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Solar Asset Management Australia


See you in 2020!

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Solar Asset Management Australia


See you in 2020!

The leading global conference focused on the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios, now also in Australia!

The inaugural edition of Solar Asset Management Australia marked the 21st installment of the global conference series organised by Solarplaza. Australia’s large-scale solar boom is imminent and here to stay, now is the time to look ahead at: how to maximise return on investment and optimise performance during the operational phase of solar plants? In order to achieve this, the conference was established at the intersection of asset owners & managers, investors, IPPs, utilities and O&M service providers.

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What?

Immersive two-day programme on best practices in both technical and financial management of operational solar plants, presented from in-depth angles by 30+ experts from the field.

Who?

150+ attendees, high-level decision makers in the value chain from service providers to asset managers and investors.

How?

A combination of high-level knowledge sharing and networking, complemented with thought-leading informational resources in the pre-trajectory.

Speakers 2019


Speakers 2019


JOHN GRIMES /// CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SMART ENERGY COUNCIL
John Grimes was appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council in 2008.
John started his career as an officer in the Air Force and went on to found and grow a number of companies, including a startup company he took to a successful listing on the ASX with a market capitalisation in excess of $30m.
His most recent company was in the environmental sector employing over 25 people with operations in Australia, the US and the Middle East.
In his role as CEO of the Smart Energy Council he has grown the profile and influence of the organisation. John has a passion for the solar, storage and the smart energy industry. He is regularly called upon, by the media, to provide relevant and independent comment in these areas.
JOHN GRIMES
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// SMART ENERGY COUNCIL
ALBA RUIZ LEON /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - INNOGY RENEWABLES
Alba Ruiz Leon, Managing Director of innogy Renewables Australia (Solar, Wind and Batteries) subsidiary company of RWE Germany.
Asset Management Certificate (IAM – Institute of Asset Management in UK) – ISO55001 professional
Engineers Australia Degree – Mechanical Engineer
Business Planning, Marketing and Finance Diploma – RMIT University, Melbourne
Majors in Industrial Management & Information Technologies - University of Navarra (TECNUN) Spain
Superior Industrial Engineer Electrical & Mechanical - University of Navarra (TECNUN) Spain
Other relevant experience: Managing Director at AMO Renewables, Asset Management Lead at Vestas, Asset Manager at Tilt Renewables, Power Practice Lead APAC/Africa at AUSENCO, Senior Asset Engineer at EnergyAustralia, Manager Operations at ACCIONA and Project Manager at the German Aerospace Center.
ALBA RUIZ LEON
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// INNOGY RENEWABLES
MIKE RAND /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUESHORE
Mike Rand is Managing Director of Blueshore, a leading renewable energy asset management services provider dedicated to the Australian renewable market, established in 2017. Mike has experience in the investment and management of over AUD1.2 billion of solar assets and was instrumental to the creation and IPO of the first and highest performing dedicated solar energy investment trust, listed on the London Stock Exchange main market. In addition to his role at Blueshore, Mike is a founder and Managing Partner of Bluefield Partners LLP and has also directed its affiliate asset management and operation & maintenance platforms, Bluefield Services Ltd and Bluefield Operations Ltd. Mike has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 15 years and in asset finance and management since 1999. He holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and has presented at numerous international renewable energy conferences.
MIKE RAND
MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUESHORE
DARREN DOCKING /// GENERAL MANAGER GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT - DOWNER
Darren is the General Manager Growth & Development for Downer responsible for the growing the reputation of Downer across the Renewable Energy and Power sectors, with a particular focus on Utility Scale Solar, Wind, Energy Storage and Power Systems. Darren was been working for Downer for 7 years, and 30 years in various operational and strategic roles in companies such as TXU Australia, Energy Australia, Energy Developments, Ergon Energy, Tenix and now Downer.
DARREN DOCKING
GENERAL MANAGER GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT /// DOWNER
BERNHARD SCHUETZ /// HEAD OF PRODUCT GROUP SERVICE - SMA SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AG
Schuetz brings extensive experience in the global power generation industry. At SMA, he leads the organization’s service offerings including a variety of risk-sharing options for customers – from extended warranties to spare parts guarantees to complete plant-wide operations and maintenance. In those capacities, he leads cross-functional service teams to operate cohesively as one unit. He empowers the teams to optimize project results and create operational excellence. Before joining the SMA team, he worked for GE Power as a senior project manager for field execution. Prior to GE, he spent more than 10 years at Alstrom Power, serving in multiple roles during that time. Schuetz earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and energy technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz. He also earned an MBA in management and operations from the Robins School of Business. Schuetz speaks English, Spanish and German.
BERNHARD SCHUETZ
HEAD OF PRODUCT GROUP SERVICE /// SMA SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AG
MICHAEL GARTNER /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - PHOTON ENERGY
Michael is a renewable energy entrepreneur with an investment banking background. He co-founded Photon Energy Group a highly successful solar power company with over ten years of experience and integrated business model with over 90 employees and operations across the whole of Europe and Australia.

