PROGRAM /// DAY 1
13 March 2018
 
Session 1
09:00 - Opening by conference Chairman
09:15 - Opening keynote
09:55 - Section 201 solar trade case and new taxes provisions aftermath
  • • Impact on existing assets, budgets and O&M
  • • What are possible contingency plans?
  • • Will the states respond effectively to remedy the situation?
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK /// GENERAL COUNSEL & VP - 8MINUTENERGY
A short bio will follow soon...
ARTHUR HAUBENSTOCK
GENERAL COUNSEL & VP /// 8MINUTENERGY
10:30 - AM BREAK

Session 2A | Residential

11:15 - Innovative solutions for residential O&M
  • • Bundling residential companies coming together in a maturing market
  • • 3rd party providers filling the gap: How much space is there for them?
  • • Identifying the cash market systems and prioritizing for an effective O&M
12:00 - Protecting your PV Fleet with Effective Transition Management
  • • Keeping the cash flowing during a developer catastrophe or exit
  • • Maintaining PV production if a developer falters
  • • Protecting performance data: recovery, access & use
  • • Maximizing long term success throughout the portfolio lifecycle
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

Session 2B | AM Track

11:15 - Advanced OPEX modelling
  • • Lessons learnt in the past 5 years
  • • Assessing risk on project and portfolio level
  • • The impact of build quality on OPEX
12:00 - Insurances and performance guarantee
  • • Reducing cost of capital
  • • Improving performance analysis for residential
  • • Is the market ready?

Session 2C | Site Inspections

11:15 - Successful identification, investigation, and remediation of under-performing sites
  • • Methodologies for problem identification
  • • Determination of root cause and detailed comparisons
  • • Field Test Investigations using IR, EL and IV tests
  • • Corrective Actions
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
KRISTEN AVILA /// SOLAR SOLUTION MANAGER - MEASURE
Kristen Avila serves as Solar Solution Manager and comes to Measure with a background of working within the Southern California Solar Sector as a consultant with one of the state’s largest EPCs, Horizon Solar Power. In her previous role, she managed the account needs of over 225 residential and commercial scale facility installations beginning from customer origination through to system interconnection. Her educational background is in Spatial Science with GIS Applications and Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she developed a passion for sustainable business development and leveraging mapping systems to support optimized business operations. At Measure, Kristen manages the development, sales, and account management needs for drone inspections servicing every stage of the solar asset life cycle, including development, construction, commissioning, M&A activity and O&M operations.
KRISTEN AVILA
SOLAR SOLUTION MANAGER /// MEASURE
12:00 - Clarity from above: Measuring the Drone Opportunity for Solar Assets
  • • Drone inspection applications throughout the solar asset lifecycle
  • • Methodologies for creating actionable drone data deliverables
  • • Best practices for integrating drone inspection services into an established workflow
  • • How to develop an internal drone program
NICHOLUS MCKEE /// OPERATIONS & ASSET MANAGER - AES DISTRIBUTED ENERGY
Nicholus McKee is an operations and asset manager for AES Distributed Energy. He has been in the new technology introduction space for wind, battery, and solar renewables 2009. Nick has an MS in Engineering, and an International MBA. After graduating from the GE Energy Edison Engineering program in 2011, Nick has actively been engaged into the scalability of renewables and making the use UAV technology is a critical piece. Nick joined AES Distributed Energy in late 2016.
NICHOLUS MCKEE
OPERATIONS & ASSET MANAGER /// AES DISTRIBUTED ENERGY
12:45 - LUNCH BREAK

Session 3A |
Portfolio Management

14:00 - Onboarding portfolios with vast data sets: utility & distributed solar, lessons learnt
  • • Pitfalls to watch out for
  • • Identifying the issues by reading the right data points
  • • How to prioritize
  • • Adding reliable reference points
  • • Cost vs value analysis: Is it worth acquiring this plant?
PETER KOBLISKA /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - GREENPOWERMONITOR
Peter has been working in the solar industry since 2010. For the past three and a half years he has been leading GreenPowerMonitor to become a national powerhouse in the renewable monitoring and SCADA space. GreenPowerMonitor focuses on utility and commercial projects in both solar and wind, which expands over 16GW of active renewable projects under management. He started consulting for a solar firm in San Jose, CA called Twelfth Street Power & Light. Before his current position, Mr. Kobliska worked as the Regional Sales Manager for Draker and expanded their portfolio by 2x along the western US. Peter brings technical expertise in SCADA hardware, software, operations, and commissioning. He leverages this knowledge to help his customers maximize their site performance and optimize the operations of their portfolios.
PETER KOBLISKA
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// GREENPOWERMONITOR
14:45 - Cost-effective management of a large and distributed C&I solar portfolio
  • • Why the traditional models no longer work
  • • Effective dispatch by minimizing local field labor
  • • Maximizing central automation and selecting actionable alerts
  • • What can we learn from IPPs

