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How are solar leaders putting solar integration, storage and digitalization at the core of their business models and operations to achieve baseload solar? And what role can technology and regulations have in accelerating this transition?
Tom Werner, President & CEO, SunPower
Cris Eugster, Chief Operations Officer, CPS Energy
Kris Mayes, Professor of Utility Law and Energy Policy, Arizona State University
Mathew Sachs, Vice President, Distributed Energy, National Grid Ventures
An interdisciplinary group of Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables analysts will discuss key growth drivers for global solar markets, breaking down predictions on the impact of supply / demand dynamics, technology advancements and international trade tensions.
Solar leaders will take part in a discussion around key capital origination, cost optimization and procurement strategies to weather the ITC stepdown storm while securing strong margins.
Kenneth Labeja, Director, Business Development, Avangrid
Scott Moskowitz, Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence, Hanwha Q CELLS America
Phil Robinson, Director of Solar Project Structuring, Constellation Energy
Pinpointing U.S. solar growth opportunities in a declining ITC world.
Describing the downward price trends for solar components in 2019-2020.
Examining trends and drivers across tax equity, debt, and sponsor equity as project finance for US solar diversifies.
Breaking down the specific ways in which SATs and bifacial modules are resulting in better performing and more cost-effective solar systems.
Hongbin Fang, Ph.D., Director of Product Marketing, LONGi Solar
Sergio Prado, Sales Manager Mexico, Soltec
Greg Beardsworth, Sr. Director of Product Management, NEXTracker
Travis Rose, VP of Sales, Array Technologies
How will the ITC phasedown impact demand for residential solar consumer finance offerings? What reactions can we expect from tax equity providers and banks? And how will that affect pricing for leases, PPAs and loans?
Join NREL for a presentation on early findings on the potential for floating PV development in the U.S, covering feasible regions and water bodies., sensitivity analysis of factors affecting LCOE, operational and economic co-benefits, climate factors and early data on system performance and reliability.
Electrical cooperatives are typically overlooked when it comes to reviewing the challenges faced by utilities when it comes to solar generation. This fireside chat with Arizona G&T's CEO will provide a unique opportunity to understand the specific pain points experienced by co-ops as they work to maximize solar procurement in an effort to provide reliable and resilient power at the lowest possible rates to their ratepayers.
What are the key cost optimization drivers for solar asset management and Operations & Maintenance?
Chris Prescott, Director of Renewable Operations, Southern Company
Laura Stern, President, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC
Chris Frantz, Vice President Asset Management, Cypress Creek Renewables
Kent Miller, Sr. Vice President, Shoals
This session will break down risks associated with financing solar + storage from multiple standpoints and will evaluate how factors associated with revenue streams impact these financing decisions.
What technologies and strategies are being deployed by EPCs, developers and inverter manufacturers to repower legacy assets? And what is the impact of repowering on overall cost savings and system economics?
Lida Jauregui-Rivera, Sr. Manager of Performance Engineering and Optimization, Clearway Energy Group
Levent Gun, CEO, Ampt, LLC
Erik Johnson, Director of Engineering, Swinerton
Landon Petruzzi, Senior Manager, Energy Services, First Solar
Corporate PPAs drove a quarter of total solar capacity procured in 2018. But there is one key demand corporate offtakers keep calling for: more flexible procurement and contractual structures. This panel discussion will review potential ways in which developers and financiers can satisfy these needs for flexibility.
What are the key emerging trends impacting system performance and LCOEs for module, tracker and inverter systems in the next five years?
This roundtable discussion will venture into the near future to see what's cooking in the R&D departments of the leading module, tracker and inverter manufacturers in the industry.
When it comes to module technology, we will look at different silicon cell typologies: from p-type to n-type cells, as well as emerging cell types such as PERC, IBC and HIT. Also, we will evaluate what might be next for module design, including building-integrated photovoltaics.
In terms of trackers, we will look at what the next 5 years will bring in the smart trackers space (and LCOE improvements associated with improving sun path predictions), as well as how tracker design improvements can reduce exposure to increases in material costs, particularly steel costs.
On the inverter side of things, we will focus on silicon carbide, design trends for inverters and efficiencies on DC-to-AC conversion.
Nigel Cockroft, General Manager, Jinko Solar U.S. Inc.
Leila Madrone, CTO and Founder, Sunfolding
Nicola Sicchieri, VP Business Development Americas, Royal DSM B.V.
Ravi Dodballapur, Director of Application Engineering, SMA America
Led by solar investment experts, this closing roundtable discussion will decipher how the Qualified Opportunity Zones incentive framework -which offers tax benefits to equity investors that put money into over 8,700 designated “economically distressed” opportunity areas across the United States- could benefit solar development in these rural and urban underprivileged zones.
This industry conversation will shed light on the mechanics, qualifications and potential reductions for cost of capital of what has been described as a 'watershed moment' for the clean energy industry.
The discussion will also outline the level of interest Qualified Opportunity Zone funds have signalled towards solar, and how industry advocacy efforts can help this innovative finance strategy gain steam.
Moderator: Scott Clavenna, Chairman, Greentech Media