Solarplaza Summit Asset Management North America 2022

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Seminar & Networking Event

13:00
Building a Resilient, Skilled & Diverse Solar Workforce

Wednesday 6 April 2022

Conference Program Day 1


08:00
Welcome Coffee and Registration
Session Topics:
09:00
Welcome Remarks by the Conference Chairman
Alfonso Barrenechea Solarplaza
Session Topics:
Session I

Solar’s Future in North America

09:10
Is the Solar Industry Ready for Adulthood?
Benoit Allehaut KKR
Session Topics:
  • What to expect when you are expecting. Are you really ready?
  • Is the deflationary environment and low interest party over?
  • A new generation of asset owners. What do they want? What should they want?
  • A new generation of products. Dispatchable power is coming of age. Time to adapt.
09:40
Solar Market Outlook
Leila Garcia da Fonseca Wood Mackenzie
Session Topics:
  • Reviewing North America’s operational solar capacity
  • Preliminary analysis of 2022 growth and development
  • Trends in technology deployment
10:00
Moving to the Next Level in Solar Deployment
moderator
Eric Wesoff Canary Media
Danny Splettstosser AES
Zoe Berkery CleanCapital
Session Topics:
  • Reviewing the energy plans of the Biden administration
  • ITC extension effects
  • Key themes that have shaped solar in the past year
10:45
AM Networking Break
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Session II A

Futureproofing Operations & Maintenance

11:30
Don't just centralize, integrate!
Christos Georgopoulos INACCESS
Session Topics:
  • The data quality pillar and its pitfalls
  • Solving inefficiencies of different platforms, systems, onboarding methods, and costs
  • Leveraging technology to manage cost-effectively an increasingly distributed portfolio
  • Transparency between Asset Owners, O&M providers, and Asset Managers
11:45
Improving Asset Value Through O&M Digitalization
moderator
Vania Mesrob Goldman Sachs
Rue Philips 365 Pronto
Blaine Sundwall EDF Renewables
Session Topics:
  • Next step in operations digitalizations
  • Separating digital facts from fiction
  • Creating a feedback loop that will facilitate asset management
12:15
O&M Contracting in a Consolidating Industry
moderator
Paul Whitacre SDCL Group
Nikhil Vadhavkar Raptor Maps, Inc.
Chioma Enechukwu Madison Energy Investments
Jason Feng Omnidian
Myra Gardiner Bay4 Energy Services, LLC
Session Topics:
  • Effects of secondary markets
  • The role of labor
  • Key contract elements to look for when doing M&A
Session II B

Safeguarding Portfolio Value

11:30
Lessons Learned from the Growing Solar Fleet
moderator
Hao Shen kWh Analytics
Lynsey Tibbs Silicon Ranch
Kevin Christy Lightsource BP
Anand Narayanan Arevon Energy
Session Topics:
  • State of the growing US Solar Fleet
  • Performance modeling: assumptions and learnings
  • Performance management and operational excellence: KPIs and benchmarking
12:15
Secondary Markets and M&A
moderator
Lorena Nieuwenhoven Solarplaza
Asif Alam ThoughtTrace
Britta von Oesen CohnReznick Capital
Scott Byer Lightsource BP
Session Topics:
  • Valuation of contracts with service providers and offtakers
  • Due diligence process
  • M&A strategies: how to grow portfolios
13:00
PM Lunch Break
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Session III A

Plant Resilience & Performance

14:15
Forecasting
moderator
Ann Gaglioti GroundWork Renewables
Jon Previtali Wells Fargo
Patrick Keelin Clean Power Research
Chris Raupp SOLV Energy
Session Topics:
  • Uncertainty in solar irradiation modelling: changes in the last few years
  • The use cases for real-time solar irradiance datasets in asset management
  • Effective vs calculated irradiance
  • Making a case for providing additional data for loss factors
15:00
Extreme Weather Impacts
moderator
Jason Raymond Boralex
Kaushik Roy Choudhury DuPont
John Schroeder DEPCOM Power
Travis McKee Sungrow
Session Topics:
  • How to minimize risk of damage from natcat events
  • What can be insured and what can not?
  • Resolving damage after it’s done
Session III B

Derisking Revenue

14:15
Merchant Hedging Strategies
moderator
Tara Narayanan BloombergNEF
Joe Kastner Radian Generation
Rohit Ogra AP Solar Holdings
Session Topics:
  • Potential solutions for developers and owners to balance power pricing
  • What role do asset managers play in a project with a merchant strategy or hedge
  • Short term vs long term contracts
  • Aligning plant design with merchant strategy
15:00
Storage Asset Management: Managing Operations
moderator
Jenya Meydbray PVEL - PV Evolution Labs
Leigh Zanone 8minute Solar Energy
Will Troppe Power Factors
Session Topics:
  • Implications of the different storage business models on managing operations
  • Operating storage assets: O&M considerations
  • Learnings from the early stage operations of storage assets
15:45
PM Networking Break

