We’ll announce a brand new, ambitious agenda in June...

The experts speaking at PV O&M USA have extensive experience in the market, and exclusive knowledge of the O&M workings of their industry-leading companies – if you want to grow your O&M strategy, improve your knowledge and get the most out of your PV plants, this is the conference for you!

Major topics to be covered include...

  • Upscale your PV portfolio: get ahead of the curve when you gain critical insights from owners that have already made the leap from small to medium and large utility scale projects
  • Avoid inverter meltdown: with 101 reasons for failure, questions over quality, warranty claims, self-service resources and more take advantage of our first dedicated inverters case study, high level panels and workshops series
  • Take control of data:  learn to integrate, structure and mange real time data so that it works for you and creates a positive impact right across your portfolio
  • Cut curtailments: examine use cases & configurations for energy storage deployments alongside commercial & utility scale PV, explore revenue streams and finalize your plans to integrate storage technology
  • Innovate to optimize labor: discover where & why owners have automated even more plant operations and revamped working environments to meet the highest safety standards
  • And so much more: Preorder the full event brochure here to get the latest as soon as the complete agenda is launched!

Conference Day 1 - Thursday November 2, 2017

  •   Track Room 1 - Sierra Ballroom Track Room 2 - Cascade Ballroom
    8.30am-9.30am
    Critical PV market trends, policy uncertainty & the post-ITC strategy outlook
     
    • Hear from critical C-Level perspectives at leading PV Plant Utility, IPP, Developer, OEMs, EPCs & ISPs as they pitch their concerns, insights and assessments of imminent changes and trends in the PV sector
    • Evaluate key market drivers, trends and policy changes and post-ITC strategies that’ll impact on and influence the growth of PV installations regionally, nationally and globally
    • Discover how major PV stakeholders are already working to prepare for intense PV market growth, supply chain consolidation and advanced grid integration to make the most of the projected intensity of PV market growth
    9.30am-10.30am
    Learn how to rapidly upscale your PV Portfolio & expedite plant profitability
    Ahead of the curve? The true cost-benefits of automation
    • Critically examine bespoke small, medium and large PV operator case histories of where they were, where they wanted to be, where they ended up and evaluate why they ended in their current position
    • Gain essential insights into the unexpected pinch-points, technical challenges and major teething issues they’ve had to overcome to expand from small 10’s of MW portfolios to 100’s of MWs and larger
    • Discuss the role of value-adding asset management, EPC and O&M 3rd parties as essential knowledge experts available to you as you establish cost-competitive internal resources
    • Examine what more can be done to automate plant operations, inspection and maintenance in order to trim major plant labor costs where possible
    • Hear from major automation innovators as they showcase exclusive cost-benefit data from revolutionary module cleaning, vegetation management, inspections, monitoring and more
    • Take the chance to hold key technology vendors to account on their word as revamped and interactive sessions allow you to fact check claims, review analytical data and build important connections with operator peers
    10.30pm-11.00pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    11.00am-11.30am
    3rd party contracting of O&M vs. self-performance
    Innovate to optimize labor costs & remote sites
    • Evaluate cost-benefit appraisals of at what project scale you need to pursue long-term fully wrapped service packages, warranty extensions or develop internal capabilities
    • Understand the merits of each approach towards reducing the risk profile of your projects to major stakeholders
    • Compare and debate the diverse perspectives and experiences of self-performing utilities, IPPs, and 3rd parties to ensure you leave better able to make critical operational decisions correctly at the project front-end
    • Connect the dots between plant safety and training investment and critical plant HSE standards to ensure your business understands the real-time dollar value of going beyond mere ‘HSE compliance’
    • Evaluate best practice on site staffing levels according to the number of MWs you have installed
    • Discuss why major utilities have opted for onsite, centralized resources or contracted staffing for each site type they operate to ensure that your remote site management plan takes advantage of the leading-edge strategies already in place across the industry
    11.30am-12.00pm
    Service Contracts; the good, the bad and the beautiful
    Site management essentials; from soiling to vegetation management
    • Learn how to accurately determine and define a project scope, guarantees and backstops so that contract monitoring is far easier to manage
    • Discuss what it takes to develop excellent inter-organizational relationships with your O&M provider or asset manager to ensure quick response times and faster failure resolution where possible
    • Evaluate the state of PV contract guarantees; does availability suffice or should we look to judge market competitiveness based on AEP guarantees instead?
    • Get attuned to the science of site development and knowing how to set the correct soiling or vegetation management from the start to significantly reduce man-hour spend
    • Evaluate the latest cost-benefit analysis of proactive, preventative and reactive site maintenance approaches and key lessons learned
    12.30pm-2.00pm
    Networking Lunch & Exhibition
    2.00pm-3.00pm
    End of the road; warranty claims, management & expiration
     
