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09:00 Welcome words by chairman

Session 1 - Opening Session
09:15 Regulatory framework of the Japanese Solar Market
  • • Revised FiT rates and introduction to new bidding system
  • • Details on other solar-related regulations (e.g. 3-years rule)
  • • Status of the Electric system reform
  • • Establishment of the non-fossil fuel based power market
  • • METI’s vision on the role of solar in meeting Japan’s 2030 energy targets
MASUO KUREMURA /// DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NEW & RE DIV. AGENCY - METI
Masuo Kuremura is Deputy Director of New and Renewable Energy Division Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan. He started to work at Policy Coordination Division as a the Ministry of the Economy in Small and Medium Enterprise Agency. In 2004 to 2006, he worked at Industrial Revitalization Division as a Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau. In 2006 to 2008, worked at Automobile Division as a Manufacturing Industries Bureau. In 2008 he went abroad to University of California, San Diego and studied Economics and International Politocs. In 2010 started to work at Finance Division as a Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and in 2013 to June 2015, he worked at Deputy Director of Personal Division as a Minister’s Secretariant.
MASUO KUREMURA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NEW & RE DIV. AGENCY /// METI
10:00 The first version of JPEA and JEMA O&M Guidelines
  • • Process of establishing the guidelines
  • • Insights and examples of the O&M guidelines
  • • Outlook and expectations going forward
SHOGO NISHIKAWA /// PROFESSOR AT COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING / DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING - NIHON UNIVERSITY
Professor Nishikawa is engaged in the research and development of topics related to renewable energy, notably solar power systems.
He currently focuses on the research of detection technology of PV systems' failure and optimization of the renewable energy installations in Showa Station (Antarctica).
He is a guest professor at the National Institute of Polar Research, Director of the Japan Solar Energy Association and Director of the Solar Energy Design Research Group.
He belongs to several associations such as The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, Japan Solar Energy Association, Japan Society of Energy and Resources and The Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan.
SHOGO NISHIKAWA
PROF. AT COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, DEPT. OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING /// NIHON UNIVERSITY
10:30 AM COFFEE BREAK
Sponsored by: GreenPowerMonitor

