, which notably contributed to development of photovoltaics in Europe in a last decade. Marcel Suri is managing director of GeoModel Solar. The company operates online system SolarGIS, which includes global solar resource data, meteorological data and software for planning, monitoring and forecasting of solar power generation. Marcel Suri consults developers and operators of solar power plants, investors, banks, and governmental institutions. He managed a number of R&D projects, and is active in the definition and market implementation of standards, which are introducing better transparency and increase efficiency in solar energy. In electricity utilities sector he is active in grid-integration studies related to solar photovoltaics.
    MARCEL SURI
    MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLARGIS
    JOOP MES /// HEAD OF THE R&D DEPARTMENT - KIPP & ZONEN
    Joop Mes is head of the R&D department at Kipp & Zonen. He attained his PhD in laser physics and has over 20 years of experience in optics and spectroscopy. Since 2007 he has worked in the field of solar radiometry, being responsible for instrument development and radiometric calibrations.
    JOOP MES
    HEAD OF THE R&D DEPARTMENT /// KIPP & ZONEN

Session 6B | Grid integration

14:00 Technical perspective: Battery + PV
  • • Technical implications of adding storage to an (existing) PV plant
  • • Lessons learned with connection and grid integration
  • • Case studies on Adding batteries to existing PV plants
14:45 Grid operations
  • • Future compliance requirements from DSO’s in different countries
  • • Expectations on curtailment in Europe
  • • Ancillary services currently provided by PV + batteries (European case studies)

  • HARIRAM SUBRAMANIAN /// CTO - HUAWEI FUSION SOLAR SMART PV SOLUTION
    Hariram Subramanian is CTO of the Huawei Fusion Solar Smart PV Solution - Europe. He received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Germany in 2005, and MBA degree in International business and strategy from Germany and UK in 2012. Before being named to his current role at Huawei, he has held R&D, Product Management and senior solution sales position at PV inverter manufacturing companies.
    He has worked extensively in the technology field as senior R&D engineer, especially in the field of control technology for power electronics and Grid management using Inverters, before moving into techno-commercial and product management role in the solar inverter industry. Before working in the business of PV inverters, Subramanian worked in the UPS and power supply industry and has in total 12 years of experience in energy conversion business.
    HARIRAM SUBRAMANIAN
    CTO /// HUAWEI FUSION SOLAR SMART PV SOLUTION

Session 6C | Markets

11:15 The role of institutional investors in the European PV market
  • • Portfolio requirements
  • • Scale expectations
12:00 Portfolio M&A in the European solar market
  • • Who has appetite
  • • How to deal with complex portfolios
  • • Structuring the M&A process
  • • Common mistakes

  • FEDERICO GIANNANDREA /// PARTNER & HEAD - FORESIGHT GROUP ITALY
    Federico joined Foresight in 2010 and currently heads the Italian Office where he leads the Solar and energy efficiency investments in Southern Europe. He was previously a Vice President within Deutsche Bank’s Renewable Energy team where he was focussed on developing Solar and Wind portfolios across Europe. Federico qualified as an M&A lawyer at Allen & Overy and was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2003. He holds a BA cum laude in Law from The University of Rome.
    FEDERICO GIANNANDREA
    PARTNER & HEAD /// FORESIGHT GROUP ITALY
    GIANLUCA BOCCANERA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
    Gianluca has over 7 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 WiseEnergy, 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
12:45 LUNCH BREAK
Sponsored by:
Inaccess

Session 7A | Warranty and Safety

14:00 Life after the warranty period(s)
  • • Life expectancy of components in different environments
  • • Different strategies on dealing with post-warranty components
  • • The sense of in-house inverter service capabilities

  • FRANCISCO GARCIA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPER IBERICA AREA - GILDEMEISTER
    Francisco is the Head of Business Development for the Iberica area at GILDEMEISTER energy solutions. As one of the most experienced companies in the renewable energies industry with more than 8,000 installations worldwide and 500 MW under O&M in Europe, GILDEMEISTER is your partner for development, planning, turn-key construction and operation & maintenance of solar systems.
    Francisco has 11 years of experience in the Solar Industry in Spain, France and the UK. Previously, he has worked as an O&M Business Development Manager for Lightsource, adding 150 MW third party O&M business to their Portfolio in the UK. He has served within the solar industry in a number of different roles, ranging from solar development and EPC services to O&M service for more than 300 MW of Ground and Rooftop Solar Systems in Europe. In addition to this, he has provided a substantial consultancy management for a number of Companies such as IBC Solar, Green Power Partners and the business turnaround specialist David Rubin & Partners.
    Francisco has a degree in Physics by the University of Granada, Master in Renewable Energy and the Energy Market by the EOI in Madrid and EMBA by the IESE Business School in Barcelona.
    FRANCISCO GARCIA
    BUSINESS DEVELOPER IBERICA AREA /// GILDEMEISTER
14:45 Security and theft of utility and C&I scale solar
  • • Italian crime report
  • • Solar farm theft report
  • • Quantifying economic impact
  • • A security assessment methodology
  • • Innovative countermeasures and technologies

