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
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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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Infinite Energy, Aidan Jenkins has successfully grown the business to become one of the four largest solar providers in Australia. Under Aidan’s direction, Infinite Energy has expanded its product portfolio from residential and commercial solar to include battery storage, electricity supply for business, embedded networks, and electric vehicle charging. Prior to Infinite Energy, Aidan worked in Senior Product Development roles for leading financial institutions across Europe and Australia including NAB, MLC Limited, Standard Life and Navigant Consulting. Aidan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law) from Curtin University, a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University, and an MBA from The University of Western 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.
Partner & Head of Asia Pacific Renewables, Baker & McKenzie
Paul Curnow, Partner & Head of Asia Pacific Renewables, Baker & McKenzie
Paul Curnow is recognised as one of Australia’s leading renewable energy and climate change lawyers, specialising in renewable energy greenfields and M&A transactions across solar, wind, hydro, storage and other emerging technologies. He has advised a range of private and public sector clients on renewable energy projects in Australia, as well as in Asia and Africa for more than 15 years. Paul acted as General Counsel of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (on secondment) from its set up in April 2013, overseeing the legal execution of the financing of clean energy projects and reporting to the CEFC Board. Paul is head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Group and a member of its Global Renewable Energy Steering Committee.
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.