2014 Program

NOVEMBER 20-21, 2014
EL CONQUISTADOR, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT, FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO

Pre-Conference Events
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nov 19 2014
7:30 a.m.

LAC-CORE Workshop

Advancing Renewable Energy in Latin America and Integrated Farm Energy Systems

LAC-CORE will hold a breakfast workshop focusing on two basic issues: 1) Renewable Energy in Latin America & the Caribbean: Technology and Community 2) Integrated Systems: Energy and Agriculture in the Western Hemisphere.

Sponsored by

trellises

Nov 19 2014
11:00 a.m.

Investor Financing Workshop

How to Cross the Finish Line: Building A Bankable Finance Package For Renewable Energy Deals
The RELACCX Investor Financing Workshop is the only event where project investors and developers get individualized, hands-on advice from leading renewable energy experts in lending and private equity investing. The workshop will provide project sponsors with the rare opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with debt and equity financiers on structuring a renewable energy transaction and preparing a project proposal that will be attractive to lenders and equity investors.

money

Hosted by
OPICLOGOBlack
Sponsored by
Renesola-Logo

Nov 19 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Opening Cocktail Reception

Caribbean Terrace | El Conquistador Resort

Join us at our opening reception at the Grand Atlantic Terrace and start your RELACCx experience by networking with participants to ensure you get the most out of the event.

grand-terrace

Sponsored by
manitoba

Day One
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nov 20 2014
8:00 a.m.

Youth Ambassador Breakfast

The ACORE Renewable Energy Youth Ambassador (RE Youth Ambassador) Program is a seeking entrepreneurial action plans that address problems related to the water-energy nexus in the Caribbean, Central America, or South America. Up to four of the top selected action plan authors will be designated as RE Youth Ambassadors and will present their action plans during the Youth Ambassador Breakfast at RELACCx. Join us at our opening reception at the Grand Atlantic Terrace and start your RELACCx experience by networking with participants to ensure you get the most out of the event.

 

Sponsored by

Martin int
ACE
OPICLOGOBlack
OPICLOGOBlack
 
7:30 AM Registration & Coffee
9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM SESSION 1: OPENING KEYNOTES
This Opening Session sets the tone of the conference by addressing key issues that affect renewable energy development in both Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Industry leaders will provide an update on the evolution of renewable markets in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Speaker:

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Refreshment Break
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM SESSION 2: THE INTERSECTION OF FINANCE, MARKETS, AND POLICY
Renewable energy development in the Latin American and Caribbean regions is an ever-changing landscape, requiring investors, project developers, and policymakers to work together. In this session, key stakeholders will provide a bird’s-eye view of how the renewable power, fuels, and heating markets have evolved in recent years and where they are headed.
  • The importance of policy in driving development
  • How market leaders in the region have shifted in recent years and why
  • How market opportunities in the region compare internationally

Co-Chair:

  • Camila Ramos, Managing Director, Clean Energy Latin America - CELA

Speakers:

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch   Sponsored by  p80-logo
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SESSION 3: BANKING PERSPECTIVES - ASSESSING RISK AND IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES
Multilateral and regional banking institutions play a major role in the development and deployment of renewable energy projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These institutions offer many different financing mechanisms that are beneficial for both small and large scale projects. This session features a panel discussion with speakers focusing on where these banks have the biggest impact and the challenges they face.
  • How to reduce project risks
  • What are the best practices for securing financing from banks
  • Which banks are investing in renewable energy and where is this happening

Co-Chair:

  • Rob Sternthal, President, Reznick Capital Markets Securities, LLC

Speakers:

  • Partho Sanyal, Managing Director, Head of Latin America, Power, Utility & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • James Boyle, Head of Renewables, Commerzbank AG
  • Gonzalo Ruiz, Head de Power and Renewables for Latam, BBVA Securities Inc.
  • Linda Habgood, Director, Delphos International Ltd.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Networking Refreshment Break Sponsored by  First-Solar-logo
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SESSION 4: EMERGING BUSINESS MODELS FOR SMALL SCALE RENEWABLES
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are showing growing interest in smaller scale projects and distributed generation. Newer business models, such as public/private partnerships and solar leasing, can help shape the growth of small-scale renewable energy and bring new opportunities to these regions.
  • How public/private partnership models are helping to finance renewable energy projects in the region, on both the national and subnational levels?
  • How successful and innovative financing mechanisms in other regions can be applied to the Latin American and Caribbean markets?
  • Where have these business models been successful?