  • MARCO CORTESE /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SECURITY TRUST
    Marco has solid academic expertise and practical experience in in the field of Management & Security for renewable assets, coming from more than 10 years in the major manufacturers and service company in renewable energy.
    Covering Europe, Today he’s Sales Responsible and Business Development Manager of the Renewable Division of Security Trust.
    He has an Academic Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering.
    MARCO CORTESE
    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// SECURITY TRUST

Session 7B | Long term O&M

14:00 Long term O&M strategies
  • • Data on component life expectancy
  • • Experiences with warranty claims and manufacturer bankability
  • • Spare part management strategies
  • • How to deal with discontinued products and bankrupt manufacturers

  • VITOR RODRIGUES /// REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - TÜV RHEINLAND
    A short bio will follow soon...
    VITOR RODRIGUES
    REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA /// TÜV RHEINLAND
    JAVIER PEREZ /// O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SOLARIG
    Javier Pérez is the Global O&M Business Development Manager at Solarig Global Services Group and responsible for Solarig's exponential growth in Europe, LATAM and ASEAN countries. Javier has over 7 years experience in energy efficiency and power converters in the industrial and energy generation sector.
    JAVIER PEREZ
    O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// SOLARIG
    GERHARD MÜTTER /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
    Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH, where he leads in function of ORA (Owner Representative Advisory) supervision of O&M for PV-Parks with actual (08/2015) more than 700MWp capacity.
    With his team and partners of EU-project PERFORMANCE PLUS he developed PIT, Performance Improvement Tools, a software toolset that allows to control multi-MW PV-parks based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems.
    Gerhard worked in Renewable Energies for Product Management, Product Development and PV for Austrians largest solar-companies like SOLution Solartechnik or General Solar/Sonnenkraft since more than 10 years.
    Since 2011 he is technical head of large PV parks.
    Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at Technical University Vienna.
    MODERATOR
    GERHARD MÜTTER
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
14:45 Analyzing aging assets
  • • Production profile and yield details for plants older than 8 years
  • • Most common breakdowns
  • • Comparison between markets
  • • Key lessons learned

  • ISMAËL BEN-AL-LAL /// PROJECT MANAGER - ILUMEN
    A short bio will follow soon...
    ISMAËL BEN AL-LAL
    PROJECT MANAGER /// ILUMEN
    STEFAN TORRI /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - STERN ENERGY
    Stefan, holds a degree in Business Administration at the University of Parma and has been a lecturer in numerous courses in programming and energy management. He consolidated its training by working as a consultant for strategic planning and development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency systems for Enia SpA (now Iren) where he held the position of Director of Enia Solaris administration, a group company created to the development of large photovoltaic power plants and is responsible for the rational use of energy under law 10/91 (Energy Manager). Since 2005 he has been consultant of several companies for the development of energy efficiency projects and managing all formalities for the emissions trading legislation. Stefan was Lampogas SpA board member and is currently in the Board of Directors of Polish Solar Ltd based in London. Stefan is also Member of the Commission for Internationalization of Assorinnovabili. Commissione per l’Internazionalizzazione di Assorinnovabili.
    STEFAN TORRI
    CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// STERN ENERGY
    GERHARD MÜTTER /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
    Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH, where he leads in function of ORA (Owner Representative Advisory) supervision of O&M for PV-Parks with actual (08/2015) more than 700MWp capacity.
    With his team and partners of EU-project PERFORMANCE PLUS he developed PIT, Performance Improvement Tools, a software toolset that allows to control multi-MW PV-parks based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems.
    Gerhard worked in Renewable Energies for Product Management, Product Development and PV for Austrians largest solar-companies like SOLution Solartechnik or General Solar/Sonnenkraft since more than 10 years.
    Since 2011 he is technical head of large PV parks.
    Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at Technical University Vienna.
    MODERATOR
    GERHARD MÜTTER
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Session 7C | Markets

14:00 Revived or New Solar markets in Europe
  • • France: What to expect from the tender mechanism?
  • • The Netherlands: from a residential to a serious utility scale market?
  • • Turkey: Finally really taking off?
  • • Market figures and outlooks
  • • Tenders