    • With critical component suppliers out of business, market consolidation rampant and technology obsolescence rife, ensure you get the latest insights on how to approach warranty resolution
    • Examine the key areas where PV product warranties can be tweaked, terminology standardized and transparency assured to secure the warranty strategy you need to ensure long term security for your business and projects, cradle-to-grave
    • Gain transformational lessons learned from renewable operators that have successfully transitioned post-warranty, to ensure that you don’t force yourself to extend any warranty unnecessarily
    3.00pm-3.30pm
    Be prepared for inverter end of life
     
    • If your inverter products are no longer supported, understand at what point you need to cut your losses and retrofit
    • Take advantage of critical product life expectancy data to better understand your inverter failure/ repair options ready for any unexpected eventuality
    • Evaluate the core arguments at the centre of the major ‘central inverters vs. string inverter’ debate and learn which model will reap your projects the most benefit; dependent on scope, scale and revenue goals
    3.30pm-4.00pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    4.00pm-5.00pm
    SCADA, data analytics & optimized asset management
    Ensure product quality to reduce failure risks
    • Review the very latest cases where utilities, IPPs and developers have deployed data to make positive O&M or asset management decisions instead of simply fire fighting
    • Evaluate the constraints of using advanced or smart analytics in workload prioritization and performance optimization when you’re working to achieve even the smallest % margins of energy increases
    • Learn from critical data that benchmarks the quality and performance of key products to better understand their impact on your overall O&M strategy
    • Discover how to ensure that your procurement strategy is stable, efficient and can still take advantage of aggressive market cost reduction without compromising on site performance, product integrity or safety
    • Examine the nuances of materials science, manufacturing quality and design life when you develop or retrofit projects to increase site value through the deployment of tier 1 or premium products
    4.30pm-5.00pm  
    CAPEX vs OPEX Long Term Investment Case Studies
    • Assess the unique perspectives of major owners that have evolved long-term decision making as core principals in the plant design or budget setting phases
    • Discuss the impact of a downward trend in O&M costs on PV product or service innovation to better prepare your business for the moment O&M costs decline maxes out
    • Target the optimization of LCOE rather than numbers when you learn how to create contracts and incentive structures that continually get the most out of plants
    5.00pm-5.30pm
    Real Time Data & Decision Making
    Standardization - what actually makes sense?
    • Know how leading owners are managing to amass and structure ‘big data’ in such a way that it can be easily accessed and analyzed for positive decision making
    • Compare the experiences of owners who have managed to successfully integrate analytical and prognostic solutions to manage to optimize the long-term performance of their plants
    • Understand the steps owners have taken to build and equip the analytics experts required to process and monetize data streams efficiently for in-field teams
    • Assess the value of terminology, data, best practice and KPI standardization within the solar industry and understand which energy industries PV can learn from in this area
    • Examine standardization of internal structures amongst plant operators to ensure that the oversight and budget scrutiny don’t unnecessarily impact on the ability of skilled technicians completing work and getting the highest yield from PV plants
    Download the Event Brochure

Conference Day 2 - Friday November 3, 2017

  •   Track Room 1 - Sierra Ballroom Track Room 2 - Cascade Ballroom
    8.30am-10.00am
    Take the back out of the duck curve - an energy storage breakfast briefing
     