Co-Chair:

Speakers:

5:00 PM Close of Conference Sessions

 

Nov 20 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Cocktail Reception

Mirador Terrace | El Conquistador Resort

Enjoy this opportunity to reflect on the day's presentations and discussions in a more informal networking gathering. Meet new potential clients and revisit existing business partners.

trellises

Sponsored by
manitoba

DC-Solar-logo

Day Two
Friday, November 21, 2014

Nov 21 2014
8:30 a.m.

Investment Forum

The Investment Forum organized under Investment Forum Committee will allow entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, companies and project developers to promote their projects with members of the financial services community, venture capitalists, private equity investors, and renewable energy experts.

trellises
7:45 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

SESSION 5: OPENING KEYNOTES
This Opening Keynote will feature senior level industry executives who will provide key insights on project finance and development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Keynote:

  • Debra A. Juncker, Director of the Office of Alternative and Renewable Energy, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SESSION 6: FINANCING UTILITY SCALE RENEWABLES
Large, utility-scale renewable energy projects present an opportunity to bring new investment and job opportunities into the region. This session will feature key insights from regulators, project developers, financiers, and utilities to provide the audience with information needed to successfully implement utility scale renewable energy projects.
  • How utility business models help and/or hinder the development of large-scale projects
  • Securing power purchase agreements for wind power projects
  • What utilities are leading the development of renewable energy in their region and why
  • The interplay of utilities, regulators, and policymakers on the development of renewable energy markets in each country
  • How project developers are working with utilities to deploy large-scale projects

Co-Chairs:

Speakers:

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Refreshment Break Sponsored by   First-Solar-logo
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM SESSION 7: THE HOW AND WHY OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECT DEPLOYMENT
Both Latin America and the Caribbean boast a multitude of successful projects in the renewable energy field. This session will examine case studies for such projects so that the audience can determine the best practices for implementing renewable energy throughout the region. Key highlights from this session include:
  • Lessons learned from developing small, medium, and large projects and determining which size best fits a regions needs
  • Which policies and regulations have been successful and how well they translate across regions
  • Financial opportunities throughout the region that meet your projects budget and timeline

Chair:

Speakers:

12:30PM - 2:00 PM Networking Lunch  Sponsored by   mw-group-Logo
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SESSION 8: NEW CONNECTIONS: COMMERCIAL LENDING AND INSTITUTIONAL INVESTING
Complementing our Banking Perspectives session on Day One, this session will take an in-depth view of two growing financial models. In this session, leading experts demonstrate what commercial lenders and institutional investors look for in renewable energy projects and how to reduce risk.

Chair:

Speakers:

  • Craig O'Connor, Director - Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United State
  • Mark W. Grobmyer, Chairman Global Technology Deployment Initiative, Managing Director, P 80 Group Foundation
  • Anadi Jauhari, CAIA, Senior Managing Director, Emerging Energy and Environment Group
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Networking Refreshment Break Sponsored by   First-Solar-logo
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SESSION 9: INNOVATING TECHNOLOGIES & MARKETS
In RELACCX’s final session, this panel of esteemed speakers analyzes the technologies and markets leading to a prosperous renewable energy future. This session identifies technological developments driving renewable energy forward, the infrastructure required to support renewable energy growth, and the financing needed to make this happen.
  • Advancing the research, development and commercialization of emerging technologies in the public and private sectors
  • Opportunities to raise venture capital to develop technologies and innovative markets
  • Modernizing the grid through the application of smart grid, microgrid and energy storage technologies

Chair

Speakers:

5:00 PM Close of Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition.