AUSTRALIA SOLAR + ENERGY STORAGE CONGRESS & EXPO 2018
5 - 6 December 2018, Sydney Australia
ABOUT THE EVENT
3rd Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018 is the largest congress focusing on solar and energy storage market in Australia. It will take place in Sydney Australia on December 5-6, 2018. Participants from governments, policy makers, investors, financiers, utilities, developers, network providers, solar & energy storage products manufacturers, consulting companies, associates as well as other related sectors are invited to together discuss applications, opportunities, and challenges for solar and energy storage development in Australian market.
The Largest Event Focusing on Australian Solar & Energy Storage Market
Gathering Key Players and Project Owners throughout Australia
Latest Policy & Regulation in Solar, Renewables, Energy Storage
Innovative Business Models of Solar & Storage Projects
Solutions for Improving Electricity Grid System with Energy Storage
Advanced Solar and Energy Storage Technologies Sharing
Opportunities and Challenges for Solar and Storage’ Expansion in Australia
Financing Issues for Renewable Energy Projects in Australia
Gathering of industry leaders to explore growth opportunities in Australia's solar and energy storage market
Valuable insights, knowledge and experiences of solar & energy storage development
Promoting brands and best channels of information dissemination
HOURS OF NETWORKING
Creating perfect occasion for business networking and leads generation
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Director Energy Consumer and Pricing, QLD Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Andrew Burnett, Director Energy Consumer and Pricing, QLD Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Former Executive Director Renewable Energy, VIC Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Scott Hamilton Former Executive Director Renewable Energy, VIC Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Scott is highly experienced senior executive with 30 years’ experience in energy, climate change, water, waste and natural resource management. In his recent role as Executive Director Renewable Energy for the Victorian Government Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP). Scott led the development and delivery of renewable energy policy and programs across Victoria. Highlights included the Victorian Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Act 2017 and Australia’s biggest renewable energy auction and a battery storage tender. He also led the Solar Trams Initiative with two solar farms including the largest Solar PV and Battery farm in Australia being built to supply enough power for Victoria’s fleet of over 400 trams. He spent ten years working in various roles for Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, including managing EPA's cleaner production partnerships program. After working at the Sustainable Energy Authority (now Sustainability Victoria) and on greenhouse policy at DEPWP, he spent three years working as senior advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change. He also has had a number of short term assignments in south east Asian countries.Scott was a Non-executive Company Director of the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd and a member of the Monash University Energy Systems and Materials Institute (MEMSI) Industry Advisory Board.
Executive General Manager, Head of Business Growth, Transgrid
Richard Lowe, Executive General Manager Business Growth, Transgrid
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in Australian and international capital markets in mergers and acquisitions, financing and operations across the infrastructure sector. In a career spanning commercial law, project finance and investment banking, Richard has led successful bids and financed major projects and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion. Richard is responsible for growing TransGrid’s non-prescribed businesses including new connections and network expansion, telecommunications and property and strategic acquisitions and commercialising new technology initiatives. Prior to joining TransGrid in March 2017, Richard was Managing Director for Macquarie Infrastructure’s $2bn infrastructure portfolio in India which included significant businesses in the energy, telecommunications and transportation sectors.
Charles Rattray, Executive General Manager, Yurika
Charles Rattray was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in December 2016 and is responsible for leading the growth of Yurika (which includes Metering Dynamics and Nexium) – Energy Queensland’s unregulated services business. Prior to joining the Group, Charles had an international career with periods pursuing new commercial opportunities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the USA, as well as a number of emerging markets. He started his career with the Australian Defence Force before moving into banking with a focus on energy, infrastructure and mining. Charles recently supported the development of new businesses that utilise disruptive technologies, including distributed energy assets, solar, wind, batteries and smart meters. Charles holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in political science and history, both from the University of Melbourne.
General Manager Infrastructure- Energy & mining, AusNet Services
Ben Woodman, General Manager Infrastructure- Energy & mining, AusNet Services
Ben Woodman is the General Manager Infrastructure Services for ASX-listed AusNet Services, owner and operator of electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks in Victoria, Australia. Ben is primarily responsible for the growth and management of AusNet Services’ portfolio of unregulated grid assets. Ben has held a variety of operational and strategic leadership roles within AusNet Services and is formerly a Management Consultant with both Marchment Hill Consulting and UMS Group.
