The event focused on key issues that are pressing the industry, while providing in-depth insights into technical and financial aspects of the operational life of solar PV plants and portfolios. Solar Asset Management Asia caters a platform for delegates to engage in excellent networking and matchmaking opportunities to couple the right projects with the right business partner.
|KAZUHISA YURITA /// CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER - ORIX RENEWABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT CORPORATION|
|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.|
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER /// ORIX RENEWABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
|MASAYUKI SAKAI /// CEO & FOUNDER - CO2O|
|Masayuki Sakai is the CEO and Founder of CO2O. He graduated from Waseda University and earned his MBA’s master degree in Globis management school.
He started the successful business of video picture’s industry in Mitsubishi Corporation’s subsidiary, and established Value Plus Inc. in 2006.
By facing the energy problems in developing Asian countries as a serial entrepreneur, Masayuki Sakai decided to get involved with renewable energy to solve the CO2 problem and he launched CO2O. CO2O is the market leader of O&M in Japan. Their due diligence track record of Solar power plants reached over 366MW.
CEO & FOUNDER /// CO2O
|MARTIN MESMER /// FOUNDER - ReTC.io|
|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.
FOUNDER /// ReTC.io
|KATSUHITO MANABE /// CEO & PRESIDENT - RENEWABLE JAPAN|
|Mr. Katsuhito is the President of Renewable Japan Co., Ltd. Before Renewable Japan, he served as general manager of structured finance department of Lehman Brothers Japan Corporation since 1999, management director since 2000 and also its general manager of financial institution department since 2002. He served as Sales Officer of Barclays since 2005. He served as President of ZAIS Japan since 2008.
Mr Katsuhito established and became CEO of Renewable Japan in 2012, in order to work on Japan's renewable energy business in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2017, Japan Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment Corporation, whose wholly owned subsidiary manages its assets, is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
CEO & PRESIDENT - RENEWABLE JAPAN
|MASAAKI MEZAKI /// CEO & PRESIDENT - GPSS HOLDINGS|
|Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Keio University. Master of Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, and was an interest rate derivative trader for Merrill Lynch working in Tokyo, New York and London. After leaving Merrill Lynch, travelled to more than 100 countries around the world for nearly 10 years. In 2012, set up Japan Megasolar Inc. to achieve grid parity with photovoltaic power generation. Looking to the development of renewable energy business, changed the company name to GPSS Holdings Inc. in April 2017. Also conducts educational activities for dissemination of renewable energy information through various media.
Books: “Happy Developing Country Nippon” (Aspect) etc. Radio: FM Yokohama (84.7 MHz) “Baile Yokohama” Every Sunday from 21: 30
Radio Japan (1442 kHz) “Mezaki Masaaki’s Happy Wedge” Every Friday from 25: 30
rfc Radio Fukushima (90.8 MHz) Every Tuesday from 9: 15
CEO & PRESIDENT - GPSS HOLDINGS
|YASUYO YAMAZAKI /// PRESIDENT & CEO - KUNI UMI ASSET MANAGEMENT|
|President of enterprise and consulting firm of Kuni Umi Group and NPO.
Direct infrastructure whose main business is renewable energy development Research of finance, global economic issues and integrated policies for sustainable societies Advocate and realize Sun-Based Economy
PRESIDENT & CEO /// KUNI UMI ASSET MANAGEMENT
|KAM MOFID /// GM & HEAD OF ENVISION'S GLOBAL SOLAR CENTER OF EXCELLENCE - ENVISION|
|Kam Mofid is General Manager and Head of Envision’s Global Solar Center of Excellence which is based in Redwood City, California. In this position, Kam is responsible for leading research and development in advanced analytics for improving performance and reducing risk in solar asset management including leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning in certain complex data-intensive applications. Kam is also responsible to support global solar solution deployments and leads consulting projects to help solar owners and operators globally address difficult challenges and requirements.
Envision is one of the world’s leading solar and wind asset management software solutions providers with over 100 GW of software deployments globally. Kam has been a senior executive in solar since 2010, with positions including President of REC Solar and CEO of RGS Energy. Prior to 2010, Kam held a variety of executive positions in large automotive and aerospace firms. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology’s school of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
GM & HEAD OF ENVISION'S GLOBAL SOLAR CENTER OF EXCELLENCE /// ENVISION
|JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB|
|A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub. James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.|
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
|VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - SITEMARK|
|Vishal Punamiya is CEO of Sitemark. He oversees the overall commercial and product strategy for Sitemark’s Aerial Data Platform. Sitemark enables enterprises to deploy drones and aerial data at scale while enabling their digital transformation strategy.
Sitemark is used today to monitor +1400 PV sites across +30 countries by asset owners, operators and EPCs during pre-construction, engineering and construction phase, COD, EPC-O&M handover, annual inspections, purchase or sale among other stages in the life of a PV asset.
Prior to Sitemark he spent over 13 years as a corporate executive building and deploying innovative technology solutions for and within Fortune 100 companies such as Deutsche Post DHL, Panalpina among others. Previously he was CIO at Panalpina, a global Swiss logistics player active in 60+ countries with an annual revenue of Eur+8 bn.
CEO /// SITEMARK
|Session 1 /// Opening session||
• Retroactive revision of the FIT scheme: impact of the amendments on developers, investors and lenders
|Session 2A /// Lifecycle quality assurance||
• Quality Arena
|Session 2B /// O&M strategies||
• The other side of the coin: considerations for vertical integration
|Session 3A /// O&M Labor Market||
• Mechanism of snow impacts and microclimate characterisation
• Fallen from heaven: managing & mitigating the impact of snow
|Session 3B /// Secondary Market||
• Retrofitting & repowering of acquired solar assets
• How digital solutions and technologies are enabling improved financial and operational performance in a squeezing FIT market
• Decentralized solar generation: consolidating growth of distributed assets
|Session 6A /// Data Management||
• AI-powered performance optimization
|Session 6B /// Risk management and Refinancing||
• PV (re)financing strategies
• Innovation Lab: a look into future business opportunities
• A new dawn for Japan: long term strategies for growth
• The land of the rising sun: outlook for solar in Japan
The international 2-day event involved 300+ high-level decision makers from around the world.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology continues to make strides in enabling a wealth of opportunities for growth and optimization within the energy sector. AI is already driving efficiency and improving data analytics, among others in many industries. In order to understand how AI-assisted solutions can benefit solar, we need to identify the key challenges facing the industry and AI’s role in solving them
|HARUKI YAMAYA /// SENIOR ANALYST, PV BUSINESS CONSULTING - RTS CORPORATION|
|As a senior analyst, he is responsible for RTS monthly report "Front line of PV power generation business in Japan" (Japanese report) and analyzes the status of the FIT program, trends of grid restrictions/ output curtailment across Japan as well as business trends of power producer and supplier (PPS). Mr. Haruki also provides support to PV module companies in obtaining the JET Certification.
In his role, he has provided consultancy for different institutions and organizations, amongst them METI, Utilities, Japanese and International developers, EPCs, etc.
SENIOR ANALYST, PV BUSINESS CONSULTING /// RTS CORPORATION
|MARCO ALVES /// CONSULTANT|
|Marco has eighteen years of international experience in the management of assets, and operation and maintenance 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, integrating its full-service team for industrial assets.
Following this, Marco worked at Transdev-Veolia, focused on business and asset management for Light Rail networks in Europe.
In 2010 he became founder and global Head of Martifer Solar´s O&M and Service Business, driving the strategic direction while leading a team of more than 100 employees, where he became Executive Committee Member as the representative of O&M and, accumulated with the responsibility of leading the EPC global business in 2015, until leaving the company in 2017. Martifer Solar operated in more than 20 countries as a global reputed Developer, EPC turnkey provider and one of the most relevant O&M Global Service providers for Solar assets.
In 2018 he co-founded and integrated as General Manger the company MTX Solar - a provider of innovative solutions and services for the players of the solar industry, with own competences for the whole chain of value of Solar, present in two continents.
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.
Last November, the news regarding Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) proposal on reducing the feed-in tariff for large-scale PV projects spread like wildfire across the industry. The cut would affect projects approved between 2012 and 2014, which are entitled to ¥40, ¥36 and ¥32/kWh rates. Although later in December the completion deadlines were alleviated, there are still uncertainties swirling around the measures’ implementation, and many investors and operators are threatening lawsuits against the government. Haruki Yamaya, Senior Analyst at RTS will shine light on the framework of the retroactive cuts, while reflecting on the implications for different industry players (developers, EPCs, operators and debt providers) and how these changes can affect the future trajectory of solar in Japan.
Not only these reforms might see some of the affected projects starting operations at lower feed-in tariffs, but in reality the Japanese PV market has been slowly transitioning towards lower rates, as a result of the annual revision of the FIT-scheme and the recently introduced PV tenders (for projects above 2 MW). These dynamics are certainly forcing operators to reshape Asset Management and O&M strategies in an increasingly competitive market. Marco Alves, an independent consultant for major stakeholders active in Japan, will provide an in-depth analysis on key aspects and major trends resulting from operations at lower feed-in tariffs.
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