CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
20 OCTOBER
Day 1

08:00 - Registration and coffee

09:00 - Welcome and opening remarks

THE STATE OF SOLAR AS AN ASSET CLASS
SESSION 1

09:15 | Opening Keynote Discussion: The state of PV as an Asset Class and as Energy Source

 
ALDO BEOLCHINI
CFO & MANAGING PARTNER /// NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
PETER F. MORITZBURKE
VP, MARKET DEVELOPMENT /// E.ON NORTH AMERICA

10:00 |  Life after Feed in Tariffs: PV Earning Models of the Future

  • Trends in revenue instruments for PV assets in Europe
  • From regulatory driven to market driven energy revenues
  • How the investment model impacts focus on O&M and AM
  • Specific challenges that come with managing different layers of revenue

10:20 | Networking break

EDMEE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT
PV PLANT INSPECTIONS
SESSION 2A

11:10 | Technical Plant inspections
  • Assessing plant performance and quality of major components
  • Key components of PV plant inspections
  • Findings of inspections in Europe’s major PV markets
  • Testing methods that have proven to be most successful so far
STEVEN XUEREB
HEAD OF BUSINESS UNIT PV SYSTEMS /// PI BERLIN

11:40 | Preventative and corrective maintenance to ensure operational quality'
  • How can tests and checks be improved and made more efficient
  • How to ensure quality of components in a plant through effective maintenance
  • Trends that can be observed in findings of plant inspections
  • Typical issues that occur in specific phases of a plant
XAVIER MARTINEZ FALERO VILA
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// GILDEMEISTER ENERGY SOLUTIONS
12:10 | Owner perspective: economical aspects of keeping performance high
  • Quantifying the washing effect of rain
  • Optimizing detection of defective modules
  • Reduction of inverter/combiner boxes loss with 4%
  • Detecting effects of unprofessional maintenance work
GERHARD MÜTTER
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
PV SECONDARY MARKET IN EUROPE
SESSION 2B

11:10 | Europe’s Secondary Market: an overview
  • Overview of developments and major transactions
  • Major players in the secondary market space for PV assets
  • Most rapidly growing portfolios in Europe
  • Outlook and expectations for secondary market activities in 2016
JOSEFIN BERG
SENIOR ANALYST, SOLAR DEMAND /// IHS

11:35 | Opportunities on the Secondary Market
  • What secondary buyers are looking for in an asset
  • How to attractively structure plants and portfolios for selling
  • Where in Europe are the best opportunities for expanding a portfolio
  • Challenges in determining the value of an asset
  • Non-technical due diligence involved in the acquisition of an asset
  • Optimizing the asset handover process from seller to buyer
ROBERTO CASTIGLIONI
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR /// INGENIOUS
PAUL RAATS
BUSINESS DEVELOPER & SOLAR ENGINEER /// DNV GL
MARIA GARCIA ARGUELLES
GLOBAL SENIOR DIRECTOR , TDD GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT | TERRAFORM
12:25 | Protecting the Secondary Market value of PV assets
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties as a solution for the protection against further retroactive measures
  • Costs and benefits
  • Case study with a PV portfolio in the Czech Republic
GEORG HOTAR

DIRECTOR - Global Investment Protection

 

12:40 | Networking Lunch - Sponsored by inaccess

TECHNICAL PLANT OPTIMIZATION
SESSION 3A

14:00 | Technical Plant optimization
  • Options for increasing productivity during the remaining lifespan of a plant
  • Experiences with additions such as power optimizers, cleaning technologies, …
  • Options for replacing of components such as modules and inverters CAPEX-OPEX analysis of component replacements
RAPHAEL WERTHEFRONGEL
OPERATIONS MANAGER /// RAISING POWER GMBH
14:35 | Improving technical performance
  • Strategies to improve poor performing vs relatively well performing plants
  • Pitfalls and management tips for component retrofits
  • Optimization technologies in the operational phase: case study from Italian market
VASSILIS PAPAECONOMOU
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ALECTRIS
REFINANCING AND VALUATION
SESSION 3B

    14:00 | Valuation of PV assets and portfolios
  • Key trends and factors that determine the valuation of an asset
  • How are these factors impacted by the O&M and AM of the asset
  • Case study valuation of PV plant in Europe
TOMAS FREYMAN
PARTNER, VALUATIONS /// BDO

14:30 | The refinancing landscape for PV assets in Europe
  • Different options and experiences with refinancing of PV assets
  • Assessing alternatives for bank debt: bonds, yieldcos and more
  • Opportunities for hybrid refinancing structures
  • Increasing appetite of underwriters as pension funds and insurance companies
ROMAIN PETEUIL
VP RENEWABLE ENERGY /// HSH NORDBANK
FEDERICO GIANNANDREA
PARTNER, HEAD OF FORESIGHT ITALY /// FORESIGHT
UMBERTO TAMBURRINO
CEO, ANTIN SOLAR INVESTMENT S.P.A.

 

15:15 | Networking Break - Sponsored by Enertis

ENERGY TRADING
SESSION 4

15:45 | Opportunities for Energy Trading with PV plants

  • Overview of cross boarder Renewables Energy Trading in Europe
  • In which scenarios is energy trading beneficial for PV portfolio owners
  • Case study on energy trading with an international PV portfolio
BO PALMGREN
DIRECTOR, HEAD OF INTRADAY /// DANSKE COMMODITIES

16:15 | Energy trading dynamics and challenges

  • Opportunities and challenges in the different European markets
  • What can be learned from Energy Trading in the wind industry
  • The importance of the role of the banks
  • Most effective ways to optimize predictability of production
RICCARDO SORICHETTI
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// VECTOR CUATRO ITALY
DARIO GALLANTI
KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER ITALIA /// DANSKE COMMODITIES
PAOLO LUGIATO
CEO /// RTR RETE RINNOVABILE
IMPLICATIONS OF A GROWING PORTFOLIO
SESSION 5

17:00 | Challenges related to a growing PV portfolio

  • Major challenges of adding a new plant to an existing portfolio
  • Priorities for cutting operational costs
  • Innovations PV portfolios can benefit from
  • Experiences with O&M provider replacements
  • Challenges in standardization of procedures and contracts
  • Comparing visions on in-house vs outsourcing of service providers
CARLOS REY
SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// FORESIGHT
ALEXANDER RIETZ
INFRASTRUCTURE PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// KGAL
GEOFF HOFFHEINZ
TECHNICAL MANAGER /// GLENNMONT PARTNERS
HEIKO RULAND
VP PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE /// ALLIANZ GLOBAL INVESTORS

17:45| Networking drinks 

19:30 | Conference Networking Dinner

20 OCTOBER
Day 1