Session 3B |
Insurance and warranties

14:00 - Shedding light on Warranty Claim Procedures
  • • Case studies & possible outcomes
  • • Best practices
  • • What role can insurance play
  • • Why owners should be proactive and thorough during negotiations
RANDALL "RANDY" COREY /// COO - sPOWER
Randy is a solar industry and operation management veteran who possesses 35+ years of experience in construction, electrical, mechanical, engineering management, project management, manufacturing, customer service and supply chain management. Randy was promoted to COO after successfully delivering more than 650MW of operating projects over the course of 30 months as the SVP of Operations. Randy joined sPower after its acquisition of Tioga Energy.
Randy holds an Electrical Construction degree from Nova Scotia Community College; an Industrial Electrical degree from Nova Scotia Institute of Technology; and a Certificate, Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University.
RANDALL "RANDY" COREY
COO /// sPOWER
14:45 - Risk mitigation and protection strategies from the owner’s perspective
  • • How to assess and mitigate OEM bankruptcy risks (through insurance)
  • • The effect of natural disasters upon the insurance market: Local risks and global impacts
  • • The perspective of upper tier investors
  • • Case studies & possible outcomes
STEPHEN GOODBODY /// EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING - SOLTAGE
Stephen Goodbody is Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Soltage, a full-service solar PV and storage developer, designer, owner and asset manager with nearly 200MW under operation and management. He has been with Soltage since 2007. Prior to Soltage, Steve worked for firms including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, and the BOC Group. He has over 27 years of experience in managing complex and business-critical infrastructure projects in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, energy generation, and industrial gases and chemicals industries. Steve received a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University in the UK and has served as a technical consultant for the US Department of Energy.
STEPHEN GOODBODY
EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING /// SOLTAGE
JESSE ALTMAN /// VICE PRESIDENT - THE PLEXUS GROUPE
Jesse has 15+ years of experience in the Property & Casualty insurance brokerage arena. Industry experience includes a wide variety of complex property placements in heavy industrial sectors including powergen, utility, chemical, oil & gas, biofuels, heavy construction and catastrophe-exposed assets.
JESSE ALTMAN
VICE PRESIDENT /// THE PLEXUS GROUPE

Session 3C |
Storage

14:00 - O&M and Asset Management best practices for storage
  • • Cycling tutorial: How to reduce wear
  • • Impact on operations
  • • Maintenance guidelines and practices: to what degree can storage be optimized
  • • Avoiding the mistakes of the past
LEIGH ZANONE /// DIRECTOR PLANT PERFORMANCE - 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
DIRECTOR PLANT PERFORMANCE /// 8MINUTENERGY
14:45 - C&I and storage : a real opportunity
  • • Interconnection limitations
  • • DC vs AC coupling: What is the value proposition and its impact on bankability
  • • Information on performance data and defining scope of work
  • • Seamless rolling out storage: where to start?
15:30 - PM BREAK
Session 4
16:15 - Vision on market opportunities and challenges of competitive unsubsidized solar
  • • Market impact and outlook in the new reality of competitive solar
  • • The future of Solar PPA's and how to make money in the (near) future
  • •Lessons learned in scaling up RE asset management
17:00 - Cybersecurity
  • • Potential vulnerabilities (DDoS, brute force, equipment vendors reported vulnerabilities)
  • • The impact of component sourcing
  • • How to assess your plant’s risk and quick mitigation measures
  • • How advanced operations and storage complicate the game
JOSHUA HOLLEY /// - FIRST SOLAR
A short bio will follow soon...
JOSHUA HOLLEY
/// FIRST SOLAR
17:45 - NETWORKING DRINKS
19:00 - NETWORKING DINNER
with view over San Francisco (limited capacity)
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
13 March 2018