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Addressed the biggest challenges to PV Operations in 2020

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  • Day One: Thursday November 12 2020
  • Day Two: Friday November 13 2020
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Day One: Thursday November 12 2020

09:00 - 09:05 (5 mins)

Opening Remarks

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Keynote Pass
09:05 - 09:50 (45 mins)

Keynote Panel: 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)

CleanCapital Jon Powers Co-Founder and President CleanCapital

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

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09:50 - 10:05 (15 mins)

Presentation: 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

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10:05 - 10:15 (10 mins)

Live Q&A with Ethan Simon from Dupont Energy

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

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

10:15 - 10:30 (15 mins)

Presentation: How to effectively execute bringing solar storage to your site

  • Case studies where storage improves solar production
  • Understand how to incorporate solar + storage to your assets/porfolios
  • Explore how the new division of Operations and Maintenance as it applies to storage projects

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

10:30 - 11:00 (30 mins)

Panel: Solar Storage: Strategic investment, immediate reimbursement, or waste of capital?

  • Understand what funding, insurance and contractual mechanisms and structures can be used to project finance a solar+storage project.
  • Learn what government and non-government lending programs can finance your solar+storage facility.
  • Learn how you can use various equity and equity equivalent funds to reduce the amount you must invest in a solar+storage project

BlackRock Rael McNally Director of Real Assets BlackRock

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

Doosan GridTech Isabelle Christensen Solar and Storage Expert Doosan GridTech

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

11:00 - 11:15 (15 mins)

Applied Analytics: How to Avoid a Shakespearean Tragedy & Improve Solar Plant Performance (In 3 Acts)

  • Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou bifacial system gains?
  • To wash or not to wash? That is the question
  • DC health! DC health! My kingdom for improved DC health!

Envision Energy Gina Binnard Director of Solar Professional Services Envision Energy

Envision Energy Zoe deFreitas Senior Staff Engineer Envision Energy

Envision Energy Aron Dobos Director, Solar Monitoring & Analytics Envision Energy

11:15 - 11:45 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Carolina Solar Services Catherine Ambrose Performance Engineer Carolina Solar Services

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

11:45 - 12:00 (15 mins)

Presentation: Get more from your Asset management software platforms

  • Understand which asset management technologies are available to you
  • How can software’s help you manage a wide range of assets?
  • Learn how these software technologies help reduce costs

3megawatt Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

12:00 - 12:30 (30 mins)

Panel: 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
  • Discover invertor procurement decisions and how production selections impacts O&M Costs

Isotrol Dave Sailor Vice President, Strategic Partnership Isotrol

PV Evolution Labs Jenya Meydbray CEO PV Evolution Labs

Carolina Solar Services Sean Hayes Senior Vice President Operations Carolina Solar Services

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

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12:30 - 12:45 (15 mins)

Presentation: Use Solar Data Services to Plug Holes in 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
  • Learn how to not be caught off guard by forecasting requirements from your grid operator; this can be quite expensive

Solcast Dr Nick Engerer CTO Solcast

12:45 - 13:15 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

13:15 - 13:30 (15 mins)

Session TBC

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13:30 - 14:00 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Amicus O&M Cooperative Amanda Bybee CEO Amicus O&M Cooperative

Heliolytics Rob Andrews CEO Heliolytics

Bureau Veritas Moderator: Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

Day Two: Friday November 13 2020

09:00 - 09:05 (5 mins)

Opening Remarks

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Keynote Pass
09:05 - 09:50 (45 mins)

Panel: 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

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

09:50 - 10:05 (15 mins)

Presentation: Portfolio Acquisition Strategy

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

CleanCapital Melinda Baglio Chief Commercial Officer CleanCapital

10:05 - 10:35 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Excelsior Energy Captial Chris Frantz Managing Director Excelsior Energy Captial

Southern Power Chris Prescott Renewable Operations Director Southern Power

Duke Energy Dustin Wambeke Director Duke Energy

Also Energy Robert Schaefer CEO Also Energy

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

10:35 - 10:50 (15 mins)

Presentation: Building Forecasts: What can go wrong?

  • Understand the financial implications of poor forecasts
  • Learn the technical insights that can impact forecasts to minimise your risk
  • Explore the impact of key technical datapoints on profitability metrics

PV Evolution Labs Jenya Meydbray CEO PV Evolution Labs

10:50 - 11:20 (30 mins)

Panel: Strategize your 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

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

11:20 - 11:35 (15 mins)

Presentation: Optimizing PPAs for Financing

  • Understand the risk as a seller when constructing a PPA
  • Explore the key aspects of a successful PPA agreement model for both Utility scaled and smaller asset portfolios

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

11:35 - 12:05 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Origis Services Michael Eyman Managing Director Origis Services

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

12:05 - 12:20 (15 mins)

Presentation: 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
12:20 - 12:50 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

Invenergy LLC Mary Moravec Asset Management Invenergy LLC

Solv Reegan Moen Business Development Manager Solv

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

12:50 - 13:05 (15 mins)

Presentation: Weathering photovoltaics in cold climates

  • Explore the Canadian solar PV market
  • Understand how to optimize performance within cold climates
  • Learn from first hand research and tests for cold climates

Nergica Sergio Gualteros Project Director Nergica

13:05 - 13:35 (30 mins)

Panel: 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

3megawatt Moderator: Edmee Kelsey CEO 3megawatt

On Demand Hub

New IEC standards for Availability and Reliability practices and reporting for PV system Asset Management

  • IEC 63019 (2019) Information Model for Availability of Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS) Technical Specification defines a common basis for the exchange of information on photovoltaic power system (PVPS) availability metrics and the inclusion and exclusion of outage event types
  • Reliability Practices for the Operation of Photovoltaic Power Systems, IEC 63265, is now being written to address everything from component failures to the human factors needed for a PV System to functions satisfactorily without failure under specified performance and operational conditions 
  • The motivation for addressing reliability in the implementation and operation of a PVPS is founded in the desire for long lasting energy performance, energy production, secure production and revenue, and safe function.

Roger Hill Principal Roger R Hill LLC

Thriving in an Apocalypse: Navigating the 2020 Contract Risk Landscape

  • Prepare for A Zombie Strike:  protecting your agreements from political uncertainty, tariffs and the undead.
  • Pandemic Planning:  The realities of crafting and using Force Majeure clauses during a plague.
  • Alien Attack: How to survive interconnection and environmental caused delays that are out of this world.

Hecate Energy Hollie Christie General CouncilHecate Energy

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

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

  • Learn about training opportunities in Solar PV and how they will lead to more efficient O&M practices
  • Understand how to balance cost, culture, and retention to ensure a long-lasting success for your company and technicians
  • Identify the strategic changes regarding safety, attitude, and how clear communication will improve your 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

Attacking Unexpected Costs With An Improved PV System Delivery Model

  • The need for clearly defining and leveraging the value of shared PV plant and component data
  • Addressing (Preempting) early, middle and late life unanticipated plant costs
  • Focus on actual LCOE over the whole lifecycle to improve energy production and revenues

High Performance PV John Balfour President & CEO High Performance PV

Building a resilient PV Supply Chain and Adapting to the Local Climate

  • Understand new supply chain Strategies and the digitalisation of the supply chain
  • Learn how to verify data through field audits
  • Explore ways in which to localise your PV Supply chain

Bureau Veritas Jeremy Erndt Director of Power & Utilities Bureau Veritas

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