PROGRAM /// DAY 2
31 May 2019
 

Please note that various elements of the program will be in English and/or Japanese. Look out for these icons in the program. There will be simultaneous translation available for every session.

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09:00 Welcome words by chairman

MARCEL LANGONE /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Marcel Langone is Project Manager in Solar Asset Management team at Solarplaza, with a particular focus on Latin American and Japanese PV markets. As a sustainable energy professional, he has experience in building physics and renewable energy systems. Marcel holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lisbon, having completed part of his studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands.
MARCEL LANGONE
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
Session 5
09:15 Curtailment in Japan: a growing reality?

  • • How have lenders and investors forecasted curtailment risk?
  • • Assessing the financial impacts of curtailment in the Kyushu area
  • • Technology constraints and solutions
  • • Interconnection between regional utilities as a mitigator
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
Website: http://www.mezaki.info
MODERATOR
MASAAKI MEZAKI
CEO & PRESIDENT - GPSS HOLDINGS
RAKESH SIVASANKARAN /// JAPAN OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE MANAGER - SAFERAY
Rakesh, a power professional with decade long experience in energy sector. In the past, he has been working on the Thermal power sector contributing to mega power projects across the globe. He has been associated in the past with industry majors such as General Electric, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Toshiba. He has 2 patents in the thermal power sector.

It is his strong belief that energy should be harnessed in an environmentally inclusive manner which prompted him to move towards renewable energy sector. In the current role, he is serving as the Japan Operations and Maintenance manager for Saferay. Saferay is set to operate close to 200MW by 2020 and is focussed in contributing its share to the changing energy paradigm.
RAKESH SIVASANKARAN
JAPAN OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE MANAGER /// SAFERAY
YUICHIRO KAWABE /// GENERAL MANAGER PROJECT FINANCE DIVISION - SHINSEI BANK
Mr. Kawabe set up a department specializing in finance to renewable energy in 2012 and have arranged project finance for more than 50 renewable energy projects, so far. Currently, joint general manager of Project Finance Department in Shinsei Bank.
YUICHIRO KAWABE
GENERAL MANAGER PROJECT FINANCE DIVISION /// SHINSEI BANK
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.
HARUKI YAMAYA
SENIOR ANALYST, PV BUSINESS CONSULTING /// RTS CORPORATION
10:15 Decentralized solar generation: consolidating growth of distributed assets
  • • Opportunities and business models in residential and C&I segments
  • • DG aggregators, upside of coupling battery storage and a new paradigm for asset management
  • • The role of utilities in a decentralized landscape
MARTIN TENGLER /// JAPAN ANALYST - BLOOMBERG NEF
Martin is a Japan analyst based in Bloomberg NEF’s Tokyo office. He specializes in power market design, utility strategies and distributed energy. He holds an MA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University. Martin is a co-founder of BioCarbon Engineering, a company that offers industrial-scale ecosystem restoration services using unmanned aerial vehicles and other cutting-edge technology.
MARTIN TENGLER
JAPAN ANALYST - BLOOMBERG NEF
10:45 - 11:30 AM BREAK

Session 6A | Data Management

11:30 Data analytics: transforming data into useful information
  • • Connectivity of data sources: making sense out of your toolbox
  • • How can monitoring move from a passive to an active role
  • • Challenges evaluating the quality and accuracy of data
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.
MODERATOR
MARTIN MESMER
FOUNDER /// ReTC.io
YOSHITAKA SANTOKI /// REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR - METEOCONTROL JAPAN CORPORATION
Yoshitaka Santoki is Representative Director at meteocontrol Japan Corporation. He graduated in Law from Surugadai University in 1994. Before joining meteocontrol in early 2017, Mr. Yoshitaka has held manager positions at TOMEN DEVICE CORPORATION and Infineon Technologies AG and C-level positions at Suntech Power Japan Corporation.
YOSHITAKA SANTOKI
REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL JAPAN CORPORATION
ISO FUKUOKA /// SMART PV PLANT SALES & SERVICE DEPT - HUAWEI
A short description will follow soon...
ISO FUKUOKA
SMART PV PLANT SALES & SERVICE DEPT /// HUAWEI
PEDRO BERRAONDO /// COUNTRY MANAGER JAPAN - SOLARIG
Spaniard, academic background in law and economics. Fluent in English, French and Japanese. Extensive professional experience in the consulting, commercial, project management and corporate management, in different projects in Spain, France, UK, China and Japan both in government related companies and global corporations.

