PAST Webinar /// First learnings on the Mexican O&M marketplace: Planning for efficient long term operations

18 July 2018 - 11 am Mexico City (CDT) // 6 pm CEST (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

With many large utility-scale PV projects entering operations during the course of 2018 alone, and over a handful of GWs in the development pipeline, Mexico is set to become one of the most prominent solar markets globally.
Early planning for operations at the first development stages is of crucial importance to guarantee an efficient and cost-effective performance on the long run and to mitigate associated risks.

Hector Olea, president of ASOLMEX and CEO of Gauss and Alejo Lopez, Sr. Sales Director for Mexico & LATAM at NEXTracker, reflected on the first operational learnings in the Mexican PV market and shared lessons learnt.

Topics addressed: 

  • Why design matters for O&M

  • Commissioning: starting operations with the right foot

  • Risk management: common operational risks and mitigation strategies

  • How to deal with unpredictable severe weather conditions

With more than 23 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex) and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.
As Sr. Director of Sales, Alejo Lopez leads NEXTracker’s business development and sales team for Mexico and Latin America. He is responsible for building NEXTracker’s market share in Mexico, having closed over a gigawatt of business since his tenure at the Company. Alejo is a subject matter expert in Latin American energy markets where he has worked extensively for over a decade. Prior to joining NEXTracker in 2016, Alejo was Country Manager for Hanwha Q CELLS in Mexico, with primary responsibilities of project development, M&A and PPA sales. Alejo was also a key member of Siliken USA Distributed Generation managing project development and structured finance after working as an advisor with cutting-edge clean-tech ventures including Combined Power, ElectraDrive and other well-known venture firms in Silicon Valley. He currently sits on the board of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovaoltaica (ASOLMEX), Mexico’s premier solar association.

Alejo, a native of Argentina, started his career running large numerical models, fracking wells as a Reservoir Engineer in Patagonia. He left the oil and gas industry after 6 years to pursue an MBA in Finance at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with honors. Alejo also holds an MSe in Petroleum Engineering from UNC Argentina and currently lives in Mexico City.

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