08:30 - Registration & Coffee
09:15 - Introduction and recap of Conference Day-1 - Edwin Koot - CEO Solarplaza
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
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?
10:45 - Networking Coffee Break
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
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?
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?
12:50 - Networking Lunch
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
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
15:30 Closing Networking Drinks
16:30 End of Conference Day 2