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The Strategic Future for Solar PV Energy

  • Learn what is needed to power solar PV plants in order to push the industry forward
  • Understand how solar energy can become more reliable and therefore a more resistant energy type
  • Listen to some of the future projections for Solar PV energy so that you know how the industry is moving

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Becca Jones-Albertus Director Solar Energy Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Clean Capital Jon Powers Co-Founder and Director Clean Capital

Solar Storage: Strategic investment, immediate reimbursement, or waste of capital? Understand how your operating costs can be minimised by Solar Storage

  • Understand how the PV audit and retrofit cost strategies work in order to introduce BESS into your existing portfolio
  • Learn have companies benefited to incorporating solar + storage into their assets
  • View the costs associated with solar battery storage in order to understand cost reductions and how it could benefit your assets.

BlackRock Rael McNally Director of Real Assets BlackRock

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Mark Riedy Partner Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Learn how to make your portfolio attractive for acquisition

  • Learn how to make your PV asset strand out when you’re trying to sell the plant
  • Understand what portfolio buyers are searching for when they are seeking out new assets
  • Gain understand on how to implement these changes into your own facility whist gaining current Investors approval

Ameresco Christian Dick Senior Director, Project Development Ameresco

Hecate Energy LLC Holly Christie General Council Hecate Energy LLC

Cubico Sustainable Investment Lance Jordan Senior Vice President Cubico Sustainable Investment

Maximise asset profitability amongst ITC Tax Credit Change

  • Understand the new ITC tax credit changes and how it will affect you
  • Explore to still retain growth and optimise profit on your plant despite the change
  • Find out the regulatory update and legislative outlook for the upcoming year, in order to best prepare your assets

Translating Key Performance Indicators into Lost Revenue

  • Learn about the KPIs that are used in the most successful performance models and how are they evaluated
  • Understand how prioritization and tracking lost revenue play a huge part in improving your performance ratio
  • Discover the latest news on standardizing KPI measurement to have more clarity over how performance carries across different assets

Southern Power Tyler Cromey Senior Engineer Southern Power

Excelsior Energy Captial Chris Frantz Managing Director Excelsior Energy Captial

Duke Energy Dustin Wambeke Director Duke Energy

Adopt an accurate financial costing model and forecasting strategy

  • Learn how accurate cost forecast your project in order to reduce unexpected expenses
  • Understand how accurate cost models will help reduce the overall project cost
  • Explore how incorporated a new cost model, your project will increase project value


Plan to Protect your portfolio: The Business Case for Cyber Security

  • Learn how to best protect your business from cyber-attacks in order to protect your assets
  • Understand what can portfolio owners, operators & O&M providers should do to lower cyber attack risk?
  • What strategic efficiency opportunities exist for DG when incorporating Cyber Security best practices?

Syncarpha Capital John Franzino Chief Executive Officer Grid Subject Matter Experts (GridSME)

Syncarpha Capital Frank Sforza Director of Technical Asset Management Syncarpha Capital

Strategies your Operational Model: O&M independence, sub-contracting, or a combination?

  • Understand what it means to become O&M independent and how it could benefit your plant
  • Learn from companies that are O&M independent plants and how their site performance was affected
  • Explore which aspects of O&M services should still be contracted out, in order to retain optimization

Southern Power Lynsey Tibbs Solar Operations Project Manager Southern Power

Liberty Power Ian MacRobbie Vice President of Operations Liberty Power

Repowering Strategies: Overcoming the Technical and Commercial

  • Understand the different ways in which plant repowering can be done to optimize performance effectively
  • Learn the best strategies to repower your plant based on case study examples
  • Explore the warranties which will be affected by repowering and how to minimise risk

Inverter O&M strategies to Ensure Reliable Assets

  • Understand which invertor strategies best optimize the maintenance process in order to implement them into your plant
  • Explore different invertor O&M models to increase your overall reliability
  • Learn about new invertor technologies and how they have best performed

Isotrol Dave Sailor Vice President, Strategic Partnership Isotrol

Portfolio Performance Optimization Strategies

  • Hear about the leading challenges in managing a large portfolio of solar assets and their solutions
  • Explore case-study examples on optimization methods to boost your output.
  • Understand which new technologies and data tools can help ensure performance optimization on your plant

Envision Energy Gina Binnard Director of Solar Professional Services Envision Energy

Strategize you Costs: Cut Costs not Quality

  • Understand how to cut O&M costs without reducing the quality of your plant
  • Explore the ways in which to apply high quality products and maintenance during construction which will result in reduced costs during operations
  • Learn how does new technology can effect maintenance risks

Enel Green Power Davide Grandi Solar Technical Support Manager Enel Green Power

Longroad Energy Jeremy Law Vice President Commercial Asset Management Longroad Energy

Arevon Energy Justin Johnson President and CEO Arevon Energy

Visionary Vegetation Management: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Understand how to implement low-impact vegetation strategies onto your site
  • Explore some of the vegetation management solutions such as native vegetation, pollinators and sheep grazing that could be part of your portfolio
  • Learn from case study examples of the ways in which costs can be reduces when using tradition approaches to vegetation maintenance.

