Expanding Opportunities for Solar Across the Caribbean and South American Region

WHAT: Expanding Opportunities for Solar Across the Caribbean and South American Region
 Monday, March 11, 2019
TIME: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
PRICE: $450 National SEIA/SEPA Members | $500 Non-members

If you are already active or intend to do solar business in the Caribbean, Central, and South America, this content-driven workshop is where you will learn what’s next, maximize your industry knowledge base, and connect with a vast number of senior executives.

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Additional information about the workshop

Workshop sessions will bring together decision-makers of companies selling, using and creating advanced solar technologies for the specific region. Moreover, renowned experts will provide an overview of the business climate in key countries including best practice examples, lessons learned and future trends. It is your ideal platform to identify new business opportunities, discuss hot topics currently impacting the regional industry, network, connect and accomplish deals for your company!

The reasons for a global energy system transformation are just as varied as the obstacles that have to be overcome along the way. Especially for the Caribbean and the countries of Central and South America, the orientation towards solar energy and other renewable sources means an immense increase in security of supply and a reduction in costs for the population.

And there's urgency: Natural disasters in particular, which threaten the region, demonstrate the importance of a modern, flexible and stable power supply.  A threat that can be mitigated by their climate, which favors for solar energy generation. We are currently at a point in time where governments have already grasped this – and agree it is time to execute, by offering investors and decision-makers the necessary know-how to realize strong local solar industries and to promote cooperation, transparency, and access.

With surging solar markets, now more than ever is the time to make sure you are equipped with the latest market trends and business opportunities.


Session 1: Assessing the Caribbean and South American Solar Markets – Latest Trends at a Glance

What are the emerging markets? What are existing and future investment incentives? Analysts, financial advisors and legal experts will share first-hand insights on current key opportunities and challenges facing developers and funders in the marketplace and give an outlook on the further development of the regional solar sector.

9:15 am Opportunities for U.S. Exports of Solar Goods & Services to the Caribbean and South America
Cora Dickson, Senior Renewable Energy Specialist, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Miguel Olivares, Senior Trade Specialist, Export Assistance Center, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

10:00 am Insights into PV in Colombia – Chasing Brazil’s leadership in DG
Marc Tremel, General Manager, Colombinvest S.A.S.

10:30 am Colombia – A Solar Opportunity between Two Oceans
Speaker: Craig Livingston, Project Developer, RENESOLA Power Holdings LLC

Session 2: Solar Technology Update – Evaluation of the Latest Research and Application-oriented Innovations

Solar systems constantly grow in their usability and efficiency. What are the current solar technology innovations tailored for the regional conditions? Learn from leading engineering experts about recent advances in research and how to keep your solar plant competitive.

11:30 am Bifacial Technology – Driving down the LCOE of Solar PV System to Grid Parity in the Caribbean Region
Speaker: Li Kui, General Manager, Suntech Power Europe&Americas

12:00 pm Microgrids with Solar Plus Storage Yields – Energy Savings and Resiliency
Speaker: John Vernacchia, Segment Manager, Renewable Energy, Eaton

12:30 pm Advanced Solar Thermal Applications
Speaker: William Guiney, President, Artic Solar, Inc.

1:00 pm Single Axis Tracking System Solutions for High-Wind Regions like the Caribbean
Speaker: Christian Salzeder, CSO Tracking Systems, Schletter Group

1:30 pm Solar, Sustainable, LEED Platinum Modular Hurricane Solutions
Speaker: Karen Adams, by CEO, Green Dwellings, LLC (Florida)

2:00 pm Solar hybrid and Energy Storage Solutions for Caribbean and LATAM
Speaker: Jesus A Martinez-Cantu, Regional Sales, Miami Hub regions, Hybrid Solutions & Storage, SMA America, LLC

2:30 pm - Closing & Networking 

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