19 February
Conference Day 2

19 February - Conference Day 2
& Networking tour through Amsterdam


07:30 - Welcome coffee and breakfast available (for the participants of the Breakfast Workshop Sessions)


08:00 - Breakfast Workshop Sessions

Breakfast Workshop A: Making Solar Bankable in Africa
Takes place in: Break Outroom A

Moderator

OLIVER ANDREWS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER /// AFC

Panelists

STEPHANE BONTEMPS
BOARD DIRECTOR & MEMBER OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE /// ACCESS POWER
BERNHARD VAN MEETEREN
SECTOR SPECIALIST ENERGY PROJECT FINANCE /// FMO

MICHAEL FRANZ
PROJECT MANAGER /// EUEI PDF
BILL LENIHAN
CFO & HEAD OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS /// OFF-GRID ELECTRIC

ANDREW JOHNSTONE
CEO /// CLIMATE FUND MANAGERS
Breakfast Workshop B: Making Solar Bankable in India
Takes place in: Break Outroom B
VIVEK MITTAL
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// MILLENNIUM RESOURCE STRATEGIES LIMITED

Moderator


Panelists

INDERPREET WADHWA
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /// AZURE POWER
VINAY RUSTAGI
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BRIDGE TO INDIA
PASHUPATHY GOPALAN
PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC – SUNEDISON
WILFRED VAN DEN BOS
SPECIALIST ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO

RAVI SETH
CFO /// RENEW POWER VENTURES PVT LTD

09:15 - Opening of conference day 2

LINDA BROEKHUIZEN
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER /// FMO

THIERRY LEPERCQ
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN /// SOLAIREDIRECT

09:30 – How to achieve the lowest LCOE for a solar kWh


ASSAAD RAZZOUK
GROUP CEO /// SINDICATUM

09:55 – Why climate risks should be an inherent feature of any investment process


10:20 - Coffee break


10:45 – In-depth Parallel Sessions 1

A1. Equity landscape & obtaining debt funding
MODERATOR:
MANUEL CABRERIZO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ

Equity providers panel:

  • Next big thing? Latam, Africa, Asia: which countries offer sufficient growth and attractive risk-adjusted returns?
  • Preferred regulatory framework versus commercial renewables: FiT, contract for difference, renewable energy obligations, tender?
  • Hard currency versus local currency revenues: how to deal with foreign exchange risk?
NATALIA SVEJGAARD
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR /// IFU
ROSA TARRAGÓ
HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE & PV EXECUTIVE /// SOWITEC
JENS THOMASSEN
DIRECTOR /// DENHAM CAPITAL
FINTAN WHELAN
DIRECTOR & SHAREHOLDER /// SUNSOURCE ENERGY LTD

Debt providers panel:

  • Contracted versus merchant power: do lenders still require offtake agreements?
  • Country risk: full commercial deals versus involvement of multilaterals, DFI's and ECA's?
  • International versus local lenders: what does it take to get the local capital/ banking market involved at competitive terms?
MATTHIJS BOLKENSTEIN
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS
BENJAMIN COOK
STRUCTURED FINANCE VP – SOLARCITY
PER AAGE JACOBSEN
SR VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT FINANCE & ADVISORY /// DNB BANK ASA
ELVIRA EURLINGS
DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
JAMIE FERGUSSON
INVESTMENT OFFICER /// GLOBAL RE - IFC
B1. Maximizing returns and effectiveness: The role of components and warranties
MODERATOR:
LUCAS LUSTERMANS
SENIOR ASSOCIATE /// EVERSHEDS

Minimizing risks for solar investors

  • Why materials can impact LCOE
  • Results from DuPont-led solar field survey
  • Quality and risk mitigation strategies  
STEPHAN PADLEWSKI
MARKETING MANAGER EMEA /// DUPONT
FLORIAN REIL
BUSINESS FIELD MANAGER /// TÜV RHEINLAND

Choosing the right components for optimizing bankability

  • How it affects the trade-off of capital and operational costs
  • Optimizing detection of defective modules
  • Component retrofit strategies
GULNARA ABDULLINA
GENERAL MANAGER AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST /// JINKO SOLAR

Warranties, guarantees, and testing issues (Panel Discussion)

