PROGRAM /// DAY 1
17 October 2017
 
09:00 Welcoming words - Marcel Langone

MARCEL LANGONE /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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MARCEL LANGONE
PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Session 1 - Solar Energy in Latin America
MODERATOR
SESSION 1:
CARLOS ST. JAMES
DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT
WOOD GROUP
CARLOS ST. JAMES /// DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT - WOOD GROUP
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09:15 Reflection on Renewable Energy Policies
  • • Support mechanisms in place for Renewable Energy development
  • • Solar Energy Roadmaps for the coming decades
  • • Reflection on current efforts and potential reforms
CHRISTIAN SANTANA /// HEAD RE DIVISION - MINISTERIO DE ENERGÍA CHILE
Christian Santana is a Civil Mechanical Engineer from the University of Chile and has extensive experience in non-conventional renewable energies (NCRE) and air pollution. From 2002 to 2010, at the National Energy Commission first and then the Ministry of Energy, he contributed to all implementation stages for NCRE development in Chile, including the regulatory framework design for NCRE and PMGD integration in the Chilean electricity market, the definition of instruments to promote private investment in NCRE projects, and the generation of information to guide investments and policies in the field. In the past, he worked for 9 years in the National Environment Commission, designing and implementing regulations for air pollution control in the Metropolitan Region and other cities in Chile.
Since March 2014, he is the Head of Division of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy.
CHRISTIAN SANTANA
HEAD RE DIVISION - MINISTERIO DE ENERGÍA CHILE
MARTÍN OSORIO /// HEAD ECONOMIC REGULATION - CNE
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MARTÍN OSORIO
HEAD ECONOMIC REGULATION - CNE
CLAUDIA VALDES /// INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LEAD OFFICER - IIC
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CLAUDIA VALDES
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LEAD OFFICER - IIC
RODRIGO MANCILLA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - COMITÉ CORFO
Rodrigo Mancilla, Executive Director of the Solar Committee of Chile.
MBA from the University of Chile, Master in Business Administration at the University of Rochester, USA. and Industrial Civil Engineer from Federico Santa María Technical University, with more than 15 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in areas such as the implementation of public policies in renewable energy matters, the creation of new businesses and productive development.
He currently leads the Chilean Solar Committee, whose mission is to promote the development of a national solar energy industry by designing and implementing projects that, in collaboration with a network of national and international players, increase competitiveness, productivity, technological capabilities and markets of the companies of the sector, taking advantage in particular the exceptional solar resource of the Desert of Atacama to create new wealth for Chile.
RODRIGO MANCILLA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - COMITÉ CORFO
10:00 Solar market updates in key markets in Latin America
  • • Current installed capacity in Chile and surrounding markets
  • • Trends for key Latin American markets
  • • Overview of the past power tender results and expectations
  • • 2017 and beyond for Solar PV
VALENTIN ALBINET /// PARTNER - ANTUKO
Master’s degree of INSA Lyon, Specialized Master in New Energy Management of AMPT Lille. Worked 2 years as Research Engineer in Lille L2EP Laboratory to develop methods and solutions for optimization of renewable energy production and consumption. Specialist in Smart Grid and Energy Management with knowledge of modelling electrical transmission grid, renewable energy and storage systems.
VALENTIN ALBINET
PARTNER - ANTUKO
JAVIER MOZÓ /// CO-FOUNDER - CAAAPITAL
Javier Mozó is Co-founder of CAAAPITAL and Managing Partner of their PE fund DG Energy Capital. Both companies are dedicated to financing renewable distributed energy resources in Latam, and currently have offices in Mexico and Chile. Javier is the technical manager of the companies and the head of their chilean offices.
Javier is an industrial engineer from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and has extensive experience in finance and business development of clean-tech and renewable energy. Previously he worked as international sales manager for Crystal Lagoons, and as advisor for Corporacion de Bienes de Capital (CBC).
JAVIER MOZÓ
CO-FOUNDER - CAAAPITAL
ULISES SOROETA /// MANAGING PARTNER - ENERGY PARTNERS
Ulises Soroeta is Managing Partner at Energy Partners (Argentina), a company specialized in project development, engineering and project management for renewable energies. Mr. Soroeta’s career builds on thirty years in the energy field. Previously, he was COO of Genneia, an independent wind power company in Argentina. Mr. Soroeta was also Business Development Manager for energy projects in Latin America with Swedish engineering and construction firm Skanska. Mr. Soroeta also spent 10 years with global power company AES in executive level roles across several countries in Latin America, including General Manager of AES Distribution Argentina, Vice President of AES Eletropaulo, the power utility serving Metro São Paulo, Brazil, COO of Hydro Generation Co. AES Tiete, also in Brazil and General Manager of the utility AES Clesa in El Salvador, Central America. Previously, Soroeta took several roles within in the Impsa Group of Companies, an Argentina-based global supplier of renewable power systems, as Philippines Country Manager, Vice President of Impsa Asia (Hong Kong) and Commercial Manager. He is experienced in electric energy (G, T, D, regulation), general management, operations, and project development.
