Below is the schedule from the event earlier this year.

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Wednesay, January 18, 2017

Time Event Location
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pizza & Pints Networking Reception Magnolia Patio

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open International Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening General Session: Ensuring Performance Through Innovation & Perseverance Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

The Opening Session features a panel of industry experts who will delve into common challenges and opportunities in the maturing field of solar operations and maintenance. Learn how value-optimizing innovation and steadfast reliability ensure performance at peak efficiency for your customers.

Evelyn Butler, Director, Codes and Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Sarah Kurtz, Principal Scientist, NREL

Tom Starrs, Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower

10:00 am - 11:00 am Networking Break with Exhibits Pavilion
Speed Networking! Bring your business cards, and engage in one-on-one business conversations during this fast-paced break!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Data: Little Orange Button Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

This session will address the challenges of non-standardized data in asset management, the complications that it presents, and examples of situations where standardized data would have provided more effective asset management. Additionally, the discussion will include a review of the U.S. DOE-funded SunShot initiative Orange Button, which “…supports the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange across the solar value chain from origination to decommissioning. Standardizing data will allow for a reduction in soft costs by making it easier to share solar data and speeding up processes like financing. SunShot defines success of this program as the wide adoption of data standards by stakeholders representing at least 60% of the U.S. solar industry, in terms of deployed and distributed solar assets.”


Justin Baca, Vice President, Markets & Research, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Debbie Brodt-Giles, Digital Assets Supervisor, NREL
Joe Cunningham, Director of Operations, Sunny Energy
James Pagonis, Director, PowerHub
Michelle Savage, Vice President, Communications, XBRL

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch with Exhibits Pavilion

Curated lunch and learn presentations are unique and intimate presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  1. The Other Green Industry: Vegetation Management Strategies for Utility-Scale Solar
    Brian Glenn, Director of Technical Services, Eynon Management
  2. Asset Management: Good, Fast, or Cheap...Pick 2
    Christopher Grablutz, Director of Field Services, PV Pros
  3. Why an Event-based Integrated Performance, Asset, and Commercial Management Software System is Needed for Optimizing the Economic Performance of a Solar Power Asset
    Steven Hanawalt, Executive Vice President, Power Factors
  4. Operations, Maintenance, and Performance Best Practices
    Jock Patterson, Technical Sales Advisor, Fronius
  5. Digital O&M by NEXTracker
    Rob Koch, Senior Vice President, Business Development, NEXTracker
  6. Best Practices in Wire Management
    Nick Korth, Product Marketing Manager – Energies, HellermannTyton
  7. Standardization of Plant Performance Metrics
    Don Cowan, Sales Manager, EDF Renewable Services
  8. Best Practices in PV O&M: Guide, Cost Model, and Actuarial Data
    Travis Lowder, Energy Analyst, NREL
  9. The Importance of Accurate Communications and Integrated Data Acquisition in Ensuring System Optimization in Solar O&M
    Bill Richardson, President, Bay4 Energy Services
  10. Design for Maintenance: NEXTracker's Self-Powered Tracker Leading O&M
    Martin Rogers, Vice President Asset Management, NEXTracker
  11. Using Enhanced Residential Solar Service Offerings to Increase Customer Satisfaction
    Greg Sellers, Vice President, Residential Fleet Services, SunSystem Technology
  12. Cutting-edge Weather Intelligence to Optimize Solar Farm Operations and Maintenance
    Kevin Stenson, Energy Weather Sales Manager, Schneider Electric
  13. Monitoring 2.0: Leveraging Cutting Edge Technology to Bring Innovation to PV Monitoring
    Beau Blumberg, Solution Director, infiswift
  14. Evaluating and Adopting New Technologies and Processes: A Collaborative Effort Between Builders, Operators, Asset Managers, and Procurement Groups
    Chris Hinton, Solar Portfolio Manager, SEMPRA U.S. Gas & Power
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 60 Minutes of Best Practices Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

This session will showcase five innovative, demonstrable, and repeatable ‘best practices’ to overcome common challenges found in the solar operations and maintenance space.