Executive General Manager, Asset Management, Electranet
Rainer Korte, Executive General Manager, Asset Management, Electranet
Rainer is an Energy Industry Executive with over 30 years of experience in the electricity industry. He is currently with ElectraNet, the principal electricity transmission service provider in South Australia, and has responsibility for a range of asset management and network development functions. He also leads ElectraNet’s energy transformation initiatives in South Australia. Rainer holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (with First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Science and is a graduate of the London Business School Senior Executive Program. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Engineering Executive (EngExec).
Leonie Walsh, Board Chair, Center for New Energy Technologies
Leonie Walsh is a leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years with companies such as Dow Chemical, Henkel and Visy, across a diverse range of industries both locally and internationally. Leonie’s career has bridged across Government and Academia with a recent role as the Victorian Government inaugural Lead Scientist (2013 to 2016) with a focus on innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation and the future skilled workforce. Leonie’s most recent roles in the renewable energy sector include the Chair of the Board for the Center for New Energy Technologies, Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Victorian Government’s New Energy jobs fund and Battery Storage Initiative and Governance Chair of the Renewable Certificates Purchasing Initiative. Leonie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and has received an honorary doctorate in 2014 for her contributions to Science and Innovation.
Senior Consultant, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Craig Chambers, Senior Consultant, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Craig has over 25 years of experience, his diverse background spans pioneering distributed and renewable energy innovation through to founding a vertically integrated start-up, in addition to leading corporate strategy, innovation, stakeholder engagement, regulation and pricing for Australia’s largest utility group.
As a thought leader, Craig has supported the electricity sector to adapt to new technologies, adjust to changes in customer behaviour, and deployed innovative business models to achieve sustainable transformation.
General Manager Advanced Microgrid Developments, Horizon Power
Terry Mohn, General Manager Advanced Microgrid Developments, Horizon Power
Terry Mohn is the General Manager of Horizon Power’s Advanced Microgrid Developments division and has served as an expert in the energy industry for more than thirty years. On behalf of the US government, Terry has advised several federal and state agencies on cost benefits and regulatory requirements for smart grid, renewable energy and distributed energy resource integration; energy workforce planning; and Kindergarten to Year 12 energy education. Terry has led the UN Foundation’s Sustainability for All microgrid working team. He is an internationally recognised microgrid expert. Under Terry’s leadership, the Advanced Microgrid Developments division is working on the technical solutions that will transform Horizon Power’s microgrids into ‘advanced microgrids'. Advanced microgrids are created using state-of-the-art technology, and push the boundaries of what is possible using distributed energy resources.
Ian McLeod, Director, Smart Energy, Enzen, & Global Ambassador Edison Electric Institute
Director Smart Energy & Global Head of Smart Cites COE for Enzen, Global Ambassador Edison Electric Institute (USA Investor Owned Utility Association), Chairman Of Queensland Futures Institute’s Energy Committee, member of 2026 Agenda Leadership Group (Federal spatial industry growth agenda) and Advisory Board member for Smart Wires (USA), Energy Thought Summit (USA), James Cook University and Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute. Former CEO of Ergon Energy Corporation (2007-16) (top 100 Australian Company by value) with over 30 years industry experience. Associated Awards - 2015 Edison Electric Institute - Edison International Innovation Award (spatial), Energy Supply Association of Australia Innovation Award (spatial), EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Technology Transfer Award (smart grid), Engineers Australia award for Innovation, Research and Development (electrical storage) and 2015 Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards for Business Innovator of the Year.
Business Development & Transcations, Australia Renewable Energy Agency
Matt Walden, Business Development & Transcations, Australia Renewable Energy Agency
Matt is a Transaction Specialist at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and specialises in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Matt is responsible for managing a number of ARENA’s technology portfolio areas including Large Scale Solar, bioenergy and pumped hydro energy storage. Prior to ARENA, Matt specialised in providing financial, commercial and policy advice in the renewables and general infrastructure sectors. Matt is an ICAA Business Valuation Specialist, a Chartered Accountant and has a post graduate qualification in Applied Finance.