  • THÉO BARALLON /// ASSOCIATE - FINERGREEN
    Théo joined Finergreen back in early 2015, two years after the creation of the company. Finergreen is a financial advisory boutique specialized in the renewable energies, with offices in Paris, Abidjan and Rome.
    While the office in Paris is addressing a mature market with activities such as M&A, project finance and strategic advisory, the Italian office is for now focused on the M&A practice given the characteristics of the market.
    As an associate, Théo has been working on every types of services offered to our clients. From 2017, Théo has also been involved in the Italian development, conducting solar transactions with the help of the local Managing Partner.
    Théo holds an engineering degree as well as a MSc in Entrepreneurship. He worked before Finergreen for companies such as Airbus and CA-CIB.
    THÉO BARALLON
    ASSOCIATE /// FINERGREEN
    BAS VAN KESTEREN /// LEAD O&M & ASSET MANAGEMENT - VATTENFALL
    Bas has a broad background in renewable asset management. He joined Vattenfall Wind in 2013 as asset manager for a portfolio of onshore and offshore windfarms across north-west Europe. In 2017 he has taken on the responsibility to set up the asset management and O&M function for the growing European Solar & Battery portfolio of Vattenfall.
    In earlier positions Bas was asset manager for a portfolio of gas and coal fired power plants and project developer for onshore wind and biomass co-firing projects in the Netherlands. Bas holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
    BAS VAN KESTEREN
    LEAD O&M & ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VATTENFALL
    EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
    A short bio will follow soon...
    MODERATOR
    EELCO HOOGDUIN
    PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA
14:45 Market parity in Europe
  • • Expectations on the short and medium term for market parity PV
  • • Examples of successful market parity strucutures
  • • Different offtaker profiles and risk quantification
  • • Required operational competencies and implications for Asset Managemers and O&M providers
  • • Perspective of long term owners and debt providers
CARLOS REY /// SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER - FORESIGHT GROUP
Carlos joined Foresight in December 2011. Prior to that, he covered several roles as renewables energy source 'RES' project developer and technical consultant in the international Renewable Energy sector with particular focus on the Spanish and Italian markets. Based in Foresight's UK HQ office, Carlos is responsible for the management and operations of Foresight's Spanish and Italian solar portfolio of circa 100 MW.
Graduated in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering by UPC Barcelona, Carlos is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and English.
CARLOS REY
SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// FORESIGHT GROUP
TOMÁS GARCÍA /// HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA - CANADIAN SOLAR
Tomás García is Head of Business Development EMEA, Energy Group at Canadian Solar since April 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all business development activities along the solar PV value chain in EMEA countries: origination, acquisition of projects/portfolios or greenfield development, deal structuring, PPA negotiations, power market integration, etc. Prior to this role, he served at SunEdison as General Manager, Rural Electrification EMEA (2014-2015) and as Head of Strategy & Market Development EMEA & LATAM (2011-2014). Before that Tomás was Market Strategy Manager at First Solar (2008-2011) and a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group (2004-2008). Additionally, he has also worked as a Venture Capitalist, Research Scientist (doing science on solar PV materials), University Teacher and FX Trader. Tomás was a PhD student at Florida International University, earned his MSci at King´s College London and his Master degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
TOMÁS GARCÍA
HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA /// CANADIAN SOLAR
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
A short bio will follow soon...
MODERATOR
EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA
15:30 PM BREAK
Sponsored by:
Solarig

Session 8 | Conference Closing

16:00 Closing debate: How can Service Providers in Europe innovate, be competitive and maintain profitability, all at the same time?


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
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
CEDRIC BREHAUT /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLICHAMBA
Cedric Brehaut is an expert in the monitoring and operations & maintenance of PV systems with extensive experience in the solar industry and over thirteen years in Silicon Valley. After seven years spent developing, managing and marketing security software products, Cedric joined the solar industry in 2007 as a director of product management for SunEdison and was a key contributor to the development and growth of the company’s services business unit. During Cedric’s tenure, SunEdison created and launched a new suite of turnkey services for PV plants, including managed monitoring, operations & maintenance, billing, and asset management services. Cedric also acted as the business development leader for these products. In 2011, he established SoliChamba Consulting and began offering consulting services to various firms in the solar industry. Cedric authors the solar industry's most comprehensive reports on PV monitoring and operations & maintenance (O&M) markets, published by GTM Research: 'Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players’, 'Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors’, and ‘U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management'. Cedric also speaks at conferences and events around the globe, from Milan to San Francisco.
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
16:45 END OF CONFERENCE & NETWORKING DRINKS
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