  1. Thinking with the End in Mind: Linking PV Plant Design Considerations to O&M
    Nadav Enbar, Principal Project Manager, EPRI
  2. Applying the N-1 Approach to Avoid Catastrophic Failure
    Bob Bellemare, Chief Financial Officer, Array Technologies
  3. Why is Automated Root Cause Analysis Important?
    Laks Sampath, Country Manager USA & LATAM, Alectris, USA
  4. Key Techniques to Avoid the Harsh Financial Impact of Undetected Yield Losses
    Anthony Conklin, President, Solar Data Systems, Inc.
  5. Warranty Management Best Practices
    Jesse Royer, Customer Service Manager, Mortenson Energy Services
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hot Topics in Standards: What’s new. What’s not. What now? Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

In-depth, interactive discussion to address updates to standards relating to rapid shutdown and smart inverters.

Evelyn Butler, Director, Codes and Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Jason Fisher, Principal Compliance Engineer, Solar City
Mark Gies, Director of Sales and Products, Centroplan
Brett Henning, Product Manager, Commercial US Technology, SMA

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break with Exhibits Pavilion
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Can’t work with ‘em, can’t succeed without ‘em (Suits and Boots) Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

Connecting asset managers with operations professionals to articulate the value of reconciling risk, quality, and value both up and down the operations and maintenance chain to promote understanding challenges asset managers face regarding reliability and performance.

John Balfour, President, Chief Technology and Applications Officer, High Performance PV

Andrew deRussy, Renewable Generation Support Engineer, Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company
Rue Philips, Chief Executive Officer, 365-Pronto
Michael Roy, Principal Engineer, Hartford Steam Boiler

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Reception Garden at the Bay

Friday, January 20, 2017

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open International Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast with Exhibits Pavilion
9:00 am - 10:00 am Mastering Handoffs Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

This session will identify best practices for effectively on-boarding new O&M projects and breaking down documentation barriers along the plant delivery process.

Daisy Chung, Research Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Katherine Janik, Principal, Garnet 3 Consulting, LLC
Joseph Kastner, Chief Operating Officer, Radian Generation
Greg Sellers, Vice President, Residential Fleet Services, SunSystem Technology

10:00 am - 10:30 am Networking Break with Exhibits Pavilion
10:30 am - 11:30 am Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

Successful O&M organizations, regardless of who they serve, must deliver a service that meets their client’s needs. This session will investigate the challenges that both large and small portfolio and ‘big PV’ clients demand the O&M industry address, as well as best practices to proactively identify and address them.

Bryan Banke, Vice President, Asset Management, Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc.
Nathan Holder, Business Development Manager, Advanced Energy
Hugh Kuhn, Consultant, Solar Advisory Services
Laks Sampath, Country Manager U.S. & Latin America, Alectris

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Get it Right the First Time: Finding the ‘Right Programs’ to Avoid the Big Problems Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

Learn how to collect analytical data that can be effectively mined and utilized to develop proactive and accurate forecasts for asset management programs that keep systems producing, while avoiding costly maintenance overruns.

Jimmy Bergeron, Vice President, Operations & Maintenance, Solar City

Jason Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer, kWh Analytics
Elena Lucas, President & Chief Executive Officer, UtilityAPI
Teresa Zhang, Vice President, Product & Operations, Folsom Labs

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch with Exhibits Pavilion
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Business Institute: Linking Assets to Performance – Developing, Delivering, and Maintaining a Successful Solar O&M Program Monte Carlo/St. Tropez

The Asset Management & Performance Business Institute is a two-and-a-half-hour interactive group learning activity designed to equip participants with the tools and techniques to evaluate challenges, identify opportunities, and develop solutions common to the solar O&M profession. Participants should expect a professionally facilitated, interactive educational experience featuring case studies, group discussions, and unique knowledge sharing by experienced industry experts.  Additional details regarding the speakers will be announced closer to the meeting to maximize the timeliness of the content.

Peter Lum, Senior Learning And Development Professional, Enphase

Erin Barker, Renewables Asset Manager, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
Travis Lowder, Energy Analyst, NREL
George Zviagin, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, RA Power Management

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Beers With Peers Pavilion