    • Discuss the impact of projected solar growth in the US and what you should be doing to break the back of your energy production/usage duck curve to reduce the impact of curtailments on plant profitability
    • Go beyond ‘interest’ and examine actual use cases for energy storage technology within today’s renewable portfolios
    • Assess the unique and valuable experiences of those who have been there and understand what more utilities can do to enhance the storage business case for solar and bring overall costs down
    • This session will be followed by an exclusive energy storage exhibition, networking workshop and more…
    10.00pm-10.30pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    10.30am-11.00am
    Break down silos and design to operate
    (10.30am-12.00pm) New for 2017; Inverter & Module Technical Workshops & Peer Networking
    • Successful design starts at the design phase, not COD; ensure you understand how to facilitate involving the O&M or Asset Management perspectives at the front end to identify and address common plant design errors or simple yet expensive oversights
    • Assess key design considerations such as access to spare parts, plant layout and analyze with cost benefits the impact of design stage refinements on the cost of plant operations 2, 5, 7 years down the line or later
    • Work with operators, developers, EPCs and ISPs to identify new areas for O&M optimization at the design phase in an innovative new plant design networking workshop led by major utilities
    • Pioneering new technical workshops ensure you leave with the latest technological i9nsights, maintenance approaches and critical peer connections you need to succeed in major component O&M through 2017-18 and beyond
    • Network with peers and like-brand users of major module and inverter components to identify common challenges, shed light on critical solutions used locally or on the other side of the nation to expedite the regular maintenance, repair and event failure of key systems
    • Open to portfolio directors, plant managers, and field technicians on a first-come first-served basis
    11.00am-11.30am
    How should a renewables control center actually work?
    • Review the work that leading PV operators are undertaking to transform portfolio management through dedicated centralized resources
    • Examine critical case study evidence to show how efficient systems have allowed operators to react quickly to operational, market or unforeseen challenges and avoid expensive curtailments, power losses or energy security
    11.30am-12.00pm
    Long term risk management and insurance
    • Learn to more accurately quantify unforeseen generation losses due to plant downtime and examine the range of risk transfer opportunities available when self-performing
    • Leverage exclusive insurer perspectives to explore the critical do’s and don’ts of long term resource risk and its potential impact on your portfolio
    12.00pm-1.30pm
    Networking Lunch & Exhibition
    1.30pm-2.00pm
    O&M budget estimation & performance optimization
     
    • Participate in an exclusive owner’s workshop that identifies the key steps you must follow to improve your O&M budget estimation work well before plant build and COD
    • Evaluate critical owner operator perspectives showcasing margins of error and the steps you take to reduce budget errors long term
    • Understand how to apply the learnings of major owners to your business when operating plants and accounting for major unforeseen O&M costs that are more common/expensive than you currently believe
    2.00pm-2.30pm
    Ensuring sustainable business in solar beyond the ITC
     
    • Current PPA pricing, supported by ITCs is very attractive so learn how can you add a lot more capacity effectively
    • Discuss what are / will be the top 3 obstacles to creating a sustainable industry past the ITC; determine whether O&M levers enough to make this a reality
    • Evaluate whether the industry needs to substantially change our approach to O&M to create a sustainable industry past the ITC – if so where and if not, why not?

Conference Day 1 - Thursday November 2, 2017

  •   Track Room 1 - Sierra Ballroom Track Room 2 - Cascade Ballroom
    8.30am-9.30am
    Critical PV market trends, policy uncertainty & the post-ITC strategy outlook
     
    • Hear from critical C-Level perspectives at leading PV Plant Utility, IPP, Developer, OEMs, EPCs & ISPs as they pitch their concerns, insights and assessments of imminent changes and trends in the PV sector
    • Evaluate key market drivers, trends and policy changes and post-ITC strategies that’ll impact on and influence the growth of PV installations regionally, nationally and globally
    • Discover how major PV stakeholders are already working to prepare for intense PV market growth, supply chain consolidation and advanced grid integration to make the most of the projected intensity of PV market growth
    9.30am-10.30am
    Learn how to rapidly upscale your PV Portfolio & expedite plant profitability
    Ahead of the curve? The true cost-benefits of automation
    • Critically examine bespoke small, medium and large PV operator case histories of where they were, where they wanted to be, where they ended up and evaluate why they ended in their current position
    • Gain essential insights into the unexpected pinch-points, technical challenges and major teething issues they’ve had to overcome to expand from small 10’s of MW portfolios to 100’s of MWs and larger
    • Discuss the role of value-adding asset management, EPC and O&M 3rd parties as essential knowledge experts available to you as you establish cost-competitive internal resources
    • Examine what more can be done to automate plant operations, inspection and maintenance in order to trim major plant labor costs where possible
    • Hear from major automation innovators as they showcase exclusive cost-benefit data from revolutionary module cleaning, vegetation management, inspections, monitoring and more
    • Take the chance to hold key technology vendors to account on their word as revamped and interactive sessions allow you to fact check claims, review analytical data and build important connections with operator peers
    10.30pm-11.00pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    11.00am-11.30am
    3rd party contracting of O&M vs. self-performance
    Innovate to optimize labor costs & remote sites
    • Evaluate cost-benefit appraisals of at what project scale you need to pursue long-term fully wrapped service packages, warranty extensions or develop internal capabilities
    • Understand the merits of each approach towards reducing the risk profile of your projects to major stakeholders
    • Compare and debate the diverse perspectives and experiences of self-performing utilities, IPPs, and 3rd parties to ensure you leave better able to make critical operational decisions correctly at the project front-end
    • Connect the dots between plant safety and training investment and critical plant HSE standards to ensure your business understands the real-time dollar value of going beyond mere ‘HSE compliance’
    • Evaluate best practice on site staffing levels according to the number of MWs you have installed
    • Discuss why major utilities have opted for onsite, centralized resources or contracted staffing for each site type they operate to ensure that your remote site management plan takes advantage of the leading-edge strategies already in place across the industry
    11.30am-12.00pm
    Service Contracts; the good, the bad and the beautiful
    Site management essentials; from soiling to vegetation management
    • Learn how to accurately determine and define a project scope, guarantees and backstops so that contract monitoring is far easier to manage
    • Discuss what it takes to develop excellent inter-organizational relationships with your O&M provider or asset manager to ensure quick response times and faster failure resolution where possible
    • Evaluate the state of PV contract guarantees; does availability suffice or should we look to judge market competitiveness based on AEP guarantees instead?
    • Get attuned to the science of site development and knowing how to set the correct soiling or vegetation management from the start to significantly reduce man-hour spend
    • Evaluate the latest cost-benefit analysis of proactive, preventative and reactive site maintenance approaches and key lessons learned
    12.30pm-2.00pm
    Networking Lunch & Exhibition
    2.00pm-3.00pm
    End of the road; warranty claims, management & expiration
     
    • With critical component suppliers out of business, market consolidation rampant and technology obsolescence rife, ensure you get the latest insights on how to approach warranty resolution
    • Examine the key areas where PV product warranties can be tweaked, terminology standardized and transparency assured to secure the warranty strategy you need to ensure long term security for your business and projects, cradle-to-grave
    • Gain transformational lessons learned from renewable operators that have successfully transitioned post-warranty, to ensure that you don’t force yourself to extend any warranty unnecessarily
    3.00pm-3.30pm
    Be prepared for inverter end of life
     
    • If your inverter products are no longer supported, understand at what point you need to cut your losses and retrofit
    • Take advantage of critical product life expectancy data to better understand your inverter failure/ repair options ready for any unexpected eventuality
    • Evaluate the core arguments at the centre of the major ‘central inverters vs. string inverter’ debate and learn which model will reap your projects the most benefit; dependent on scope, scale and revenue goals
    3.30pm-4.00pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    4.00pm-5.00pm
    SCADA, data analytics & optimized asset management
    Ensure product quality to reduce failure risks
    • Review the very latest cases where utilities, IPPs and developers have deployed data to make positive O&M or asset management decisions instead of simply fire fighting
    • Evaluate the constraints of using advanced or smart analytics in workload prioritization and performance optimization when you’re working to achieve even the smallest % margins of energy increases
    • Learn from critical data that benchmarks the quality and performance of key products to better understand their impact on your overall O&M strategy
    • Discover how to ensure that your procurement strategy is stable, efficient and can still take advantage of aggressive market cost reduction without compromising on site performance, product integrity or safety
    • Examine the nuances of materials science, manufacturing quality and design life when you develop or retrofit projects to increase site value through the deployment of tier 1 or premium products
    4.30pm-5.00pm  
    CAPEX vs OPEX Long Term Investment Case Studies
    • Assess the unique perspectives of major owners that have evolved long-term decision making as core principals in the plant design or budget setting phases
    • Discuss the impact of a downward trend in O&M costs on PV product or service innovation to better prepare your business for the moment O&M costs decline maxes out
    • Target the optimization of LCOE rather than numbers when you learn how to create contracts and incentive structures that continually get the most out of plants
    5.00pm-5.30pm
    Real Time Data & Decision Making
    Standardization - what actually makes sense?
    • Know how leading owners are managing to amass and structure ‘big data’ in such a way that it can be easily accessed and analyzed for positive decision making
    • Compare the experiences of owners who have managed to successfully integrate analytical and prognostic solutions to manage to optimize the long-term performance of their plants
    • Understand the steps owners have taken to build and equip the analytics experts required to process and monetize data streams efficiently for in-field teams
    • Assess the value of terminology, data, best practice and KPI standardization within the solar industry and understand which energy industries PV can learn from in this area
    • Examine standardization of internal structures amongst plant operators to ensure that the oversight and budget scrutiny don’t unnecessarily impact on the ability of skilled technicians completing work and getting the highest yield from PV plants
    Download the Event Brochure

Conference Day 2 - Friday November 3, 2017

  •   Track Room 1 - Sierra Ballroom Track Room 2 - Cascade Ballroom
    8.30am-10.00am
    Take the back out of the duck curve - an energy storage breakfast briefing
     
    • Discuss the impact of projected solar growth in the US and what you should be doing to break the back of your energy production/usage duck curve to reduce the impact of curtailments on plant profitability
    • Go beyond ‘interest’ and examine actual use cases for energy storage technology within today’s renewable portfolios
    • Assess the unique and valuable experiences of those who have been there and understand what more utilities can do to enhance the storage business case for solar and bring overall costs down
    • This session will be followed by an exclusive energy storage exhibition, networking workshop and more…
    10.00pm-10.30pm
    Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
    10.30am-11.00am
    Break down silos and design to operate
    (10.30am-12.00pm) New for 2017; Inverter & Module Technical Workshops & Peer Networking
    • Successful design starts at the design phase, not COD; ensure you understand how to facilitate involving the O&M or Asset Management perspectives at the front end to identify and address common plant design errors or simple yet expensive oversights
    • Assess key design considerations such as access to spare parts, plant layout and analyze with cost benefits the impact of design stage refinements on the cost of plant operations 2, 5, 7 years down the line or later
    • Work with operators, developers, EPCs and ISPs to identify new areas for O&M optimization at the design phase in an innovative new plant design networking workshop led by major utilities
    • Pioneering new technical workshops ensure you leave with the latest technological i9nsights, maintenance approaches and critical peer connections you need to succeed in major component O&M through 2017-18 and beyond
    • Network with peers and like-brand users of major module and inverter components to identify common challenges, shed light on critical solutions used locally or on the other side of the nation to expedite the regular maintenance, repair and event failure of key systems
    • Open to portfolio directors, plant managers, and field technicians on a first-come first-served basis
    11.00am-11.30am
    How should a renewables control center actually work?
    • Review the work that leading PV operators are undertaking to transform portfolio management through dedicated centralized resources
    • Examine critical case study evidence to show how efficient systems have allowed operators to react quickly to operational, market or unforeseen challenges and avoid expensive curtailments, power losses or energy security
    11.30am-12.00pm
    Long term risk management and insurance
    • Learn to more accurately quantify unforeseen generation losses due to plant downtime and examine the range of risk transfer opportunities available when self-performing
    • Leverage exclusive insurer perspectives to explore the critical do’s and don’ts of long term resource risk and its potential impact on your portfolio
    12.00pm-1.30pm
    Networking Lunch & Exhibition
    1.30pm-2.00pm
    O&M budget estimation & performance optimization
     
    • Participate in an exclusive owner’s workshop that identifies the key steps you must follow to improve your O&M budget estimation work well before plant build and COD
    • Evaluate critical owner operator perspectives showcasing margins of error and the steps you take to reduce budget errors long term
    • Understand how to apply the learnings of major owners to your business when operating plants and accounting for major unforeseen O&M costs that are more common/expensive than you currently believe
    2.00pm-2.30pm
    Ensuring sustainable business in solar beyond the ITC
     
    • Current PPA pricing, supported by ITCs is very attractive so learn how can you add a lot more capacity effectively
    • Discuss what are / will be the top 3 obstacles to creating a sustainable industry past the ITC; determine whether O&M levers enough to make this a reality
    • Evaluate whether the industry needs to substantially change our approach to O&M to create a sustainable industry past the ITC – if so where and if not, why not?

If you are interested in PV Operations & Maintenance USA 2017 please contact us:

Kerr Jeferies

Kerr Jeferies

Project Director PV USA
New Energy Update
Telephone: +44 (0)207 375 7565
Email: kerr@newenergyupdate.com

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Commercial Manager
New Energy Update
+1800 814 3459 x4358 (US)
+44 (0) 207 422 4358 (Global)
Email: tobias@newenergyupdate.com

2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsor

  • EDF Renewable Services

Bronze Sponsor

  • SOLV

Exhibitors

  • Alencon Systems LLC
  • Phoenix RS