PROGRAM /// DAY 1
28 June 2018
 
Session 1: Plenary Opening
Drivers, barriers and outlook for Latin America’s solar PV segments
08:00 - Welcome coffee & registration

09:00 - Opening words of the conference chairman

09:15 - Keynote Opening Address: Need for Clean Energy in LAC
  • • Latin America in the global context - How will global developments impact the development of solar PV in the region?
  • • Urge for clean energy investments
  • • Grid integration of various RE sources
09:40 - Developments and Trends in Latin American PV Markets
  • • How much solar PV is installed in LAC and what’s the outlook?
  • • Which countries take the lead towards a solar future?
  • • What macro developments are expected to influence the further growth of solar PV in LAC?
MANAN PARIKH /// ANALYST, LATAM SOLAR MARKETS - GTM RESEARCH
Manan Parikh is a Solar Analyst for GTM Research covering global downstream markets with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to GTM, his work has been extensively research based, centering upon alternative fuels infrastructure development and Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) policy models for the Schatz Energy Research Center and UC Berkeley in Northern California. In California, he was also an ambassador to start-up teams within the Clean Tech Open accelerator as well as a consultant to DOE SunShot Catalyst Award winner, PVComplete. In Washington, DC he worked on biomass policy at the American Council On Renewable Energy. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as the DC-based Clean Energy Leadership Institute in its inaugural class.
MANAN PARIKH
ANALYST, LATAM SOLAR MARKETS /// GTM RESEARCH
10:00 - Panel: LAC’s solar markets through the eyes of experts
  • • Different perspectives of asset owners and investors
  • • Is solar PV in LAC mature enough for large-scale commercial funding?
  • • What’s the role of DFI’s and Multilaterals in this maturing market?
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT /// HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT - THESAN
Mrs Coralie Carrier-Clerambault is currently Head of Development at Thesan USA Corp., where she is responsible for implementing growth strategies for Latin America and strengthening the Company’s presence in this region. She has been involved in solar energy since 2011, exploring more than 30 countries around the world.
CORALIE CARRIER-CLERAMBAULT
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT /// THESAN
CARLOS BARRERA /// CEO - ATLAS
Carlos 'Ucho' Barrera is the CEO of Atlas Renewable Energy since 2017.
Before joining Atlas Renewable Energy, ‘Ucho’ worked at SunEdison for six years, as Managing Director & VP for Latin America where he grew the business from scratch to invest $1bn in a span of 4 years, and develop 500MW+ of projects financed and constructed.
Prior to that time, Ucho was at BP in multiple executive roles across Oil & Gas, Cleantech Venture Capital, and Alternative Energy in London, Australia, China and Madrid.
Ucho holds an Engineering degree from Lehigh University, a PLD certificate from Harvard University, and an Executive MBA from Kellogg, Northwestern University.
CARLOS BARRERA
CEO /// ATLAS
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT /// DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT - FMO
Mr Frederik van Pallandt is Manager at the Energy Department of FMO. FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. At FMO, Frederik manages a team of investment professionals responsible for the structuring and supervision of debt investments in the energy sector in Asia, Easter Europe and Central Asia. Main focus is on renewable energy projects. Frederik joined FMO in 2005. Prior to FMO, he held positions at the World Bank Group and various international commercial banks. Frederik holds Master degrees in Economics and Philosophy.
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT
DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
10:30 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Session 2: Policy
How is solar PV development in LatAm supported by the policies?
11:15 - Which (new) policies enable/hinder the growth of solar PV?
  • • Addressing best practices in the policy landscape in LAC
  • • In the slipstream of the best practices: which countries are making fundamental changes to their policies?
  • • Which policies are hindering solar developments?
CECILIA AGUILLON /// DIRECTOR ENERGY TRANSITION INITIATIVE PROGRAM - INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS
Cecilia Aguillon is the Director of the Energy Transition Initiative Program at the Institute of the Americas, an impartial and independent non-profit organization promoting dialogue and collaboration across the Western Hemisphere to foster sound public policies and to advance sustainable inclusive economic growth and prosperity. She enables public-private dialogues to develop sustainable renewable energy markets. Cecilia worked at Kyocera Solar, Inc. in California on Business Development and Government Relations for 18 years. She worked with policy makers on designing solar energy programs and renewable portfolio standards for implementation across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She developed these initiatives in cooperation with several trade associations throughout the United States. She served on the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) and participated in the design and implementation of the California Solar Initiative. She is currently on the board of the Climate Action Campaign working to implement sustainable energy programs for San Diego, California.
CECILIA AGUILLON
DIRECTOR ENERGY TRANSITION INITIATIVE PROGRAM /// INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS
11:45 - Panel: Cross-pollination of policies
  • • Mexico, Andean, Caribbean/Central America, Southern Cone
  • • Policies on Distributed Generation
CARLOS ST. JAMES /// DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT - WOOD GROUP CLEAN ENERGY
Carlos St. James is the Director of Strategic Development at Wood Group Clean Energy (formerly SgurrEnergy), an independent engineering firm focused on renewable energy, and is the publisher of the Latin American Energy Review. He is a board member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) and was elected its first president, 2012-2014.
MODERATOR
CARLOS ST. JAMES
DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT /// WOOD GROUP CLEAN ENERGY
CESAR HERNANDEZ /// HEAD PLANNING, INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - COFECE
César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa was appointed as Head of the Planning, Institutional Relations and International Affairs Unit at the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) on December 1st, 2017. Prior to this designation, he served as Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy and has occupied several important roles within the Mexican Public Administration, such as Head of the Legal Affairs Unit in the same Ministry and Director-General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Economy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master of Laws from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a PhD in Law from UNAM.
CESAR HERNANDEZ
HEAD PLANNING, INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS /// COFECE
ELIO MULLER /// CEO - SOLAR AXIOM INVEST
In 1997, Mr. Muller formed Muller Group International (MGI), an international business consulting firm focusing on business development, project development, joint ventures, project financing and legal consulting in Latin America, and Spain. Under Mr. Muller’s direction, MGI has led the creation of several power development companies and projects throughout Latin America and the United States. In addition to its power development consulting business, MGI has served clients in the areas of Cross-border International Finance and more recently in alternative energy. Mr. Muller served on assignment to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation OPIC in Washington D.C. as the Investment Development Manager for Central America and the Caribbean. Mr. Muller was responsible for business development in the region.
Elio Muller is Co-Founder and CEO of Solar Axiom (SAX). SAX is focused on the development and ownership of small commercial solar energy production facilities in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. SAX is a pioneer “Build-Own-Operate” developer of small renewable energy facilities in the region. SAX is created and operated as a Benefits Corporation.
ELIO MULLER
CEO /// SOLAR AXIOM
BRUNO CABÚS MÜLLER /// POWER SECTOR MANAGER - BNDES
Bruno Cabús Müller is a manager at BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank), therefore leading one team currently responsible for analyzing projects at BNDES’s Electricity Division. He has economics bachelor and master degrees at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), respectively. Prior to BNDES he worked in a investment bank, as well as in the brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) as an investment fund analyst.
BRUNO CABÚS MÜLLER
POWER SECTOR MANAGER /// BNDES
12:45 - NETWORKING LUNCH