General Manager Corporate Affairs, Energy Networks Australia
Tamatha Smith, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Energy Networks Australia
Tamatha Smith is the General Manager Corporate Affairs at Energy Networks Australia. She is an external affairs and government relations professional with a career that has spanned government and public relations, corporate affairs management, journalism and executive positions at senior levels of the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments. She has worked in leadership roles managing internal and external communications for private and publicly listed companies across a range of industry sectors including resources and infrastructure, government and not-for-profit organisations. Tamatha’s expertise includes issues and crisis management, strategic planning, policy development and brand and reputation management. Tamatha commenced her role with Energy Networks Australia in March 2018 and before then, she was the Chief of Staff to the Western Australia Minister for Environment and Heritage.
Nik Midlam, Manager, Carbon Strategy, City of Sydney
Nik Midlam is the City of Sydney’s Manager of Carbon Strategy having worked with the City since 2002. Nik was involved in developing, and now delivering on the City’s targets to reduce emissions by 70 per cent below 2006 levels by 2030, 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050. Under Nik’s watch the City organization became carbon neutral and reduced emissions by 25 per cent. Across the local government area emissions are 20 per cent below 2006 levels. Nik is an advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He understands issues faced by local government and communities in the pursuit of zero emissions across all sectors of our economy. Through the efforts of Nik and others the City of Sydney adopted a budget of $4.6m in 2018 to accelerate renewable energy for the local government area.
Simon Kidston has an investment banking and project finance background with more than 25 years global experience with groups such as Macquarie Bank and HSBC. Simon is a co-founder and Executive Director of Genex Power, and has responsibility for project finance and business development. After successfully developing the 50MW Kidston Solar Project, he is currently focused on securing funding arrangements with banks and equity partners for the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project.
Project Development & Technology Lead, Edify Energy
Wayne Goodwin, Project Development & Technology Lead, Edify Energy
Wayne is an engineer with more than ten years’ experience in the energy sector with experience working as a developer, consultant and EPC contractor. Wayne works at Edify Energy which has a portfolio of over 440MWp of large-scale solar farms within Australia as well as one of the world’s largest integrated battery energy storage projects at the Gannawarra Energy Storage Project. Wayne works with all types of clients and end-users to tailor solutions across the entire life-cycle of renewable project including development, financing, construction management and ongoing asset management.
Director Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Monique Miller, Director Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Monique is a Director in Corporate and Project Finance at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and leads the large-scale solar business platform. Monique has over 15 years’ experience in clean energy and environmental finance. Monique’s team at CEFC has provided debt finance to over 1 Gigawatt of large scale solar projects throughout Australia over the past several years. Monique joined CEFC at its inception in 2013 and previously worked in Macquarie Bank’s Environmental Financial Products team in London and Sydney, trading environmental commodities and investing in clean energy projects on bank balance sheet. Prior to this, Monique was a lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s Climate Change and Environmental Finance division.
James Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Developments
James Harman was appointed CEO of Energy Developments (EDL) in October 2016. EDL is a leading global producer of sustainable distributed energy. Under James’ leadership, in challenging markets, EDL has added 20 distributed power stations, increased installed generation capacity by more than 13% and increased EBITDA by more than 16%. James is passionate about the energy sector and leading a company playing its part in the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables. He is focused on safely growing EDL, and embedding a culture empowering people to trust their judgement and expand their careers globally, creating one global culture at EDL built on safety, trust, respect and high performance. A highly experienced global executive, for nearly two decades James held senior executive positions with top tier mining companies in Europe and Australia. Most recently he was Group Head of Business Development at Anglo American in London where he was responsible for leading global growth and strategic relationships, with a particular focus on China and Japan. With a Masters in Law, James was also previously legal counsel at Rio Tinto.
