DAY 2 – 07 March
08:30 – 09:00Welcome and Registrations
09:00 – 09:15Opening Speech
Walburga Hemetsberger , CEO, SolarPower Europe
09:15 – 10:10HIGH-LEVEL SOLAR INDUSTRY FORUM - IS EUROPE READY TO BECOME AN INDUSTRIAL LEADER?
By spring 2019, the European Parliament and Council will have finalized negotiations on the “Clean Energy Package”, the biggest set of European legislation on energy policy in the last 10 years. Has the Clean Energy package achieved this objective from the perspective of European policy makers and business leaders? And what are the next steps for Europe’s clean energy industrial strategy?
• Reflect on the main transformations put forward by the Clean Energy Package and its impact on Europe’s energy transition.
• Define the contours of Europe’s next big challenges on energy policy, in the frame of the next European mandate.

Moderator: Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe

Panel:
Fabrizio Bizzarri , Head of Solar Wind and Geothermal Innovation, Enel Green Power
Paula Abreu Marques , Head of Unit for Renewables and CCS policy, DG ENERGY European Commission
Christian Westermeier , Vice President Marketing, Sales & Application Engineering, Wacker Chemie AG
• Gunter Erfurt*, Chief Technology Officer, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd
10:10 - 10:15Room change
10:15 – 11:15 Breakout session 1: THE ENERGY WORLD THROUGH DIGITAL SOLAR & STORAGEBreakout session 2: BIPV – BUILDING SMARTER AND GREENER EUROPEAN CITIES Breakout session 3: WILL ECODESIGN MAKE OR BREAK THE SOLAR INDUSTRY?
New technological developments and regulatory changes in the electricity market design open up vast opportunities for the European solar industry. Innovative business models are emerging thanks to the employment of digital and storage technologies, which make a perfect match with the features of solar power. During this session we will look at state-of-the-art examples across Europe of PV plants employing digital and storage technology, as well as explore and discuss the impact of the new Market Design regulation on innovative business cases for small and large PV applications.

Moderator: Sonia Dunlop , Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Input Presentation:
"When Solar goes Digital"
Sonia Dunlop , Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Panel:
Felix Dembski , Vice President Strategy, Sonnen
Frédéric Artigou , Photovoltaic lead in the expertise center of the BU France renewable, ENGIE
Natalie Samovich , Head of Research and Innovation, AIOTI
• Francesco Gattiglio, EU Affairs Manager, EUROBAT
Steve Blume , President, Smart Energy Council
The EU has agreed on new rules for the Energy Performance of Buildings, meaning that Member States must act to prepare the path towards a low and zero-emission building stock in the EU by 2050. BIPV solutions are therefore a natural ally to accelerate this transformation and respond to the needs and constraints faced by smarter and greener cities.

SolarPower Europe and ETIP PV’s study on BIPV and Smart Cities offers a comprehensive vision of how cities, mayors, city planners, architects, the construction sector and financing sector must interact to make it possible for BIPV to take over our cities.

Moderator: Rutger Schlatmann, Director at PVcomB/HZB and Professor at HTW Berlin

Panel:
Francisco Gonçalves , Project Manager, Energy Cities
Gabriel Delmer , Project Finance, Akuo Energy
Layla Sawyer , Business Analyst, SmartEn
Astrid Schneider , Expert on BIPV and Solar Architecture, Berlin / Vienna
The European Commission and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are in the process of examining the possibility of applying measures such as ecodesign and ecolabel to solar panels, inverters and systems. Products covered by ecodesign can only be commercialized in the EU if they fulfil certain minimum environmental efficiency requirements. This session will be an opportunity to get an update about the initiative from the European Commission’s representative.

Moderator: Andreas Wade , Global Sustainability Director First Solar

Input presentation:
"Update on the preparatory study on the feasibility of applying EU sustainable product policy instruments to solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems"
Davide Polverini , Policy Officer, European Commission

Panel:
Davide Polverini , Policy Officer, European Commission
Wolfgang Storm, Senior Marketing Manager, Wacker Chemie
Françoise Burgun , Programme Manager, CEA
Pierre-Emmanuel Hickel , PV Industrialization Manager, Total
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:45
Breakout session 1: SOLAR MOBILITY - SOLAR IN THE DRIVER’S SEATBreakout session 2: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF LARGE-SCALE SOLAR IN EUROPEBreakout session 3: LATEST TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS IN SOLAR O&M
Transport is acknowledging a deep transformation, pushed by the necessity to decarbonise the sector and to reduce air and noise pollution in cities: 4 million electric vehicles are on the road worldwide since August 2018. This electrification of transport presents massive opportunities for solar: solar can be integrated into vehicles or to carports, used as a fuel via power-purchase-agreements or offered as an integrated offer with electric vehicle charging points. These innovative solutions will require bridging the transport and energy sector, both at business level and at policy level. This session will explore the opportunities and the challenges of solar-powered mobility.

Moderator: Naomi Chevillard , Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Panel:
Arina Anisie , Transport Analyst, IRENA
• Jennat El Guennouni, Business Manager EV & New Business Energy, Groupe Renault
Christelle Verstraeten, Senior Director European Policy, Chargepoint
In December 2018 SolarPower Europe launched its “Grid Intelligent Solar” report, which shows that utility scale solar is not only the lowest cost power source in many regions, but also a reliable partner that helps to keep the grid stable and supports Europe’s security of supply.