Session 3A: Institutional Funding
How to get funding from institutional parties?

14:15 - Various stakeholders’ experiences with policies in the region
  • • Pension funds, commercial banks and other institutions explaining their take on LAC’s solar PV market
  • • What do developers have to do in order to mitigate the risks related to solar PV projects
  • • What role can DFI’s/Multilaterals play to reduce risks

Session 3B: Special case: Solar PV on Islands
Focus on solar development in the Caribbean

14:15 - Status and outlook for solar PV in the Caribbean
  • • Utility-scale projects, C&I, Micro-grids and Off-grid solar PV
  • • How to deal with natural disasters like hurricanes
  • • Best practices in the region
DR. ROLAND CLARKE /// COLLABORATOR - REDLAB UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
Dr. Roland R Clarke is a seasoned energy and utility analyst with more than 30 years’ experience in renewable energy investment analysis, electric utility planning, demand side management, energy efficiency and energy policy. He has been in private practice in his native Barbados since May 2008, and prior to that was a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Diplomat and Project Manager of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme, CREDP (2002-08).
MODERATOR
DR. ROLAND CLARKE
COLLABORATOR /// REDLAB UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
FERNANDO ZUNIGA /// DIRECTOR CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN - MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Fernando Zúñiga is Director for Central America and the Caribbean at MPC Renewable Energies, subsidiary of MPC Capital an asset and investment manager in the fields of real estate, shipping and infrastructure, which manages over €6.0bn in alternative investments.
Fernando has over 10 years of international experience as technical & financial advisor, investment analyst, project & business developer of large-scale renewable energy projects in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Fernando holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energies from Oldenburg University in Germany and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
FERNANDO ZUNIGA
DIRECTOR CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN /// MPC RENEWABLE ENERGIES
FERNANDO ALVARADO /// CEO & PRESIDENT - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
Development Investment Banker with 25 years of international credit and investment experience and 15 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean for more than $100MM consisting of more than 40 investments. His financial, credit and investment experience includes working with financing from IFC, IDB, Citibank, Finnfund, BIO, Triodos, CABEI, MIF, and several commercial banks in Central America. He serves in the Board of Veragua Foundation of Costa Rica and as Advisor of Cleantech Methods of the US, a consortium that develops, incubates, invests and Works on policy of clean energies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica. His passions include diving (PADI Rescue Diver) and mountain biking.
FERNANDO ALVARADO
CEO & PRESIDENT /// SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRAL AMERICA
ANGELLA RAINFORD /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - REKAMNIAR FRONTIER VENTURES
Angella Rainford is the Managing Director of Rekamniar Frontier Ventures (Rekamniar) which develops businesses in emerging markets. She is also the Founder and a Director of the Eight Rivers Energy Company (EREC) which was been awarded 37MW solar PV in Jamaica. EREC is a joint venture between Rekamniar and the French IPP, Neoen International. Prior to founding Rekamniar, Angella worked at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division (Principal Investment Area) in London and New York. While at Goldman, she worked on corporate and infrastructure private equity transactions. She began her career at McKinsey & Company in New York, advising Fortune 100 clients on business strategy.

She served as an advisor on power and energy investment in Africa to Helios Investment Partners, a $3.0bn private equity fund. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for GK Capital Management, the financial advisory and investment arm of the Grace Kennedy Group and JN Money Services, a subsidiary of the Jamaica National Building Society.

Angella holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She also graduated with a BA (magna cum laude) in Government from Harvard College.
ANGELLA RAINFORD
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// REKAMNIAR FRONTIER VENTURES
15:30 - NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Session 4A: Tendering projects in big markets
Solar developments in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile

16:15 - Various states of Solar PV in LatAm’s big 4
  • • All eyes on Mexico: big developments following the tenders
  • • Brazil: sleeping giant is re-awakening?
  • • Chile: Will new transmission lines further boost LatAm’s biggest solar market?
  • • Argentina: Privately financing RenovAr’s projects
GREGORY CARDENAS /// SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE - CANADIAN SOLAR
Greg is responsible for leading Canadian Solar’s project and structured finance activities throughout Latin America. Canadian Solar has recently closed financing for the first utility scale PV Project in Brazil and will close two more project financings in Brazil and at least one in Mexico during 2017.
Greg has closed more than 20 project financings and has worked in both project finance and development roles in Latin America, Asia, Australia, India, North Africa and the US on the successful development of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass projects as well as other utility and natural gas infrastructure.
Greg holds a Masters of Science in Taxation, and a MBA from Golden Gate University.
GREGORY CARDENAS
SR. DIRECTOR PROJECT & STRUCTURED FINANCE /// CANADIAN SOLAR

