Key takeaways from Solarplaza Summit Asset Management North America 2024

Jonathan Houle, Sr. Product Manager at PowerHub shares insights after attending Solarplaza Summit Asset Management North America 2024.

Representing PowerHub, Jon shared valuable takeaways from the Summit in San Diego, focusing on the U.S. solar market’s rapid growth and evolving challenges. Discussions emphasized the critical role of asset management, the impact of the IRA, and the necessity of workforce development and digitization. The summit served as a pivotal platform for understanding regulatory and technological shifts shaping the future of solar energy.

In Depth:
As an employee representing PowerHub at Solarplaza Summit Asset Management North America 2024 in San Diego, I returned eager to share my insights with our community. Over the last decade, the summit has been pivotal in mapping the significant expansion of the U.S. solar market.

Notably, the industry has experienced an average annual growth rate of 24%, achieving a cumulative capacity of over 150 GW. With an additional 30 GW expected to come online in 2023, the tangible impacts of initiatives like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are increasingly evident, with over $100 billion in announced investments in solar and storage companies through the IRA.

Key Themes and Takeaways

This year’s conference focused on the evolving landscape of asset management, emphasizing the expanding role of Asset Managers as their responsibilities and the scale of their portfolios grow. The complexity of operating battery systems, coupled with the lack of industry standardization and long-term operational data, presents challenges.

Phil Obendorf, CEO (left) and Jonathan Houle, Sr. Product Manager (right) at Solarplaza Summit Asset Management North America 2024 in San Diego.

However, by focusing on simple Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and adopting new tools and processes, asset managers can effectively optimize operations and scale battery portfolios.

Digitization of plant assets and workforce development were also highlighted as crucial themes.

The need for the digitization of documents, plans, and financial models is essential for standardized management and transferability. Addressing workforce development challenges, particularly for Commercial Asset Managers, requires a focus on core competencies such as problem-solving, communication, decision-making, learning agility, and humility during recruitment.

A significant discussion at the summit revolved around project underperformance relative to financial models, often due to overly optimistic developer assumptions and data management challenges. The consensus underscored the importance of quality data, both pre and post-development, in effectively addressing these performance discrepancies.

Moreover, the relevance of considering Investment Tax Credits (ITC) and Production Tax Credits (PTC) for project financing was emphasized, particularly the ITC adder for energy communities, which has made a notable difference for many projects.

The SolarPlaza Summit provided invaluable insights into the evolving solar asset management landscape, regulatory developments, technological advancements, and market trends.

For PowerHub, participating in such discussions is crucial as we continue to innovate and support the renewable energy industry, helping shape our strategies and fostering industry-wide collaboration.

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