Managing Director Australia, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
Carlo Frigerio, Managing Director Australia, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
Carlo Frigerio is the Managing Director for FRV Services Australia. Carlo was previously the Managing Director of FRV’s Middle East and North Africa operations based in Dubai. He has 15 year experience in Investment Banking, Private Equity and Renewable Energy industry. Carlo has an extensive experience in the solar business across different geographies including Europe, Central America, South Africa and the Middle East. He has successfully managed and executed numerous commercial and investment renewable energy transactions including >400MW PV projects worldwide, raising >USD600M of funds. In 2013 he lead the team who financed the Royalla 24MW Solar Plant, the first large scale solar PV plant in Australia. He has been leading FRV’s efforts in some of the largest competitive tender process in the world such those in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Through these and other processes Carlo has developed strong relationships with multiple stakeholders including Goverments, private energy offtakers, commercial financing instructions and multilateral banks. Carlo holds a Business Administration Bachelor Degree from the University of Turin in Italy and a post graduate course at SDA Bocconi University in Milan.
Byron Serjeantson, is a director of Renew Estate, a Sydney-based renewable energy project developer with a focus on solar and energy storage projects. Byron draws from a multi-disciplinary background in engineering, economics and business and a professional career spanning Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. He has a broad range of experience across industry including large-scale solar, behind-the-meter projects, microgrid developments, energy and carbon strategy experience, electric vehicles and public policy development at the Commonwealth Treasury. Byron holds degrees in engineering, economics and an MBA. .
Chris Wilson, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Terrain Solar
Chris has near 15 years' experience in the solar PV industry developing, financing, constructing and commissioning some of the earliest utility-scale solar farms in Australia. After working with leading developers and EPC contractors such as FRV, First Solar and RCR Infrastructure, Chris co-founded Terrain Solar in 2016 with a team that has over 2,000MW collective experience in developing renewable energy projects in Australia, South Africa and South East Asia. Together with its strategic partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Terrain Solar specialises in developing embedded generators in high-growth regional centres. Chris manages the portfolio origination strategy with particular expertise in the technical and grid-connection aspects of project development.
Methuen has thirty years’ experience in agribusiness, backed by a degree in Financial Administration, and is also a respected academic in the field of Environmental Psychology, specialising in behaviour change. Methuen completed his PhD thesis graduating in 2017 and has been published in numerous academic journals. The formation of Meralli Projects reflects Methuen’s passion for the triple bottom line, building regional sustainability and his desire to take action in the face of the looming economic, social and environmental impact of climate change. Methuen Morgan manages client liaison, workplace health and safety, site administration, project documentation, recruitment, human resources and corporate governance. Methuen is passionate about community engagement and achieving optimal stakeholder outcomes. Methuen is a highly effective communicator and leader, he strives to ensure high levels of productivity and client satisfaction.
Chief Development Officer, Carnegie Clean Energy
Toby Price, Chief Development Officer, Carnegie Clean Energy
Leader, Grids and Renewable Energy Integration, CSIRO
Brian Spak, Leader, Grids and Renewable Energy Integration, CSIRO
Brian Spak leads the grid and renewable energy integration research program for CSIRO, Australia’s national science and research organisation. His team aims to power communities with 100% renewable energy at 50% the cost of current electricity through technology and business model development, data analysis and economic modelling in collaboration with networks, technology providers and government agencies. He previously led the new energy product division for Portland General Electric (an American electric utility), creating demand response, energy storage, community solar, and electric vehicle programs. He also spent more than a decade in Washington, DC's energy and environmental policy arena, analysing the impacts of clean energy policy for investors, designing sustainability strategies for Walmart and others, and lobbying on behalf of clean tech companies.
Shannon Stennings, CX Business Partner, TasNetworks
An experienced Community and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Shannon is passionate about meaningful engagement and the importance of harnessing the power of people in shaping the future of energy. Shannon is a certified member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and has worked across a number of industries, including ten years’ experience in the energy sector, where she managed the successful stakeholder and community engagement for the innovative CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial. This ARENA funded research project and field trial has won several awards, including the Clean Energy Council’s Business Community Engagement Award for demonstrating outstanding positive community engagement, and the Electric Energy Society of Australia’s Energy Project of the Year, awarded to a project that delivered significant benefits to stakeholders and the wider community while being managed and executed with a high level of excellence.