Session 4B: Distributed Generation
Special focus on DG in Central America and Colombia

16:15 - Distributed Generation
  • • Will DG prove to be the game changer in Colombia’s solar PV market?
  • • What’s the potential for residential solar in Central America and Colombia?
  • • Grid-connected vs. off-grid, what will be the solution for Central America’s unreached rural areas?
ROBERT CONSTANTNINO /// DIRECTOR - DWM
Robert is a Director at Developing World Markets (DWM), a leading global impact investment fund, where he is responsible for private debt transactions within the Latin America region for the firm.
Prior to joining DWM, Robert worked for Citigroup, where he was responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiation, and execution of structured finance transactions for corporate and sovereign borrowers throughout Latin America, in sectors such as oil & gas, renewables, transportation infrastructure, and financial institutions.
Robert earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an M.Sc. from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina, where he studied as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Economics, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
MODERATOR
ROBERT CONSTANTNINO
DIRECTOR /// DWM
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY /// LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - TCX
Maria Alejandra is part of the structuring team of TCX Fund and is responsible for the fund´s business development activity in Latin America. She is based in Bogotá. Before joining TCX she worked with Proparco, the private sector arm of the French Development Agency, as a Senior Investment Officer in the Banking and Capital Markets team with a focus on Latin America. She held previous positions with Moody´s in Paris and with a boutique financial sector consultancy in Bogotá. Maria Alejandra holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University and an MBA degree from HEC Paris.
MARIA ALEJANDRA PEÑA ECHEVERRY
LATAM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// TCX
JOEL GARCIA /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - WIREWATT
Joel Garcia-Galan is the CEO and co-founder of Wirewatt, the first online lending platform for distributed solar in the residential and small-commercial markets in Mexico, which provides solar loans to end-customers and solar companies.
Mr. Garcia successfully led Wirewatt’s creation and fundraising of its fund “Wirewatt I”, the first fund of its kind to finance distributed solar loans in Mexico, subscribed by mostly European investors.

Previously, he served as an application engineer, designing and implementing energy monitoring solutions in data centers, for Schneider Electric in the U.S.
Moreover, Mr. Garcia-Galan was an associate doing research on solar supply chains for the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator in Austin, Texas.
He started his solar career as a systems engineer at venture-backed solar power electronic startup Solar Power Technologies in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Garcia-Galan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Power Systems and Renewable Energy from the University of Texas at Austin.
JOEL GARCIA
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// WIREWATT
SETH KLEINMAN /// FOUNDING PARTNER - AVOLTA
Seth Kleinman is a founding partner of Avolta, a Costa Rica based regional DG Solar Developer focused on the C&I sector. Prior to this Seth spent 20 years as an energy analyst and trader at institutions including Hess Energy Trading, Morgan Stanley, Glencore and finally Citibank where through mid-2017 he was MD Global Head of Energy Strategy. This involved wandering the globe talking energy with companies and governments, and fostered Seth's firm conviction that the days of the fossil fuel industry are numbered and that Central America was a terrific place to join the battle in the energy transition. Seth Kleinman is a founding partner of Avolta, a Costa Rica based regional DG Solar Developer focused on the C&I sector. Prior to this Seth spent 20 years as an energy analyst and trader at institutions including Hess Energy Trading, Morgan Stanley, Glencore and finally Citibank where through mid-2017 he was MD Global Head of Energy Strategy. This involved wandering the globe talking energy with companies and governments, and fostered Seth's firm conviction that the days of the fossil fuel industry are numbered and that Central America was a terrific place to join the battle in the energy transition.
SETH KLEINMAN
FOUNDING PARTNER /// AVOLTA
17:30 - NETWORKING DRINKS
18:30 - NETWORKING DINNER
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
28 June 2018