PROGRAMME /// DAY 1
26 June 2019
 
Panel Discussion Presentation
08:30 MORNING COFFEE
Sponsored by:
Session 1 - An integrated future for SAM
09:00Welcoming words
LISETTE BUIST /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A Short bio will folow soon...
LISETTE BUIST
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA
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
09:20Beyond the solar boom: how to ensure durable performance for years to come?
  • • A perspective on the future: fast forward to 2030
  • • Key long-term performance considerations for operating assets
  • • How solar is changing the paradigm in the Australian energy market
DAVID LEITCH /// PRINCIPAL - ITK SERVICES AUSTRALIA
A short bio will follow soon...
DAVID LEITCH
PRINCIPAL /// ITK SERVICES AUSTRALIA
09:45A holistic view on Solar Asset Management

  • • Bankability for full lifetime of solar assets
  • • Key components of SAM process excellence
  • • Future-proofing solar assets and portfolios
JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB
A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub. James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.
MODERATOR
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
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
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
10:30 AM NETWORKING BREAK
Session 2 - Impact of the development phase on O&M / AM
11:15EPC & system design implications for long-term performance

  • • Plant commissioning and handover: why owners should be proactive
  • • Impact of build quality on OPEX: common design and installation shortcomings
  • • Learnings from other RE
GERALD ARENDS /// DIRECTOR - PEGASUS LEGAL
Gerald Arends is a director of Pegasus Legal, a boutique legal practice servicing the renewable energy industry in Australia, the Middle East and Asia-Pac.

He is an internationally leading lawyer advising on solar projects. In the past 10 years he worked exclusively in the solar industry, supporting clients on utility-scale solar projects in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. Gerald has held a variety of different roles in the solar industry ranging from practising lawyer and general counsel to roles in international business development, project development and commercial advisory.

Gerald is taking the approach of a reflective practitioner in the solar industry and shares his experience and perspectives through a variety of fora. As a visiting lecturer in the LL.M. programme at the University of Queensland (Australia) he has taught a module on Renewable Energy Law.
MODERATOR
GERALD ARENDS
DIRECTOR /// PEGASUS LEGAL
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
LEI XIAOFEI /// TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER - JOLYWOOD
Lei Xiaofei is working in Jolywood as a Technical Support Manager. He is managing a team of application engineers to support overseas marketing development activities.
He has been working in the PV field for 7 years. He has a good knowledge about solar cell and module technology and bifacial PV system application.
His work experience lies primarily in the field of commercial and utility scale Solar PV development. Lei has a Master’s degree from Soochow University.
LEI XIAOFEI
TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER /// JOLYWOOD
RIMMA MITELMAN /// HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT - ESCO PACIFIC
Rimma has a comprehensive understanding of the renewable energy asset lifecycle through her leading role with ESCO Pacific since its inception in 2016. Rimma was heavily involved in equity and debt processes of four solar farms. Her role as Commerical Manager within the Development platform of the business included financial modelling, managing market and insurance due diligence for financial close, reviewing and pricing off-take agreements, contract management, risk management and regulatory matters. Rimma has since been instrumental in setting up ESCO’s Asset Management platform with three assets currently under management and in various stages of construction, commissioning and operations.
RIMMA MITELMAN
HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT /// ESCO PACIFIC
12:00Key considerations for OPEX modeling

  • • Selection criteria for O&M service providers and the assessment of hidden risks
  • • Framing the scope of a contract: vital KPIs and variables
  • • Rationale for in-house versus outsourced O&M services
GERALD ARENDS /// DIRECTOR - PEGASUS LEGAL
Gerald Arends is a director of Pegasus Legal, a boutique legal practice servicing the renewable energy industry in Australia, the Middle East and Asia-Pac.

He is an internationally leading lawyer advising on solar projects. In the past 10 years he worked exclusively in the solar industry, supporting clients on utility-scale solar projects in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. Gerald has held a variety of different roles in the solar industry ranging from practising lawyer and general counsel to roles in international business development, project development and commercial advisory.

