PROGRAM /// DAY 2
14 March 2018
 
Session 5
09:00 - Opening by conference Chairman
09:15 - More information will follow soon...
10:00 - Strategies for growing portfolios
  • • Main challenges in keeping up with portfolio growth rates
  • • Key considerations regarding in- or outsourcing of services
  • • Assessment of bankability of project stakeholders and service providers
DON NISTA /// VP O&M - CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
Don Nista is VP of Operations & Maintenance at Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, a solar developer with over 1GW in operation and over 4GW under construction or in development. He has been at CCR since 2015 and has overseen the build out of all Field Operations and Control Room functions. This includes the development of processes and staff to operate and maintain a rapidly growing nationwide portfolio. Don brings to Cypress an extensive background in the design, maintenance, and operations of solar PV facilities. He is NABCEP Certified, a Journeyman Electrician, and an experienced PV system designer and installer. Prior to joining Cypress, he managed the growth and development of O&M services at Clean Energy Collective in Colorado, and before that he was a Design Engineer at RGS Energy.
DON NISTA
VP O&M /// CYPRESS CREEK RENEWABLES
10:30 - AM BREAK

Session 6A |
Advanced data analytics

11:15 - Applying pattern matching in diagnostics:The ultimate value proposition
  • • How to deal with different architectures
  • • Machine learning: current state and future possibilities
  • • Learning from every O&M data point
  • • Automatic ticketing-dispatching
  • • Human-computer cooperation: The crossroads of analytics + Intuition
VANIA MESROB /// VP OF ASSET MANAGEMENT - CORONAL ENERGY
Vania Mesrob is the VP of Asset Management, at Coronal Energy. In this role, she is responsible for managing the group’s portfolio of operational assets and optimizing the performance and long-term value of the projects.
Vania has over 9 years of international experience in energy generation and efficiency. Holding electrical engineering and commissioning management positions with EDF Renewables and Siemens in France, Germany and USA, she has directed the development and execution of commissioning processes, controls, and monitoring solutions for large utility scale solar projects. Vania holds a double Master degree in Electrical Engineering and Microelectronics from INSA de Lyon in France; and an MBA from HULT International Business School in San Francisco.
VANIA MESROB
VP OF ASSET MANAGEMENT /// CORONAL ENERGY
12:00 - Soiling and AI
  • • ROI approach to cleaning modules
  • • Innovative cleaning solutions
  • • Best practices and case studies

Session 6B |
Financial Asset Management

11:15 - Applying Credit Risk Management in the Solar Industry
  • • Normalizing Reporting Default rates
  • • Why do you need information: a banker’s perspective
  • • Reducing the risk of capital; approaching other industries
12:00 - Corporate PPAs
  • More information will follow soon...

Session 6C |

11:15 - How do small to mid-size O&M Service Providers and Asset Owners work together to realize high quality, reliable, and price-competitive O&M services?
  • • Identifying and overcoming the obstacles that organizations commonly face when scaling their portfolio
  • • Benefits to the Asset Owner of working with small-to-mid-size service providers
  • • How to provide quality services while maintaining a price-competitive point in the marketplace?
DAVID HENRY /// CO-OWNER & DIRECTOR OF O&M AND CONSULTING SERVICES - NAMASTÉ SOLAR
David is a Co-Owner and the Director of O&M Services at Colorado based Namaste Solar. Over the course of his 10-years at Namaste Solar David has helped to grow the Commercial EPC Services division of the company, served on the Board of Directors, and has been an staunch advocate for the continued development and adoption of renewable energy. Most recently, David has been focused on growing the O&M Services division as the company pursues a rapidly expanding portfolio that includes ever increasing system sizes in varied geographical locations. David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Amicus O&M Cooperative, a newly formed cooperative dedicated to supporting the ongoing training of technicians as well as providing reliable, quality O&M services coverage in disperse geographical regions via its 20-plus members.
DAVID HENRY
CO-OWNER & DIRECTOR OF O&M AND CONSULTING SERVICES /// NAMASTÉ SOLAR
AMANDA BYBEE /// CEO - AMICUS O&M
Ms. Bybee has worked in the solar industry since 2003, first promoting renewable energy policy in Austin, TX while at Public Citizen, and then at Meridian Energy Systems, before finding her home at Namasté Solar. Ms. Bybee joined Namasté Solar in January 2006 as an early member of the team and held numerous roles over her 11 years, from technical sales & design to business development. While there, she worked to obtain a federal charter for a unique financial institution that funds clean energy products and services: Clean Energy Credit Union (www.cleanenergycu.org). This was only the 17th federal charter issued since 2010, and the first in the state of Colorado for over 30 years. She continues to serve as a volunteer on the Supervisory Committee of the credit union. Additionally, in 2016, she helped earn an award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to found the Amicus O&M Cooperative (www.AmicusOM.com). The O&M Cooperative brings together a network of providers across the country to provide coordinated services for geographically distributed portfolios. She now serves as its CEO, and is committed to the mission “to ensure that solar PV fulfills its promise as a responsible and reliable energy source, for generations to come.” She obtained a BA in English and French from the University of Texas at Austin, and through solar, has found her “inner engineer.”
AMANDA BYBEE
CEO /// AMICUS O&M
CANDICE MICHALOWICZ /// MANAGING MEMBER - C2 ENERGY CAPITAL
Candice Michalowicz co-founded C2 Energy Capital in 2014. C2 operates more than $250 MM of power generation facilities through the United States, serving national retailers, utilities, school districts, governmental authorities, colleges, and hospitals. Previously, as Vice President of Development at Healthy Planet Partners, Ms. Michalowicz managed the solar photovoltaic projects for the firm. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Development at Adamas Energy Investments, where she led due diligence on more than 300 MW of power generation opportunities. During her tenure at Adamas, the firm received the Toll Excellence Award by the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association, and recognition by the White House Office of Civic Participation as an example of effective Public-Private Partnerships for solar installation. She also served as a Senior Associate at Coronal Management, a leading provider of renewable energy solutions. She is a member of the Women in Solar, and a volunteer at Step Up, a mentorship program for young women. She holds a BA Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University.
CANDICE MICHALOWICZ
MANAGING MEMBER /// C2 ENERGY CAPITAL
12:00 - More information will follow soon...
12:45 - LUNCH BREAK