Moderator: Leah Charpentier , Head of European Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations, First Solar

Input presentation:
"Presentation of SolarPower Europe’s 2018 report on Grid Intelligent Solar"
Leah Charpentier , Head of European Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations, First Solar

Panel:
Jochen Hauff, Head of Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, BayWa r.e.
Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe
Eric Quiring , Public Affairs Specialist, SMA Solar Technology AG
• Marc Groves-Raines*, Head of Renewables, Allianz Capital Partners
Innovations in O&M services are anticipated to reduce the levelised cost of electricity by 0.8% to 1.4% between 2015 and 2030. The savings are dominated by improvements in OPEX and power plant availability and hence by net Annual energy Production. In this session, we will discuss what are the latest trends and most innovative solutions in the field of solar Operations & Maintenance, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive algorithms, IoT, drones, cleaning robots or anti-soiling and anti-reflective coatings and how O&M contractors are increasingly relying on them to improve performance and to keep up with market requirements.

Moderator: Paolo Vincenzo Chiantore, Managing Director, BayWa r.e. Operation Services s.r.l.

Input presentation:
• "Retrofit Coatings"
Paolo Tusa , Commercial Manager, DSM Advanced Solar
• "Smart PV power plant monitoring and data-driven O&M"
Santiago Estrada, International Business Developer, SynaptiQ – 3E
• "Advanced aerial thermography with drones"
Viola Hoffmann , Managing Director, Ucair
• “O&M for PV power plants with batteries”
Marie Bartle , Sales Engineer, Qos Energy
• “PV quality and economy”
Ulrike Jahn, Project Manager, R&D Projects - TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH


Panel:
Paolo Tusa , Commercial Manager, DSM Advanced Solar
Ulrike Jahn, Project Manager, R&D Projects - TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH
Marie Bartle , Sales Engineer, Qos Energy
Santiago Estrada, International Business Developer, SynaptiQ – 3E
Viola Hoffmann , Managing Director, Ucair
12:45 – 14:15Networking Lunch
14:15 – 15:45Breakout session 1: EMERGING MARKETS - FINANCING SOLAR PROJECTS IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES Breakout session 2: HOW CAN CORPORATE SOURCING DRIVE NEW SOLAR PV?
Many African countries are faced by fast-growing energy demand and energy poverty, coupled with difficult access to financing, which are major barriers to development. To address this chal-lenge, European Union has deployed various initiatives to promote investment in renewable ener-gy in general and solar specifically. In this session, SolarPower Europe, supported by GET.invest and the Electrification Finance Initiative (ElectriFi), will present support schemes and financing possibilities for solar projects in Africa. This session will introduce ElectriFI’s to present its upcoming country windows for Zambia, Nigeria and more, and to learn more about financing and bankability challenges facing solar energy projects in emerging markets.

Moderator: Stefano Mantellassi , Vice-President Energy Solutions / Chair of the SolarPower Europe Emerging Markets Taskforce, ENI SpA

Background presentation:
"Doing business in emerging markets"
Stefano Mantellassi , Vice-President Energy Solutions / Chair of the SolarPower Europe Emerging Markets Taskforce, ENI SpA

Keynote Speech: Opening Presentation, Felice Zaccheo*, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Input presentation:
• "Financing and bankability challenges facing solar energy projects in emerging markets"
Damien Ricordeau , CEO, Finergreen
• “The EU Electrification Financing Initiative’s (ElectriFI) newest country windows for Zambia, Mozambique and more”
ElectriFI


Panel:
Damien Ricordeau , CEO, Finergreen
• ElectriFI representative (tbc)
• Ana Rozvar*, International Relations & Communications Manager, RES4ME
• Felice Zaccheo*, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Corporate PPAs and corporate sourcing are one of the big mega trends in the European renewables market over the next five years. This is a phenomenon that started in the United States and is now coming to Europe. But how can we ensure that we maximise the benefits for solar and other renewables?

• How can we ensure additionality and ensure that demand for more renewable electricity entails more demand for renewable installations
• What are the main barriers to increased renewable energy sourcing? How can these be removed in the fastest and most cost effective way?
• What are the specific regulatory and policy issues that need to be addressed? How can the REDII and Market Design implementation at Member State level address these issues?
• Where are the hot markets in Europe over the coming years for corporate solar sourcing?
• What about the landlord / tenant issue? How can we increase the number of rented apartments and commercial lets with solar roofs?


Session supported by RE-Source Platform.

Moderator and short intro: Bruce Douglas , Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe

Panel:
Mariana Heinrich , Manager Climate & Energy, WBCSD
Karol Gobczyński , Climate & Energy Manager, Ingka Group
Sam Kimmins , Head, RE100
Zosia Riesner , Head of Corporate PPA, Lightsource BP
Loukia Kotsimpou , Head, Asset Management, Athens International Airport S.A.

15:45 - 17:00Closing Speech and Networking drinks

Closing Speech: Walburga Hemetsberger , CEO, SolarPower Europe
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