PROGRAM - DAY 1
17 SEPTEMBER

08:00 - Registration & Coffee

09:00 - Welcome by chairmen

Edwin Koot /// CEO - Solarplaza

Browning Rockwell /// Chairman - SASIA

 
SESSION I
OVERVIEW - (INTER)NATIONAL SOLAR INDUSTRY DYNAMICS

09:15 - How will global PV market developments impact Saudi Arabia?

  • Global trends on the international Solar PV market
  • The international outlook for cost reduction in the solar industry value chain
  • Vision on global developments impacting Saudi Arabia
Edwin Koot /// CEO - Solarplaza

09:35 - Vision on the Saudi Solar Energy market in 5 years from now

  • Update on Policy and Regulation
  • Current market status: realized projects and pipe-line
  • The way to move forward: short- and long term goals
Nour Mousa /// Founder & CEO - Desert Technologies

09:50 - The opportunities and business case for CSP

  • Latest international technological developments and market trends
  • The construction and completion of 390MW Ivanpah plant in California
  • The business case, challenges and opportunities in Saudi Arabia
Thomas Riley /// Senior Adviser - Bright Source Energy

10:15 - Morning Coffee Break

SESSION II
ON-GRID SOLAR MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

11:00 - Solar powered Desalination solutions for Saudi Arabia

  • Defining the drivers and potential: relevant (business) segments and locations in Saudi Arabia
  • How does a Solar powered desalination plant look like?
  • Why Solar-Powered Desalination is attractive: the business case in numbers
Raed Ahmad Bkayrat /// VP Business Development KSA - First Solar

11:25 - The potential and business case for utility scale power plants

  • Market potential in the coming three years
  • The business case for a 10 MW solar project: from site selection to operation
  • Applying international experience on the Saudi market
Thierry Lepercq /// Chairman - Solairedirect

11:50 - Expert panel: how to make solar competitive and drive the on-grid solar energy market in Saudi Arabia

  • What is required to develop the market?
  • What is the market potential in the coming three years?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities? 
Thierry Lepercq /// Chairman - Solairedirect

Raed Ahmad Bkayrat /// VP Business Development KSA - First Solar

Sabri Asfour /// General Manager - SkyPower FAS Energy

Amaan Lafayette /// Director Business Development KSA - Eon

12:30 - Networking Lunch

SESSION III
OFF-GRID SOLAR MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

14:00 - Competitive Off-grid Solar solutions for Remote Desert Areas in Saudi Arabia

  • Defining the potential: relevant (business) segments and locations in Saudi Arabia
  • How will the business case for commercial Hybrid Solutions look like in KSA?
  • What is needed to drive this market?
Sabri Asfour /// General Manager - SkyPower FAS Energy

14:25 - Hybrid Solar Energy Solutions - international experiences and relevant lessons learned 

  • Hybrid Solar Energy business case example - realistic LCOE
  • The results and practical lessons learnt
  • Fuel saving potential in PV diesel systems with different strategies
  • Evaluation of the results for desert circumstances
Ahmad Hamdan /// Business Development Manager - SMA

14:50 – Expert panel: What is needed to drive the Off-grid market in Saudi Arabia

  • What are the required hybrid (solar) energy solutions?
  • How to make it competitive and make the business cases work? 
  • The realistic comparison: the value of Hybrid energy; saved transmission, logistical and other cost
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?
Saleh A. Alsalem /// Renewable Energy Director - Al Gihaz Holding

Mohammed Almudaiheem /// Operation Manager - Taqnia

Ahmad Hamdan /// Business Development Manager - SMA

15:30 - Networking Coffee Break

SESSION IV
VISION AND INSPIRATION

16:15 - Power in one hour - Combining solar, wind and storage for quick rural electrification

  • The simple successful solution for off-grid power supply
  • Explanation of the business case
  • Opportunities in Saudi Arabia
Mario Zen /// Business Development Director - Enerdynamic

16:30 - The impact of the next big thing: (solar) energy storage

  • What are the (solar) energy storage developments and trends globally?
  • Trends and forecasts for cost reductions of energy storage solutions
  • How will (solar) energy storage impact the major stakeholders in energy?
  • The 100% Renewable Energy scenarios; dreams or realistic opportunities?
  • How will we provide fuels from wind and solar energy for replacing oil in the future?
Michael Sterner /// Professor Energy Storage - Technical University of Regensburg

17:15 - Informal networking and drinks

18:45 - Business Networking Dinner (optional for registered participants)

PROGRAM - DAY 1
17 SEPTEMBER