Gerald is taking the approach of a reflective practitioner in the solar industry and shares his experience and perspectives through a variety of fora. As a visiting lecturer in the LL.M. programme at the University of Queensland (Australia) he has taught a module on Renewable Energy Law.
MODERATOR
GERALD ARENDS
DIRECTOR /// PEGASUS LEGAL
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
BRIAN LONERGAN /// ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - CEFC
A short bio will follow soon...
BRIAN LONERGAN
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR /// CEFC
12:30 LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK
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Session 3 - O&M considerations
14:00O&M: integrated perspectives

  • • Learnings from O&M projects around the globe
  • • Examples of common issues
  • • An integrated approach to O&M
  • • Soiling and cleaning strategies: dealing with remote and desert conditions
  • • Best O&M practices for solar trackers
  • • Common issues identified through aerial inspections
LISETTE BUIST /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A Short bio will folow soon...
MODERATOR
LISETTE BUIST
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
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
LANCE LI /// FOUNDER & CEO - AEROSPEC TECHNOLOGIES
Lance is the founder and CEO of Aerospec Technologies, an aerial data analytics company that helps solar farms to optimize yields, reduce O&M costs, and delivers one of the fastest report turnaround. Previously, Lance worked in the energy industry with British Petroleum and Accenture before pursuing his passion in Renewable Energies. He is an energy policy expert and his research area includes renewable energy development in China and challenges facing global solar industries. Lance holds an MBA from Northwestern University and an MPP from Harvard University.
LANCE LI
FOUNDER & CEO /// AEROSPEC TECHNOLOGIES
JOHN STREET /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - NEXTRACKER
Spanning over two decades of business development experience in diverse industries ranging from public to private, blue chips and startups, John Street has dedicated the past 13 years to solar companies spanning the value chain from upstream – equipment manufacturers – to downstream – EPC developers and O&M service providers. After his transition from working in the oil patch for a gas separation technology company to renewables development, John now leads the commercialization of NEXTracker’s global services offerings with a special focus on Digital O&M, site services and extended service offers. Prior to NEXTracker, John has held management positions at Enphase, MaxGen Energy Services, Namaste Solar, Suntech America and Sun Micro. He earned his MBA from Georgetown University and an engineering degree from the University of Colorado.
JOHN STREET
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// NEXTRACKER
15:15 PM NETWORKING BREAK
Session 4 - Performance monitoring & optimisation
16:00Data-driven performance and O&M optimisation

  • • KPI framework design: how to effectively monitor at different levels
  • • Drivers of digitalisation in the Australian domain: response time & labour
  • • Benefits of digitalisation on OPEX and labour cost optimisation
  • • Data analysis and how to translate data into actionable information
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
MODERATOR
BEATRIZ TORIBIO LOPEZ
ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES, SENIOR MANAGER /// BLUESHORE
ALBERT CARRERA /// APAC REGIONAL MANAGER - GREENPOWERMONITOR
Albert Carrera has been involved in the solar PV business in Asia for the last 9+ years. He started consulting several companies in the solar sector in India and South East Asia, and since 2011 he has been developing the strategy of GreenPowerMonitor in the region. In his first term, as Indian Country Manager and later as APAC Regional Manager, Albert opened several subsidiary offices in countries such as the Philippines, Thailand and Japan creating a team for the region and engaging local partner for a better service support. Lately Albert relocated to Melbourne office and is currently leading the operations and sales in Australian market as well.

Currently GreenPowerMonitor has a portfolio of projects in APAC of over 1.8GW (amongst 14GW worldwide) of solar plants with an active presence in markets such as India, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Australia. Albert has been analyzing and advising solar plant operators on the improvements for O&M management through smart monitoring and studying market demands in Asia that can be addressed with proper data analysis.

Albert has Engineering background, obtained his BA degree in Spain and specialized with a Postgraduate diploma in Renewable Energies by the University of Zaragoza, Spain.
ALBERT CARRERA
APAC REGIONAL MANAGER /// GREENPOWERMONITOR
VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - SITEMARK
Vishal Punamiya is CEO of Sitemark. He oversees the overall commercial and product strategy for Sitemark’s Aerial Data Platform. Sitemark enables enterprises to deploy drones and aerial data at scale while enabling their digital transformation strategy.

Sitemark is used today to monitor +1400 PV sites across +30 countries by asset owners, operators and EPCs during pre-construction, engineering and construction phase, COD, EPC-O&M handover, annual inspections, purchase or sale among other stages in the life of a PV asset.

Prior to Sitemark he spent over 13 years as a corporate executive building and deploying innovative technology solutions for and within Fortune 100 companies such as Deutsche Post DHL, Panalpina among others. Previously he was CIO at Panalpina, a global Swiss logistics player active in 60+ countries with an annual revenue of Eur+8 bn.
VISHAL PUNAMIYA
CEO /// SITEMARK
NATHAN EVERITT /// HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA - BAYWA R.E.
A short personal description to follow soon...
NATHAN EVERITT
HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA /// BAYWA R.E.
17:15 NETWORKING DRINKS
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19:00 NETWORKING DINNER [separate ticket]
Please note: This programme is under construction and serves as a first indication of the conference set-up. No rights can be derived from this information.
 
PROGRAMME /// DAY 1
26 June 2019