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Session IV

Closing Panel Day 1

16:30
True Cost of O&M and Asset Management
moderator
Tim Montague Clean Power Consulting Group
Michael Eyman Origis Services
Erin Kivlehan Clēnera
Anand Narayanan Arevon Energy
Session Topics:
  • Scoping contract responsibilities: what is in and out of scope?
  • Who is bearing what risk?
  • Hidden costs: where can unexpected surprises pop up?
17:15
Networking Drinks

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19:00
Networking Dinner (sold out)

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The conference Networking Dinner will take place in The Skyline Room, the top floor of the conference venue.

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Thursday 7 April 2022

Conference Program Day 2


08:30
Welcome Coffee and Registration
Session Topics:
09:30
Welcome remarks by the Conference Chairman
Alfonso Barrenechea Solarplaza
Session Topics:
Session V

Enabling a Holistic Transition

09:40
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Solar Asset Management
moderator
Amanda Bybee Amicus O&M Cooperative
Ajulo Othow Carolina Solar Services
Kate Collardson Omnidian
Aaron Bingham BayWa r.e.
Session Topics:
  • Beyond race and gender: thinking expansively about diversity
  • Best practices in hiring, managing and company culture
  • Deploying the benefits of solar to more communities
10:30
AM Networking Break

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Session VI A

O&M Planning for Long-Term Applications

11:15
Design & EPC Considerations for Optimal Operations
moderator
Reegan Moen SOLV Energy
Nick de Vries Silicon Ranch
Brian Mills Stäubli
Rob Andrews Heliolytics
Session Topics:
  • “Greening up” your practices
  • Importance of documentation
  • A holistic approach to your project
12:00
Solar Insurance: Paradigm Shift in the Market
moderator
Isaac McLean kWh Analytics
Alan Stearns Lockton Companies LLC
Ray Casey Nextracker
Kait Adler Goldman Sachs
Jonathan Fort MaxSolar
Session Topics:
  • Aligning price expectations with pricing realities
  • Key indicators for good and bad insurance contracts
  • O&Ms increasing importance in the insurance schemes
Session VI B

Managing Growth Sustainably

11:15
Managing Scale and Growth in DG sustainably
moderator
Greg Shambo Borrego O&M
Zoe Berkery CleanCapital
Kelsey Wood Greenbacker Group
Diana Weis U.S. Bank
PJ Vigilante EDP Renewables North America
Session Topics:
  • Effective asset management strategies across different regions
  • Scaling up asset management practices in growing DG portfolios (labour component)
  • Efficient asset aggregation and financing structures to minimize due diligence and transaction costs
12:00
Large Scale Portfolio Growth
moderator
Marc Toy CAC Specialty
Blerta Kumbaro BayWa r.e.
Sharifa Dunn AlsoEnergy
Jason Raymond Boralex
Session Topics:
  • Challenges in growing your portfolio sustainably
  • Identifying processes that can be automated
  • Pain Points when scaling your utility scale portfolio
  • Sharing success stories & learnings
12:45
PM Lunch Break
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Session VII A

Optimizing Operations

14:15
Repowering
moderator
Sean Hackett Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Chris Frantz Excelsior Energy Capital
Dave Doerner ICF
Auston Taber Solar Support
Session Topics:
  • Inverter replacement: process review
  • Technological pitfalls to take into account
  • Understanding solar degradation assumptions
  • Translating component repowering into feasible business models
Session VII B

Minimizing Risk

14:15
Refinancing
moderator
Sarath Srinivasan kWh Analytics
Alain Halimi Nomura
Camelia Miu Nautilus Solar
Chaim Grushko Soltage, LLC
Session Topics:
  • Refinancing motivations of project sponsors
  • Bridging the “no man’s land” between asset management and finance
  • Optimizing operational considerations around refinancing
  • The logistical works of a refinancing effort
Session VIII

Plenary Closing

15:00
The Offtaker Perspective
Mark Porter CEBA
Session Topics:
  • Trends in sourcing renewable energy by corporations
  • Their efforts and toughest barriers in reaching climate goals
  • How renewable energy (especially solar) contributes to reaching carbon reduction goals
  • How energy suppliers can accommodate energy buyers in their needs (meeting of supply and demand)
15:20
Realizing The Next Generation of Solar Assets
moderator
Alfonso Barrenechea Solarplaza
Etienne Lecompte PowerHub
Andrew Griffiths Nextracker
Sarie Lovell Generate Capital
Session Topics:
  • Developments in project financing
  • Challenges as the industry continues to grow and deploys more assets
  • Future proofing asset management practices
16:05
Closing Networking Drinks
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Alfonso Barrenechea
Project Manager

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