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PAST Webinar /// Japan’s FIT retroactive measures and considerations for operating in a competitive landscape 

Feb 21, 2019 /// 17:00 JST /// 9:00 CET

Agenda:

  • Framing the scopeof the Feed-In-Tariff retroactive measures implemented by METI
  • Two sides of a coin: METI vs. industry vision on the expected outcome of the reform
  • Impact for project development, finance and construction
  • Operating at lower FIT: evolving strategies and major trends in a competitive market
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
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.
MARCO ALVES
CONSULTANT

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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PAST Webinar /// Digitalization as a key ingredient in a maturing market: how data is transforming Solar Asset Management and O&M

RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE

In this upcoming webinar dedicated to the transformation of the solar PV industry by the irreversible trend of digitalization, PowerHub and Dronegrid will explain its impact on Asset Management and O&M from the front line.

James Pagonis from PowerHub will give insights into the broader trend of digitalization and the fundamental importance of centralized information while Vishal Punamiya will zoom in into an specific form of digitalization: aerial data captured by drones that is being implemented by large enterprises to digitize their sites and successfully incorporating them into operational workflows and decision-making process.

Where will the industry head in the years to come ? Join us to discover!

James Pagonis /// Director - Powerhub
- The fundamental importance of centralizing information for efficient Asset Management
- Structuring and optimizing processes through software implementation
- International best practices from other markets

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.
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB

Vishal Punamiya /// CEO - Dronegrid
- The value-add of drones and aerial intelligence within the PV Industry
- Essential criterion to consider when choosing the right solution
- Practical case studies (Large Euro 80bn Enterprise, Small-Medium sized Euro 3bn Enterprise)

VISHAL PUNAMIYA /// CEO - DRONEGRID
Vishal Punamiya is the CEO of DroneGrid. He brings over 13 years of corporate experience of managing regional or global IT organizations in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA where he has deployed innovative and market disruptive solutions. He is passionate about connecting new technologies to mainstream applications that address real business needs. DroneGrid’s platform redefines how enterprises deploy drones, gather, analyze and manage aerial data across single or multiple sites. DroneGrid's platform is used by EPCs, O&Ms, Investors and Energy Producers in 18+ countries.
VISHAL PUNAMIYA
CEO /// DRONEGRID
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PAST  Webinar /// Insights into components & plant performance: identifying and mitigating common risks

Mar 8, 2018 /// 17:00 PM - 18:00 PM JST /// 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CET

During this webinar, meteocontrol's Yoshitaka Santoki will reflect on tools for data analytics; best practices regarding their effective implementation; risk mitigation strategies; and OPEX optimization adapted to the specific conditions of the Japanese solar PV market. 

Agenda:

  • Using the right tools for performance and degradation analysis

  • Best practices for assessing risks in a PV system

  • How to mitigate potential risks and maximize returns

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
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PAST Webinar /// Due diligence activities in a solar transaction in Japan

Tue, May 9, 2017 /// 17:00 PM - 18:00 PM JST (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

In cooperation with our gold sponsors KPMG and Solarig. During this webinar, KPMG's Eugene Roussin will reflect on the tax issues and tax impacts related to the acquisition of solar projects, while Solarig's David Vallejo will highlight the main technical considerations to assess the current performance of a solar asset.

EUGENE ROUSSIN /// PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP - KPMG TAX CORPORATION
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EUGENE ROUSSIN
PARTNER, TRANSACTION ADVISORY GROUP /// KPMG TAX CORPORATION

Eugene Roussin :

  • An overview of some common tax issues to be cautious of when looking to acquire project entities on the secondary market, especially as they relate to TK structures.

  • Understanding inside / outside basis differences arising from entity acquisitions and their tax impact

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

David Valejo :

  • Methods to discover technical underperformance of an asset

  • Opportunities to increase performance after acquisition

Past Webinar /// Solar Market Regulations and O&M developments in Japan

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 /// 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CET /// 18:00 PM - 19:00 PM JST (Recordings now available)

In cooperation with our content partner RTS Corporation and GSSG Solar, we hosted a complimentary webinar on Tuesday 21 February 2017, 10am CET / 18pm JST. During this webinar, RTS Corporation's Izumi Kaizuka highlighted the latest market regulation developments while GSSG Solar’s Martin Mesmer reflected on the current O&M trends in the Japanese solar market.

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.
IZUMI KAIZUKA
RESEARCH DIVISION MANAGER /// RTS CORP

Izumi Kaizuka:

  • Current status of the Japanese PV market

  • Overview of the revised Renewable Energy Law

  • Criteria for PV plant approval under new FIT program

  • FIT reduction and new tender system

  • RTS forecast on the PV installed capacity

MARTIN MESMER /// FOUNDER - M2PV
Martin is responsible for ensuring each project in GSSG Solar’s Japanese portfolio is designed and built to the highest quality and performance standards available. He evaluates the selection of each EPC partner and supplier while constantly optimizing the layout, structure, and electrical scheme of each design with an eye for long-term investment performance. In addition to standard design tools and optimization software, Martin relies heavily on the relationships and experiences he has built over his 20 years in the solar industry. He started his solar career analyzing the first HIT cells manufactured at Sanyo Solar in Hirakata-City, Japan. Later, he has 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. Prior to joining GSSG Solar, he oversaw the technical design, negotiation, and implementation of over 240 MW of PV plants in Japan for a leading IPP. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from FachHochschule Regensburg in Germany. He is fluent in German, Japanese, and his native English and conversational in a handful of other world languages.
MARTIN MESMER
FOUNDER /// M2PV

Martin Mesmer:

  • Operating in mountainous terrain – how to avoid or minimize grading costs

  • JIS 8955 standard reinforcement for mechanical racking

  • Potential value of drones for OPEX reductions

  • Portfolio aggregation – portfolio thinking versus asset thinking in Japan

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PAST Webinar /// Weather data & PV plant performance in Japan

Wed, May 11, 2016 /// 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CEST


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Worldwide weather data is an impact-full element in establishing project cash flows and to benchmark operational performance. Japanese lenders and developers have traditionally used NEDO as primary source for their weather data, most foreign developers and financiers however are more comfortable with other providers of data. This webinar dives into the factors that impact use of weather data, how projects can benefit from correct use of weather data, differences between Japan and other solar markets and the top 3 pitfalls in the use of a pyranometer, the principal part in an irradiation measurement system.

 

Dealing with weather data in Japanese PV project performance

  • How does correct use of weather data enable a more precise revenue forecast

  • Differences in application of irradiation data between Japan and other countries

  • Top 3 technical pitfalls in pyranometer data interpretation

PABLO CABEZA
JAPAN ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT /// VECTOR CUATRO
CLIVE LEE
CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST /// KIPP & ZONEN