Greg is responsible for management of Nyrstar’s energy portfolio in Australia including strategic positioning, commercial and risk management, lobbying and regulatory interactions with key energy market stakeholders. He has significant resources and manufacturing experience in oil refining, pulp & paper industries and mining/ metals processing industries in various roles; technical, operations management, business improvement, growth investment portfolio management, strategy and complex commercial transactions. Greg also holds Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering (First Class Honours), Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, Masters in Business Administration, Diploma in Company Directors, Masters in Applied Finance
Oliver Woldring, Strategy and Policy Group Manager, ITP Renewables
Oliver manages the Strategy and Analytics divisions at ITP Renewables. He has 18 years’ experience in climate and energy policy advising and consulting, having held a range of government, non-government organisation and private sector roles in Australia and the United States. His knowledge and experience extends to domestic and international climate policy, energy market analysis and project finance, with particular expertise in the design and implementation of renewable energy and emission abatement programmes. At ITP, Oliver is responsible for the development and delivery of a wide range of advisory projects, including assignments related to energy system modelling and renewable energy policy development for Australian and international private sector and government clients. He also has responsibilities relating new business and project development, including utility-scale solar farm development. Oliver is also a Board Member of the Australian Photovoltaic Institute.
Regional Director- Asia Pacific, Total Eren
Michael Vaswer, Regional Director- Asia Pacific, Total Eren
Michael Vawser is the Regional Director for APAC at Total Eren, responsible for overseeing a 1.2 GW development pipeline in the region. Prior to joining Total Eren, Michael founded Wind Prospect (Australia) and CWP Renewables, responsible during his 15 year tenure for over 1.4 GW of projects committed to date in Australia and 2.6 GW of developments.
Andrew Smith, Global Head of Energy, National Australia Bank
Andrew is NAB's Global Head of Energy. NAB is active in the European and North American energy sectors and is the leading renewable bank in the domestic market. He has been focussed on the sector for over 10 years and has extensive lending experience across a range of renewable energy technologies and markets.
Marilyne Crestias, Director, Renewable Energy Insights
After her career in the Victorian public service, Marilyne has now created a consulting practice Renewable Energy Insights Pty Ltd. Marilyne is a leader in the energy and government sectors with a wealth of experience in the economics of energy markets, renewable energy auction design, climate change and environmental policy advice. Marilyne has delivered legislation to support the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and designed the largest renewable energy auction in Australia. She has also led the Victorian government’s Interim Response to the Review into the retail electricity and gas markets. Prior to specialising in energy, Marilyne worked for more than a decade in various roles in the Victorian public sector, including in the Victorian Treasury budget and forecasting areas. She has advised on key large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly in the water and energy sectors. Marilyne has a Master in Economics and International Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Asian studies. She is an entrepreneur and her leadership style fosters a collaborative and innovative culture.
Rod has held senior management and leadership roles in the Australian Energy and Water Industries for the last 15 years. Rod was the inaugural Managing Director of Horizon Power from 2006 until December 2010. Horizon was responsible for the provision of electricity to most of regional Western Australia. During his tenure, Horizon developed into one of the Australian leaders in the area of remote essential services provision. From 2003 - 2006 Rod was the CEO of the Gladstone Area Water Board, a commercialized industrial bulk water provider to the Gladstone region. From 1997 - 2003 Rod held a range of senior management roles at Aurora Energy in Tasmania, learning in depth the commercial, regulatory and physical business of production and delivery of energy. Rod founded Balance Services Group in 2011. Balance focuses on hybrid/microgrid and large scale renewable projects. The business has grown to turn over in excess of $20m and has established a reputation for developing and delivering innovative and complex energy projects into challenging environments
Principal Engineer- Future Networks, United Energy
Hedy Dalvland, Principal Engineer- Future Networks, United Energy
Hedy Dalvand is the Principal Engineer – Future Networks at United Energy and responsible for leading and developing future-state network capabilities to manage peak demand and quality of supply; embracing non-network solutions and advanced network capabilities. Hedy holds a PhD in electrical engineering majoring in energy systems from the University of New South Wales. Hedy has over 13 years’ experience in the field of electricity distribution and generation and is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Mike is a founding partner of Bluefield Partners LLP, an investment and asset management advisor specialized in the solar photovoltaic sector. Mike played a leading role in the establishment of the first London Stock Exchange listed ‘solar yieldco’, the Bluefield Solar Income Fund, and led the deployment of c. 500MW of solar assets for the fund, which has been the highest performing in its sector both in dividend yield and share price. In 2017, Mike launched the operations in Australia as Managing Director of Blueshore, and has been building the companies solar asset management practice based out of Sydney. Prior to establishing Bluefield Partners LLP in 2009, Mike worked at Foresight Group, EBRD, Actis and CDC Group reviewing, executing and managing investment opportunities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific. Mike has investment and asset management experience in over AUD2.0 billion across energy and infrastructure.
