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Program /// Day 1
24 June 2015
Program /// Day 2
25 June 2015
 


08:30 | Registration and coffee

SESSION 5 - PV GRID INTEGRATION IN JAPAN
 

09:15 | Challenges and opportunities for grid integration of PV in Japan
> Current bottlenecks that limit integration of solar electricity in the grids
> Lessons to be learned from international experiences with PV grid integration 
> Potential solutions for grid interconnection improvements in Japan
> How solar energy can be a solution for grid stability and security, instead of a problem

KAZUHIKO OGIMOTO
PROJECT PROFESSOR /// UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
SHINSUKE SUGA
PROJECT RESEARCHER /// UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
 
 

09:45 | Discussion: Facing PV grid integration challenges
> Dealing with new curtailment regulation
> What can utilities do on their side to improve integration of renewables
> Expectations related to future flexibility requirements for PV plants
 

HAYASHI NOBUHISA
PRESIDENT & CEO /// SPECTOL POWER DESIGN (SPD)
SHINICHI SUZUKI
EX-SECRETARY GENERAL /// JPEA
 

10:30 | Networking break

SESSION 6 - SECONDARY MARKET FOR PV ASSETS IN JAPAN
 

11:15 | Opportunities on the Japanese PV secondary market 
> Opportunities for PV funds on the infrastructure stock market
> Opportunities and benefits of aggregating mega solar plants into a fund or Yieldco
> Experiences with listing of a PV fund
> Understanding the rationale behind ratings of mega solar assets
> Opportunities for refinancing PV plants and portfolios in Japan

FUMIHIRO HONDA
SENIOR ANALYST /// JCR
DEMICHI TAKAKI
DEV. MANAGER INVESTMENT DIV. /// SPARX ASSET MANAGEMENT
 
 

12:00 | PV plant acquisition
> Technical and legal due diligence involved in a secondary market investment 
> Comparing risks between plant acquisitions in the development, construction and operational phase
> Determining the value of a potential investment
> Experiences with integrating new PV plants in a portfolio
> Buyer requirements related to yield and performance data of a potential investment
> Optimizing asset handover process from seller to buyer

FRANK HARRISON
DIRECTOR /// ENELUTION
JOHN JACKMAN
DIVISION DIRECTOR /// MACQUARIE CAPITAL
YOSHIKAZU NOMA
PARTNER /// TMI ASSOCIATES
STEFANO RUSSO
VICE PRESIDENT ORIGINATION /// TERRAFORM POWER
 

12:45 | Networking lunch

SESSION 7 - CONTRACTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 

14:00 | Contracts in the operational phase
> Current standards and contracts for Operations and Maintenance of PV plants
> Warranties, guarantees and insurances that protect asset owners 
> Opportunities for standardization of legal agreements
> Addressing underperformance and enforcing obligations on service providers
> Grey areas in liability and responsibilities of different project stakeholders


14:30 | Project structure and requirements
> Understanding the GK/TK structure for Japanese PV plants
> Impact of this structure on different project stakeholders
> Overview of major Japanese project entity level taxation (business tax, depreciation, consumption tax, fixed asset tax, etc)

15:00 | Networking break

YOICHI KATAYAMA
PARTNER /// ORRICK
EUGENE ROUSSIN
SR. MANAGER TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG
SESSION 8 - PV MARKET OUTLOOK FOR 2016 AND BEYOND
 

15:40 | How the Electricity Market reform results in opportunities for PPS
> How the electricity market reform will impact the electricity market itself
> Setting up a PPS business: process and certifications
> Regulation and compliance for PPS
> Benefits for PV owners to sell electricity to a PPS

AKIRA NAITO
SENIOR ASSOCIATE /// PWC

16:10 | Discussion: the future of PV in Japan
> Impact of the electricity market liberalization: opportunities for PPS and solar PPAs
> Developments most needed in relation to management of PV plants
> The need for local standards and application of international standards
> What can the Japanese PV market learn from experiences abroad
> Profitability and future IRRs of PV in Japan with lower or no FIT 

TAKEHIRO KAWAHARA
RENEWABLE ENERGY ANALYST /// BLOOMBERG
ATSUSHI ITO
PRESIDENT /// NEXT ENERGY & RESOURCES
IZUMI KAIZUKA
RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER /// RTS CORP
KEI ISHIDA
CHIEF ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION /// HITACHI CAPITAL
 

16:55 | Closing words & end of conference

17:00 | Networking drinks

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