PROGRAM /// DAY 1
30 October 2019

CONFERENCE DAY 1

Session 1

09:00 Opening by conference Chairman


09:15 Status of the European Solar PV Market: Trends to watch

  • • Tracking buyers of unsubsidized solar assets
  • • The rise of PPAs
  • • O&M insights and trends
  • • PV+Storage and standalone battery storage opportunities

10:00 Market leaders reflect on key market trends

Key market trends discussion with Europe’s leading solar companies
  • • The major challenges now, as compared to a year ago
  • • Comparing consolidation strategies in key solar markets
  • • Directions in which business models are evolving
  • • Developments in O&M and Asset Management strategies
10:45 - 11:30 AM BREAK

Session 2A

O&M Digitalization

11:30 O&M in the era of digitalization
  • • The evolution of the industry
  • • Drastically reducing OPEX through digitizing O&M
  • • Fleet performance analysis strategies
12:15 Data quality, reliability and validation
  • • Data quality requirements and standards
  • • Noise cancellation monitoring
  • • Data ownership considerations
  • • Translating data into revenues and integrated reporting

Session 2B

PPAs

11:30 Solar PPA Trends & Prices in Europe
  • • The main trends throughout Europe and the possible impact
  • • Prices in Europe's largest markets
  • • Discussing the liquidity challenges
  • • Who are the offtakers in the different markets
12:00 De-risking and financing of truly hybrid transactions (merchant + PPA)
  • • Risk appetite of the different parties
  • • Hybrid configurations to minimize risks
  • • Regulatory concerns for setting a merchant solar plant
  • • Debating the combination of a PPA with a merchant tail
  • • The role of banks and institutional investors

Workshop

New markets and approaches

11:30 New (O&M) markets
  • • NL/Belgium/France
  • • Nordics
  • • Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland, Ukraine)
12:30 Innovation Lab
  • • Bifacial modules
  • • Trackers
  • • Aerial inspections
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

Session 3A

O&M

14:00 Quality assurance in the PPA world - Lessons learned from aging assets
  • • Thinking long term: The impact of initial design
  • • Best practices in setting up EPC contracts
  • • How best in class asset management can preserve the value of the assets specifications that increase the cost
  • • How to set up a comprehensive quality assurance program
  • • What corners should investors not cut
  • • Tracker design considerations
14:30 Predictive Maintenance
  • • Failure prediction and fleet performance analysis via data-driven approaches
  • • Maintenance Planning
  • • Diagnosing complex asset health issues
  • • Anticipating reliability problems that come from increasingly severe weather phenomena

Session 3B

Environmental and Social governance and reporting

14:00 Environmental and Social Governance
  • • Innovation to manage and track O&M environmental footprint
  • • Compliance metrics and trends
  • • Auditing and proper vetting processes needed
  • • How the drivers of the traditional investors shape the solar sector
  • • The impact on the valuation
14:45 Reporting on the performance of operational plants
  • • Monthly reporting
  • • Standardizing
  • • Financial & ESG metrics

Workshop

Battery Storage: Standalone and coupled with PV systems

14:00 Business case, trends and lifetime insights of PV + Storage & Standalone Storage
  • • Business case, storage monetization, and revenue stacking
  • • How to develop storage into an asset class?
  • • De-risking storage through performance warranties
  • • PV+Storage and PPAs
  • • CAPEX and OPEX considerations across the lifetime of a project
  • • Why O&M of storage is more complicated than that of solar PV
  • • Global case studies and the reasons behind their success
15:30 - 16:15 PM BREAK

Session 4

16:15 Strategies to manage a heterogeneous portfolio across different countries and continents

  • • Leveraging technology to manage an increasingly distributed portfolio
  • • Creating digital value for optimum Asset Management
  • • Tailoring your asset management approach to local circumstances and local regulatory requirements
  • • Centralizing high quality data across diverse assets
  • • Cost-effective management of a large and distributed solar portfolio
  • • Effective dispatch by minimizing local field labor
  • • Better business, information and asset management in the digital world
  • • Specific O&M requirements and needs (soiling, icing)
17:00 - NETWORKING DRINKS
18:30 - OKTOBERFEST & DINNER
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
30 October 2019

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