Emma is responsible for delivering Infinite Energy's growth agenda across the country, including the design and launch of new products, partnerships and markets. Drawing on emerging technology, and policy and regulatory developments, Emma works to identify new opportunities to grow renewable energy production, build better solutions for energy consumers and deliver a vision for how Australians will generate and consume energy into the future. Emma led the design, negotiations and delivery of Australia’s first major residential solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which brings solar electricity to an entire housing estate at 40 per cent less than the comparative grid supply rate. Other notable achievements include her leadership of Infinite Energy’s partnership with RAC WA, which has since grown to be one of the country’s largest residential solar partnerships. Joining Infinite Energy in 2016, Emma brings a unique skillset to the renewable energy industry. Emma has designed and launched products and businesses across the globe. She created Tiger Airways’ credit card in Singapore, led a FTSE-100 bank’s sustainability team, been an advisor to world leading chief executives and investors, cofounded a US fintech, and has been a tech start-up mentor through her work with various venture capitalists and angel investors. Founded in 2009, Infinite Energy launched into the solar industry aiming to bring down energy costs for customers, while also reducing carbon emissions. It is now the fourth largest solar provider in the country.
Daniel Trujillo, Manager, Private Energy Infrastructure, Ovida
Daniel focuses on leveraging Technology and Capital to accelerate the adoption of sustainable solutions. As an Engineer & Intrapreneur over the last 11yrs Daniel has worked on new ventures to deliver energy efficiency, micro generation, waste recovery & behavioural demand response. Currently Daniel leads the efforts of Ovida Infrastructure to make connections to the grid easy for renewable generators, delivering solutions that free-up capital and reduce asset risks.
David Evans, Director Engineering and Projects, Flow Power
Engineer. Manager. Trainer. Consultant. I’ve held many titles throughout my career. And I’ve worked in all types of environments, from small companies to multinational corporations. But these days I’m the proud Director of Engineering at Flow Power – doing my bit to help Australian businesses change the way they buy power. With specialist expertise in Industrial Automation and Power Systems, I’ve led numerous projects and environmental initiatives across Australia – most of which were focused on energy efficiency and sustainability and productivity. As a trainer, I’ve run local and international courses dedicated to energy efficiency, auditing, power quality and protection systems. I was especially honoured to run ‘Green Business Lean Business’ for the Victorian government – a seminar series that educated businesses on how reduce their environmental impact and utilities expenditure.
Serge Bondarenko, Chief Executive Officer, CCT Energy Storage
Serge has over 35 years design and construction delivery of infrastructure projects in Tier 1, 2 companies and utilities. Infrastructure projects include, High Voltage Electrical, Renewable Energy, Water/Waste water, Gas, Mining and Telecommunications delivery from EPC to completion under varying commercial models. Responsibilities included Engineering Management, Project and Program Management, Client Relationship, Business Development, Financial and Executive Management of delivery teams. Serge has previously developed two market start ups to commercially viable businesses regionally and nationally within the Infrastructure delivery space.
Danin is the founder of Todae Solar and has always had a passion for the environment and entrepreneurship. Danin has over 15 years’ experience in successfully starting up, growing and exiting businesses. Prior to Todae Solar, Danin was the founder and CEO of Glass Onion (later to merge with Komosion) which became one of the leading digital agencies in Australia. After 6 years, with steady growth, Danin left Glass Onion to focus on the sustainability market. In 2006, Danin acquired an existing online business founded in 2003. This was the basis of what is now Todae Solar. Under Danin’s leadership, Todae Solar has become a multi-award winning installer with an impressive client portfolio and an unwavering commitment to quality. With over 50MW of commercial solar power installed nationally, Danin brings the vision and leadership to Todae Solar helping make it the #1 Commercial Solar Installer in Australia.