Michael is an adaptable and strategic leader. He is a lateral thinker passionate about creating a better future for our children, encouraging innovation and thrives for continuous improvement. "Just because that is the way we have always done it doesn't mean that is the way we have to do it".
MICHAEL GARTNER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// PHOTON ENERGY
FRANK TEOFILO /// SR DIRECTOR ENERGY SERVICES & O&M - FIRST SOLAR
Mr. Frank Teofilo is Senior Director, Energy Services leading First Solar’s Operations and Maintenance throughout Asia Pacific delivering high quality power plants and services to First Solar’s customers. Mr. Teofilo joined the company in 2012 and has over 30 years of PV solar expertise alongside strong background knowledge in engineering, business management and business research.

Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Teofio was a General Manager at Commsolar, where he oversaw the development and execution of commercial PV projects. In this role, his extensive commercial negotiation skills resulted in successful outcomes on numerous, significant energy projects. Previous to this role, he was the Energy Innovation Manager at Integral Energy where he was responsible for energy efficiency and demand side curtailment programs, strategy and policy setting for the integration of renewable energy and embedded generation into their network. He was a valuable contributor to their Smart Grid roadmap focusing on areas of renewable energy deployment and customer engagement strategies. Mr. Teofilo has also been a member of various government energy related taskforces, advisory and board committees.
FRANK TEOFILO
SR DIRECTOR ENERGY SERVICES & O&M /// FIRST SOLAR
SIMON CHAU /// O&M SALES MANAGER - CANADIAN SOLAR AUSTRALIA
Simon Chau is the O&M Sales Manager for Canadian Solar Australia. Simon is responsible for developing commercial relationships throughout Australia to expand the Canadian Solar O&M portfolio. Simon joined Canadian Solar in 2017 and has over 10 years experience in the Solar industry, having various senior sales and management roles in some of the industries largest global companies including; Sunedison and Flextronics. Simon has a BBus from Monash University, and is an accredited Nabers and Carbon Accounting auditor.
SIMON CHAU
O&M SALES MANAGER /// CANADIAN SOLAR AUSTRALIA
JON FILBEY /// SR INVESTMENT MANAGER - OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
In his role as Senior Investment Manager at Octopus Investments, Jon is responsible for product development and overseeing day-to-day delivery. He has more than a decade of investment experience and completed more than $1.4 billion of utility-scale solar financings.
JON FILBEY
SR INVESTMENT MANAGER /// OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
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Programme 2019


Programme 2019


Programme Outline

Day 1

Session 1 /// An integrated future for SAM
• Welcoming words
• Beyond the solar boom: how to ensure durable performance for years to come?
• A holistic view on Solar Asset Management
Session 2 /// Impact of the development phase on O&M / AM
• EPC & system design implications for long-term performance
• Key considerations for OPEX modeling
Session 3 /// O&M considerations
• O&M: integrated perspectives
• Maintenance issues in the Australian context and beyond
Session 4 /// Performance monitoring & optimisation
• Assessing PV Plant Performance
• Data-driven O&M optimisation
Networking Drinks
Networking Dinner

Day 2

Session 5 /// Connection & storage considerations
• Welcoming words
• Predicting Curtailment
• Coupling Battery Storage
Session 6 /// The energy buyer’s perspective
• Leveraging (corporate) PPAs
• The case for merchant solar
Session 7 /// Long-term performance management
• De-risking operating assets
• Utilising Performance Engineering
Session 8 /// Solar Asset Management outlook
• SAM strategies for growth
Closing Words & Networking Drinks

Learn more about the programme:

Webinar


Webinar


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PAST WEBINAR
Asset Operations in Australia: How To Monitor and Steer Solar Plant Performance
Tuesday 21 May 2019 / 4-5 PM AEST / 8-9 AM CEST

Solar is lucrative business with high potential return on investment. However, there are some key differences between managing solar assets and managing financial assets. Solar assets entail a layer of complexity with physical and technical moving parts, which have a direct impact on yield and hence the ROI. So, how do you monitor and manage a solar asset to ensure maximum performance over the entirety of the system’s lifetime?

In preparation for the inaugural edition of the Solar Asset Management Australia conference, we have joined forces with industry experts from Rystad Energy, Blueshore and Inaccess to bring you an insightful session on the asset management side of utility-scale solar projects in Australia.

Join this webinar to discover:

  • Who the key developers and owners are in the Australian solar market?

  • Which factors are most important in managing solar assets?

  • What are the key issues facing solar asset managers in Australia?

  • How to use monitoring systems to ensure strong performance?

Can’t make it to the live webinar? If you register, you will receive access to the recordings and slides after the webinar.