Session 2A | Solar Plant Performance

11:15 Performance of operational solar plants and components
  • • Insights into component performance and actual degradation
  • • Comparing real operational performance of different solar power plants across Japan
  • • Quantifying the impact of snow on plant output
  • • Root causes for loss, failure and accelerated degradation
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE /// SOLAR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC - MOTT MACDONALD
Phil Napier-Moore leads Mott MacDonald’s technical advisory work for solar power in the Asia Pacific region. Supporting PV plant investors and lenders from the sector’s infancy in 2008, he has overseen the regional solar team’s technical inputs to more than 5000 MW of PV projects in Asia, including more than 200 plants now in operation.
He has directed and managed projects for a range of multilateral agencies, national governments and a large number of private companies, working internationally on low-carbon power projects in 30 countries around the world, in particular within Asia and Europe.
A Chartered Energy Engineer, he obtained his Masters of Engineering from Oxford University.
MODERATOR
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE
SOLAR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ASIA PACIFIC /// MOTT MACDONALD
AKIHIRO MORIMOTO /// GENERAL DIRECTOR - CO2O
Akihiro Morimoto has engaged in the construction, power supply and civil engineering work for a while. Then he joined the Kansai electric power company as a new company formation leader on 2001. While being in charge of property management of real estate since 2005, Akihiro Morimoto started an after support maintenance business for world’s largest module company. He is now driving O&M business of CO2O forward Japanese PV market.
AKIHIRO MORIMOTO
GENERAL DIRECTOR /// CO2O
EIICHIRO GOTOH /// PRESIDENT & CEO - ICHIGO ECO ENERGY
Gotoh is President & Representative Director of Ichigo ECO Energy, which manages 37 Japanese solar power plants (including in-development) with a total panel output of 116 MW. He joined Ichigo in 2010 after a career in structured finance. Gotoh’s expertise in structured finance enabled Ichigo’s full entry into the renewable energy business in November 2012, when he led the acquisition of Solar Way, a venture company operating power plants nationwide.
EIICHIRO GOTOH
PRESIDENT & CEO /// ICHIGO ECO ENERGY
HARUHIKO FUKUMOTO /// PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER - MITSUI CHEMICALS
Haruhiko Fukumoto received his Dr.Eng. degree in chemistry in 2006 from Nagoya University, Japan. In 2006, he joined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
He has conducted researches related to PV modules and PV materials in the company. Now he focuses on running businesses concerning diagnosis of a PV module and a PV power plant utilizing his expertise.
HARUHIKO FUKUMOTO
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER /// MITSUI CHEMICALS
12:00 Performance assessment of an operating solar portfolio
  • • How performance is measured on plant and portfolio level
  • • Challenges of standardizing across a portfolio of 25 plants
  • • Measures taken to improve PR
PABLO CABEZA /// ENGINEERING DIRECTOR - EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
Mr. Pablo Cabeza holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and an M.B.A. in international management from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade - UIMP. Prior to joining Everstream, he worked as Technical Manager for an European independent engineering and renewable asset management firm where he had been both owners’ and lender’s advisor across over 2,500MW on more than 100 different projects. He led due diligence processes for more than $500 million of photovoltaic projects on numerous transactions.
Currently in Everstream he is responsible for EPC Contract management and projects technical assessment.
MODERATOR
PABLO CABEZA
ENGINEERING DIRECTOR /// EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
YASUSHI ISHII /// GENERAL MANAGER - SB ENERGY
In 2012 Yasushi joined SB Energy Corp. and was in charge of negotiations with landowners for mega solar projects in the business development dept. He became the general manager of the business planning dept. in 2014 and also became the general manager of business promotion dept. in 2015. Currently he is involved with not only solar projects but wind and biomass projects also.
SB Energy Corp. has constructed totally 360MW solar plant, and 48MW wind farm including under construction projects.
Since last year the company has launched an asset management services by taking advantage of their large portfolio in the renewable energy industry, and Yasushi leads the planning of this asset management service.
YASUSHI ISHII
GENERAL MANAGER - SB ENERGY
12:30 The role of data in optimizing performance
  • • How to transform raw data into valuable performance indicators
  • • Assessing quality and accuracy of data
  • • Translating data into O&M decision making
  • • How to best forecast output estimation based on historical data
PABLO CABEZA /// ENGINEERING DIRECTOR - EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
Mr. Pablo Cabeza holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and an M.B.A. in international management from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade - UIMP. Prior to joining Everstream, he worked as Technical Manager for an European independent engineering and renewable asset management firm where he had been both owners’ and lender’s advisor across over 2,500MW on more than 100 different projects. He led due diligence processes for more than $500 million of photovoltaic projects on numerous transactions.
Currently in Everstream he is responsible for EPC Contract management and projects technical assessment.
MODERATOR
PABLO CABEZA
ENGINEERING DIRECTOR /// EVERSTREAM CAPITAL
NORIAKI FUKUYAMA /// SALES MANAGER - FIRST SOLAR
Noriaki Fukuyama have almost 20 years experience in energy industry as engineer and sales. He started his career as start-up engineer for plant control system (DCS) at fossil power plant in 1998. In 2008, he was sales engineer for asset monitoring system for oil & gas plant and power plant at Emerson Process Management. In 2011, he built up service resources for wind power service and maintenance, and promoted service solution for wind power generator at Siemens Wind Power. And he joined First Solar Japan in 2015 promoting skytron SCADA system and currently developing O&M business with comprehensive service and unique solutions.
NORIAKI FUKUYAMA
SALES MANAGER /// FIRST SOLAR
YI LIQI /// VP SMARTPV JAPAN DEPARTMENT - HUAWEI
Mr. Yi is the vice president of Huawei Smart PV Japan Dept. He joined Huawei in 2016. Prior to Huawei, Mr. Yi has been worked in electronic and electrical industry for years and is experienced for business development. Currently Mr. Yi is responsible for key accounts in Japan region.
YI LIQI
VP SMARTPV JAPAN DEPARTMENT /// HUAWEI

Session 2B | Asset & Portfolio Management

11:15 Defining Asset Management in Japan
  • • Defining scope of work and responsibilities of the asset manager
  • • Lessons learnt worldwide on the added value of an asset manager
  • • Japan-specific characteristics: bookkeeping, tax management and day-to-day compliance
  • • Selecting the right tools for asset management
STEFANO CRUCCU /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Stefano Cruccu is Project Manager at Solarplaza and currently responsible for the company's line of Solar Asset Management events taking place in Europe, USA and Japan. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed more project-focused roles and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Asset Management, Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Strategic Product Design).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
EUGENE ROUSSIN /// PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG TAX CORPORATION
Eugene joined KPMG in 2007 and has throughout that time principally focused on advising investors in respect of the tax aspects of their investments in Japan. This has encompassed the provision of advice on structuring investments, M&A transactions and cross border operations (both inbound and outbound), due diligence assistance, tax audit support as well as general tax planning.
Since the introduction of the Japanese FIT regime in 2012, Eugene has spent the majority of his time working with solar and renewable energy clients with respect to structuring their investments in Japan. This has allowed him to develop a market leading level of expertise and experience in the sector, and he counts many of the largest international players amongst his clients.
Eugene has been in Japan for over 13 years and is fluent in Japanese.
EUGENE ROUSSIN
PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG TAX CORPORATION
EDMÉE KELSEY /// CEO - 3MEGAWATT
Edmee Kelsey brings a wealth of solar asset management expertise to her role as founder and CEO of 3megawatt. 3megawatt provides solar asset management software designed to support asset owners with managing their solar portfolio risks and asset managers with reducing their asset management costs. As former CFO of Main Street Power, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets. As a former VP at the investment bank JP Morgan and managing director of a clean energy corporate finance advisory firm, she gained a deep understanding of the requirements of project finance providers and sponsors, funds and investors. Her background as a founder and CEO of a venture-backed telecom service provider brings utility billing, asset tracking and O&M service ticketing experience.
EDMÉE KELSEY
CEO /// 3MEGAWATT
11:45 The dynamics of solar portfolio management
  • • Lessons learnt with aggregation of multiple solar plants into consolidated portfolios
  • • Differences between ‘portfolio level thinking’ and ‘asset level thinking’
  • • Key challenges that emerge with growing diversity of components, warranties, EPCs and O&M providers
  • • How to maximize efficiency across a heterogeneous and geographically dispersed portfolio
STEFANO CRUCCU /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Stefano Cruccu is Project Manager at Solarplaza and currently responsible for the company's line of Solar Asset Management events taking place in Europe, USA and Japan. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed more project-focused roles and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Asset Management, Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Strategic Product Design).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
KAZUHISA YURITA /// MANAGER - ORIX
Kazuhisa Yurita graduated in Economics by the Doshisha University. Over the 9 years of experience within the PV industry, he has worked both in the upstream (trading raw material: Si-wafer & production equipment for PV module) and in the downstream (developing & investment in solar plants, operation) of the solar sector. He joined ORIX Corp in 2013 where he focuses on the revision of contracts with O&M and EPC service providers and on the restructuring of internal portfolio management.
KAZUHISA YURITA
MANAGER /// ORIX
DAVID VALLEJO /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SOLARIG
David Vallejo Muñoz has 10 year-experience in the Solar Business Worldwide, and heading Solarig Japan since 2012. Achievements in Japan: (a) Development: > 40MW (b) EPC: 2,3MW built, 13.5 MW under construction and 20MW secured (c) O&M: 159MW operating and 65MW secured. Leading the Japanese O&M third party service offering international standards as PR and availability warranties. Nowadays, leading the expansion to the business to other APAC areas as well.
He was heading business of Solarig in Italy with >70 MW design, development, constructed and operative by Solarig subsidiaries. He is a member of the Solarig Steering Committee since 2009 involved in all the business development and strategic company decisions.
He is an entrepreneur spirit owning solar investments and advisory for some startups. Graduated in 2015 in the Executive MBA Instituto de Empresa (IE), top 10% performance. Fluently in English, Italian and Spanish. Regularly runner and travel devotee.
DAVID VALLEJO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /// SOLARIG

12:30 Remote oversight of solar portfolios
  • • Different levels of portfolio oversight and control
  • • Centralized monitoring of a portfolio
  • • Remote control: what is possible and what is required
  • • Virtual portfolio/plant control: what is the future
STEFANO CRUCCU /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Stefano Cruccu is Project Manager at Solarplaza and currently responsible for the company's line of Solar Asset Management events taking place in Europe, USA and Japan. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed more project-focused roles and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Asset Management, Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Strategic Product Design).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
TORU MURAKAMI /// REGIONAL SALES HEAD JAPAN - SKYTRON ENERGY KK
Mr. Toru Murakami is Regional Sales Head Japan at skytron energy Japan K.K.. He has more than 30 years in industrial business and has led various global projects e.g. gas turbine combined cycle for electric propulsion of marine, development of digital solutions for marine operation, optimization of after sales for wind power, etc. Prior to skytron energy, Mr. Murakami has been taking various sales and marketing roles mainly in marine and power generation, including renewable energy, for ABB, Moog, Rolls Royce, Vestas, GE, etc. Toru Murakami graduated from Tohoku University in engineering science.
TORU MURAKAMI
REGIONAL SALES HEAD JAPAN /// SKYTRON ENERGY KK

JO DONGUK /// SR MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEER - PACIFICO ENERGY
Mr. Donguk is Senior Manager Electrical Engineer at Pacifico Energy K.K. His main role is analyzing, developing, managing and designing electrical related matters in PV projects where accuracy and comprehensive knowledge are required. He has been involving projects more than 600MWdc in Japan.
Mr. Donguk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Korea University of Technology and Education. Prior to joining Pacifico Energy he worked for JGC, Daewoo E&C in the Oil and Gas industry and the US military service.
JO DONGUK
SR MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEER /// PACIFICO ENERGY
13:00 LUNCH BREAK

Session 3A | Operations & Maintenance

14:00 Market overview of O&M practices in Japan
  • • The O&M service provider landscape in Japan
  • • International O&M practices that can be applied to Japan
  • • The potential added value of drones and other technologies
IZUMI KAIZUKA /// RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER - RTS CORP
Ms Izumi Kaizuka is the manager of Research Division in RTS Corporation, a PV consulting company with more than 30 years history based in Tokyo. She has been Japan’s representative of Task 1, IEA PVPS since 2003 and one of the authors of IEA PVPS Trends Report. She has been conducting various research projects as a PV market and industry analyst for METI and other government organizations, research institutes and PV companies in Japan and overseas. She also regularly writes articles on PV market for professional magazines.
MODERATOR
IZUMI KAIZUKA
RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER /// RTS CORP
TAKUYA SHIMIZU /// PRESIDENT & TECHNICAL OFFICER - RYOSHIN MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Mr. Shimizu is President and Technical officer of Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation. He joined Ryoshin Denki Corporation in 2010 and started to work in the PV business. In 2011 he transferred to the Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation and in 2012 he took up the position of business director. In 2014 he has taken up the position of technical advisor of the Photovoltaics Inspection Association (PIA) and the same year he became President of Ryoshin Maintenance Service Corporation.
TAKUYA SHIMIZU
PRESIDENT /// RYOSHIN MAINTENANCE SERVICE
KARSTEN KLUG /// GERMANY HEAD O&M - SAFERAY OPERATIONS
Joining the solar industry in 2007, Mr. Karsten Klug is the Head of Operation & Maintenance of saferay operations GmbH in Berlin, a subsidiary of saferay group, a German IPP operating more than 200 MWp of utility scale solar power plants in Germany, Chile and Japan. As a former Senior Manager System Operation & Maintenance at Q.Cells SE, he was also responsible for more than 300 MWp installed capacity with sites in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In his role as Head of O&M, Karsten is in charge of overseeing and planning the maintenance, inspection, repair, monitoring and asset management of saferays power plants. He graduated from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in business administration.
KARSTEN KLUG
GERMANY HEAD O&M - SAFERAY OPERATIONS
HIROTO KURANAMI /// CEO - ECOLIFE ENGINEERING
Mr. Kuranami assumed the post of senior managing director when he was twenty-seven. Focusing on the potential of renewable energy from early on, he began construction for residential solar systems in 2001. He was a technical consultant at the time of establishments of CanadianSolar Japan and Toshiba Solar Business Division, with its reliable technology and experience appreciated. Moreover, he has developed a patent of solar residential array system with CanadianSolar Japan. Mr.Kuranami established PV technical management, wishing to improve the level of technicians throughout the renewable energy industry, handling the construction ID training of a total of 13 solar module manufacturers and trained a total of 3,500 engineers since 2011. As he utilizes the global perspective, Eco Life Engineering started development, construction and O&M of mega solar with a German partner company, mastering the technical standard of Europe, which was a step in advance in relation to the general industry state-of-the-art when the FIT Law started in 2012. Since taking office as Representative Director in 2014, he gained wide support both domestic and overseas, and has grownO&M services exceeding 80 MW at present.
HIROTO KURANAMI
CEO /// ECOLIFE ENGINEERING
14:45 Japan-specific O&M challenges
  • • Snow: O&M and design lessons learned
  • • Land grading costs resulting from operation on hilly or mountainous terrain
  • • Hard access: how to overcome challenges of operating in remote or mountainous terrain
  • • O&M of floating solar plants
  • • How DG rooftop O&M is different
  • • How plant design affect O&M activities
IZUMI KAIZUKA /// RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER - RTS CORP
Ms Izumi Kaizuka is the manager of Research Division in RTS Corporation, a PV consulting company with more than 30 years history based in Tokyo. She has been Japan’s representative of Task 1, IEA PVPS since 2003 and one of the authors of IEA PVPS Trends Report. She has been conducting various research projects as a PV market and industry analyst for METI and other government organizations, research institutes and PV companies in Japan and overseas. She also regularly writes articles on PV market for professional magazines.
MODERATOR
IZUMI KAIZUKA
RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER /// RTS CORP
MARTIN MESMER /// FOUNDER - M2PV
Martin designed several large power plants for Pacifico Energy and GSSG Solar in Japan. He has 24 years of experience in the PV industry, including PV System design and optimization, power plant development, components design and technology evaluation, negotiating with suppliers and training engineers.
He started his solar career analyzing the first HIT cells manufactured at Sanyo Solar in Hirakata. He served as a technical advisor to Intel Capital for photovoltaic investments, built the US PV engineering team for Siemens, and developed E.On’s PV engineering division in San Francisco. He oversaw the technical design, negotiation, and implementation of over 240 MW of PV plants in Japan for leading IPPs.
Martin pushed for 1500V before it was fashionable both in the US and in Japan.
MARTIN MESMER
FOUNDER /// M2PV
SHOJI NISHIZAWA /// INTERNATIONAL SALES DIVISION SOLAR ENERGY - KYOCERA
Mr. Shoji Nishizawa graduated in International Law from Kwansei Gakuin University Hyogo, Japan. He joined Kyocera Corporation quickly after, focusing on international sales. He worked for Kyocera International Inc. during 6 years, after which he moved back to Japan to focus again on international sales for Kyocera Corporation.
Mr Shoji Nishizawa has managed several teams and departments since 1992 at Kyocera Corporation. Currently, he is the general manager of both domestic and international sales division.
SHOJI NISHIZAWA
INTERNATIONAL SALES DIVISION SOLAR ENERGY /// KYOCERA
RACHID BRI /// HEAD OF ENGINEERING - PACIFICO ENERGY
Rachid Bri has 2 years of experience in solar business, involved in the development engineering of several mega-solar projects in Japan, including design optimization and EPC selection of Pacifico Energy 257MW Okayama project: the largest solar project in Japan, with largest amount of earthwork in the world. Previously, Rachid Bri worked 12 years in the EPC business with Chiyoda corporation, a leading Japanese plant engineering company.
RACHID BRI
HEAD OF ENGINEERING - PACIFICO ENERGY

Session 3B | Tender System

14:00 Lessons learned on international tenders
  • • How solar became competitive in the Chile power tender
  • • The success of systematic auctioning scheme in South Africa
  • • Cost-reduction opportunities resulting from PV-specific tenders in India
  • • How does the japanese tender compare to overseas examples
YVONNE LIU /// ASSOCIATE SOLAR & DISTRIBUTED GENERATION - BNEF
Yvonne Liu joined Bloomberg New Energy Finance in 2015. She is in charge of research and analysis for solar market in China, with particular focus on policies and demand forecast, project financing and trading, project cost and return, as well as the overall market research to identify opportunities for Chinese PV companies. She had been invited by industrial associations, government entities and corporates to give presentations in and out of China.
YVONNE LIU
ASSOCIATE SOLAR & DISTRIBUTED GENERATION /// BNEF
14:45 Market expectations regarding the new bidding system
  • • Identifying different structures of tender systems worldwide and related challenges
  • • Lessons learned with overseas tenders
  • • Expectations for the new bidding system in Japan
HEIN OOMEN /// HEAD BUSINESS ORIGINATION - SOLAIREDIRECT
Mr. Hein Oomen is Head of Business Origination for Asia-Pacific at ENGIE Solar (Solairedirect). ENGIE (formally known as GDF SUEZ) is the world’s largest independent power producer with 113 GW of installed capacity. The Group employs more than 150,000 employees across 70 countries. As part of its ambition to become the global leader in the energy transition, ENGIE acquired solar developer Solairedirect in 2015 (now ENGIE Solar). ENGIE Solar has become the Group’s global centre of excellence for the development and construction of utility scale PV and has booked recent successes in highly competitive markets such as Brazil, Mexico, France and India with more than 2 GW in operation, under construction or in backlog.
HEIN OOMEN
HEAD BUSINESS ORIGINATION /// SOLAIREDIRECT
15:30 PM COFFEE BREAK
Sponsored by: Mitsui Chemicals
Session 4 - Dynamics between owners and service providers
16:15 Aligning interests between owners and service providers
  • • Challenges owners and investors face with service providers and vice-versa
  • • How to achieve improved understanding and alignment of interests
  • • How to best incentivize service providers for maximum performance
  • • Lessons learned with assessing the quality of an O&M provider
  • • Considerations regarding in-house vs outsourcing of O&M
  • • Lessons learned with switching service provider
STEFANO CRUCCU /// SR. PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Stefano Cruccu is Project Manager at Solarplaza and currently responsible for the company's line of Solar Asset Management events taking place in Europe, USA and Japan. Stefano joined Solarplaza in 2011, taking a lead role in the acquisitions team and managing global accounts. Over the course of 2012 he has assumed more project-focused roles and has become deeply involved in the concept development and organization of new events. Stefano has built up specific expertise in the fields of Solar Asset Management, Operations & Maintenance and Solar Crowd Funding. Alongside his work for Solarplaza, he has been involved in crowd funding initiatives in the northern provinces of The Netherlands. Stefano received his education at the Delft University of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering (Strategic Product Design).
MODERATOR
STEFANO CRUCCU
SR. PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
NORIKI HIRANO /// REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR - ADLER SOLAR WORKS
Holder of BA in Law from Chuo University, Noriki has more than 25 years in international business launching and management. He has led a various global roaming service development projects, contributing to expansion of global communication infrastructure. In 2007 he was appointed as Vice President for a former German national telecommunication carrier in Japan. He was also a project manager for a Chinese communication manufacturer actively involved in introduction of 4G systems.
NORIKI HIRANO
REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR /// ADLER SOLAR WORKS
MARCO ALVES /// HEAD O&M DIVISION - VOLTALIA GROUP
Marco has eighteen years of international experience in the management of operations and maintenance activities throughout various industries, including seven years in the solar industry. He has been paving his career path towards full asset management services since beginning his career with ABB, developing their asset performance and asset management service teams for industrial assets. Following this, Marco worked at Transdev-Veolia, focused on business and efficiency management for Light Rail networks in Europe. He was the Head of Martifer Solar´s global O&M and Service, driving the strategic direction of the business while leading a team of more than 100 employees. Currently, and after the acquisition of Martifer Solar by Voltalia Group in august 2016, Marco is the Head of Voltalia´s global O&M, driving the strategy of the O&M business. Marco received his MSC in Electrical Engineering and completed an Executive MBA in Management from University of Porto Business School/IE Madrid. He speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish, with a working proficiency in the French language.
MARCO ALVES
HEAD O&M DIVISION /// VOLTALIA GROUP
YOSHIHIKO KUSUDA /// RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT - JAPAN INVESTMENT ADVISER
After engaging in structured finance business at Sanwa Bank, Lehman Brothers etc., in 2010 Mr. Yoshihiko Kusuda joined Japan Investment Adviser Co., Ltd. (herein after referred to as "JIA"). Currently he is engaged in investing in renewable energy facilities and maritime transport equipment (vessels, containers etc.) and fund making business. Currently, the JIA Group owns and operates a total of 19 power stations and about 33 MW (DC) power plants throughout Japan, together with about 100 MW (DC) projects under development.
YOSHIHIKO KUSUDA
RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT - JAPAN INVESTMENT ADVISER
CHANVIBOL SOK /// ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
Mr. Chanvibol Sok Asset Manager at Pacifico Energy K.K In this position he is responsible for project monitoring, reporting, claim management and contract management for Pacifico's operational solar portfolio. Before joining Pacifico, Mr. Sok worked as accountant/financial analyst at IBM. He holds an MBA from Hitotsubashi University.
CHANVIBOL SOK
ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
17:00 NETWORKING DRINKS

19:00 NETWORKING DINNER