Global Head of Renewable Energy & Infrastructure, Polyglot Group
Jan Rieche, Global Head of Renewable Energy & Infrastructure, Polyglot Group
Jan heads up the global Renewable Energy & Infrastructure practice at Polyglot Group. He has over 10 years of experience in staffing and managing renewable energy, environment, energy efficiency and infrastructure projects. He has an unrivalled network of contacts within the Australian energy and engineering market, having worked with some of the world’s best known renewable energy and infrastructure project developers from Europe, America and Australia. Being fluent in both German & English, Jan’s cross-cultural profile means he is globally sought after. He has been involved in staffing some of the most important technical and management roles in the Australian renewable energy, carbon and environmental management markets. Tremendously passionate about renewable energy (both for business and for private usage), Jan founded and managed Spark Club, a Thinktank supporting start-up businesses in the Australian Energy industry (Generation, Storage, Management). Jan’s aim is to continue making Australia more aware of climate change and the importance of utilising renewable, green energy.
David Cooper is a partner in the Banking & Finance team at Baker McKenzie. He is very experienced in the project financing of greenfield renewable energy developments and advising on the bankability aspects of these projects. He has regularly acted for projects sponsors and global financiers working on the leading renewables energy projects in Australia across all technologies, involving innovative offtake arrangements including corporate PPAs. Most recently David has advised on Neoen's Bulgana Green Power Hub and Hornsdale Wind Farm. David also works in corporate and acquisition finance, both within the renewable energy sector and other sectors, advising pension funds, private equity sponsors and financiers across the Australian and US debt markets.
Sarah Fairhurst is a founding partner of TLG and has a wide range of international experience in the electricity and gas sectors. She brings strong analytical qualifications combined with commercial experience and pragmatism to advise clients on commercial contract analysis, development and drafting of transition contracts, power procurement & asset valuation and energy market design.
Service Line Leader, Power Generation & Renewable Energy, GHD
Robert Ceic, Service Line Leader, Power Generation & Renewable Energy, GHD
Robert is Technical Director and Australian Service Line Leader for Power Generation & Renewable Energy at GHD and responsible for developing, maintaining and profiling GHD’s technical capability and capacity. He has over 22 years of experience in the power industry as a contractor and consultant ranging from project development and design through to construction and operation of various types of power generation facilities in Australia, UK, United States and Indonesia. Robert is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with postgraduate qualifications in Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.
Brendan brings his expertise in energy markets to 3megawatt as the regional manager for North America and the Asia-Pacific regions. He advises investors, owners and operators of renewable energy assets with 3megawatt's asset management software, BluePoint. Brendan has previously worked for the Center for Resource Solutions on renewable energy certificates (RECs), corporate energy procurement and community solar.
CMI was founded in 1817 by John Cockerill, an industrial genius who established his business activities in Seraing (Belgium) and sparked off the remarkable economic future of Wallonia. CMI Group has been specializing in steam generation for 200 years. For 50 years, CMI Energy has been a leader in the development of Heat Recovery Steam Generators behind Gas Turbines, mainly for combined cycle applications. CMI Solar, created in 2011, designs and supply Solar Receivers, both in Direct Steam and Molten Salt technology, for large scale Concentrated Solar Power Plants. Located at the top of very tall towers, CMI Solar receivers collect the concentrated solar energy from a solar field and transfer it either directly into high pressure steam (Direct Steam Generation) or into hot molten salt (Molten Salt technology). These receivers operate in extreme conditions, which makes them a jewel of engineering. So far, CMI Solar has designed and supplied the receivers of the following power plants: Khi Solar One (50 MWe in South Africa), Cerro Dominador (110 MWe, Chile), Haixi (50 MWe, China) and, in October 2018, has been awarded the prestigious supply of the receiver for the 100 MW solar tower of the DEWA project in Dubai
Dr Kerim Mekki is a Technical Director at Aurecon, a global engineering and infrastructure advisory company. At Aurecon, innovation is a mindset that involves looking at problems differently and reframing them as opportunities. Kerim is a senior electrical engineer and a consultant with twenty years of experience in Australian and in international projects. His broad engineering experience encompasses high voltage electrical installations, high voltage power network modelling and analysis, power plants, renewable generation, mining, hydropower, large pumping stations, and energy storage, with a particular interest in battery systems. He currently serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the University of New South Wales. Kerim recent experience with energy storage includes the following: Power system study lead for the 30 MW 11 MWh Alinta Newman battery energy storage integration Technical advisory for the Ausnet Ballarat 30 MW 30 MWh battery system. Technical advisor for Infigen Energy Lake Boney 25 MW 52 MWh battery energy storage system.