  • How to understand the quality of major components over the lifetime of a plant
  • Testing methods
  • Future/Standardization of warranties and insurance claims
  • Potential benefits of reinsuring the assets
STEFAN MÜLLER
COO /// ENERPARC
HARRY WOLKENFELT
GENERAL DIRECTOR /// SOLARIF
ROBERT PFATISCHER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL
C1. Competitive and Bankable Off-Grid Solutions
MODERATOR:
KOEN PETERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// GLOBAL OFF-GRID LIGHTING ASSOCIATION

Painting the solar off-grid landscape

  • Pico-solar market trends and developments
  • What are the financing needs in residential off-grid solar
  • Opportunities and risks in financing pay-as-you-go business models
ITAMAR ORLANDI
HEAD OF APPLIED RESEARCH /// BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE

Financing Solar-as-a-Service

  • Capital requirements for Solar-as-a-Service business models
  • Sources of funds at different stages of development
  • Unlocking domestic capital at scale and the role of DFIs
PAUL NEEDHAM
CEO /// SIMPA NETWORKS

Off-Grid Solar Electrification: Financing Growth

  • Is sufficient finance available for the industry?
  • PayGo attracts huge investments: hype or justified?
  • Are direct sales models bankable?
  • What place for (result-based) donor financing?
WIM J. VAN NES
GLOBAL SECTOR COORDINATOR /// SNV
SELIM R.F. HUSSAIN
CEO /// BRAC BANK LIMITED
CAMILLE VAN GESTEL
CO-CEO /// WAKA WAKA
THOMAS GOTTSCHALK
GENERAL MANAGER /// MOBISOL GMBH

11:55 - Coffee break – sponsored by Meteocontrol


12:25 – In-depth Parallel Sessions 2

A2. Preparing for the future: developing the solar secondary market in emerging markets
MODERATOR:
TOM VAN DORP

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

Bond refinancing and getting your portfolio in the secondary market 

  • What is needed to do a bond refinancing?
  • Meerwind case study: first ever off-shore wind refinancing
  • Required steps in order to refinance solar in emerging markets
MICHIEL PROMPERS
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// JEFFERIES

Developing the solar secondary market in emerging markets (Panel Discussion)

  • Differences in risks and returns in comparison with the primary market
  • The secondary market in Europe vs. Emerging Markets, two different worlds?
  • What secondary buyers are looking for in a portfolio
  • Applying European due diligence principles to emerging markets. What are key aspects?
MICHIEL PROMPERS
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// JEFFERIES
EZIO RAVACCIA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER /// SOLAR VENTURES
JULIEN POURQUÉRY
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER /// SOLAIRE DIRECT
GIOVANNI PAOLO DI GIOVANNI
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR /// PLATINA PARTNERS
B2. Maximizing returns and effectiveness: The role of O&M
MODERATOR:
STEFANO CRUCCU
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

Mitigating risks in the operational phase: the importance of O&M

  • EPC vs third party O&M provider: advantages and disadvantages
  • Understanding guarantees and scope of O&M contracts
  • Case study: Quantifying the risk of unprofessional maintenance work
EMANUELE TACCHNINO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, W-EU & ME – ALECTRIS

Working towards an optimal solar portfolio: examples and lessons learned

  • Understanding different options for monitoring
  • How monitoring can play a role in cutting operational costs
  • Standardization of data management and O&M workflow in a portfolio
ROBERT PFATISCHER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL
C2. The future of solar finance innovations
MODERATOR:
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA

Alternative Corporate Structures

  • What other structures (other than YieldCos) have been successful in the market? Independent Power Producers, Pension Fund Platforms
  • How do they work?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages?
CHRISTIAN WRAY
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// JCM CAPITAL

Topics that we will discuss, are:
Innovative financing solutions for emerging markets (panel discussion)

  • Off-grid project securitization in local currencies
  • Green loans & bonds
  • Is Crowdfunding useful to scale market development?
  • Greenfield Private placements

Panel Discussion

ANA PLECAS
VICE PRESIDENT /// UKCI
HANS BIEMANS
HEAD SUSTAINABILITY /// RABOBANK MARKETS
MIGUEL SANCHEZ PRAENA
DIRECTOR STRUCTURED FINANCE /// SUN EDISON
THIERRY LEPERCQ
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN /// SOLAIREDIRECT

 



13:15 - Networking lunch

Sponsored by: JCM Capital


Afternoon: Network and leisure activity in Amsterdam*

*Optional, to be added as supplement during registration procedure (€75,- per person).


15:00-17:00 - Visit to the famous Rijksmuseum

17:00 - Departure for canal boats from Rijksmuseum

18:30 - Drop off at Okura


19 February
Conference Day 2