NREL Robin Burton Research Analyst, Markets & Policy Analysis NREL

NREL Jordan Macknick Energy Engineer and Environmental Analyst NREL

Minnesota Native Landscapes Jake Jansky Minnesota Native Landscapes

American Solar Grazing Association Lexie Hain American Solar Grazing Association

Duke Energy Cody Tellgren Manager commercial renewables operations Duke Energy

PV standardization: Legend or a myth?

  • Understand what it would mean to have Solar PV Standardization
  • Learn how a standardized outlook would be beneficial for the solar PV operations
  • Explore the varieties of standardization through O&M, and equipment such as modules and invertors

Goldman Sachs Vania Mesrob O&M Lead Goldman Sachs

Duke Energy Joshua Rogers Director Solar Operations Duke Energy

SunSpec Alliance Tom Tansy Chairman SunSpec Alliance

Reduce your O&M costs by applying proactive and predictive maintenance

  • Understand how O&M costs can be reduced through new maintenance improving technologies
  • Learn about condition-based monitoring techniques and how to implement them you’re your plant
  • Gain insights into the new technologies and best practices associated with predictive maintenance

Cypress Creek Renewables Julien Glover Control Center Manager Cypress Creek Renewables

Sense Hawk Swarup Mavanoor CEO Sense Hawk


How transparent back sheets are transforming bifacial solar panels

  • Best-in-class advancements in bifacial module technology for increased energy yield
  • Long-term performance requirements for lowering LCOE
  • Lower BOS and O&M costs over the module lifetime to decrease total cost of ownership
  • Reliable operation of bifacial panels with transparent backsheets

DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials Ethan S. Simon Global Technology Director DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials

Portfolio Acquisition Strategy

  • Understand how to effectively prepare for a portfolio acquisition
  • Understand how to retain high operational levels

Clean Capital Melinda Baglio Chief Commercial Director Clean Capital

Use Solar Data Services to Prevent and Plug Holes your OPEX

  • Use the right data sources to plan the farm, so that your revenue projections match reality
  • Assess issues quickly by understanding how the weather impacted your revenue vs. maintenance issues that should be addressed
  • Do not be caught off guard by forecasting requirements from your grid operator; this can be quite expensive

Solcast Dr Nick Engerer CTO Solcast

How to effectively execute bringing solar storage to your site

  • Case studies of how solar storage has successful been added to sites
  • Lessons learnt with incorporating solar storage into your portfolios
  • Maintenance practices for Battery Storage, will Solar technicians need additional training, or even view these as 2 separate roles?
  • How do we mitigate risks without understanding or having training?

EDF Renewables Lee Connor Distributed Solutions Solar + Storage, Senior Asset Manager EDF Renewables

Asset management software platforms

  • What technology is available can help you manage a wide range of assets

3megawatt Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

Optimizing PPAs

  • Successful PPA agreement models

Atkin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP Andrea Wang Lucan Partner Atkin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

Portfolio performance analysis

  • How to analyse your portfolio
  • Should all assets have a standardized performance analysis
  • How to compare existing IE to site realities, create a “on-the-run” analysis & incorporate into performance reporting without devaluing the asset?

Allow new technologies to reduce your O&M costs

  • What new technologies are there in the PV industry?
  • Understand the technology that can help with your O&M

Managing Portfolios remotely

  • How to best remotely manage your diverse portfolio

Lessons learnt for repowering plants

  • Case study from a successful plant repowering
  • Making the most out of warranties

Spare part strategies

  • Predictive analytics repairs parts strategy; equipment warranty expiration and extensions and repowering options
  • Best techniques for spare part strategies

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Training, Attracting and Retaining: Delivering a World Class Team of Technicians

  • Understand how to invest in better training opportunities for your workforce
  • Master the art of retaining your highly trained workforce

Invenergy Brad Purtell Director services business development Invenergy

Duke Energy Joshua Rogers Director Solar Operations Duke Energy

Cypress Creek Renewables Julien Glover Control Center Manager Cypress Creek Renewables

Engaging the Supply Chain and Adapting to the Local Climate

  • How to build a US based localised PV supply Chain
  • How to enter the EOM market

Bureau Veritas Jeremy Erndt Director Bureau Veritas

Commercial Solar Services Available

  • Discussing the three different types of O&M Services for Commercial Solar
  • Case Study examples of best practices in Commercial solar services
  • New tools that are being developed.

Commercial Solar Guy John Weaver Energy Consultant Commercial Solar Guy

Implement Aerial Thermology into your site

  • Understand how Aerial Solar Inspections can optimise your assets
  • Use Data analytics to revolutionise your asset management

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