Maria Cirillo, Deputy National Director, Solar Citizens
Maria is a long term organiser, campaigner and advocate having developed her skills in these fields during her 17 year career working in public sector unions where she led a variety of campaigns having first earned her stripes on campaigns for breastfeeding rights at work and recognition of domestic and family violence as a workplace issue. Living on the sunniest continent on earth, Maria believes solar is the common sense pathway for Australia’s energy future - which is why she joined Solar Citizens as their Deputy Director in December 2016. Solar Citizens is an independent, community based organisation working to protect and grow solar in Australia and advocating for the rights of more than 5 million solar owners and the millions more who wish to go solar. Solar Citizens believes that millions of solar owners and supporters standing together can be powerful and it runs campaigns that use people power to put pressure on decision makers and bring about the best outcomes for solar owners and people who want solar.
Dr Andrew Mears is an engineer and innovator with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of renewable energy and commercialisation covering Asia & Pacific, Africa and Australia. His work extends from engineering projects in Australia and the Pacific through to strategy consulting, and investment program management in more than 15 energy markets around the world. This includes delivering more than 40 major assignments in 18 countries with World Bank and United Nations involving more than US$200million in programme funds. Dr Mears has built new energy service ventures, developed country strategies for Governments and corporates, mobilised large scale renewable energy deployment programmes, and provided electricity market development support affecting the lives of millions of people. In 2014 he founded SwitchDin to develop scaleable virtual power management solutions for on-grid renewables and battery storage and micro-grids. SwitchDin now provides the most comprehensive and flexible virtual power plant platform for residential and commercial DERs available in the market.
Dorko Eliaszewskyj, Director PV Utility Scale, Siemens
Dorko Eliaszewskyj, born 1962 in Germany, studied Physical Technology at the University of Wilhelmshaven and completed his MBA in Switzerland. After 18 years in Telecom Industry he changed to renewable and founded Solar Moon Ltd in Germany with the focus on PV inverters. In 2012 Dorko Eliaszewskyj became the CEO of KACO new energy Americas. Later on he has been promoted to the management board in the German HQ. From 2015 on he was in addition the CEO of KACO new energy Trading Ltd in South Korea and CEO of KACO Australia. Since beginning of 2016 he joined Siemens as the Global Head of PV utility scale business of Siemens AG, located in the German Headquarter. Today he is responsible as Head of Technology for smart grid photovoltaic solutions with a special focus on power electronics.
Lily Habib, Acting Head of Australia, Pacific Hydro
With comprehensive experience in business planning, sale and acquisitions, portfolio management, sustainability strategy, risk management, and change management, Lily has almost two decades of experience in the energy sector. She currently leads Pacific Hydro’s generation business from new business, development, delivery and operations as the company pursues new opportunities in solar, wind and storage. Lily has led the addition of 1.5GW large-scale solar development to the company’s current project pipeline. Lily holds an MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Business (Applied Economics).
Future Energy Market Strategist, Battery of the Nation initiative, Hydro Tasmania
Cameron Potter, Future Energy Market Strategist, Battery of the Nation initiative, Hydro Tasmania
A passion for data driven decision making and being at the edge of new technology has driven Cameron’s career. Cameron has championed risk-driven analysis of renewable energy, power system integration studies, and research and product development related to wind and solar energy modelling for commercial and/or government purposes. Cameron is now the Future Energy Market Strategist for the Battery of the Nation initiative.
With more than 7 years dedicated in the PV industry, spanning from Europe to the Asia-Pacific markets, Boyal brings deep understanding about solar module manufacturing and market demands. He has experience in providing solar module supply solutions and services to a wide range of consulting companies, developers, EPCs, investors, and distributors. Currently, Boyal leads LONGi Solar’s Asia-Pacific sales team to provide the best LCOE solutions for solar systems, making solar energy more competitive, feasible, popular and contribute to building a better green future together.