Session 7A | Repowering

14:00 - Repowering: What Is It and How Does It Impact the Bottom Line?
  • • The importance of the right specifications in the Repowering Plan
  • • Working business models for old inverters
  • • Voided and lost warranty considerations
  • • Cost analysis for spare parts vs. repowering and cannibalization
JASON RAYMOND /// PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER - CLENERA
Jason Raymond is the Plant Operations Manager with Boise, Idaho based Clenera, LLC. Clenera is a leading development and asset management company, which specializes in utility scale solar projects that span the USA. In the current position Jason oversees the operations of all the solar plants in the Clenera 598.6 MWDC portfolio, and he works with the O&M teams and in-house engineers to optimize each plant to give a maximum return on investment. Jason joined Clenera about a year after the business was founded and has seen immense growth, allowing him to work in many different facets and see both the immediate need and the 25-year picture. Jason has worked as a Land Manager securing land for projects, he started and built the Asset Management processes and procedures for Clenera, and has worked with all the reporting to the different Investors. While continuing his Asset Management role, Jason took on the additional responsibility of becoming a Project Supervisor with the construction teams and became the CAISO NRI and Telecom specialist. In Summer 2017 Jason moved into the Plant Operations Manager roll to oversee all operational projects and help the projects transition from construction into operations. Jason has quickly become well rounded from all the different positions and aspects he’s been in charge of, giving him a birds eye view of utility solar projects.
JASON RAYMOND
PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER /// CLENERA
14:45 - Evaluation of successful technical case studies
  • • Cases of repowering of distressed assets
  • • Key drivers for repowering
  • • Economic impact and ROI expectations
MATT MURPHY /// VICE PRESIDENT OF FLEET MANAGEMENT - GREENBACKER GROUP
A short bio will follow soon...
MATT MURPHY
VICE PRESIDENT OF FLEET MANAGEMENT /// GREENBACKER GROUP

Session 7B | Grid Operations

14:00 - Curtailment impact on Energy Services
  • • Economic vs. reliability curtailment
  • • Curtailment cost mitigation strategies
  • • Congestion analysis and long term outlook
  • • Data resolution and capabilities needed
  • • Dealing with ramping restrictions
  • • The importance of forecasting
PAUL ZAVESOFF /// DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT - NRG RENEWABLES
Paul is a director of asset management responsible for the P&L and commercial management of the NRG Renewables portfolio of over 1.6GW of utility wind and solar projects. He has 19 years of asset management, finance and business development in renewable energy and power. Prior to NRG, Paul was a vice president of finance at Ram Power, Corp., a geothermal energy startup, where he directed corporate and project finance activities. Prior to it, he served as a deputy director responsible for business development at Ormat Technologies, Inc., a geothermal power developer and operator. Prior to that, Paul held various other positions at Ormat, including an asset manager responsible for all Ormat’s projects in the United States. He holds a BA in Political Sciences from Tel Aviv University and a MBA from Ben Gurion University.
PAUL ZAVESOFF
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT /// NRG RENEWABLES
14:45 - Developments on the grid and their effect on Solar
  • • Security of supply for large corporates
  • • Micro-grids: Building for resilience
  • • Implications of Rule 21
DAVID RUBIN /// DIRECTOR SERVICE ANALYSIS - PG&E
David Rubin is presently the Director of Service Analysis at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he has responsibility for community partnership programs.
From 1982-1985, David was responsible for energy efficiency, cogeneration and district heating with the City and County of San Francisco. He joined PG&E in 1985, and spent seven years in the marketing and rates areas. He left PG&E in 1992 to join the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. While at the IEA, he had responsibility for electricity restructuring, energy efficiency and demand side management, and participated in a number of energy sector studies throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.
He returned to PG&E in 1995, and assumed his current job responsibilities in 1997. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in Technology and Policy from MIT. David is a registered mechanical engineer in California.
DAVID RUBIN
DIRECTOR SERVICE ANALYSIS /// PG&E