Director of “Fundacion Madrid Global” (Madrid City Office) managed all operations and construction of the Madrid Pavillion in Expo 2010 Shanghai, China, and acted as representative director during the Event.

Designed and implemented the Japan Direct Investment Project for Madrid City Office (Spain) , Madrid Global Foundation, aiming to increase Japanese corporations direct investments in Madrid region.

Resident in Japan from 1991 to 1995 and now permanently since 2012, worked in top Japanese automotive manufacturer in new models development and project management before joining the renewables sector in the photovoltaic area, undertaking the management of Solarig Japan in 2017 having completed to date 16,5 Mw of PV plants full EPC, from initial design to construction phase an commercial operation, providing operation and maintenance services for over 200Mw in 30 plants across Japan and leading a team of 40 professionals. Leading EPC and O&M Services in Japan for the coming years in a comprehensive proposal for local and foreign investors.
PEDRO BERRAONDO
COUNTRY MANAGER JAPAN /// SOLARIG
12:30 AI-powered performance optimization

  • • 101 of AI: How to derive its benefits from data pools
  • • AI use cases for increased ROI of solar assets: from prescriptive diagnostic optimization to yield enhancement opportunities
HAGGAI HOFLAND /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - RAYCATCH
Haggai is the CEO and Co-Founder of Raycatch, an AI for Solar Energy solution that helps Solar asset owners/operators make the data work for them. Raycatch enables data driven decisions.

Haggai Holds a B.A. in Economics and Management, with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Management from the Academit Tel Aviv Yaffo. He has been working in the Solar industry since 2010 mostly by trying to find ways where technology could boost the solar market adoption/efficiency.
HAGGAI HOFLAND
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// RAYCATCH

Session 6B | Risk management and Refinancing

11:30 Key elements to de-risking PV assets

  • • Risk management: what it entails and why it matters to investors, sponsors and asset managers
  • • Which insurance coverages are increasingly finding diffusion in the Japanese market?
  • • To what extent can irradiation be perceived as risk? Assessing the impact of climate change on performance and insurances
MARCEL LANGONE /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Marcel Langone is Project Manager in Solar Asset Management team at Solarplaza, with a particular focus on Latin American and Japanese PV markets. As a sustainable energy professional, he has experience in building physics and renewable energy systems. Marcel holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lisbon, having completed part of his studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands.
MODERATOR
MARCEL LANGONE
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
JAMES BOSTON /// ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
James joined Pacifico Energy as an asset manager in 2018. Prior to joining the renewable energy industry, James worked in the asset management department at Tokyo Star Bank for 13 years.
JAMES BOSTON
ASSET MANAGER - PACIFICO ENERGY
TAMENOBU GOJO /// HEAD PROJECT FINANCE - SMTB
A short bio will follow soon...
TAMENOBU GOJO
HEAD PROJECT FINANCE /// SMTB
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI /// VP RENEWABLE ENERGY - ARIEL RE (ARGO GROUP)
In 2009, Jan launched the first long term performance guarantee insurance product for the solar industry and since was leading the market in providing bespoke performance guarantee and synthetic PPA solutions to the Clean Energy sectors, primarily focusing on solar, battery storage, fuel cells, biomass and waste to energy and syngas risks.
Jan is heading the global Clean Energy practice at Ariel Re, a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate which a year ago merged with Argo Group (NYSE: AGII). Jan’s primary focus is on the Japanese and Chinese markets, he is based in Hong Kong since 2010 where he was previously heading Munich Re’s Asian Renewable Energy team until 2015.

