15 MARCH - CONFERENCE DAY 2
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09:00-09:30REGISTRATION
PLENARY SESSIONS
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Speech
Speaker: Christian Westermeier, President, SolarPower Europe
09:30 - 09:45Keynote speech
Speaker: Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission
09:45 - 10:30EU global leader in renewable energies?
The European Union has made a clear commitment to have global leadership in renewables. As institutional negotiations on the Clean Energy Package reach a crucial point, the session discusses the progress made and lays down the market and technological trends that will pave the way forward.

Moderator:Darius Snieckus, Editor in Chief, Recharge

Panel:
James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe
Benjamin Pahl, Global Product Manager Photovoltaics, Weidmüller Deutschland
Imke LÜbbeke, Head of Climate and Energy Unit, WWF European Policy Officer
Marion Labatut, Director Policy Issues, Eurelectric (invited)
Manuel Szapiro, Cabinet of Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission (invited)
10:30-11:15Breakout session 1: European market opportunities 2018 and beyond
This panel will discuss the reasons for the solar upswing in Europe’s most promising markets – and what’s needed in other European countries to profit from low-cost solar as well.

Moderator: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Input presentation: Josefin Berg, Senior Analyst, Solar Demand, IHS Markit

Panel:
Jose Donoso, General Secretary, UNEP
Jaap Barmsma, President, Holland Solar
Josefin Berg, Senior Analyst, Solar Demand, IHS Markit
Faruk Telemcioğlu, General Secretary, Gunder
David Krehan, Policy Advisor, BSW - Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V.
Alexandre Roesch, Secretary General, SER
Breakout session 2: Market opportunities in developing and emerging countries 2018 and beyond

This session will look at how successful the implementation of renewable energy strategies has been in terms of deployment of solar power and the creation of solar-friendly regulatory frameworks in emerging and developing countries.

Moderator:Ian Clover, Managing Editor, PV Magazine

Input presentation: “How does the European Commission support the development of solar in emerging countries”
DG DEVCO

Panel:
Koen Peters, CEO, GOGLA
Michael Tarney, CEO, CEC Africa Investments Limited
Geert Palmers, Director, Co-founder, 3E
Pauline Desfontaines, Senior Business Manager (Africa), EREN (invited)


Supported by: Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
11:15 - 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:45Room ARoom BRoom CRoom D
Breakout session 1: Asset management and O&M

Consistency of service quality remains the biggest issue in solar O&M markets. In this session, SolarPower Europe will launch a new O&M Best Practices label, and unveil plans to present the O&M Best Practices Guidelines to the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) as a draft standard

Moderator: Paolo Vicenzo Chiantore, Chair of the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Operation Services s.r.l.

Input presentation: “Introducing SolarPower Europe’s new O&M Best Practices label”
Paolo Vicenzo Chiantore, Chair of the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Operation Services s.r.l.

Input presentation: “From SolarPower Europe’s O&M Best Practices Guidelines to a CENELEC standard”
Bengt Jaeckel, Principal Engineer Renewable Energy, UL Germany (invited)
Breakout session 2: Storage and digitalisation

Solar & storage is one of the most prominent topics on the agendas of the energy industry. This session will discuss the different challenges ahead for solar & storage, as well as new business models, technologies and the impact of digitalisation.

Moderator: Alicia Carrasco, Policy and Market Specialist, olivoENERGY

Input presentation: Jens Martin, Head of Technology Policy and Project Lead New Build Germany B2C Solutions, E.ON

Panel:
Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy, European Commission
Felix Dembski, Vice president of strategy, Sonnen
Paul Raats, Project Manager, DNV GL
Alain Chardon, Energy Transition Director, Capgemini Consulting
Breakout session 3: Ecodesign and ecolabel

This session will offer insights into the first findings of the preparatory study assessing the feasibility of applying sustainable product policies to PV, carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It will also address the issue of myths about PV sustainability.

Moderator: Andreas Wade, Chair of the SolarPower Europe Environmental Footprint Task Force, Global Sustainability Director First Solar

Input Presentation:“SolarPower Europe’s Environmental Footprint Task Force”,
Andreas Wade, Chair of the SolarPower Europe Environmental Footprint Task Force, 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
Breakout session 4: Successful solar business in emerging markets

Entering new, emerging markets is a challenge. This session will provide useful information on best practices and what SolarPower Europe and the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) offer to help companies embrace new markets.

Moderator: Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe

Background presentation:“Doing business in emerging markets”,
Patrick Monino, Vice-President Energy Solutions, ENI SpA (Invited)

Input presentation: "How the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) financed by the European Commission can help you get your project ready for development finance and what services you expect from RECP in the future”, Michael Franz, Team Leader, RECP

Supported by: Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
12:45-14:15Networking Lunch
14:15-15:15Room ARoom BRoom C
Breakout session 1: Small is beautiful (EU focus)
What small solar installations mean to Europe


On the current debate on renewable small installations, European leading solar companies' opinion is clear: a specific framework for small installations is key to a consumer-powered, decentralized energy transition. This session will aim at identifying the specificity and benefits or small RES installations in Europe.

Video: Smart cities, small installations, prosumers vision

Moderator: Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe

Panel:
Frauke Thies, Executive Director, smartEn Smart Energy Europe
Karol Gobczyński, Climate and Energy Manager, IKEA Group
Evelyne Schellekens, General Secretary, Association of electrical installers
Breakout session 2: What’s the future of subsidy free & large scale solar in Europe?

After tenders for ground-mount solar are becoming increasingly popular in Europe and announcements about the first subsidy-free solar plants, this panel will discuss the chances for such utility-scale projects regarding cost, financing, technology, regulatory.

Moderator: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor, SolarPower Europe

Input presentation: Stefan Müller, COO, Enerparc

Panel:
Alison Finch, CMO, Huawei Europe
Matt Setchell, Head of Octopus Energy Investments
Angelika Möbius, Sr. Manager Strategic Partnerships, First Solar
Breakout session 3: Solar going global: Upcoming instruments for risk mitigation for project financing in emerging markets

This session will provide an overview of the various existing tools, instruments and initiatives, aimed at mitigating risks associated with project financing and project development in emerging countries.

Moderator:

Input presentation: "The Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism and the Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative" Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General, Terrawatt Initiative

Panel:
Guido Agostinelli, Solar industry specialist, International Finance Corporation
Martina Stamm, Senior Energy Economist, KfW (invited)
ElectriFI (Invited)
Jihene Touil, Head of Environment, energy and disaster risk reduction Programme, UNDP (invited)

Supported by: Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
Closing Plenary Session
15:15-16:15Corporate sourcing - the future of PPAs in Europe

The past few months, an increasing number of on-site solar projects and PPAs with off-site solar generators have been announced. Speakers will outline the short and medium-term barriers, solutions and opportunities for this new trend in Europe.

Moderator: Bruce Douglas, COO and Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe

Input presentation:Mechthild Woersdoerfer, Director of Energy Policy, European Commission, DG ENERGY

Panel:
Phil Dominy, Assistant Director, Corporate Finance – Energy & Infrastructure, Ernst & Young
Elizabeth Reid, Partner, Bird & Bird
Jochen Hauff, Head of Business Development, Energy Industry & Policy, BayWa r.e. renewable energy
Vanessa Miler-Fels, Renewable Energy Strategist, Microsoft

16:15-16:30Closing Remarks:
James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe