Solarplaza Summit | Asset Management Texas

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Wednesday 15 November 2023

19:00

Pre-Conference Networking Event

The Networking Event will take place in Pelons Tex-Mex Restaurant

Thursday 16 November 2023

Program


08:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

45 min.

Session Topics:

08:45

Welcome Remarks by Solarplaza and the Chairperson

presentation

15 min.

Sid Eshuis

Solarplaza

Amanda Bybee

Amicus O&M Cooperative

Session Topics:
  • Purpose and objectives
  • Themes and program
  • Your interactive involvement in the event
  • Practicalities and house rules
     

Session 1

Texas Landscape

09:00

Overview of The Texan Solar Market - What is New?

20 min.

Martin Anderson

Aurora Energy Research

Session Topics:
  • Update on installed PV capacity base and growth forecasts
  • Evolution of the industry after 2023
  • General market outlook
     

09:20

Navigating Curtailment, Grid Connection, and Weatherization for Efficient Energy Infrastructure

presentation

30 min.

David Kezell

ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas)

Session Topics:
  • Feeding the right amount of power into the grid
  • Issues arising from grid disruption

09:50

Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in the Texas Solar Sector: Embracing Solar Development and Diversifying Power Sources

panel

40 min.

moderator

Eric Wright

S&P Global

Michael Enger

Austin Energy

Scott Macmurdo

Deriva Energy

Kara Gunn

Lightsource bp

Session Topics:
  • The viability and compatibility of domestic solar manufacturing (supported by IRA incentives)
  • Diversifying our power sources for a more reliable energy supply - Hybridization and weatherization
  • Solar, wind, and energy storage - what's needed to make it work together?
  • Solar development in diverse landscapes
     

10:30

Morning Networking Break

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Session 2

Optimizing Returns On Your Solar Assets

11:30

Navigating the Inflation Reduction Act: the Latest in Texas Regulations, Financial Incentives & Tax Credits

panel

40 min.

moderator

Brian A. Korgel

University of Texas at Austin

Hilary Lefko

Norton Rose Fulbright

Jaime Carlson

SB Energy (USA)

Cory Magnuson

Spearmint Energy

Session Topics:
  • Update on the regulations and financial incentives in Texas
  • Laying out the different financing options for your solar project - ITC vs. PTC
  • Solar and storage asset evolution in the IRA era

12:10

Ensuring Optimal Performance of Solar Assets: Overcoming Key Performance Concerns in the Texan Solar Landscape

panel

40 min.

moderator

Armando Solís

Lightsource bp

Jeff Wang

Stäubli

Joshua Rogers

American Clean Power (ACP)

Chengjiang Fu

LONGi

Session Topics:
  • The biggest performance issues in the Texan solar landscape
  • Challenges unique and specific to the Texan context
     

12:50

Embracing All Things Cyber: Risks, Regulatory Changes, And Next-gen Technologies (AI)

presentation

15 min.

Keith Rose

Operant Networks

Session Topics:
  • Recent renewable cyber incidents
  • NERC-CIP updates
  • AI Data security

13:05

Renewing Solar Parks: Retrofit Anti-reflective Coating Solution (ARCA®) to Boost Solar Park Performance

presentation

15 min.

James Wolfe

Covestro Solar Coating Solutions B.V.

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13:20

Lunch Networking Break

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Session 3

How O&M Practices Must Adapt to an Unstable Energy Grid

14:20

Texan Challenges and O&M best practices

panel

40 min.

moderator

Alison Adams

SOLV Energy

Josh Corbitt

Origis Services

Benjamin Needham

KerTec

Swarup Mavanoor

SenseHawk

Session Topics:
  • Automation: Maximizing the impact of digitization in O&M
  • Utilizing data mining, AI and robotics to future-proof your solar assets
  • Weather forecasting: How to prevent and mitigate risks and additional costs (hail case study)
  • Taking vegetation management and biodiversity conservation into account for sustainable solar development
     

15:00

Addressing Skilled Labor Shortages and Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Solar Industry

panel

45 min.

moderator

Amanda Bybee

Amicus O&M Cooperative

Janell Hills

IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)

Eboni Taylor

ConnectGen

Adewale OgunBadejo

GRID Alternatives

Session Topics:
  • The IRA’s impact on labor force development
  • Key success factors for an diverse, equitable, and inclusive solar industry
     

15:45

Afternoon Networking Break

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Session 4

Future-proofing Your Solar Assets

16:25

Maximizing Returns across Renewables and Storage Portfolios Using AI-based Asset Performance Management

presentation

20 min.

Charlene Lee

Fluence

Session Topics:
  • Common challenges in maximizing value from renewables and storage assets
  • Digital techniques that help asset owners connect, analyze, and optimize asset performance

16:45

Sustainable Strategies: Future-proofing Texan Solar Assets Across All Lifecycle Stages

panel

40 min.

moderator

Ornella Nicolacci

CEBA

Lauryn Bush

Ørsted

Hesston Klenk

The AES Corporation

Adam Saghei

We Recycle Solar

Session Topics:
  • Squeezing the most out of aging assets
  • Fostering a circular solar value chain
     

17:25

Closing Remarks by the Chairperson

10 min.

Amanda Bybee

Amicus O&M Cooperative

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17:35

Networking Drinks

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Nicola Belafatti
Project Manager

For questions about the program and content of the event:

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Sid Eshuis
Manager Business Development

For questions regarding partnership opportunities:

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Sabine Dhevaraj
Project Coordinator

For practical questions regarding our activities:

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