PROGRAM - DAY 2
18 SEPTEMBER

08:30 - Registration & Coffee

09:15 - Introduction and recap of Conference Day-1 - Edwin Koot - CEO Solarplaza 

Edwin Koot /// CEO - Solarplaza

SESSION V
INDUSTRIAL OPPORTUNITIES

09:20 - Why a Saudi company should get into the solar manufacturing business

  • Does local cell or module manufacturing make sense? Module manufacturing as case study

  • Where in the Supply chain are the opportunities?

  • Smart strategies for cooperation with experienced international partners

Nikolai Dobrott ///Founder & Managing Partner - Apricum

09:45 – Expert Panel - How to transform Saudi Arabia into the leading hub for Solar (manufacturing)

  • What should be the goals for Saudi Arabia as Solar hub for the Middle East?
  • What is required to achieve a leading position? 
Karim Asali /// Head of Project Enabling - DII

Alan Elyousfi /// Business Development Manager - GTAT

Nabih Cherradi /// CTO - Desert Technologies

Adil Alomair /// Solar Energy Manager - AEC

Aaron Morrow /// Managing Partner - Global Energy Analytics

10:45 - Networking Coffee Break

SESSION VI
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES

11:30 - Operation and Maintenance of PV power plants: Solving soiling and dust issues

  • What is the impact of soiling and dust on system performance?
  • What are monitoring and maintenance solutions to increase plant performance
  • Solving dust issues: the Dust Detection System
Fred Chen /// Director - Tokyo Electron Taiwan

11:50 - Lessons learnt in Saudi Arabia with Solar PV system performance under desert conditions

  • What is the impact of soiling, dust and the desert environment on PV plant performance?
  • What are system performance data in practice from 2 MW roof project in KSA? 
  • What are the Operation and Maintenance solutions and lessons learnt?
  • How to increase PV power plant performance?
Tamer Shahin /// Solar Technology Engineer - KAUST

12:10 - Expert panel - Mitigating PV Module and Inverter risks in Power plant investments

  • What are the challenges and solutions? 
  • What is required for the Saudi Arabian market?
Pietro Gintoli /// Country Manager Italy - Bonfiglioli Riduttori SPA

Peter Rusch /// Senior Executive - SolarBuyer

Yaseen G. Alharbia /// Scientific Researcher - KACST

12:50 - Networking Lunch

SESSION VII
FINANCING AND INVESTMENT

14:00 - Expert panel: Financing solutions that will drive the solar energy market

  • How to finance competitive solar energy plants?
  • Opportunities for private equity and commercial loans, the role of PPAs
  • Perspective of the commercial bank(s)
  • Current financing obstacles for the developer
  • Realistic financing structures for the near future
Carlos Suarez /// Senior Project Manager - ALTERMIA

David Smith /// Deputy General Manager Project Finance, Syndication & Real Estate - Alinma Bank

Michelle T Davies /// Partner - Eversheds

Alan Lowe /// Senior Vice President - Riyad Bank

 

14:45 - Why solar is now interesting for the energy advantaged countries in the MENA region

  • A European and global perspective on how the solar model will evolve in the Middle East
  • How can Saudi Arabia be a solar energy leader in the region?
  • Solar energy lessons learned in Europe for the United States
  • How can solar help to power the growth of the Saudi Arabian economy
Jeremy Leggett /// Founder & Non-Executive Chairman - Solarcentury

15:30 Closing Networking Drinks

16:30 End of Conference Day 2

PROGRAM - DAY 2
18 SEPTEMBER