Jan is a trained theoretical physicist and holds a MBA in Insurance and Risk Management.
JAN NAPIORKOWSKI
VP RENEWABLE ENERGY /// ARIEL RE (ARGO GROUP)
12:15 PV (re)financing strategies

  • • Experiences with refinancing acquired PV assets
  • • The rise of green bonds in refinancing
  • • The attractive of green bonds as an alternative to bank debt
TAKASHI MATSUMOTO /// PARTNER TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG
Takashi Matsumoto is Partner of the Transaction Advisory Group at KPMG Tax Corporation Japan. Following introduction of the FIT regime in 2012, Takashi was one of the first tax professionals to advise on the solar industry. Takashi has been providing tax advisory services with particular focus on M&A / reorganizations related to various sectors, advising clients on tax structures. He has also specialized in the provision of post-transaction bookkeeping, entity administration and tax compliance for entities involved in the tax structuring and M&A transactions. Takashi previously worked for Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. before he joined KPMG in 2001.
MODERATOR
TAKASHI MATSUMOTO
PARTNER TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG
TORU INOUE /// HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE - GOLDMAN SACHS
Toru Inoue is head of Infrastructure and Structured Finance within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Japan, where he is responsible for both securitization and infrastructure financing. He arranged Japan’s first revenue bond (Ibaraki Prefecture Econ Frontier Revenue Trust) in 2011 and the first rated bond financing for mega solar power plants (JRE Mega Solar Project Bond Trust) in 2013. Toru joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 from Nikko Salmon Smith Barney, where he was the head of securitization. Prior to Nikko Salomon, he has held roles in real estate securitization, consulting and planning at Citibank, Arthur Andersen and Nomura Real Estate. Toru earned a Bachelor of Law from Keio University in 1989.
TORU INOUE
HEAD STRUCTURED FINANCE /// GOLDMAN SACHS
TORU WAKAMATSU /// DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY DEPARTMENT - TOKYO CENTURY COORPORATION
Mr Wakamatsu is 1st Director of Environment Energy Department at Tokyo Century Corporation.Tokyo Century is actively developing its renewable energy business to contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society. Participated in power generation projects of various power sources such as wind power, biomass and water power, mainly in the solar power generation business. Tokyo Century has multifaceted businesses such as (1) investment, (2) project finance, (3) lease finance, and have the structure and approach results of the optimal structure according to customer needs. Until now, Tokyo Century helped to develop 90 solar projects (426MW in total) in Japan.
TORU WAKAMATSU
DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// TOKYO CENTURY COORPORATION
13:00 - 14:15 LUNCH BREAK
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Session 7
14:15 Innovation Lab: a look into future business opportunities
Pitching sessions focused on emerging technologies and service models. Where do opportunities lie for the continuous growth of solar and the consolidation of the sustainable energy transition?


DAVID VALLEJO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR APAC - SOLARIG
I graduated from IE Business School and Executive MBA (Dean list, top 10% performance). On a professional level, I have 5 years of experience in the International Certification of Food Companies and 12 years of experience in the photovoltaic sector.

Within Solarig, I have led operations and teams in Italy, South Africa and Japan prior to directing the activities of the company within the APAC region.. The more than 70 MW developed and built projects in Italy during 2008-2010, as well as the ability to integrate development, EPC and O&M in Japan are some of my most relevant achievements. Former Solarig Japan Country Manager (2012-2017). My entrepreneurial spirit always leads me to search for new projects and concerns. I personally advise several start-ups
MODERATOR
DAVID VALLEJO
MANAGING DIRECTOR APAC /// SOLARIG
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE /// RENEWABLES PROGRAMME LEADER - MOTT MACDONALD
Phil Napier-Moore,
Renewables Programme Leader, Asia Pacific, Mott MacDonald Ltd

Phil Napier-Moore leads Mott MacDonald’s technical advisory work for solar and wind power in the Asia Pacific region. Supporting plant investors and lenders from the sector’s infancy in 2008, he has overseen technical inputs to more than 9000 MW of projects in Asia, including 250 plants now in operation.

He has directed and managed projects for 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.
Floating Solar
PHIL NAPIER-MOORE
RENEWABLES PROGRAMME LEADER /// MOTT MACDONALD
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.
Microgrids
MARTIN MESMER
FOUNDER /// ReTC.io
SOICHIRO NAKAMURA /// PRESIDENT & CEO - LOOOP
A Short bio will follow soon...
Rooftop Solar + Storage
SOICHIRO NAKAMURA
PRESIDENT & CEO - LOOOP

15:00 - 15:45 PM BREAK
Session 8
15:45 A new dawn for Japan: long term strategies for growth

  • • Why is Japan still an attractive solar market?
  • • Global trends for solar deployment - how are these driving the future of Japan and what does it mean to asset managers?
  • • End to end value creation: achievable efficiencies in the lifecycle of solar assets
JEFF ROY /// GENERAL MANAGER - CANADIAN SOLAR
Mr. Roy joined Canadian Solar in 2010 in Canada where he led the permitting and construction of Canadian Solar’s multibillion-dollar portfolio of utility-scale solar projects that consisted of 34 sites with over 700MW in total capacity under power purchase agreements with the Ontario Power Authority.

He currently leads Canadian Solar’s Energy Business in Japan, which has seen over 220MW of projects connected and currently has over 70MW of projects under construction and a late stage development pipeline of 200MW.

Jeff played an instrument role in the launch of Canadian Solar Infrastructure fund, the largest listed infrastructure in Japan with 23B JPY. This platform is managed by Canadian Solar’s asset management team in Japan, which currently overseas 100B JPY worth of assets.

Canadian Solar’s asset management business has grown to over 400M JPY per year in annual revenue since Mr. Roy launched the business in 2016 and will see significant growth over the next few years.
JEFF ROY
GENERAL MANAGER /// CANADIAN SOLAR
16:15 The land of the rising sun: outlook for solar in Japan

  • • Latent opportunities for solar: dissecting corporate PPAs and the after-FIT era
  • • Key ingredients for a PV-dominated energy landscape in Japan
  • • Unlocking the full potential of solar: the role of Asset Management going forward
MARTIN TENGLER /// JAPAN ANALYST - BLOOMBERG NEF
Martin is a Japan analyst based in Bloomberg NEF’s Tokyo office. He specializes in power market design, utility strategies and distributed energy. He holds an MA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University. Martin is a co-founder of BioCarbon Engineering, a company that offers industrial-scale ecosystem restoration services using unmanned aerial vehicles and other cutting-edge technology.
MODERATOR
MARTIN TENGLER
JAPAN ANALYST /// BLOOMBERG NEF
MAMORU TAKAHASHI /// PRESIDENT & CEO - TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
Mr.Takahashi is President & CEO of Takara Asset Management since February 2018. He has been working as a real estate appraiser since 1996. In 2002, he joined Shinsei Bank as a silent partner overseeing the investment business. Mr. Takahashi joined Takara Leben in 2014 and was later transferred to Takara Asset Management with a task to introduce Takara Leben’s Solar facilities in the infrastructure fund market. Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund, Inc. is the first company that has been listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, on June 2 2016. He is a Real Estat Transaction Specialist at JAREA (Japan Association of Real Estate Appraisars), where he is also a committee member.
MAMORU TAKAHASHI
PRESIDENT & CEO /// TAKARA ASSET MANAGEMENT
NAOAKI EGUCHI /// BANKING & FINANCE PRACTICE GROUP HEAD - BAKER & MCKENZIE
Naoaki Eguchi is head of the Firm’s Banking & Finance Practice Group in Tokyo, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking & Finance Group steering committee. He has been recognized for his work on Goldman Sachs’ TOB of Universal Studios Japan, which was named the Debt Market Deal of the Year at the 2010 ALB Law Awards. Mr. Eguchi has written articles for numerous publications, including “Japanese PFI/PPP entering a new stage” for Euromoney, and organized and participated in various seminars, including the Nikkei Seminar in 2010.
NAOAKI EGUCHI
BANKING & FINANCE PRACTICE GROUP HEAD /// BAKER & MCKENZIE
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.
MASAYUKI SAKAI
CEO & FOUNDER /// CO2O
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
YASUYO YAMAZAKI
PRESIDENT & CEO /// KUNI UMI ASSET MANAGEMENT
17:00 NETWORKING DRINKS
18:00 END OF CONFERENCE
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
31 May 2019