ULISES SOROETA
MANAGING PARTNER - ENERGY PARTNERS
10:45 AM COFFEE BREAK
Session 2 - Solar Plant Performance
MODERATOR
SESSION 2:
PATRICIA DAREZ
COUNTRY MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA
DNV GL
PATRICIA DAREZ /// COUNTRY MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - DNV GL
Patricia is a multilingual Chartered Engineer with more than 12 years’ international experience. She has been involved in technical and commercial advice for several Gigwatts of renewable energy assets (Wind and Solar PV) located across diverse markets in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2011 she has been based in Chile where she currently holds the position of South America Country Manager for DNV GL. She has been based in Chile since 2011 where she has held positions as the Energy Analysis Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power, she is a member of the ACERA council and she was General Manager for 350renewables. Patricia has carried out research on Plant Performance and Soiling.
11:30 Performance of operational PV plants
  • • Methods for performance measurement on plant and portfolio level
  • • Real versus predicted operational performance of PV plants across Latin America
  • • Defining and measuring plant availability
  • • Impact of plant design on PV plant performance
ROLAND BURGER /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - METEOCONTROL
Roland Burger is responsible for business development at meteocontrol GmbH. Within the German monitoring solution provider he is focusing on internationalization and upcoming pv markets. Latin America is of special interest for him as an above-average growth is expected for the coming years. Roland has got a 17 years professional experience in the photovoltaic business. Before meteocontrol GmbH he was working for two different German inverter manufacturers.
ROLAND BURGER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - METEOCONTROL
12:00 Impact of Chilean conditions
  • • Dealing with uncertainty associated with solar irradiation databases
  • • Impact of high temperatures and irradiation levels on components
  • • Insights into performance and degradation of components in Chile
  • • Opportunities for adapting PV technology to extreme conditions
ELIAS URREJOLA /// SR. SOLAR RESEARCHER & PROJECT MANAGER - ENGIE LAB
Elías Urrejola has been working for more than 9 years on photovoltaic (PV) technology. As a researcher and industrial engineer, he has worked hard on innovative ideas for the improvement of the efficiency for the trend of PV technologies. In Europe he worked as a researcher on all processes for improving efficiency of solar cells and modules at industrial level. He did his Doctor thesis on PERC solar cell technology at the ISC-Konstanz in Germany and at Sunways he was project manager in charge of transferring this findings to the manufacturing process. In France, he worked as a PV expert for Air Liquide were he tested new gas precursors for PERC and IBC high efficiency solar cells. He gave support to Asiatic customers on improving the solar cell efficiency of their manufacturing process and he participated on the creation of the IPFV (Institut Fotovoltaique France). At Fraunhofer Chile, he worked as Research Line Leader and PV senior analyst for quality assessment of PV plants. Afterwards he moved to Engie Lab Laborelec where he works as a Lead Solar Expert, in charge of building a bifacial PV plant and performing a Research Plan for understanding this technology. He also brings services for quality assessment of PV plants, giving support to the group on the PV trend, and he constantly promotes collaboration for industrial/business development between Chile and rest of the World.
ELIAS URREJOLA
SR. SOLAR RESEARCHER & PROJECT MANAGER - ENGIE LAB
12:30 Soiling in the Chilean context
  • • How do different industry players measure soiling
  • • Common issues with soiling measurements
  • • Soiling levels across Chile
  • • Impact mitigation of soiling losses
CHRISTIAN DARR /// DIRECTOR - 350 RENEWABLES
Christian Darr leads the 350renewables team. He has over a decade of experience in development and consultancy of renewable energy projects worldwide. He is an Environmental Engineer of the Technical University of Freiberg (Germany) who has spent extensive periods working in Brazil and South Africa. Between 2004 and 2011 he worked at Wind Prospect in the UK where in his role as Technical Manager he developed procedures and tools for data analysis and wind resource assessments. Since 2011 he has been working as a Consultant in Chile where he has taken part in more than 1.5GW of local wind and solar energy projects from greenfield to operation. Christian is heavily involved in formulating industry best practice and mitigation strategies in relation to wind farm noise and shadow flicker in Chile.
