See who is presenting at the inaugural Large-scale Solar Industry Forum. The list below will be updated as more speakers are locked in so be sure to check back regularly.

Speakers

  • Dr Jenny Riesz is a Principal with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).  In this role, she leads the work program on frequency control in AEMO’s the Future Power System Security Program.  This program aims to identify and address future system security challenges.  Prior to this, Jenny was a Research Associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).   Her research focused on high penetration renewable energy scenarios for the NEM.  Jenny was formerly the Principal of Renewable Energy and Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting.  In this role, Jenny led the delivery of consulting services to a wide range of clients, including the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), transmission network service providers such as Powerlink, Western Power and ElectraNet, the Independent Market Operator of Western Australia (IMO WA) and the Clean Energy Council.  Significant studies included analysis of Frequency Control Ancillary Service requirements and costs with high wind penetration, examination of the market impacts of network congestion on wind farm operators and developers, and detailed analysis of the operation of the Renewable Energy Certificate market in Australia.  Jenny’s PhD was conducted at the University of Queensland in the field of biophysics, studying the quantum and spectroscopic properties of melanin skin pigment.

  • Donald Vaughan is a Principal Consultant at Entura where he has worked for over 20 years.  He has a long record of dealing with connections in more remote parts of the grid, notably, Woolnorth and Musselroe in Tasmania and Cathedral Rocks in South Australia.  Donald specialises in the performance of power systems. His experience with generating units, governors and excitation systems provides a helpful perspective on how the physical electrical network behaves and how it can support the transition to a high renewables environment.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is a member of the CIGRE Australian Panel C1. 

    Donald lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania and as a member of the Hydro Tasmania group he doesn’t mind the odd wet and windy day: more people should embrace bad weather as a boon for renewable energy rather than just a poor day to go to the beach.

  • Sonja is based in Brisbane and currently the Principal Engineer for Renewable Energy at AECOM for Queensland and Western Australia. She has extensive experience across the value chain of energy generation, transmission and distribution which started 10 years ago in power generation control & instrumentation working as an Engineer for Eskom in South Africa. She specialised in Distributed Control Systems specifically HMI/SCADA, energy metering data acquisition systems & upgrades to operator control room environments for the generation fleet of 13 x fossil fuel power plants working closely with leading DCS suppliers.


    Sonja gained her inverter and switchgear manufacturer experience with Schneider Electric where she was trained in France as Senior Solar PV Sales Application Engineer. Based in the EMEA region she supported the business development technical goals across residential, commercial & utility scale solar PV markets including hybrid systems. She gained her Renewable Energy project Developer experience working with SolarReserve.

  • Colin is the Technical Director and co-founder of Fulcrum3D and has over a decade experience in instrumentation and controls with a focus on non-linear signal processing and characterisation of turbulent processes. Colin completed a PhD in the Department of Astrophysics at The University of New South Wales and has designed instrumentation for world-class astronomical observatories in Antarctica, Tibet and the Subaru Telescope in Mauna Kea. Colin began applying his expertise in instrumentation to the renewable energy sector in 2009 and has been key in the design, development and validation of the Fulcrum3D Sodar for wind resource assessment which is one of a handful of remote sensing devices globally considered bankable by leading consultants, and the industry leading CloudCAM for real-time short-term solar forecasting.   

  • Anthony Cran is a Senior Network Planning Engineer with Ergon Energy based in Rockhampton.

    He has over 10 years of experience in various Network Planning roles including Strategic, Distribution and Subtransmission planning functions.

    His most recent focus has been on managing the network requirements of large renewable generation connections from the initial enquiry through to commissioning as the representative for the Distribution Network Service Provider.

  • Tom is Head of Investment Delivery at Goldwind Australia.   He is responsible to the owners and investors for the delivery of projects from financial close to operations.  Tom has been in renewable energy for 8 years with a background as a civil engineer in multidisciplinary engineering projects.   The majority of the renewable projects he has lead and been involved with are onshore wind but he has been central to the Goldwind solar projects at Gullen Range and White Rock wind farms and cut his teeth originally in offshore wind, wave and tidal power. 

  • Cameron joined FRV to lead the company’s operations in Australia in the role of Managing Director. He has over 18 years experience in the energy sector in developing, acquiring and divesting solar and wind power projects worldwide. This experience has provided a deep appreciation of the challenges involved in the deployment of all forms of renewable energy in the Australian market. 

    Prior to joining FRV, Cameron worked for Energy Australia for over 5 years in a variety of roles including being the General Manager responsible for Business Development. Before this he worked with International Power (now Engie) for 12 years in multiple roles related to the development and acquisition of renewable projects across both Australia and Europe.

    Cameron is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kingston University in London and has been a Non Executive director of the Clean Energy Council since February 2016.   

  • Daniel is an engineer and Epuron’s Solar Asset Manager, primarily involved with the management, technical operations and maintenance of our solar energy portfolio which is currently ~7MW in the Northern Territory of Australia.

    Daniel’s activities involve solar project development, operations & maintenance, technical analysis of solar and wind energy systems, hardware management and technical support.

    Daniel is also involved with hardware & software design and implementation with Epuron’s sister company ‘Fulcrum3D’.

    Daniel graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2010 with a Bachelor of Engineering (PV and Solar Energy) (Hons).

  • Dan is lead solar engineer for WSP Australia, where he has worked for more than 7 years mostly on the development phase of projects, including both PV and solar thermal. Prior to WSP Dan worked for a number of years as a mechanical design engineer for an EPCM contractor, providing a solid grounding in project delivery.

    Dan is experienced at resource and energy yield assessment, due diligence, lenders and owners engineer roles. He enjoys working with project developers.
     
    Dan is a Queenslander now living in Victoria, but he still finds a southerner’s idea of “humid” weather entertaining. He looks forward to the Sunshine State realising its renewable energy potential in coming years.

  • Simon Taylor has more than 30 years’ experience across various roles in the electricity transmission and oil industries.

    Simon is a highly experienced leader and is currently Manager Network Customers at Powerlink, which provides high voltage electricity transmission services in Australia. In his 12 year tenure at Powerlink, Simon has contributed as Group Manager Network Customers.

    Simon has previously worked as Stakeholder Manager and Regulatory Manager at InterGen Australia, which develops, owns and operates generation assets.

    Prior to his time at InterGen, Simon worked for several years at Ergon Energy as Strategy Regulatory and Pricing Manager. Simon also had an extensive tenure at Shell Australia, where roles included Human Resources Advisor, Quality Management Advisor and Commercial Manager South Queensland and Northern Territory.

  • 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 ARENA’s Large Scale Solar Competitive Round as well as leading ARENA’s investments in pumped hydro energy storage and bioenergy. 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.

  • Nicola Wilkins is a Senior Engineer with Downer in Brisbane. She has over 15 years experience in the renewable energy industry encompassing electrical design, feasibility, project management and consulting both in Australia and abroad, including 5 years in Germany.

    For Downer, Nicola provides technical expertise for solar farm Engineering, Procurement and Construction functions, especially energy yield, solar farm layouts and electrical design.   

    Nicola is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from Loughborough University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University. She is the recipient of the 2017 Clean Energy Council Developing Women Directors Scholarship.