Tuesday 9 April 2024
Program Day 1
Embark on a journey exploring the evolution of solar energy over the past decade, gaining insights into cutting-edge technologies and unprecedented policy changes shaping the future of sustainable energy. Learn how to stay ahead in the transition toward a cleaner and brighter energy landscape with this illuminating panel.
This presentation will provide a concise inventory of North America's current solar capacity, an analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act's impact on our solar future, and a sneak peek into the growth forecasts for 2024. Explore trends in technology deployment and Operations & Maintenance, gaining valuable insights into the evolving landscape of solar energy in North America.
Leila Garcia da Fonseca
During this discussion, we will spotlight the critical aspect of workforce development. Explore innovative strategies, training programs, effective case studies, and initiatives aimed at nurturing a skilled workforce that can meet the demands of this rapidly growing sector.
Morning Networking Break
Extreme weather events, labor shortages, emissions containment, and carbon sequestration challenges are uniquely pressuring O&M providers in the USA. With the move to PTC performance demands, there's a clear need for technology solutions to refine the overall O&M toolkit. AI, data science, and technological breakthroughs are essential for driving long-term efficiencies in operating grid-clean energy assets nationwide. Discover the changing face of O&M with the rise of robotics. Gain insights into how these technologies impact ROI and operational costs compared to non-robotic methods.
The weather is going a bit bonkers, folks! Learn all about the best post-catastrophe O&M actions with this exciting panel. Explore trends in spare part management and recycling strategies. Gain insights into achieving a swift recovery and sustainable future for your plant after natural catastrophes.
Join our discussion to uncover the evolving role of asset managers in a smarter energy society. Explore how future Asset Management trends will impact your day-to-day work, emphasizing the impact of digital innovation. Gain insights into how asset managers are shaping a sustainable energy future through modern strategies.
Learn how managers are integrating ESG considerations, going beyond traditional metrics to embrace sustainability, social impact, and governance standards. Gain insights into aligning solar projects with broader societal goals while ensuring robust governance practices.
Explore cutting-edge technologies and software for predicting natural catastrophes and limiting the impact on your solar assets. Learn how these equipment and tools mitigate operational and maintenance costs for solar assets and enhance resilience. Delve into the role of data in understanding exposure, quantifying impacts and risks, and fighting the effects of extreme weather events with preventative measures as well as the importance of durable material.
The discussion will cover insurance availability challenges and their impact on AM, risk sharing, the evolution of insurance contracts, and the innovative world of parametric insurance. Obtain multiple perspectives from case study examples.
To PTC or to ITC... that's the question. Explore how these tax credits can shape your solar and solar + storage assets. Acquire understanding for informed decision-making in this dynamic renewable energy landscape.
Join this panel discussion on the hurdles of transferring tax credits and how that impacts the market. Industry experts will explore regulatory and financial challenges, sharing real-world insights regarding small-scale assets
Afternoon Networking Break
As more asset owners have to comply with new NERC regulations, this presentation will be a crucial opportunity to get insights into updates, compliance requirements, and their impact on your asset management strategies.
Explore the future of aging assets with a panel that will cover repairs beyond warranty, recycling, and repowering business models, and lessons learned from real-world cases. Join the discussion for practical insights and strategies in managing assets reaching end-of-life.
DOE Loan Programs Office
Wednesday 10 April 2024
Program Day 2
Break bread and boundaries during this interactive warm-up to day two, where attendees will collectively brainstorm about solutions to the most pressing industry challenges (submitted by attending organizations in the month prior to the event). Join this dynamic session to be part of the collaborative effort in shaping actionable strategies for pressing industry issues. Set your alarm and don't miss out on this unique opportunity for innovative problem-solving.
Make sure to sit in on this presentation, during which we’ll unravel the complexities of uncertain battery pricing and supply chain issues. Explore the impact of different storage business models and discover key considerations for integrating storage into your overall asset management strategies. Don't miss this broad exploration of the dynamic landscape at the intersection of battery technologies and solar asset management.
This session will be a debate
Place your bets! Join this AMNA debate where experts engage in a lively discussion on the allocation of storage costs. We will dive into opposing viewpoints, financial dynamics, and responsibilities in the storage sector through case study examples.
Morning Networking Break
Underperforming assets significantly hinder return on investment. Join the panel and learn the critical factors influencing the solar underperformance of your asset and explore the trends in servicing and O&M best practices, while touching upon performance modeling.
Effective vegetation management around your solar plant is essential not only for optimizing energy production but also for biodiversity conservation. Strategic practices prevent shading, ensuring peak efficiency, while also preserving native plants and creating wildlife-friendly habitats. This holistic approach strikes a balance between renewable energy generation and environmental stewardship, contributing to the overall sustainability of the solar facility.
The demand for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) is on a steep incline due to the increasing pressure on accelerating the energy transition and the definitive phase-out of subsidies and other incentives. Learn how to navigate contractual risks, discover effective offtaker solutions, dive into PPAs price negotiations and peek into the future of fully merchant-based PV projects.
Discover groundbreaking solutions in community solar, examining participation, financing, and community engagement, also with a focus on real-world examples from the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector. Gain understanding from experts on reshaping and managing solar assets, addressing challenges such as financing hurdles, and regulatory complexities, adapting to variable energy demand, refining storage solutions, and increasing awareness within the business sector. Explore a case study showcasing the successful implementation of community solar in a C&I setting.
Madison Energy Infrastructure
Lunch Networking Break
Developing solar assets in complex areas poses challenges ranging from regulatory hurdles and land acquisition issues to environmental concerns and engineering complexities. Successful navigation requires a multidisciplinary approach, combining technical expertise with a deep understanding of local contexts for sustainable and responsible solar projects.
Time to stretch your legs! Join our dynamic tour featuring poster presentations from small companies, startups, students, and research institutes. Explore cutting-edge ideas and research, and engage with emerging talents in this vibrant showcase of innovation.
Join in on the discussion addressing challenges in the U.S. electrical grid, focusing on preventing curtailment costs. Explore solutions through grid modernization, energy storage, and smart technologies. Discover the importance of improved forecasting and flexible energy management systems for aligning production with demand, ensuring a resilient and efficient energy future.
Delve into the opportunities and challenges of hybrid energy systems for your asset management. From balancing intermittency to optimizing energy storage, discover the potential for enhanced reliability and efficient energy solutions.
Short Networking Break
In the coming decade, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is projected to drive a 48% increase in solar deployment, necessitating a significant boost in local solar manufacturing. Will new PV manufacturing policies create global PV supply diversification? Delve into strategies for navigating regulatory landscapes and meeting stringent quality standards for both your supply chain and solar asset management.
While gender diversity is an important aspect, a comprehensive DEI approach recognizes and addresses a multitude of dimensions to foster a truly inclusive workplace and industry. Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the solar industry is essential for innovation, creativity, and ensuring equal access to opportunities. Beyond being a moral imperative, prioritizing DEI is a strategic decision that enhances productivity and contributes to the industry's sustainable growth.
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