BEATRIZ TORIBIO LOPEZ ///ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES, SENIOR MANAGER - BLUESHORE
Beatriz has over 6 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. Her experience covers several areas including monitoring systems, contract and site management, and operations supervision for medium scale solar sites. Within Blueshore, Beatriz has led site analysis on over 1GW of projects including onsite inspection and defect identification for over 250MW of plants. Prior to working for Blueshore, Beatriz was a founding employee of Bluefield Services where she played an instrumental role in the build out of the business including the development of its systems and procedures. Prior to working with Bluefield Services Ltd, Beatriz gained experience in electrical supply chain management at Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), including the specification of electrical equipment for supply to high voltage substations and photovoltaic projects, along with management of Quality, and Health and Safety processes. Beatriz studied a Master’s in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, specializing in electronics and process automation, followed by an electrical engineering intensification at Katholieke Leuven University, supplemented by a Master’s in Renewable Energies, Universidad San Pablo CEU, and a postgraduate degree on business practices at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Blueshore website
BEATRIZ TORIBIO LOPEZ
ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES, SENIOR MANAGER /// BLUESHORE
DAVID DIXON ///SENIOR ANALYST, AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLES - RYSTAD ENERGY
David Dixon has an undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering, with a Masters of Photovoltaic Engineering from the University of New South Wales. David has 6 years’ experience in the energy (upstream and solar) industry, with Shell, Woodside and Solgen Energy. David’s roles have included production technologist at Shell working on the development of the Prelude and Concerto wells supplying gas to Prelude’s floating LNG, completions engineer on key Australian oil and gas projects, including Browse, Enfield and Pluto, and engineer at Solgen working on commercial solar. David works as a Renewables Analyst covering the Australian Market and is based in Rystad’s Sydney office.
Rystad Energy website
DAVID DIXON
SENIOR ANALYST, AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLES /// RYSTAD ENERGY
GEORGE KONSTANTOULAKIS ///CTO - INACCESS
A short description will follow up soon...
Inaccess website
GEORGE KONSTANTOULAKIS
CTO /// INACCESS
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Resources


Resources


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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


We are delighted to present the sponsors and partners who have already confirmed their presence at Solar Asset Management Australia. Interested in cooperating?

The international 2-day event will involve 150+ high-level decision-makers from the local and international market.

A wide range of opportunities is available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, EPC’s IPP’s and manufacturers.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages

  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders

  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign

  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through a presentation or panel discussion

  • Possibility to host or moderate a round-table discussion or lunch table during the conference

  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

Sponsor and exhibiting spaces are limited, so be sure to reach out in time. For more information, please contact Jens van der Laan.

Account Manager

For more information, please contact us directly:

Jens van der Laan
+31 10 302 7910

jens@solarplaza.com

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Sponsors and Partners of 2019

DIAMOND SPONSORS
 
 
GOLD SPONSORS
BADGE SPONSOR
 
NETWORKING SPONSORS
EXHIBITION SPONSOR
BRANDING SPONSOR
 
ORGANIZING PARTNER
MEDIA PARTNERS
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Track Record


Track Record


Solar Asset Management North America

Solarplaza has been organising events since 2004, hosting over 100 events in over more than 30 countries. Within that line-up, the Solar Asset Management conference series is a global range of events fully dedicated to Operations & Maintenance, Asset Management and all other technical and financial topics in the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios. 

With highly successful editions in North America (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018), Europe (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Asia(2015, 2016, 2017,2018) and Latin America (2016, 2017), the series is establishing an important position around the world, following the maturation of international solar markets.

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza 

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"TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE WORLD BY ACCELERATING THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION"

This mission lies at the core of Solarplaza, a private company based in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) that aims to inspire, connect and activate the global solar PV industry.

Solarplaza was founded in 2004 by Edwin Koot, a senior PV expert working in photovoltaic solar energy since 1994. Over the course of fifteen years, Solarplaza has built a network of trusted friends and personal contacts all over the world.

Solarplaza organizes international high-level conferences and exploratory trade missions in both established and emerging markets across the globe. With a track-record spanning 5 continents, 30+ countries, 50+ cities and a total of over 100 events, Solarplaza is a pioneering industry inspirer.

The company’s home base, www.solarplaza.com, is an independent platform for knowledge and insights, supported by the (free) daily solar industry newsletter, SUN.

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  • ESTABLISHED IN 2004

  • 100+ EVENTS

  • 30+ COUNTRIES

    FROM CHILE TO CHINA

  • 60.000 + 

    PV PROFESSIONALS IN OUR NETWORK

Download our Corporate Brochure to learn more:

Contact us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

Project Manager
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Lisette Buist
+31 10 302 79 07
lisette@solarplaza.com

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Account Manager
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Jens van der Laan
+31 10 302 7910

jens@solarplaza.com

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

Marketeer

Irene Rodríguez Martín
+31 10 3027912
irene@solarplaza.com