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The two-day event will leverage GTM Research's regional expertise in Mexico to ensure your company is uniquely positioned to capture specific opportunities while appropriately managing regulatory, political, and market risks.

#SSMex16

The fastest growing solar market in history

Join your industry colleagues and top thought leaders January 27 - 28, 2016 as they convene at Greentech Media’s inaugural Solar Summit: Mexico conference. Latin America has emerged as the fastest growing market in history, with triple-digit growth underpinned by high power prices, sunny skies, and an increasing need for resource diversification. A breakthrough year in 2014 has helped to cement the region as a key emerging market for leading global companies.

Speakers

Howard Wenger
President, Business Units, SunPower

Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business.  He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services.  Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group.  Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded.  Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally.  He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems.  Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently serves as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.

Alejo Lopez
Country Manager, Hanwha Q.Cells

Alejo is the Country Manager for Hanwha Q CELLS in Mexico since 2013 where he is primarily responsible for project development, M&A and PPA sales. Alejo has worked in the solar industry since 2006. Prior to joining Q CELLS, Alejo was managed project development and structured finance for Siliken USA Distributed Generation business. Prior to Siliken, Alejo was an advisor and entrepreneur working with cutting-edge cleantech ventures including Combined Power, ElectraDrive and others.

Alejo started his career running large numerical models, fracking wells and poking at the Earth in what he calls being a Reservoir Engineer in Patagonia, Argentina. He left the dark side after 6 years to pursue an MBA in Finance at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with honors. He also holds an MSe in Petroleum Engineering from UNC Argentina.

Edgar Arvizu
Vice President, Latin America, sPower

Edgar leads sPower’s business activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, he was Head of Power Markets and Strategy at Gestamp Solar, where he helped establish their North America division’s presence as a premier solar developer in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico. He oversaw all aspects of market strategy, origination and structured transactions for 1GW of renewable power, resulting in $1B in power contracts and the eventual successful sale of the division.

Edgar’s energy industry track record is complemented by a unique leadership background in entrepreneurship and finance from Silicon Valley with start-ups (Revolution Money), venture capital investments (Visa Ventures) and venture banking (SVB Financial Group). He spent six years in banking as Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank (NASDQ: SIVB), where he led the closing of more than $500M in debt and equity transactions in the bio-tech, info-tech and clean-tech sectors through successful IPO and M&A exits.

Edgar earned an MBA from Cornell University as merit scholar and a BS degree in finance from San Diego State University while living in his native Tijuana, Mexico. He possesses multicultural know-how and a global mindset gained from his international experience living in Hong Kong, Spain, Mexico and travel to more than 41 countries.

Jose Zambrano
CEO, Galt Energy

José H. Zambrano is Co-founder, Chairman and CEO at Galt Energy, a Monterrey Mexico based EPC that offers financing and leasing to residential and commercial clients. José studied a B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and later worked in operations consulting for Mexican consulting firm Sintec. In 2013 he co-founded Galt Energy and has since led its growth from a startup to a recognized leader in the Mexican solar industry with operations in 6 different states. With the creation of Galt Asset Management in 2014, Galt Energy extends its financing operations to other EPCs in the country.

Carlos Isorna
VP, Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund (“MMIF”)

Carlos is primarily responsible for sourcing and managing assets in the energy generation and electricity transmission sectors. Carlos joined Macquarie in 2012, where he had several roles in the Investment Banking division (Macquarie Capital), and more recently in the Funds Group (MIRA). Carlos has developed his expertise in infrastructure across Latin America, participating mainly in Power, Telecom, and Social Infrastructure transactions across Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Peru. Previously, Carlos worked as a management consultant at Accenture, consolidating finance processes upon the completion of M&A transactions for Telecom and Transportation companies. Carlos has broad international experience working in markets across Europe, India, South Africa, and the US. Carlos holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from ULPGC University in Spain, and a MBA from Columbia University in New York.

 

Hector Olea
President & CEO, Gauss Energia

With more than twenty years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energies in the country. Since 2004, Hector has been President  and CEO of Gauss, a business development  firm specializing in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$500 million in greenfield projects. Since May 2014, he has been President of the Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex).  Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000,  Mr. Olea acted as Chairman  of the Mexican Energy Regulatory  Commission (CRE). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and an earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.

 

Robert Powell
Founder & CEO, Envolta

Robert Powell is CEO and Founder of Envolta, a company dedicated to the development, construction and financing of turn-key solar PV installations in Mexico since 2012. Envolta has recently been recognised by GTM Research as the leading third-party financier of distributed generation in the country. Previously, Rob was CEO and Founder of Verde Energy, a solar lead generation and finance company serving US solar customers.

Ron Klein
Ron Klein
Vice President of Structured Finance & Strategy, SolarCity
agenda 2016 Conference Themes
  • Mexico PV on the Global Stage
  • Large-Scale Solar Development in Mexico
  • Scaling Large Commercial Solar through Self-Supply
  • Bringing Down the Cost of PV
  • Tariffs, Manufacturing, and Distribution Strategies
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highlights from last year

  • 367% Latin America's solar PV market growth in 2014
  • 2nd Largest Market in Latin America
  • 1GW of PV is GTM's forecast for Mexico for 2017

Venue

Intercontinental Presidente Mexico City
Intercontinental Presidente Mexico City
218 Campos Eliseos
Mexico City, Mexico 11560
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