Session 7C | Market Dynamics

14:00 - M&A process
  • • Developments in US solar M&A
  • • Selecting the right opportunities and counterparties
  • • Challenges in properly evaluating an asset or portfolio
  • • Key success factors and common mistakes
14:45 - Turning the eyes towards an upcoming market: Mexico
  • • Diversifying your portfolio
  • • Ownership & Financing challenges
  • • Lessons learnt from the operations perspective
DAVID DÍAZ /// PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - NADBANK
Mr. Díaz is Project Development Officer at the North American Development Bank (Nadbank), concentrated in the origination and closing of energy transactions. He has participated in numerous kinds of environmental projects, including wind, solar, methane gas, water-wastewater, solid waste, and air quality projects in both sides of the US-Mexico border. He has been actively participating with various stakeholders in Mexico’s energy reform, including consultation groups coordinated by SENER, CENACE and the CRE. Nadbank renewable energy transactions include more than 2 GW of generation capacity in the US and Mexico.
Before joining Nadbank, David Diaz worked at the Mexican Ministry of Finance, Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics; and master degrees in economics and finance.
DAVID DÍAZ
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER /// NADBANK
15:30 - PM BREAK
Session 8
16:00 - Closing panel: Strategies to ensure success in the O&M and AM fields
  • • Issues and inefficiencies that can be recognized
  • • Which developments in managing PV assets are most needed in the short term
  • • Operational strategies for growing portfolios
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
KAM MOFID /// GENERAL MANAGER SOLAR - ENVISION
A short bio will follow soon...
KAM MOFID
GENERAL MANAGER SOLAR /// ENVISION
CHUCK SMITH /// EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS - SMA
Chuck Smith is the executive vice president of Global Operations and Maintenance Sales and Solutions for SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for establishing SMA as the solar industry’s leading O&M service provider across all commercial and utility PV product and market segments. Smith’s duties include global O&M business strategy development and leadership, sales, solution and process innovation, and talent acquisition. He also drives customer loyalty and seamlessly aligns SMA O&M Sales and Solutions with all other company business functions (strategy, technology, operations, finance, legal and human resources) and business units (commercial, utility and off-grid/hybrid). Smith joined SMA in 2010 as the senior manager of SMA’s North American service operations and quickly moved up the ranks to his current position. Before that, he spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, California, where he held numerous senior management positions leading various global service and research and development teams. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He then went on to earn master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, Maryland, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.
CHUCK SMITH
EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS /// SMA
TIMO MOELLER /// COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR - FIRST SOLAR
Timo Moeller is the Commercial Director for First Solar’s Energy Services business, which is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. He is responsible for Business Development, Product Management, Sales Operations, Contract Management and Strategic Account Management for the industry leading PV Operations and Maintenance provider.
He has 20+ years of experience in technical support, business operations and business development during his career at First Solar and BASF.
Prior to his current role, Timo was the Global Director, Customer Support Services at First Solar that included the strategic development and execution of the company’s Customer Service strategy as well as all Performance and Warranty Contracts and Negotiations of all First Solar product sales globally, from components to utility scale power plants.
Timo joined First Solar in 2006 as an Applications Engineer in Mainz, Germany and was promoted to Technical Customer Service Manager EMEA in 2008. He moved to the US in 2011 to establish a regional technical service organization for the Americas for First Solar.
As a graduate of First Solar’s Executive Leadership Program, Timo has led the Commercial Operations Team of First Solar’s Energy Services since August 2017.
He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical College Worms, Germany and a Degree in Business Management with a focus on Information Management from VWA Mannheim, Germany.
Timo is a Board Member of the Center for Services Leadership in the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU since 2016 and currently resides in Cave Creek, Arizona with his wife.
TIMO MOELLER
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR /// FIRST SOLAR
16:45 - END OF CONFERENCE & NETWORKING DRINKS
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
14 March 2018