Solar Asset Management Latam will take place next week in Santiago. What makes this conference special?
Althought this is our first Solar Asset Management event in Latin America, it's part of a global line of Solar Asset Management conferences organized in Italy, USA and Japan since 2013, with this being the ninth event in line. The main difference compared to other solar events in the region, which tend to be more 'general', is its in-depth focus on the operational phase of solar plants and PV portfolios.
The 2-day conference aims at transferring global expertise to the local context of Chile and other Latin American markets. In such a fast-developing solar market, learning best practices from industry leaders from Europe, North America and Asia is vital to success.
What will be key topics of the conference?
To name a few of the key topics (see full Program): Understanding the key factors that determine risk and performance in the operational phase; Maintenance experience with some extreme conditions in Chile; Benchmarking different O&M strategies; Approaches for mitigating the impact of grid congestion on financial returns; PPA management; Secondary market and Due Diligence. We will also have a special session on the PMGD portfolios as well as structuring and operations of these.
Who will be attending?
So far, the event received a very warm welcome by the industry. Several key solar players decided to join the event in quality of sponsors: Huaweii as a Diamond; SMA, EDF renewable services, UKC as Gold; InAccess, Green Power Monitor, TUV Rheinland as Networking; Campbell Scientific and Enorchile as Exhibition; Solargis as Branding.
In terms of conference participation, we expect about 150 attendees, half of them from Chile, the other half from Latam and other countries. We have already published a list of confirmed companies that is updated weekly.
Why Chile and why now?
Chile is clearly the frontrunner in Latam when it comes to large-scale solar installations. So far, solar companies in Chile have only been focusing on developing and building new plants, but with such growing capacity there is now also an increasing new need for enhanced attention to operational issues and performance optimization. This applies to existing plants, but just as much to projects that are still in the pipeline. It’s been shown that an earlier focus on O&M can significantly impact OPEX of future plants.
Who can’t miss out on such a conference?
EPC/O&M companies, asset managers, technical advisors, manufacturers can't miss this event. Banks, investors, IPPs, developers and other financial stakeholders should also be there. We will make sure to involve all relevant local key stakeholders, while also bringing international companies with global expertise to the local context.