CHRISTIAN DARR
DIRECTOR - 350 RENEWABLES
13:00 AM LUNCH BREAK
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Session 3 - O&M and Asset Management
MODERATOR
SESSION 3:
SEBASTIAN FALKENBERG
GENERAL MANAGER
LABORELEC CHILE
SEBASTIAN FALKENBERG /// GENERAL MANAGER - LABORELEC CHILE
Sebastian Falkenberg started at Laborelec in 2006 working for the Industrial Applications department after his Master in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
He has executed Energy audits for the industry throughout Belgium, Germany and France.
Since 2007, he has become active in the field of solar energy, taking part in the technical support activities for ENGIE Department of Research and Technology, in order to actively support ENGIE’s Solar activities and strategy.
He was involved in the development and on site for the construction of the Belgian Antarctic Research station “Princesse Elisabeth”, inaugurated in 2008.
In 2011, he was based part-time in Germany to set up an office in Wuppertal and deploy energy-efficiency services in Germany.
From 2010-2013 he worked as Project Manager for the development of a CSP plant in Chile.
In 2014 he has set up ENGIE Lab LATAM, ENGIE’s first R&D facility in Latin America of which he is its current acting General Manager.
He is fluent in German, French, Dutch, Spanish and English and proficient in Italian and Catalan.
14:15 Framing the scope of O&M and Asset Management
  • • Best international practices for O&M and AM
  • • Lessons learned with operational experience in Chile
  • • Dealing with the current lack of O&M standards
  • • Trends and rationale for in-house vs outsourcing of O&M and AM
GERMÁN ROTTER /// COUNTRY MANAGER - SOLARIG
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GERMÁN ROTTER
COUNTRY MANAGER - SOLARIG
ETIENNE LECOMPTE /// CEO - POWERHUB
Etienne Lecompte is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in renewable energy, software development, and regulatory compliance. After founding and building Local Content Assurance Bureau (LCAB) into one of the most respected renewable energy compliance consultancy firms in Ontario, Canada, he started PowerHub. PowerHub is redefining asset management for the renewable energy industry. His vision is that managing portfolios of assets should be easy.
Etienne has worked on over 8 GW of wind and solar projects in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and is continuing to actively participate in the growth of the renewable energy sector.

Learn more about Etienne Lecompte and Powerhub in our exclusive interview.
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO - POWERHUB
SERGIO SAN MARTÍN /// COUNTRY MANAGER (CHILE) - BLUE TREE AM
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SERGIO SAN MARTÍN
COUNTRY MANAGER (CHILE) - BLUE TREE AM
15:00 PM COFFEE BREAK
15:45 Key maintenance activities in the Chilean context
  • • Common cleaning strategies
  • • Best practices for O&M of solar trackers
  • • The potential added value of drones and other technologies
  • • OPEX and labour cost optimization
RAFAEL BURGOS /// O&M CUSTOMER ACCOUNT MANAGER - EDF RS
Rafael Burgos is the O&M Customer Account Manager for EDF Renewable Services, where he is responsible for O&M business development in Chile as well as the broader South American market. Prior to his role at EDF RS, Rafael has worked in the renewable energy sector both in development, construction and operational stages of utility-scale solar, wind and hydro.
Rafael has a BA in Environmental Studies from Florida International University, a Masters in International Environmental Policy and an MBA in International Management, both from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, as well as a Minor in Non-Conventional Renewable Energy from the Universidad de Chile.
RAFAEL BURGOS
O&M CUSTOMER ACCOUNT MANAGER - EDF RS
16:15 Data analytics for performance assessment and optimization
  • • How to transform raw data into effective performance indicators
  • • Methods to evaluate quality and accuracy of data
  • • Translating data into O&M decision making
  • • Data and monitoring trends for the future
EDUARDO SAAVEDRA /// SOLUTION MANAGER - HUAWEI SOLAR
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EDUARDO SAAVEDRA
SOLUTION MANAGER - HUAWEI SOLAR
ALEJANDRO DELGADO /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LATAM - INACCESS
Alejandro Delgado is the Director of Business Development for InAccess in Latin America, he is responsible of facilitating the company’s business in Central and South America. His role focuses on identifying new business opportunities and managing the activities that ensure successful project implementation in the region. Over the last 9 years he has been involved in marketing, product management and sales of monitoring, management and control solutions for commercial, industrial and Utility-scale PV systems. Alejandro holds a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in Marketing and Environmental Management.
ALEJANDRO DELGADO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LATAM - INACCESS
17:00 NETWORKING DRINKS
19:00 NETWORKING DINNER
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
17 October 2017