Building O&M strategies in nascent markets around sophisticated data solutions
Understanding portfolio and plant data is critical in creating an effective O&M strategy. It isn’t enough to simply monitor a plant’s uptime and address issues that arise. O&M solution providers must employ both real-time and predictive data analysis to minimize operating expenses wherever possible. Carefully examining dynamic plant conditions like soiling and module degradation with sophisticated data analytics create the opportunity for O&M providers to optimize a custom maintenance schedule, further securing the long-term profitability of the plant.
|BEN HANSEN /// SENIOR MANAGER, GLOBAL O&M SERVICE SOLUTIONS - SMA|
|Ben Hansen is the Senior Manager for Global O&M Service Solutions at SMA America, the U.S. subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG. In this role, Hansen leads project management efforts to design the O&M solutions that SMA offers around the globe. Prior to joining SMA, Hansen worked extensively in the construction and technology industries with companies such as AT&T and Cisco Systems. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University and a Project Management Certificate from The George Washington University.|
SENIOR MANAGER, GLOBAL O&M SERVICE SOLUTIONS /// SMA
|ZACH KREIFELS /// O&M PERFORMANCE & ANALYTICS PRODUCT MANAGER - SMA|
|Zach Kreifels is the O&M Performance and Analytics Product Manager at SMA. In this role he works with sales and operations to develop, price, and market new solutions ensuring each facility managed by SMA performs optimally. Prior to joining SMA, Zach’s career has been focused in the energy industry with First Solar and Black & Veatch. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.|
O&M PERFORMANCE & ANALYTICS PRODUCT MANAGER /// SMA
|ALEXANDER WOLF /// GENERAL MANAGER - METEOCONTROL CENTRAL AMERICA|
|Alexander Wolf is the General Manager of Meteocontrol Central America, subsidiary of meteocontrol Germany, the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems. Mr. Wolf is in charge of the operations in the region of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, covering sales, technical support as well as independent engineering services, like yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. With members of his team located in Central America and Mexico the organization has the right set-up to satisfy customer demands for more and more sophisticated monitoring and O&M solutions in the whole region. Mr. Wolf worked in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector for more than ten years, being one of the pioneers to establish and promote innovative technologies in El Salvador and the neighboring countries. Previously, Mr. Wolf gained vast international experience while working for several years in business development at Siemens Industry Sector in Germany and living in Scandinavia, South America, the United States and Australia. Mr. Wolf holds an engineering degree from Mittweida University of Applied Sciences in Germany.|
GENERAL MANAGER /// METEOCONTROL CENTRAL AMERICA
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
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 - ASOLMEX|
|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.|
PRESIDENT /// ASOLMEX
|ALEJO LOPEZ /// SR. SALES DIRECTOR MEXICO & LATAM - NEXTRACKER|
|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.
SR. SALES DIRECTOR MEXICO & LATAM /// NEXTRACKER
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